Community Outreach - The Institute

Service Learning Classes

Each year 80 courses across the University incorporate Service Learning in classes, resulting in course-related, direct services to the poor and marginalizes in our community. Each year, approximately 1,500 UDM student volunteers provide about 12,000 hours of service in conjunction with more than 100 community service agencies.

Emerging Leaders Program

Students in the co-curricular Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) complete 250 hours of service in order to qualify for the Emerging Leaders’ Medallion or 125 hours to qualify for the Emerging Leaders’ Pin. For more information about the Emerging Leaders Program, visit (link)

Ford Community Corp Partnerships

Through a grant from the Ford Motor Company Fund, the Institute is able to support faculty-students teams who create service-learning 10 projects in Winter Term and 4 in the Fall Term. For this initiative, 12 student leaders and their faculty mentors develop the project and involve approximately 250 students who serve more than 400 individuals in our community. For more information on the program, visit (link).

Community Partnerships

The Institute maintains partnerships with area community organizations and agencies such as Mercy Education Project, Gesu School, Sts. Peter & Paul Warming Center, Cathedral Church of Saint Paul, Focus: HOPE, Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan, Neighborhood Services Organization and Manna Meats, in order for UDM students, faculty and staff to volunteer their support in addressing some of the area's social problems and injustices. Each school year, approximately 1,500 UDM student volunteers provided service in conjunction with more than 100 community service agencies.

ptvOrientation Outreach Program

During the Fall PTV orientation program for freshman students, approximately 430 students and colleagues performed community service at 26 community agencies.

Campus Kitchen at UDM

campus kitchenThe Campus Kitchen at UDM (CKUDM) is a student-led, anti-hunger program serving the communities around UDM’s McNichols Campus. CKUDM partners with neighborhood organization like Lakeridge Village, Peggy’s Place, and Bethune Elementary School and food partners like Western Market, Great Lakes Baking and Sodexo Food Services to recover food that would otherwise go to waste and get it to people who need it. CKUDM utilizes about 36 volunteers every month to recover over 800 pounds of food per month, while serving an additional 80 or more meals from donated food each month.

The Institute

Learn about UDM's Institute for Leadership and Service on the Institute's website.