1. You'll expand your network and get great contacts to write you letters of recommendation.
Volunteering is a great way to expand your network! If you do a stand-out job, your supervisor or coordinator can write you a great letter of recommendation for a college or scholarship application, and you can list them as references when applying for jobs.
2. You'll earn mad resume points. The more long-term and consistent the community service, the better.
Obviously, doing service work is a great resume boost. But doing 1 - 2 projects with a lot of dedication over time looks much better than doing 5 different short-term service events. You'll have much more to say about your experience and accomplishments on a resume or in an interview if you're spent a lot of time with a project you care about
3. You'll be eligible for way more scholarships!
Most competitive scholarship applications require that you have done community service. And the more you can talk in-depth about a meaningful project that you took a leadership role in, the more competitive you'll be. Service is a great way to demonstrate your leadership and community involvement on any application.
So how can you get involved? Check out these 3 opportunities to volunteer in Detroit this summer:
Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice
TO VOLUNTEER: CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE OR CALL 313-833-3935.
DWEJ promotes environmental action, education, and awareness. Their aim is to prepare Detroiters to take a role in the environmental revitalization of their city. To volunteer, click here to send them an email with your contact information.
To volunteer: Click here and register or call Marci Fitch at 248-268-7510.
Forgotten Harvest is dedicated to relieving hunger in Metro Detroit and preventing nutritious food waste. They rescue surplus and unused food from grocery stores, restaurants, markets, and other sources and donate it to food pantries, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters in need. To volunteer, click here to register for an upcoming event or call Marci Fitch at 248-268-7510.
Green Living Science
To Volunteer: Click Here to complete the volunteer interest form.
The mission of Green Living Science (GLS) is to transform Detroit and Southeastern Michigan into cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable communities by teaching recycling. To volunteer, click here to send them an email or submit the volunteer interest form.
To volunteer: Click Here and click on the "Volunteer" Link on the left.
The Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN) was formed to address food insecurity in Detroit’s black communiy. DBCFSN creates urban agricultural projects like D-Town Farms, a 2-acre farm in Rouge Park which sells good to local farmers' markets. To volunteer, click here and click on the "Volunteer" links in the grey panel on the left.