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TBP Service Projects
E-mail Christopher McMullen (cmcmull) with any general service project questions. E-mail the project leaders (designated next to each project below) with project-specific questions.
Adopt-A-Highway : MDOT created Adopt-A-Highway in 1990 to improve the beauty of our highway roadsides with community help. With the help of 6-12 TBPers, we clean a stretch of Fuller Road near North Campus.
Arb Restoration (carlpons): If you like the outdoors, this project is for you! We help to keep the Nichols Arboretum the beautiful place it is by clearing out dead trees, picking up litter, and performing assorted groundskeeping tasks. Previous projects have included maintenance and re-routing of the stream that runs through it, planting, and various other types of light outdoor work.
Be the Match Registry: The “Be the Match” registry is a program administered by the National Marrow Donor Program with the goal of matching marrow-requiring patients with potential donors. For most of these patients, a marrow transplant is their last shot at surviving their disease. For this service project, we solicited for people to join the marrow registry by having them provide a DNA sample (cheek swab) and their contact information.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters: Big Brothers/Big Sisters pairs mentors and children to develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people. Volunteer to help out with a fun activity with their organization! Previous projects include helping out with a Rec Night; volunteers were needed to help with crafts, games in their gym, general supervising, and clean-up.
Blood Battle (xiaoranz): The American Red Cross runs a number of blood donation “competions” throughout the year on campus. Volunteer opportunities include helping out at the Bursley and Pierpont Commons donation sites or posting flyers on North Campus the week prior to this event.
Book Swap (mjboyd) : TBP organizes this COE-wide event to help students buy and sell used books. First, students can bring in their used books and set their asking price. Next, other students stop by to peruse our selection and purchase used books. Project leaders should ideally be in Ann Arbor a week or two before school starts to set this up.
Botanical Gardens (mjsyp): The University of Michigan has its very own Matthaei Botanical Gardens that houses exotic plants from around the world. Volunteer opportunites range from planting/maintaing the gardens to administrative work.
Bottle Drive (khoowx, yangdiz): We collect cans, bottles, and bottle slips from TBP members to promote recycling. The money from the deposits are given to a local charity of choice.
Cancer Center (liushuo): The U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center provides its patients diagnostic, treatment, and support services in a collaborative environment. Past projects include putting together patient information packets for clinics and preparing Valentine bags of homemade cards and candy for patients.
Cub Scouts Camp Munhacke Day (cmcmull): Help run eight winter activity stations for a full day of activities with cub scouts at Camp Munhacke in Gregory, MI. Volunteers can keep warm with a hot lunch, hot chocolate, and a fire.
Cub Scouts Day (damartel, ewampler): Cub Scouts Engineering Day is a TBP organized event for local Cub Scouts troops to receive their engineering badges. Activities include bridge building, egg drop, circuits, and floor plan. Volunteers are needed to help run these stations and to lead groups of Cub Scouts through the stations.
Detroit Partnership Pen Pals (dsanjaya): TBP is pairing up with the Detroit Partnership and the Society of Physics Students to provide pen pal mentors for 80 second through eighth grade students at Michigan Technical Academy in Detroit. The project entails writing one detailed letter each month and attending a brief orientation to make a meaningful impact on the life of a Detroit student. Young people need mentors, and even though you're sometimes nerdy and awkward, you might be exactly the sort of person who can inspire them.
Diag Clean-up (biondom, hartimat): Work with fellow TBPers to help clean the North or Central campus diag and its surrounding areas.
Ele’s Place (liushuo): Ele's Place is a nonprofit, community-based organization whose mission is to help children to cope with the death or life-threatening illness of a parent, sibling or other close family member or friend. Volunteers are needed to assist Ele’s Place staff and the support group facilitators by greeting families as they arrive at Ele’s Place for their group sessions, assisting with monitoring the children’s Activity Rooms, helping in the Ele’s Place Library, and/or helping with various set-up and clean-up duties.
