Wayne State and Share Detroit Partner to Boost Volunteer Opportunities

The Wayne State University Dean of Students Office in Detroit has partnered with Share Detroit, a community engagement conduit offering simple ways for neighbors, nonprofits, and businesses to come together and strengthen the community.
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The WSU Dean of Students Office has partnered with Share Detroit to expand access and awareness of volunteer opportunities in the area. // Courtesy of Wayne State University
The WSU Dean of Students Office has partnered with Share Detroit to expand access and awareness of volunteer opportunities in the area. // Courtesy of Wayne State University

The Wayne State University Dean of Students Office in Detroit has partnered with Share Detroit, a community engagement conduit offering simple ways for neighbors, nonprofits, and businesses to come together and strengthen the community.

“We’ve had more students than ever coming to the Dean of Students Office seeking these kinds of opportunities,” says Heather Marks, associate director of student life marketing at Wayne State. “We’re excited to have a new way of directly connecting students to the Detroit community.”

Share Detroit seeks to connect Detroiters with local nonprofit organizations, volunteer opportunities, and ways to provide financial support. Volunteer opportunities curated by Share Detroit appear on Wayne State’s new Volunteer Hub, which provides students, faculty, and staff a one-stop shop to explore both ongoing and one-time engagement and service opportunities.

The hub helps individuals and groups identify volunteer opportunities to fit their interests and availability with organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Ronald McDonald House, Detroit Hives, the Michigan Animal Adoption Network, Kids Kicking Cancer, and more.

Student organizations, departments, and other groups can volunteer together using the new group volunteer form. A site is also available to  connect individuals with volunteer opportunities.

The partnership came about as the newly formed Share Detroit aimed to expand its effort and reconnect nonprofits with volunteers following a halt of many programs during the pandemic.

“Wayne State’s goals align closely with our own commitment to creating meaningful community impact and connectivity,” says Janette Phillips, executive director of Share Detroit. “We’re so excited and proud to be partnering with the Wayne State University community who are and will become leaders working to make a difference in Detroit.”

In addition to volunteer opportunities, Share Detroit will participate in Giving Tuesday on Tuesday, Nov. 30, through the end of the year and invites the Warrior community to consider donating time or money to support hundreds of local nonprofits.

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