MSU Takes to the Streets of Lansing for Day of Service

MSU Takes to the Streets of Lansing for Day of Service

By FOX 47 News. CREATED Aug 17, 2012 - UPDATED: Aug 20, 2012

EAST LANSING, MICH. – Monday, August 20, 2012 will mark the first annual Michigan State University Day of Service: Taking it to the Streets, which will bring together hundreds of MSU student and staff volunteers to give back to the greater-Lansing community.

Participants will include all student resident assistants, intercultural aides, members of MSU’s Multi-racial Unity Living Experience program, staff from MSU’s Division of Residential and Hospitality Services and various other MSU student leaders.  

“Our goal for this annual day of service is for participants to not only engage with the community, but also learn and develop through their involvement, experience and the guided reflection that will follow the day’s activities,” said Kathy Collins, director for MSU’s Residence Education and Housing Services. “This is a way that Spartans can give back to the city of Lansing, and those areas and organizations that may not have access to the funding or manpower needed to propel them forward.”  

Throughout the day, volunteers will engage in a variety of tasks at sites supporting public low-income housing, parks and nature centers, community centers, cemeteries, organizations supporting homelessness and providing feeding assistance as well as other nonprofits in the cities of Lansing and East Lansing.

“Spartans Taking it to the Streets is an extraordinary way to make a difference in the lives of people across our community,” said Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero. “Thanks in advance to the hundreds of MSU students and staff who will be joining us for a day of volunteer service that I believe will benefit those who participate as much as those who are served.”

The event is made possible by partnerships with MSU’s department of Residence Education and Housing Services; MSU’s Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions; MSU’s Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement; Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero; Lansing’s departments of Parks and Recreation, Facility Maintenance, Fire and Police; Lansing Public Housing, Lansing Human Relations and Community Services; and the city of East Lansing.

Volunteers will meet at the Rock on MSU’s campus on Farm Lane at 8:15 a.m. to hear remarks from speakers including MSU leadership, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and a city of East Lansing representative. Volunteers will then participate in breakout sessions and travel to volunteer sites.

"Citizens from all walks of life will be touched by the staff and students of Michigan State University's day of giving back,” said Dr. Joan Jackson Johnson, director of Human Relations for the city of Lansing. “This gift of approximately 4,000 hours of service will have a lasting impact on the residents of Lansing and is priceless."

To follow activities throughout MSU's Day of Service, check out @MSULiveOn on Twitter and use #SpartansGive to join the conversation. For a full list of volunteer sites and details of service, visit

Residence Education and Housing Services is department of the Division of Residential and Hospitality Services at Michigan State University.