Community Engagement

Community engagement is at the heart of the mission of our Honors Program, as it should be.  The Community engagement requirement for the Honors Program is not just about ensuring that we give back to the Big Rapids and Mecosta County communities, but also about enriching the college experience of our students.

Community engagement inculcates a sense of civic responsibility, provides opportunities to develop intellectual skills by applying them to tangible problems,  and expands students’ ethical and cultural perspectives. Each student in the Honors Program commits to at least 15 hours of community service a semester, some far more.

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Camp Newaygo Halloweekend Service Retreat! - Camp Newaygo is inviting honors volunteers to spend the weekend of October 22 and 23 at their beautiful camp and staff their Halloweekend programming, including help with parking, checking in […]
Volunteers Needed for Hazardous Waste Collection Event - The Mecosta Conservation District is organizing a household hazardous waste collection at the Chippewa Hills Intermediate School (3226 Arthur Rd., Remus) on Saturday, October 8th from 8 a.m. – noon. They […]
Big Rapids High School Band Recruiting Volunteers for October Events - The Big Rapids High School band program is recruiting volunteers for two very large events in October. The first is a marching band invitational on Saturday, October 18th. Volunteers will […]
Volunteer Greeters/Ushers Needed for Musical at Artworks in Big Rapids - Artworks, a Big Rapids art gallery, is seeking volunteers for upcoming performances of “The Fantasticks” at Artworks.  They are recruiting volunteers for each performance to serve as greeters/ticket takers and ushers.  Cast, […]
Days of Service and Learning: Honors Service Project Sign Up! - Each year, the Honors Program organizes a series of service projects so honors students can serve and get to know our community. Honors students facilitate the projects and organize transportation […]
Do Service and Camp for Free at CranHill Ranch! - CranHill Ranch, a Christian campground on Cranberry Lake near Big Rapids, is recruiting volunteers for their Spring Clean Up on Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 8:30 AM to 4 PM. […]
White Pine Trail Clean Up April 10 - Join us on Sunday, April 10 from 1 to 4 PM to help clean up a three mile stretch of the White Pine Trail, a popular bike trail that goes […]
Book Sale Volunteer Opportunity April 7 and 9 - The American Association of University Women seeks volunteers for their Annual Book Sale taking place April 7 – 9 at the First United Methodist Church at 304 Elm Street during […]
Two Camp Newaygo Service Opportunities in April! - The Honors Program is sponsoring two service projects at Camp Newaygo in April thanks to the initiative of Paige Budnick, an honors student who has organized a series of successful […]
Project Starburst Service Opportunities - Project Starburst is a non-profit food bank based in Big Rapids and serving Mecosta and Osceola counties. It was formed in 1971 by a group of social workers with a […]
Recycle of Mecosta County Opportunity - Recycle Of Mecosta County is a non-profit volunteer-based resource open Mondays and Saturdays at 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.. Help keep our community clean and green by volunteering at the […]
A Call for Discord Users! - Could you use a few extra service hours? or need a Co-Curricular project for this term? We are looking for a handful of enthusiastic, current Honors students to hangout on […]
Fall 2021 Honors-Sponsored Service - As the fall semester comes to a close, let’s celebrate the excellent work that honors students have done in organizing, facilitating, and volunteering for honors service projects. A big thanks […]
Salvation Army Volunteers! - Salvation Army is an organization dedicated to overcoming poverty, helping disaster survivors, equipping families with essential needs, and empowering youth. They have many volunteer opportunities, including staffing their local store […]
Rake N Run Service Event this Saturday! - The Student Alumni Gold Club’s annual service event, the Rake N Run, is returning this Saturday, November 6 from 9 AM to 1 PM. Students will meet at the Prakken […]