The MSU Global Day of Service

Registering Alumni and Friends Projects

When you're a Spartan, you're part of something far bigger than campus' 5,200 acres. We're a global community more than 550,000 strong, and we're passionate about making the world a better place. Spartans have a proud tradition of service - many MSU alumni are inspired to serve in their personal and professional lives. This extends to our alumni clubs who are actively involved in their communities.

Individual Service Projects

Everyone is welcome to participate in the MSU Global Day of Service.

If you already have volunteer plans on April 21, 2018 please let us know about them by registering your personal volunteer activities.

Alumni Club Service Projects

Our alumni clubs are our biggest champions and we rely on them to establish and promote projects.

Global Day of Service is an opportunity for alumni clubs to:

  • Demonstrate that any alumni club, regardless of size or proximity to East Lansing, can make a difference in their community in the name of the green and white;
  • Represent the values of Michigan State University across the nation;
  • Diversify alumni club offerings;
  • Attract new volunteers, including service-minded individuals and alumni of all ages; and
  • Engage Spartans in your community

A few things to keep in mind as you're determining your project:

  • Volunteers are diverse in interests, ages, and physical capacity, so consider projects options that accommodate a variety of needs
  • If you are considering more than one project in your community, think about including both an indoor and outdoor option or a morning and afternoon option
  • Many clubs arrange for breakfast or lunch after they serve as an opportunity to engage new and returning volunteers and share future opportunities for connecting locally
  • For many Spartans, this is their most important local connection to MSU, so expect to see new faces participating in your project

Many projects harness large volunteer groups yielding impressive outcomes, but even the smallest of projects has the potential to make a difference and impact your community.

After listening to alumni voices across our communities, the MSU Alumni Association acknowledges that every community is unique and each alumni club should choose and design a project that they believe will add value in their community.

Some alumni clubs have decided that the projects they organize for this year's Global Day of Service will focus on assisting sexual violence prevention organizations and services. As April is Sexual Assault Awareness month, many feel these projects will mobilize and bring focus to the important topic of sexual assault.

You know your community best and are encouraged to do what feels right now and in the future. Lead with your heart.

Read more about MSU's commitment to battling sexual assault.

Employer Service Projects

If you are interested in setting up a service project within your place of work:

  • Consult with your HR department, direct supervisor or leadership team to see if there are processes, rules or regulations that are already in place for these types of activities.
  • If you work within a large corporation that has numerous locations, you may consider speaking to Spartans at those branches to coordinate efforts.
  • Since we anticipate most employer service projects will be limited to employees and their families, register your project as an individual service project and name it with the organization's name in the title, e.g., "MSU Federal Credit Union Park Cleanup." The project lead will need to enter in the names and information for those participating. The project can be registered prior to all participants being added.

Timing / Calendar

March 4: Project registration soft deadline. The project registration site will remain open through mid-April, but for maximum exposure of projects, it is highly recommended that all projects are registered on the site by March 4.
March 5: Project registration for volunteers opens
March 19: Project promotion and volunteer recruitment begins
April 15: Volunteer registration closes
April 21: Global Day of Service


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Check out the Volunteer Tools section of this website for graphics and social media posts to promote your project.

Also, be sure to review the project planning guide for information to help you plan and execute a successful project.