Volunteer Center Speaker Request
Fill out this form if you would like to request a staff member from the Volunteer Center to present to your class, hall council, registered student organization, or community group about our services and programs. We offer a variety of different presentations to best fit your needs as well as several service projects and educational sessions.
Presentations (minimum of 15 minutes, best with 20-30 minutes)
Introduction to the Volunteer Center: This presentation will give an overview of the different ways that students can become involved in service during their time at CMU. Included will be a review of Volunteer Center programs, a demo of how to use OrgSync to find volunteer opportunities and log hours, and a summary of upcoming events.
Quality Service and Philanthropy: Aimed at student organizations/groups/classes looking to engage in service or philanthropic efforts. This presentation will cover aspects of quality service such as how to put a community partner first, designing events that meet a need, money vs item donation, and who are some of the non-profits in the Mid-Michigan area. This presentation is easily combined with a service project.
On-Site Service Projects - easily combined with one of the above presentations - some projects will require your organization to provide the materials
Foster Care Fleece Blanket Project: Make tie fleece blankets to be donated to the Isabella County Department of Health and Human Services. These blankets are given to children in foster care to keep as a comfort item as they grow up and move through the system. Fleece will need to be provided by your group (two 1.5yrd pieces of fleece per blanket). Usually two people work on each blanket. This project includes a brief education component about the foster care system. The Volunteer Center will provide scissors and ribbons to tie up the blankets when done. Requires at least 60 minutes.
Humane Animal Treatment Society Recycled Chew Toys: Using recycled t-shirts, chew toys are braided for donation to our local animal shelter. The Volunteer Center often has a supply of t-shirts that can be utilized but groups are welcome and encouraged to bring their own shirts. Scissors are provided by the Volunteer Center as well as a brief presentation on the Humane Animal Treatment Society. Requires at least 30 minutes
Valentines for Veterans: Valentines Day cards are made for veterans in Michigan veterans hospitals. These cards are mailed to facilities throughout the state with a portion being hand delivered to the Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw. While this project is focused on the weeks leading up to Valentines Day, it can be completed at anytime during the year. The Volunteer Center is able to provide basic materials such as markers, construction paper, glue, and scissors but organizations are welcome and encourage to bring their own supplies. Requires at least 20 minutes.
Issue Education Sessions
Disabilities Awareness: The David Garcia Project is a disabilities awareness program which educates through a combination of simulations, education, and reflection. They are able to present on a variety of physical and psychological disabilities and can tailor presentations to your group's needs. Due to the interactive nature of these presentations, they work best for groups of 8+ (they also have open sessions throughout the year that anyone can attend). The length of the presentation will vary but is usually around 45min to 1hr.
Sexual Health/STI Prevention: While know for their bar patrols where they hand out contraceptives and information about abstinence as a choice, SSP also gives presentations about sexual health, STI prevention, contraceptive use, and abstinence. These presentations can be tailored to your group's needs and knowledge level. They can also include a service component of wrapping contraceptives and absence candies with educational material. The length of the presentation with vary, depending on the goals of your group.