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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Honors Fun Day Service Opportunity! - The Honors Peer Mentor Program is recruiting volunteers for Fun Day, a series of games and icebreakers for new honors students and their honors peer mentors to be held on […]
Lead an Honors Service Project this Fall! - The Honors Program is recruiting facilitators for a series of service projects in September and early October called the Days of Service and Learning. The projects will take place on […]
Ready for Life Service Opportunity - The Ready for Life Academy at Ferris is recruiting volunteer mentors for Fall 2021. Ready for Life is a two-year post-secondary program for adults aged 18 – 26 with a […]
Big Rapids Community Garden - If you’re living in the Big Rapids area, think about renting a raised bed for your own garden over the summer through Big Rapids Community Garden! Students receive a discount […]
CranHill Ranch Spring Clean Up Service Opportunity - CranHill Ranch, a beautiful Christian camp and retreat near Big Rapids, is looking for volunteers to help them get the grounds ready for the new camping season at the Spring […]
On-Campus Volunteer Opportunities this Week - Two on-campus volunteer opportunities are available this week! Thursday, 4/22/21  2 – 5 PM in South Quad (near the Rock): Spring Carnival Celebration, sponsored by the Residence Hall Association, including […]
Honors Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup this Sunday - The Honors Service Committee has rescheduled their Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup for Sunday, April 18 from 11 AM to 1 PM. Those carpooling will wear masks. To register to attend, please sign […]
Honors Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup - The Honors Service Committee will be organizing their Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup on Saturday, April 17 from 11 AM to 1 PM. Those carpooling will wear masks. To register to attend, please […]
Riverwalk Cleanup this Saturday! - On Saturday, March 27 11 AM – 1 PM, the Honors Service Committee is organizing a Riverwalk Cleanup in Big Rapids. Any honors students who would like to volunteer should […]
Volunteer at the Literacy in Action Center - Angels of Action is opening the Literacy in Action Center.  To assist students who have been struggling with academics due to COVID, we will be offering help with homework and/or virtual […]
White Pine Trail Clean-Up this Saturday - The Honors Service Committee is organizing a White Pine Trail Clean-Up, Saturday, March 20th from 11 AM to 1 PM. The White Pine Trail is a bike trail that goes […]
Volunteer Tutors Needed for Big Rapids School Students - Big Rapids Public Schools is reaching out to find volunteer tutors to work with students remotely. Please contact Linda Lindsey at to learn more.
Volunteer Opportunities for Nov 11th! - The National Residence Hall Honorary is offering two different volunteer opportunities in the Pickell lounge this November. Please email Ashley Longtine at and RSVP so that they have enough […]
Honors Ambassador Service Opportunity - Do you love the Honors Program at Ferris? Could you use a few extra service hours? We are looking for a handful of enthusiastic current Honors students to call and […]
Thank You! Kids’ Food Basket - Huge shout-out to all those who decorated the bags for the Kids’ food basket last week. We delivered the approximately 600 decorated bags on Friday afternoon! We haven’t heard yet […]