If you have questions about the MSU Global Day of Service that are not addressed on this page below, please contact MSU Alumni Association Programs Director Maria Giggy by email or by calling 517-355-7724.
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 annual MSU Global Day of Service brings together Spartan alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends around the world to work in their local communities. We hope the day is a catalyst for new service commitments throughout the year. It is just one of a number of service opportunities offered by the MSU Alumni Association and Michigan State University.
Everyone is welcome to take part in the Global Day of Service. 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. The Global Day of 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.
Creating a service project is simple:
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.
Please contact the project coordinator listed for each Global Day of Service project.
If you do not see a service project listed near you there are a few options:
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.
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 Global Day of Service project in or near your area.
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.
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).
The projects with “Students Welcome” badges on them are alumni projects in which the project coordinator has decided to invite student participation. Transportation to and from campus is NOT provided for projects with the “Students Welcome” badge.
If you have additional questions, please contact one of the people below.
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.
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.
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.