The United Way Volunteer Center is now open! This virtual Volunteer Center will connect people interested in volunteering with local nonprofits that rely on volunteers to achieve their mission. More than 65 agencies have listed more than 160 needs and counting on the new site. The site will accommodate individuals as well as groups, and will be provided at no cost. Visit VolunteerWashtenaw.org to find out more and to volunteer, Washtenaw!
The United Way Volunteer Center soft launch is fast approaching. Agencies are asked to sign up with the center by August 15th for inclusion. To sign up, click here. For more information about the center, visit the center's FAQs.
United Way to launch new Washtenaw County Volunteer Center online system this fall! To learn more about how to use the system, contact the Washtenaw County United Way at 734.971.8200 or email Amanda Reel at email@example.com.
Area communities unite in forming alliance to enhance safety and security in eastern Washtenaw County region
EMU social justice advocate and social worker Marjorie Ziefert honored with 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award
Family empowerment program led by EMU cited in national award to Hamilton Crossing housing development on Ypsilanti's south side.
Spring break trip to Haiti allows Eastern Michigan students to partner with Haitian students; learn about efforts to rebuild communities devastated by earthquake. Learn more here.
Art Around Town, a social enterprise whose mission is to ensure that art has a place in schools, launches on Friday, May 2 in Ypsilanti. For more information about their launch activities, please visit their website.
EMU to honor Ypsilanti mayor, Eastern faculty and staff for community engagement activity.
To occupy oneself; become involved
EMU Engage is
a collective of University offices, departments, programs and personnel working with and working in community engaged activity.
Community Engagement is
the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.
-Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Community Engagement at EMU
is an integral part of our character. It is embedded not just in the broad statements of our vision, mission and strategy but in the definition and character of student learning, the curriculum, and faculty research, scholarship and creative activity.
Four tests are used to determine the value and quality of EMU's community engaged work:
(1) Is it useful to and valued by the community?
(2) Are we enhancing the capacity of local and regional institutions: to serve their citizens/ stakeho2lders, to solve problems, and to create thriving and sustainable communities?
(3) Are our students, faculty and staff enhancing their own learning?
(4) Are we as an institution growing in our capacity to be of useful service to the immediate, regional and global community?