Stay in and Help out!

As a result of precautions taken surrounding COVID-19, all in-person volunteer opportunities coordinated by the Center for Community Engaged Learning have been suspended until further notice. Once university programming returns to normal operations, in-person volunteering will also resume. In the meantime, there are still ways to get involved in the local community—and beyond—by participating as a virtual volunteer. Please register for a virtual volunteering position, or positions, by signing up on servelearnengage.msu.edu for a Summer Virtual (SV) opportunity.

See below for some examples of what virtual volunteering opportunities are available, and be sure to check out the full range of options when you sign up on servelearnengage.msu.edu!

Current MSU Students should be sure to track their service hours on the MSU Civic Life App. If you log 100 hours or more between November 11, 2019, and November 12, 2020, you are eligible to receive the Spartan Volunteer Service Award, a presidential recognition.

In an effort to share what Spartans are doing and improve these virtual volunteering resources, please take this brief survey about the virtual volunteer experiences you have done or plan to do.  Thank you for your feedback.

Questions? Please contact Sophie Morin, morinsop@msu.edu, if you need assistance finding an opportunity.

Virtual Volunteering Examples

From “local,” to national, to international organizations, there is a virtual volunteer experience perfect for you! Interested in health, computer science, research, cartography, the environment, or just service in general? Be sure to check out all of the opportunities, as there are volunteer experiences in each of these fields. Below are just a sample of what you can do!

Zooniverse

Engage in virtual research from disciplines ranging from biology to literature to medicine. Anyone can become a researcher through Zooniverse—no prior experience is needed—all you need to do is sign up.

Operation Gratitude

Help bring a little bit of home to military folks deployed by crafting handmade items and writing letters. Send thoughtful and thankful letters to the Troops, First Responders, and Emergency Medical Personnel who are out responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

National Archives Citizen Archivist

Join the National Archives’ Citizen Archivist program to transcribe, tag, and add comments to its records in order to make them more accessible/searchable for everybody. 

ResQWalk

Find yourself walking your dog a lot right now? Download the ResQWalk app, which donates money to animal welfare organizations depending on how far you walk your dog. Don’t have a dog? Offer to walk a neighbor’s pet!

Other Ways to Get Involved

As always, there are other ways to get involved!  Check out these ideas:

  • Write letters to healthcare workers and those needing treatment
  • Start a virtual book club
  • Fundraise for a non-profit you are passionate about. Check out their website to see if they have a virtual fundraising platform
  • Do your civic duty! Register to vote, apply to vote absentee, and complete your census!
  • Continue to support local restaurants and businesses by ordering takeout/delivery and shopping online.
  • Donate to the Student Emergency Assistance Fund to help students who have been financially impacted by COVID-19.
  • Earth Day was April 22!  Take some time to pick up litter around your neighborhood or plant flowers or a tree in your yard.

Know of any other virtual volunteering opportunities? E-mail Sophie Morin, morinsop@msu.edu, with additional options.