COmmunity service

Welcome to Community Service at Michigan Tech

Student Activities coordinates a campus volunteering program. 

The area of community service is dedicated to helping those involved with doing community service activities for campus and the community. This site provides information for those interested in learning more about university and community volunteer opportunities.

Click here to read about the benefits of community service, some project ideas, and a checklist for Planning/Coordinating a Service Project.

The highest reward for a persons work is not what they get for it, but what they become because of it.- John Ruskin

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Volunteer Expectations

Be punctual and responsible in completing your commitment of time and task to the service provider or community.

Be mindful that you serve as ambassador of goodwill and are representing the University, your organization and yourself.
Be knowledgeable that a liability waiver is to be initialed by all helpers the day of the event.
A first aid kit, cellular phone, and list of emergency numbers are always available during events. If volunteers have any physical conditions that staff should know about, i.e., diabetic, asthma, heart condition, injuries, please let the staff know.  Confidence will be maintained. Talk to your site leader or another appropriate staff member if you experience any problem or may become aware of safety risks at the service site.
Be aware of the following questions & answers:

Is skill required?
Really, the only special skill needed is to understand basic safety measures and if you aren't sure how to do something, ask for help! If a skill is needed, volunteers must self identify their proficiency of skill.

What about travel?
Volunteers will be responsible for their own transportation to events. (Unless otherwise noted)
Directions will be provided.
If transportation or special accommodations are needed, let us know 48 hours prior to the event and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Do we need any tools?
Each event will be different, with different tasks and supplies. You may be asked to supply a rake, shovel or miscellaneous tools. Student Activities has a limited supply of tools and cannot always accommodate larger groups. 
Student Activities will supply trash bags and rubber gloves.

What should I wear?
Wear the right shoes. No flip flops,Keen’s, Chaco’s or Teva’s or sandals.  Please wear closed toe & heel shoes to all service events.
Garments must not expose undergarments or be otherwise immodest. Going shirtless, having a bare midriff or bare back is prohibited. Garments must be of appropriate length, cut and/or fit to meet the requirement of sitting and/or bending.
Please note that some service locations are considered professional worksites and may have dress code regulations.
Most events will take place outdoors, so plan for the weather. It is recommended to dress in layers and bring sunscreen, bug spray, hat, rain coat, long pants, etc.

What should I bring?
Please bring a full water bottle and food/drink as needed

  ALL Community Service
Assumptions of Risk / Release of Liability / Waiver

  1. I understand that service can be considered a physical activity that can be hazardous. As a participant, I agree to conduct myself in a responsible manner and to act safely at all times.
  1. I affirm that I am in good health, have the physical ability and capacity to participate in, and have the skills and the knowledge to safely use all equipment for this activity. I also understand that protective gear must be worn to participate in this activity to help limit the possibility of injury but acknowledge that even with such equipment injury is still possible.


  1. I understand that I will be responsible for and should have adequate insurance to cover the costs of treating and recovering from any injury, damage or illness I may suffer while participating.   If I do not have such insurance I agree to and will bear the costs of such injury or damage myself. I understand that I am assuming the risk of any such injury, damage, illness or the worsening of any medical or physical condition I may have.  Michigan Technological University will not provide any insurance for or be responsible for any such treatment, costs or damages.
  1. I understand that I am free to not participate in the activity if I am not willing to assume all such risks and costs


  1. I hereby release, discharge, covenant not to sue and agree to hold harmless and indemnify Michigan Technological University, its Board of Control, officers, organizers/coordinators, and employees from and against any and all damages, claims and causes of action (including defense costs) arising out of or in connection with my participation in this program/activity and from and against any personal and/or bodily injury, including death, incurred while participating in the program/activity.
  1. I grant full permission to the organizers/coordinators to use personal information such as name and contact information and to use any photographs, videotapes or any other record of participation for any purpose.


  1. I understand it is the policy of Student Activities that if a volunteer needs medical attention during an event, it is the responsibility of the volunteer to go to a self selected medical facility.   In case of serious injury, staff/leaders will call an ambulance (911) and Public Safety (487-2216 or 123).
In addition, I understand that the organizers or the property owner may need to respond to accidents and potential emergency situations.  Therefore, I hereby give my consent for any emergency medical treatment that may be required during my participation in community service events.


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1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931-1295

Ph. 906-487-1963

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Houghton, Michigan 49931-1295

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