Engineering Call-Outs (cmcmull): Help recruit the next freshman class of Michigan engineers by calling high school seniors from around the contry who have been admitted to the College. Share your experiences of Michigan Engineering with them and be rewarded with FREE DINNER.
Food Gatherers Soup Kitchen: Food Gatherers help prepare a warm meal, serve it, and clean up afterwards at the Delonis Center in Ann Arbor, which temporarily houses approximately 90 homeless people and serves regular meals to the community that have trouble making ends meet. This project directly benefits certain members of the Ann Arbor community that need food. As this is a popular project, project leaders should aim to set up four events a semester (monthly).
Food Gatherers Warehouse: Food Gatherers collects surplus food from businesses around the community to alleviate hunger. Volunteers are needed to help out at Food Gatherers’ warehouse with activities including cleaning the warehouse and sorting and packaging food.
Habitat for Humanity (susiec): Habitat for Humanity seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness and has built more than 300,000 houses around the world. This is a great hands-on activity where we help build a local house for a family in need. NO experience is necessary. Experienced builders will help you and tell you exactly what to do. This event will be done in conjunction with recruiters from GE.
Hands-On Musuem (jesiska, soheekan): The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum aims to inspire people to discover the wonder of science, math and technology. Have fun with kids while learning cool science facts! Past events include helping children make their own microbes, exploring unique musical instruments, and celebrating DNA day.
Kiwanis Thrift Sale: Come help out at Kiwanis Thrift Sale (200 S 1st St) whose proceeds fund a wide variety of charities and social agencies in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County. Volunteers may be assigned to sort donations or aid sales. Speakers of Asian languages, esp. Chinese, are greatly valued, but not required.
KnitWits (justkunz, jjhsiung): KnitWits helps the less fortunate during the cold winters by creating warm clothes from donated material. We sew together scraps of fleece to make mittens, hats, and scarves for the homeless here in Ann Arbor. No experience is necessary; instructions and materials all provided!
Leslie Science Center: The Leslie Science and Nature Center, situated on 50 acres of fields, woods and prairie in the heart of Ann Arbor, focuses on the public education of science and conservation. It has nature trails, a Critter House, and a solar-powered Nature House. Help them prepare for one of their biggest activites – Animal Haunts! Volunteers are need for clearing trails, creating a maze in the prairie, carving pumpkins, etc.
MathCounts Tutoring: MathCounts is a national math enrichment & competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement throughout the U.S. We will help coach students at a local middle school in preparation for their competitions. This is a weekly after-school event.
Meals on Wheels: Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels reduces hunger and food insecurity by delivering meals to those who are unable to shop and cook for themselves. Volunteers are needed to drive around to various locations in Ann Arbor and deliver meals to the elderly in their homes or apartments.
Neutral Zone: This local teen center is a hangout place for high-school-aged youth in Ann Arbor that offers ongoing programs such as Volume Youth Poetry, Break Dancin’ Basics, Youth Owned Records, Rebel Grrls Music Project, The Mentor Program, and Drop-in Tutoring. Previous projects include preparing a full dinner for the teens and helping with a mailout for a musical event.
Project SEED: This project encourages science and engineering among elementary school students by running a hands-on activity in a local classroom. Previous projects include making slime, building potato batteries, and making pencil windmills.
Recycle Ann Arbor : Recycle Ann Arbor’s ReUse takes donations of reusable material such as furniture, housewares, and lumber, and then resells them to the public or donates to other non-profit organizations. Volunteers are needed to maintain the center; tasks include sorting materials, making displays, cleaning, and some outdoor work.
Ronald McDonald House: The Ronald McDonald House is a place for parents who have children receiving medical treatment at the UM Hospital to live and take care of their children during a difficult time. We prepare a dinner for the families.
SAFE House: SAFE House is a place that supports survivors of domestic violence and their children. Previous projects include making dinner for them and helping organize and clean the children’s play area.
