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Town Hall Community Forum Aug. 28 Highlights Volunteer, Service Learning Opportunities

Michele Mickey AlbrightFerris State University’s Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services invites students, faculty and staff to the Fall Semester Town Hall Community Forum on Friday, Aug. 28, in University Center, Room 202, from 9 to 11 a.m.

Representatives from dozens of non-profit organizations will be offering volunteer and service learning opportunities in Mecosta and Osceola counties. Mickey Albright, coordinator of career and volunteer centers, said that these groups are excited to explain their missions such as support of the arts, health care, education and working with special needs clients.

“It provides them a platform to inform the Ferris community on things that they may need assistance with,” Albright said.

A town hall meeting in Fall 2014 gave 37 area groups the chance to connect with students, faculty and staff. Albright said that this annual event is a conduit for participants to begin volunteering, explore possible career paths through academic service learning or for faculty to incorporate those opportunities into classwork.

“There are learning objectives, there are outcomes that are expected from participating,” Albright said. “They’re gaining a value that is more easily defined.”

Ferris’ Community Volunteer Center and Honors Program also participate in the forum and network with the participating agencies and organizations.


PHOTO CAPTION: Pictured is Mickey Albright, coordinator of career and volunteer centers.