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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Spartans Serve?

When you’re a Spartan, you’re part of something far bigger than campus’ 5,200 acres. We’re a global community more than 600,000 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, employers, individuals and MSU departments or programs who are actively involved in their communities. Additionally, thousands of students give back each year through campus’ Center for Community Engaged Learning.

Spartans Serve is a year-round initiative designed to show the world the extraordinary impact Spartans make through service. This organized, collaborative effort brings Spartans together to serve others in their communities while demonstrating the reach and power of the Spartan network.

Every year in April, as part of the Spartans Serve initiative, there is a Global Day of Service to harness the power of this spirit of service and demonstrate what Spartans can do in a single day. This year's Global Day of Service will be held on April 18, 2020.

Since 2013, Spartans Serve has been a great success. More than 57,000 hours of service have been donated by more than 12,000 volunteers in nearly 1,000 locations. These volunteers have provided a collective impact valued at $1.375 million to their causes.

I already volunteer in my community so why should I participate in Spartans Serve?

We recognize that many Spartans are already actively involved in service to their local communities. Spartans Serve is a means for alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends to come together in service and to connect with each other and their communities through volunteerism as a representative of Michigan State University.

Who should I contact with a question about a particular service project?

All questions should be directed to the project coordinator for the service project. This information is noted on the webpage specific to the service project and in the confirmation email you received when you volunteered.

What if there is no service project in my community?

If you do not see a service project listed near you, we encourage to first contact your local alumni club. Many of our alumni clubs coordinate service projects on a regular basis and they would be interested to hear from alumni who have additional suggestions for opportunities to serve their community.

You may also choose to connect with a community partner/organization and register your own service project. You are strongly encouraged to volunteer with an established community partner/organization.

Keep checking this website, as new projects are added frequently.

We encourage all who create a project to review the Project Planning Guide, which is intended to assist in the creation, registration, promotion, execution, and follow-up of a service project.

How hard is it to coordinate a service project?

Coordinating a service project isn’t complicated, but it will involve a time commitment from you. We encourage all to view the  Project Planning Guide, which is intended to assist in the creation, registration, promotion, execution, and follow-up for a service project.

Who can participate in Spartans Serve? Are children welcome? What about my friends who are not MSU alumni?

Volunteering is a wonderful activity to share and everyone is welcome to participate!

We’re happy to have members of the extended Spartan community join us, so bring your friends. If there are any age restrictions, it will be noted on the webpage specific to the service project. We do request that everyone register as a volunteer, regardless of age or affiliation.

Service projects that have the "Student Project" badge are available to current MSU students only. These projects have been coordinated by the MSU Alumni Office and the Center for Community Engaged Learning.

How do I volunteer for a service project?

It’s easy! Look for the "Find Ways to Help/Find a Project" buttons on any page of this website. Once you find a project you’d like to volunteer for, look for the "Select Volunteer Time" section on that project’s specific webpage. You’ll be asked to provide your contact information in several steps and on the last step, click the "Submit Volunteers" button. First, you’ll get an on-screen confirmation that states "Project Successfully Joined". Then, you’ll receive an email that confirms the details of the service project and the name and contact information of the project coordinator.

If you do not receive a confirmation email: 1) check your spam folder; 2) contact the project coordinator to confirm if they received your registration.

We request that all volunteers register for the service project they’re interested in to ensure an accurate headcount and facilitate project-related communications. Additionally, a number of projects have specific capacities and/or additional registration requirements set by the community partner/organization, which makes advance registration through this website imperative.

Can I also volunteer others for a service project?

We request that all volunteers register for the service project they’re interested in to ensure an accurate headcount and facilitate project-related communications. Additionally, a number of projects have specific capacities and/or additional registration requirements set by the community partner/organization, which makes advance registration through this website imperative.

When you’re registering yourself for a service project, on the last step, click on the "Add Another Volunteer" button instead of the "Submit Volunteers" button. You will go through the same steps to add additional volunteers. For all volunteers 18 years of age or older, we request that you provide the volunteer’s contact information and not your own so each volunteer has the project information and receives communications regarding the project. When you’ve added all volunteers and they’re all listed in the "Volunteer List" section, click the "Submit Volunteers" button. Each volunteer will then receive an email that confirms the details of the service project and the name and contact information of the project coordinator.

What if I need to cancel or change my Spartans Serve registration?

Contact the project coordinator for the service project if you need to make any changes. The name and contact information of the project coordinator is provided in the confirmation email you received when you registered as a volunteer. If you’ve misplaced this email, refer to the webpage specific to the service project where you’ll also find this information.

What if the service project I want to register for is full?

If the service project is full, we hope you’ll consider registering for another service project in or near your community. However, if you feel a strong connection to a particular project, contact the project coordinator noted on the webpage specific to the service project.

How can I get specific information for my service project such as meeting time and location?

Most, if not all, information pertaining to the project will already be on the webpage specific to the service project.

You can expect to receive an email from the project coordinator two to five days in advance of the event. If you do not receive an email, contact the project coordinator, which is noted on the webpage specific to the service project.

What if the service project I registered for takes place outside and the forecast calls for rain/inclement weather? Who should I contact with questions, or to get information on the day of the event?

The project coordinator should provide you with information related to weather challenges that could affect the service project.

Who should I contact with general questions about Spartans Serve?

Maria Giggy, Alumni Programs Director, MSU Alumni Office by email or by calling 517-355-7724.