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Frequently Asked Questions

Alumni & Friends Frequently Asked Questions

Why would I want to serve through MSU?

Michigan State University Spartans have a proud tradition of service. From the thousands of students who give back each year through the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement to the significant number of MSU graduates who enter the Peace Corps, Spartans have risen to the challenge to “change the world.” Many are doing just that as volunteers within the university community and in their professional lives, by serving on boards of foundations or as elected officials, or by offering their expertise and creative energy to volunteer community projects.

To harness the power of this volunteerism, the MSU Alumni Association brings together Spartan alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends around the world to work in their local communities. We hope this website is a catalyst for new service commitments throughout the year.

Who can participate? Are children welcome? What about my non-Spartan friends?

Everyone is welcome to take part. If you are joining a group service project, any age restrictions will be noted. If you are registering as an individual but would like to have others join you, you may add their names to your registration form. Volunteer service is a wonderful activity for families to share. We are happy to have members of the extended Spartan community join us, so please invite your friends and family to volunteer with you.

How hard is it to set up a project?

Creating a service project is simple:

  • Check out our project planning guide for information to help you plan and execute a successful project.
  • Visit the Create a Project page to register your event.
  • If your alumni community is in a large metropolitan area, please consider creating multiple volunteer opportunities.
  • Visit the Project Coordinator Toolbox for materials to help plan and promote your event.

Who do I call with questions about a service project?

Please contact the project coordinator listed for each project.

What if there is no service project listed in my area?

If you do not see a service project listed near you there are a few options:

  • Reach out to your local alumni club and volunteer to lead a service project in your area.
  • Connect with a local charity or organization and register an individual volunteer service project. You'll even be able to invite a few friends to volunteer with you.
  • If your place of work supports employee service initiatives, gather your fellow Spartans and coordinate a corporate/business project.
  • Keep checking for newly added projects.

What if I have an idea for a service project in my area?

After connecting with the organization, you can register an individual volunteer service project to benefit them. See our project planning guide for tips on coordinating a project.

What if the project I want to volunteer for is full?

If you feel a strong connection to a particular project that is full, please contact the project coordinator listed. Projects may have wait lists in case of cancellations, or in some cases, there may be the opportunity to expand the capacity of the project if there is enough interest. If that does not work, we hope you'll also consider volunteering for an alternative service project in or near your area.

How will I get important updates about my service project?

You will receive a confirmation with the service project details immediately after you sign up to volunteer. Additional information, including specific logistical details for your project and any updates, will be communicated directly by the service project lead. If you have questions about a service project please reach out directly to the project lead.

General Questions

If you have questions about alumni club and individual projects that are not addressed on this site, please contact Elizabeth Wheeler, Alumni Engagement Operations Director, by email or by calling 517-884-2106.

Student Project Frequently Asked Questions

Can alumni participate in student projects?

Projects that contain the “Student Project” badge on the website are available for students only. These projects have been coordinated by the MSU Alumni Association unit (MSUAA) and the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (CSLCE).

If a volunteer opportunity is appropriate for both students and alumni, the project will also be posted as an Alumni Club or Individual project. The project posting will note that it is open to both groups.

Who do I call with questions about a student service project?

If you have additional questions, please contact one of the people below.

  • K.C. Keyton, Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement Program Coordinator, by email or by calling 517-355-4400
  • Dan DiMaggio, Student Engagement Director, by email or by calling 517-355-6472

What if I have an idea for a student service project?

If you have an idea for a group project or a deserving organization, contact Dan DiMaggio by email or by calling 517-355-6472. You can also register an individual volunteer service project after connecting with local service organizations in your community.

What if the student project I want to volunteer for is full?

If you feel a strong connection to a particular project that is full, please email Dan DiMaggio or KC Keyton (listed above). Projects may have space become available, so do not hesitate to ask.

How will I get important updates about my student service project?

You will receive a confirmation with the service project details immediately after you sign up to volunteer. Additional important information including specific logistical details for your project and any updates will be communicated directly by the student project leads. If you should have questions about a service project please reach out directly to a contact listed above.

Global Day of Service Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

If you have questions about the MSU Global Day of Service on April 13, 2019 that are not addressed on this site, please contact MSU Alumni Association Programs Director Maria Giggy by email or by calling 517-355-7724.

I already volunteer, why should I participate?

We recognize that many Spartans are involved actively in their local communities. The MSU Global Day of Service is a means for alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends to come together in volunteerism. This is also an opportunity to participate in a historic day for Spartans that demonstrates our great tradition of service to others.