Sequoia Place (wbeyer, aric): TBP has paired up with HKN go to a local retirement home (Sequoia Place) on alternating weeks to help the residents with technical support for 2 hours (word, gmail, stereos, etc).
Towsley Children’s House (blujay): U of M Towsley Chilren’s House (formerly Pound House) is a U of M affiliated child care center which watches over 45 children each week. This is a great opportunity to do something worthwhile for the children in the Ann Arbor community; past projects include organizing the library, preparing for a field trip, and doing general maintancence of the center.
U of M Environmental Health Department (schneima): This department is dedicated to managing the local environment at U of M. This project typically consists of clearing invasive plant species from the North Campus woods.
VA Bingo Night: The Community Living Center at the local VA hold a Bingo Night every weeknight for veteran patients. We assist by getting drinks for the vets, helping them play, and handing out prizes. The veterans enjoy spending time with young students!
Washtenaw Literacy (rachjean) : Washtenaw Literacy helps adults improve their reading, writing, and English as a second language skills. Volunteer opportunities range from tutoring in their library to helping out with their events, mailouts, and fundraisers.
Washtenaw Science Fair: The 53rd Annual Southeast Michigan Science Fair is sponsored by the University of Michigan and Washtenaw Community College in cooperation with public and private schools in the five county regions. Projects are submitted by students from grades 6 through 12. Volunteers will judge a set number of science fair projects. Dinner is provided! Transportation will be arranged for those who need it.
World Medical Relief: World Medical Relief distributes donated medical equipment and supplies to areas in need on a local, national, and international basis. Volunteers work with M-HEAL, another U of M student society, to repair and sort medical equipment at a warehouse facility in Detroit.
AIDS Walk (shix): AIDS Walk Michigan raises awareness of HIV/AIDS and money for local AIDS service organizations through a 3.2 mile walk through downtown Ann Arbor. Volunteer opportunities include setting up before the event and handing out water to runners at checkpoints.
Bucket Drive (yanders, jdlelli): Each semester, TBP fundraises on the Central and North diags over a period of two days for a local charity. One hour of bucketing is required for initiates, but extra hours are encouraged and actives are needed as well!
Fall Chore Day (): Neighborhood Senior Services supports the local elderly living in their homes in part by holding an annual Fall Chore Day in which over 800 volunteers participate. Activities include raking yards, putting up storm windows, cleaning eaves troughs, washing windows, checking and installing smoke alarms, and more.
Glacier Hills Nursing Home (eaboett): Spend time with nursing home residents who may not normally get a chance to visit with young people. Usually we play musical bingo with the residents, and it’s a lot of fun!
Neighborhood Action Network (emenolly): The Neightborhood Action Network of the Ecology Center supports community action in creating healthy communities. Previous projects include going door-to-door in student neighborhoods in Ann Arbor to provide information and materials on why and how they should recycle.
Pound House (ramattin): Pound House is a U of M affiliated child care center which watches over 45 children each week. This is a great opportunity to do something worthwhile for the children in the Ann Arbor community; past projects include organizing the library, preparing for a field trip, and doing general maintancence of the center.
SOS Community Services (): This organization serves homeless families and children in Washtenaw County. Opportunities include tutoring homeless children on a weekly basis and preparing dinner for families in need.
Tech Day (jxiang): Tech Day is CoE’s annual fall event that invites prospective high school students and their parents to explore Michigan Engineering. Volunteers provide assistance by helping with set-up, checking in participants, and serving as student and parent group leaders.
U of M Environmental Health Department (eliantoi): This department is dedicated to managing the local environment at U of M. This project typically consists of clearing invasive plant species from the North Campus woods.
Washtenaw Literacy (akshayp, hiltonr): Washtenaw Literacy helps adults improve their reading, writing, and English as a second language skills. Volunteer opportunities range from tutoring in their library to helping out with their events, mailouts, and fundraisers.