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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Ferris Community Band at the Big Rapids Band Shell. Courtesy of Director Dr. Richard Scott Cohen of the Ferris State University sponsored summer community band. Cultural Event: Summer Band Concert - This week, the Ferris Community Band will be holding its final summer concert. The concert will take place on Wednesday, July 5th at the Big Rapids Band Shell (River walk […]
Created by Jacob Pollock using an open source image from pixabay and Microsoft word Volunteer Opportunity: Habitat for Humanity - The Habitat for Humanity has many volunteer opportunities for volunteers in July and August and many more in the fall. They do a program called “A Brush with Kindness” where […]
Volunteers Needed! Image cc-licensed from Flickr User allerleirau: https://www.flickr.com/photos/allerleirau/3055324673/in/pool-goldenageofadvertising Volunteer Opportunity: Animal Rescue Coalition - The Animal Rescue Coalition is looking for volunteers over the summer. They are located in Big Rapids at 18400 220th Ave. They are open Tuesdays through Sundays and the hours […]
Created by Jacob Pollock using an open source image from pixabay and Microsoft word Volunteer Opportunity: Spectrum Health Volunteer Training Series - Spectrum Health is looking for volunteers to help at hospices throughout the area. They will be hosting the Spectrum Health Hospice training in July in Big Rapids. Volunteers play a […]
Volunteers Needed! Image cc-licensed from Flickr User allerleirau: https://www.flickr.com/photos/allerleirau/3055324673/in/pool-goldenageofadvertising Volunteer Opportunity: Fabulous Finds - Fabulous Finds is looking for volunteers for their retail store. Volunteers can work as little as four hours per month, or as much as they’d like to. They are looking […]
Created by Jacob Pollock using an open source image from pixabay and Microsoft word Volunteer Opportunity: Manna Pantry - The Manna Pantry is always looking for volunteers to help out. They are open Monday through Friday from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Every third Friday of the month they need volunteers […]
Ferris Community Band at the Big Rapids Band Shell. Courtesy of Director Dr. Richard Scott Cohen of the Ferris State University sponsored summer community band. Cultural Event: Summer Band Concert #5 - This week, the Ferris Community Band will be holding the fifth of their six summer concerts. The concert will be held at 7:00pm on Wednesday, June 28th (tonight) at the […]
Volunteers Needed! Image cc-licensed from Flickr User allerleirau: https://www.flickr.com/photos/allerleirau/3055324673/in/pool-goldenageofadvertising Volunteer Opportunity: Artworks - Artworks in Big Rapids is looking for volunteers to help them with face painting at the Farmer’s Market in downtown Big Rapids at 10:00am until 12:00pm on Friday, June 23rd. […]
Summer Community Band. Courtesy of the director, Dr. Richard Scott Cohen. Cultural Event: Summer Band Concert - This week, the Ferris Community Band will be holding two more of their summer concerts. The first will be held on Wednesday, June 21st at 7:00pm at the Big Rapids […]
Summer Community Band. Courtesy of the director, Dr. Richard Scott Cohen. Cultural Event: Summer Band Concert - The first Ferris band concert of the summer will be held on tonight (June 7th) at 7:00pm at The Old Jail in Big Rapids (220 South Stewart). If it rains, […]
Volunteers Needed! Image cc-licensed from Flickr User allerleirau: https://www.flickr.com/photos/allerleirau/3055324673/in/pool-goldenageofadvertising Volunteer Opportunity: Dam Festival - The Mecosta County Chamber of Commerce is in need of volunteers for their Dam Festival on July 15th from 3pm to 10pm at Ulrich Park in Roger’s Heights. For more […]
Created by Jacob Pollock using an open source image from pixabay and Microsoft word Volunteer Opportunity: Rock the Block - Rock the Block is a large street fair with vendors, resources, and entertainment – a place where residents can listen to great bands, sample local food, connect with local non-profits […]
Created by Jacob Pollock using an open source image from pixabay and Microsoft word Volunteer Opportunity: FiveCAP Inc. - FiveCAP Inc. is looking for volunteer to help unload and stack boxes when the food truck makes a delivery. They will also need help with distribution, which involves packing boxes […]
Volunteers Needed! Image cc-licensed from Flickr User allerleirau: https://www.flickr.com/photos/allerleirau/3055324673/in/pool-goldenageofadvertising Volunteer Opportunity: Barryton Lilac Festival - The festival coordinator for the Lilac Festival in Downtown Barryton is looking for groups of volunteers who would be interested in helping put together some kids games and activities for […]
Honors 2017 Stole Winners . Mel Schafer, Josh Olszewski, Marc Jaruzel, Leesa Deadwyler, Tori VanOeffelen, and Katelyn Michalski. Courtesy of the photographer and Ferris SmugMug. Leadership and Volunteer Stoles 2017 - Honors Stoles are awarded to graduating Honors students by a committee of faculty and Honors Program staff after reviewing Senior graduation papers. Stoles may be worn at graduation, along with […]

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