On-Campus Service Opportunities

Help for Flint, MI

UDM is partnering with Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Flint, Michigan and Detroit Sip (an officially designated Flint relief collection point.) We are collecting water and other needed supplies.

If you have any questions, contact Drew Peters at petersas@udmercy.edu.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish also needs help every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday from 9am-6pm. They need your help by unloading trucks, working on their phone bank, or serving as a translator. They would appreciate any help you can provide, for whatever time you can offer. If you want to sign up, contact the Coordinator in Flint: Rick Vasquez at 810-919-9133. If you have other questions, you can contact Veronica Beltran (our contact here at UDM) at beltrave@udmercy.edu or call 313-993-3310.

Campus Kitchen

The Campus Kitchen has several opportunities to help and no transportation is required. To see the list of opportunities available and to sign up, visit their website or email ckudm1@gmail.com.

If you are interested in more information or signing up, you can also contact Jillian Stewart at stewarjt@udmercy.edu.

Detroit Prevention and Awareness in the Community

DPAC is a new student organization on campus that aims to spread awareness of sexual assault, dating violence and domestic violence, and to inform the campus community of resources available for dealing with such situations. DPAC will put on various campus events to teach about the warning signs, severity, and proper responses to situations of sexual assault, dating violence and domestic violence, as well as peer education groups led by students. Additionally, they are partnered with local agencies that provide support and services to victims of sexual assault, dating violence, and domestic violence in order to connect student volunteers and university resources with community service opportunities. 

DPAC is constantly looking for student volunteers to help with on campus and community events. To find out more, please like our Facebook page or contact Callie Bendes at bendescp@udmercy.edu or call at (586) 552-6070.

Rx for Reading Detroit

Rx for Reading is a children's literacy initiative sponsored by University of Detroit Mercy.  Our mission is to expand access to children's books and support families in reading with their children. Detroit Mercy students distribute over 1,500 children's books a month through our community partners, including low-income health, dental, and WIC clinics, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, community centers, and churches.  Student volunteers also read with local preschoolers and elementary students to model a lifetime love of reading.  

To learn more about Rx for Reading, see their webpage: www.rxreading.org. If you are interested in volunteering, email: readingdetroit@gmail.com or sign up here!

Service in the City

Service in the City and Neighbors Building Brightmoor have partnered together to volunteer in improving and strengthening the Brightmoor community. Each week is a bit different and previous tasks have included gardening, painting, picking up trash, and building a ramp. There are opportunities to volunteer every Wednesday from 2:00 to 5:00.

Click here to visit their website! If you're interested in volunteering, contact John Van Beaver at (313) 993-1560.

Student Conversation Club

This is a great opportunity for international and United States students to come together to make friends and learn about each other's cultures. If you're interested or would like to learn more, contact Lara Wasner at wasnerle@udmercy.edu.

Other Organizations

Also, you can consider joining one of the following organizations on campus that are dedicated to service:  

  • Alpha Phi Omega: This fraternity is focused on providing service to the community.  If you are interested, contact Haleigh Ethridge at ethridha@udmercy.edu.

If you're looking for more opportunities, visit our Facebook page for up-to-date information on special opportunities!