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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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 […]
Circle K Haunted Hatchery Volunteers Needed - Circle K is recruiting volunteers for their annual Haunted Hatchery in Paris, Michigan on October 23, 24, 30, and 31 from 7 to 10 PM, with volunteers arriving at 5:30 […]
Northend Riverside Park Clean-Up - The Honor’s Program’s Service Committee is organizing a Northend Riverside Park clean up this Saturday, October 24th from 11 AM to 1 PM. Any honors students who would like to […]
Service Opportunity! Decorate bags for Kids’ Food Basket - The Kids’ Food Basket is an organization in Grand Rapids (and Holland and Muskegon) that provides sack meals to food-insecure kids.  We’ve worked with them in the past – last […]
Help out Circle K! - Ferris State University’s Circle K International is having a fundraiser to raise money for our annual Angels of Action Christmas shopping for families that cannot afford to purchase certain things […]
Service Opportunity – Women’s March! - The organizers of the Women’s March are looking for two different kinds of volunteers: marshals and clean-up crew. A marshal is a volunteer who knows the plan for the day, […]
Adopt-a-Highway Rescheduled for this Sunday - The Honors Student Association’s Service Committee has rescheduled the Adopt-a-Highway clean up originally planned for last week. It will be held on Sunday, October 11 from 11 AM to 1 […]
Serve Banner. Courtesy of the Honors Program at Ferris State University. Adopt-a-Highway Clean Up this Sunday! - The Honors Student Association’s Service Committee is organizing an Adopt-a-Highway clean up on Sunday, October 4 from 11 AM to 1 PM. Carpooling may be available if volunteers agree to […]
Community Garden Clean Up this Friday! - The Honors Student Association’s Service Committee is organizing a Community Garden service project on Friday, October 2 from 3 to 6 PM at Hillcrest Big Rapids Community Garden at 501 […]
Riverwalk Clean Up this Sunday! - The Honors Program’s Service Committee is organizing a Riverwalk clean up this Sunday, September 27 from 11 AM to 1 PM. Any honors students who would like to volunteer should […]
Urgent Need for You Tube Broadcast Interviewer - A senior in Television and Digital Media Production is looking for a volunteer to serve as the host of the College Kids Cars Show, a three-minute program on the Ferris […]
Service Opportunities at the Big Rapids Community Library - The Big Rapids Community Library has two service opportunities. They need volunteers for their book sale, which takes place on Saturdays from 11 AM to 2 PM, weather permitting. The […]