In recent years EMU has organized fundraisers and committed resources to help renovate a number of Ypsilanti's municipal resources, including Rutherford Pool. In 2012 the University raised $12,000 to renovate Rutherford Pool, which had been closed since 2011 and EMU Facilities & Operations staff assisted the City with the bid process, including drafting the bid documents and recommending contractors.
EMU also made a significant contribution to the $1.25 million upgrade of Ypsilanti's Lakeside Park, which is scheduled to be completed in summer 2014. The project is being funded with a $500,000 grant from the Michigan State Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund, $450,000 from EMU, $250,000 from the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission, and $50,0000 raised by the Saline rowing team.
Eastern Michigan University, as part of its commitment to the community, partners with government agencies, non-profits and social enterprises to enhance the overall quality of life in our local area, region, and internationally. This commitment focuses on areas where EMU has particular expertise to assist, including education, health care, community development, social work and entrepreneurship. We work in partnership with the communities we serve, and seek mutually beneficial outcomes for all institutions involved. For sustainability, we seek to build capacity with our partners.
Community organizations can work with EMU in a variety of ways.
Partner with Faculty. The Office of Academic Service-Learning (ASL) works with several community nonprofit organizations and The Institute for the Study of Children, Families, and Communities (ISCFC) provides research and service resources for community developments.
Recruit Volunteers. The VISION Center is the hub for student volunteers at EMU.
Find Interns. The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) helps to place prospective interns with organizations in the area.
Receive Design Assistance. If your program, office and/or organization is in need of design support contact
the 454 Design Lab , EMU's Graphic Design Practicum studio. This studio serves as a design agency providing professional design services to clients-university wide and with the community.