Spring and Summer Clean-Ups Need You!

Flint, MI – Every spring and summer there are dozens of ways you can volunteer at neighborhood clean-ups, park, river and trail clean-up events. There can never be too many volunteers for these events!

Kettering Students help keep Flint looking good!

Kettering Students help keep Flint looking good!

To make it easy for you, your group or family to join in these efforts we are providing a list of great opportunities with dates, times, locations and contact information.

Check out the List of Spring & Summer Clean-Up Events for Flint and Genesee County!

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MLK Day Was a Great Day “On” !

Hundreds of people made Martin Luther King Jr. time a day on instead of a day off this year and had a great time helping others!


Davenport University and Mott Community College both hosted amazing volunteer events where we made fleece blankets. The blankets will go to veterans recovering from injuries, to elderly people and others.

MLK Day 2013 compressed Davenport University Wilma and Matt

The University of Michigan-Flint hosted a variety of volunteer opportunities at nonprofit organizations throughout Flint including Genesee County Habitat for Humanity and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint.

Kettering University had students volunteering with the Flint Public Library which always hosts an array of vibrant speakers, singers, dancers and crafts.

Baker College did a wonderful job of connecting volunteers to children and others. Volunteers read books to the kids and even helped host a birthday party at a local convalescent home.

In all, hundreds of people gave of their time on a day when most who had the day off were just kicking back and doing their own thing.

Remember, he who leads is the servant of all. Great job by these servant leaders!

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MLK Day – January 21 – A Great Day to Serve

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the Presidential Inauguration both take place on Monday, January 21, 2013! You can mark this double-whammy federal holiday by serving others in our community.

Davenport University is hosting a project perfect for adults or teens. They will be making fleece blankets for veterans and service members who are recovering from illness or injury. If you can cut and tie fabric, you can do this! No sewing involved. Sign up for the morning or afternoon session through HandsOnGenesee.org


Baker College of Flint is coming back this year with its second project involving reading to children or to people in nursing homes. Volunteers will be reading to children at Carriage Town Ministries, My First School pre-school (Bristol Rd., Flint, MI,) as well as to Seniors at Wisdom Living Senior Assisted Living Center & Kith Haven Nursing & Rehab Center.

Books will be provided and will be given to the children at Carriage Town as gifts and magazines will be provided to read to the residents at Wisdom Living Senior Assisted Living Center & Kith Haven. Volunteers who wish to work with seniors at Kith Haven can assist with an MLK Day Birthday party for the residents from 2:00-3:00pm.

You must sign up in advance for this reading project. You can do that at HandsOnGenesee.org.

Life’s most urgent and persistent question is: What are you doing for others?
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Make a Difference Day – Celebrate with us on Thursday, Oct. 25!

You can Make a Difference this week as we celebrate Make a Difference Day, a National Day of Service being celebrated all over the country.

On Thursday, Oct. 25, local colleges including Baker College of Flint, Davenport University, Kettering University, Mott Community College and University of Michigan-Flint will all be hosting tables from 9am-4pm where students, staff and community members can write cards and letters of encouragement to our troops serving overseas.Supplies will be provided. Wanted to join us? Here’s where writing tables will be set up:

  • Baker College of Flint, Student Center, 1050 W. Bristol Rd,  Flint
  • Davenport University, Room 103, 4318 Miller Rd., Flint
  • Kettering University, Great Court in the Campus Center, 1700 University Ave. (formerly Third Ave.)
  • Mott Community College, Curtice-Mott Complex, 1401 E. Court St., Flint
  • University of Michigan, Flint, University Center, 3rd Floor, 303 E. Kearsley St., Flint

Can’t make it to one of these locations on Thursday? No problem. Send your own cards and letters for our troops to: HandsOn Genesee, 1401 S. Grand Traverse, Flint, MI 48503 by Nov. 10, 2012.

All cards and letters will be screen before being forwarded to U.S. service members.

Are you doing something else this week to Make a Difference? Tell us about it here! We’d love to hear your stories.

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Want a Chance to Win a Kindle Fire HD?

The Kindle Fire HD is one of the coolest pads out there. Great for reading books, magazines and playing games, not to mention watching your favorite videos.

Now you can be eligible to win a Kindle Fire HD.

All you need to do is create a Volunteer/Member profile on the HandsOnGenesee.org website between now and October 31, 2012. Must be a Genesee County, Michigan resident or attend a Genesee County school, college or university to win. Only one Volunteer/Member Profile per person.

Even better, once you create that Volunteer/Member profile on HandsOnGenesee.org, you can sign up for or express interest in volunteering with terrific local charities that need your help!

Kindle Fire HD

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Volunteer Expo Info

Want to volunteer but don’t know where to start? Come to the HandsOn Genesee Volunteer Expo! Up to 40 charities will be on hand to talk to you about what they do and how you can help.

It’s free and open to the public. Held at University of Michigan-Flint’s University Center, the Expo takes place Thursday, Oct. 11, 3-7 pm.

The University Center is off of Chavez which runs parallel to 475. Download directions to UM-Flint and a campus map here.  Give the PDF a minute to download.

Get registered for door prizes when you come in!

Volunteer Expo Info

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Volunteer Expo is coming October 11!

FLINT, MI – Ever wanted to volunteer but just didn’t know how to make that connection?

HandsOn Genesee’s Volunteer Expo is coming October 11, 3-7pm at UM-Flint’s University Center (right next to the Rec Center). Dozens of charities and nonprofit organizations will be there hosting booths to talk to you about what they do and how you can help.

It’s a great way to find out about many of the charities in our area, what they do, and how you can make a difference. Think of it as one-stop shopping for volunteerism.

The Volunteer Expo is free and open to the public. We’ll have door prizes, refreshments and more. It’s a really fun event!

So mark you calendar and plan to join us. Watch for more announcements about special giveaways as well.


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