UMSI Service Week 2017

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 8:00am to Sat, 11/11/2017 - 9:00pm

Various locations in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Detroit

Save the date for this year’s UMSI Service Week taking place from November 6-11, 2017! Students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to join us during this week to volunteer at nonprofit and social sector organizations around the area and help with projects the organizations have identified. 

What is service week? 

Service week is a week long event in which UMSI partners with organizations around the Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Detroit area who are interested in hosting volunteers. Volunteers can sign up for projects they are interested in helping with and that best fit their schedules, with time commitments generally ranging from 1-2 hours to half-day projects. Projects can be anything from data visualizations, to cleaning or raking leaves, to collection organization. Past organizations who have participated are Friends in Deed, Ann Arbor Learning Community, Lenawee County Historical Society, Detroit Green Map, and many more.

Sounds fun! How can I participate?

UMSI is looking for organizations to study, site leaders to help coordinate with organizations leading up to the event, and volunteers to help during week:

  • Sign up to be a Site Leader! Site Leaders help coordinate a service project with one of the organizations, acting as the point of contact day-of for the organization and volunteers. If you are interest in being a site leader or learning more information please fill out this form
  • Sign up to be a Volunteer! Click on the link at left to see the organizations and shifts available. 
  • Non-profit organizations interested in hosting volunteers, including in Detroit and Ypsilanti, are requested to submit this form by October 20.

Participating Organizations:

Ann Arbor District Library
Ann Arbor Learning Community
Ann Arbor Summer Festival
Association of Outdoor Rec and Ed
Center for the Education of Women (CEW)
The CivCity Initiative
Corner Health Center
Detroit Sound Conservancy
Focus: HOPE
Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley
Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Washtenaw County
Jim Toy Community Center
Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
Natural Area Preservation
Urban Neighborhood Initiatives

Why should I participate?

  • Give back and engage with organizations
  • Develop your skills on information-related and other projects
  • Become more informed about local social issues that affect our neighbors
  • Connect with UMSI students, faculty, staff, and alumni
  • Can be considered an activity that contributes to your request for a service cord at commencement
  • Meet new people and have fun with your friends

Please contact us at if you have any questions, thoughts, or concerns.