Community & Friends

EMU has a long history of collaboration with community members, non-profits, social enterprises and/or government entities to enhance the overall quality of life in our local area, region and internationally.

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. For more information on our current supporting programs, visit the Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Communities.

Current programs include EMU Bright Futures, SEMIS, Upward BoundFamily Empowerment Program, and various College Access and Persistence Programs.

Learn about our current projects.

Want to connect your organization or program to a course?
The Office of Academic Service-Learning (AS-L) works with faculty members to integrate community-based learning into courses and curriculum. The office also works with community organizations to identify possible collaborations with faculty and their courses and/or scholarly and creative activities.

Recruit Volunteers
In collaboration with the United Way of Washtenaw County, EMU's VISION Volunteer Center and University of Michigan's Ginsberg Center are now offering Washtenaw County non-profit organizations one easy way to reach community and university volunteers. When you input an opportunity into United Way's Volunteer Washtenaw portal, your information will automatically be shared with EMU and UM's volunteer portals as well. Students are then able to search for local opportunities and organizations via their university's platform. For more information contact the VISION Volunteer Center at

Find Interns  
The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) helps to place prospective interns committed to working with non-profits.

A guide to engaging students for volunteer work, internships and service projects can be found here [PDF].

Need Testing or Certifications?
EMU Testing Center is located in Boone Hall on the main campus. The Center offers a number of industry certification exams including GED testing.

Pursue a CNP, a non-profit certification through the Non-Profit Leadership Alliance.

Connect. Cultivate. Collaborate.
Have an idea for a collaborative project? Interested in partnering but not sure where to start? Are you a part of a community organizations, government offices, faith-based organizations or individual interested in partnering with EMU? Fill out form below and share your ideas with us.

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View our Engage projects.

Washtenaw County/EMU Legal Resource Center

Located in downtown Ann Arbor, the Engage-sponsored Legal Resource Center assists those who cannot retain attorneys with information on certain civil and domestic matters.

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