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U-M Club of New York: Volunteering

Volunteer to Help Students with Resumes, Cover Letters, or Interview Prep

Want to help Michigan students land their dream jobs?  Then volunteer to help current students with their resumes, cover letters, or interview prep.  You’ll be able to connect with students, share your industry expertise, and give back to the Michigan community.  We are gathering interest at the moment and will follow up with those interested at a later time.  Click here to sign up.

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run NYC is a social emotional learning program for girls in 3rd – 8th grade that incorporates running-based activities into lessons about critical life skills. Each season of programming culminates in a celebratory 5k.  One of the best ways to support the organization is by becoming a general volunteer, which allows you to get involved one day or event at a time. Volunteers receive regular communications about ways to stay involved throughout the year, including participating in virtual 5Ks, attending events with the girls, joining committees, and otherwise supporting the organization.  To submit a volunteer application, please visit gotrnyc.org/volunteer.

Holiday Day Cards for Seniors

Spread the love and flex your creativity muscles by making holiday cards for homebound seniors living in New York City.  The instructions are simple: make the card and mail it to Citymeals on Wheels to distribute at least two weeks before the holiday.  Full instructions and the mailing address are here.  Please also let them know you’re volunteers from the U-M Club of New York.  Below are some cards we made for seniors for Valentine’s Day.

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Project Sunshine

Create joy and memories with children in hospitals. Project Sunshine works with pediatric patients and their families, and they offer a range of remote volunteering opportunities ranging from engaging in play/activities with children (through video conference) to sending thank you messages to healthcare workers. More information can be found here: https://projectsunshine.org/remotevolunteering/

Phone Banking with New York Cares

Volunteer to make a difference with phone calls. With New York Cares, you can phone bank for a variety of causes, ranging from wellness checks on seniors and veterans to technical support for remote learning. To participate, sign up here for a short online training. New York Cares will conduct a background check, and then you’ll be able to sign up for a variety of phone banking opportunities. Requires a 3 hour commitment each volunteer session with no minimum number of sessions. Email [email protected] with any questions, and email us with any feedback on your experience!

Wellness Calls with Meals on Wheels

Senior isolation and loneliness are serious problems, especially with the pandemic keeping people indoors. With Wellness Calls, you can shine a light on our elderly neighbors’ lives by chatting with them during a weekly, half-hour phone call. Meals on Wheels requires a commitment of 2-3 days per week for 2-3 months. To participate, fill out this brief questionnaire and email it to [email protected] and [email protected]. Feel free to email them any questions you have, and let them know you’re from the Michigan Club of NYC. If you’ve participated, please email us with any feedback on the program.

Alumni Student Recruitment

AAUM asks each alumni club to designate a club member to join the Alumni Student Recruitment program, participate in adopt-a-school (if one is available) and act as point person for all things related to recruiting.

Questions: Contact the U-M Club of NYC

Get Involved in the Club

Looking to get involved as a volunteer club leader?  Email the U-M Club of NYC for ways to get involved.  You are also welcome to attend our quarterly board meetings (any interested alumni are welcome to join us).  These open meetings are where, once a quarter, our Board of Directors and Club committee leaders meet to discuss key Club business, initiatives, events from the past quarter and discuss plans for the remainder of the year.  Once you become an active participant in the club, we encourage you to express interest in running for a position within the club leadership.  Board of Directors are elected annually.  Learn more about our board leadership here.

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