Walsh College

Walsh in the Community

Walsh College is committed to giving back to the community.  Learn more about what Walsh is doing to serve in the metro-Detroit area and other communities.  Students, alumni, staff, friends, and family are welcome to volunteer in any of the activities below. Click on the links below to learn more about what Walsh is doing for the following individuals and organizations in the community.

Entrepreneurial Services LaunchPad
Children's Tutoring & Collection Drives   Blackwell Institute 
Food Fight to Take Childhood Hunger  Gleaners Food Bank
Meal Deliveries  Focus:  HOPE
Mock Interviewing * Clintondale High School 
MLK Day:  A Celebration of Freedom Troy Athens High School
Tax Preparation * Accounting Aid Society
Toys for Tots Collection Drive U.S. Marines
Veteran Collection Drive  Vets Returning Home, Inc.
Walk and Diversity Festival Focus:  HOPE

*Upcoming scheduled volunteer activities.

Entrepreneurial Services (LaunchPad)

LaunchPad provides free mentoring service to students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  They offer one-on-one consulting to help members develop and grow their ideas into a business. 

Questions?  Visit their web page for details

Children's Tutoring

Blackwell Institute
9330 Shoemaker
Detroit, Mich.

In 2008, Walsh College started an outreach project with a school in the Detroit Public Schools district.  Initially it began with just a collection drive with 21 boxes of supplies.  Over time the College has established an ongoing relationship and the partnership has grown to monthly tutoring sessions, annual donation drives, and yearly field trips to the Troy campus. 

Additionally, for the past six years the College has hosted an event called “Santa Toy Express” in December.  Teachers gather the students’ wish lists and Walsh staff purchase a $10-15 toy with an educational item.  The gifts are hand delivered to the students and each child is photographed with Santa.  A thrilling and emotional experience for all involved.  Every year the teachers have explained that for many that is the only gift the students received during the holiday season.

The program has made a profound impact on the entire school.  Over the past eight years the school has made a lasting impression on the principal, teachers, and students of all grades.  They truly have become part of the family and frequently shout “Walsh College” with excitement when they see volunteers in the hallways!  It has made a positive impact on more than a dozen classrooms and hundreds of children.

Volunteers work with the students in small groups or individually with students.  Carpooling is available.

Questions?  Contact Jessica Knapik

Food Fight to Tackle Childhood Hunger (Gleaners Community Food Bank)

All campuses

When school is out, more than 250,000 children in southeast Michigan go without free and reduced-fee school lunches.  In an effort to keep kids fed thru the summer, "Food Fight to Tackle Childhood Hunger" collects food and money donations to feed local children. This is a contest between local businesses who can collect the most food.  Companies are split into four categories based on number of employees.  The companies with the most donations for that category wins the Madeline Kafoury Traveling Trophy!

Click here for more details or contact Bonnie Blakowski.

Meal Deliveries (Focus:  HOPE)

Focus:  HOPE Central Warehouse
1300 Oakman Boulevard
Detroit, MI

Join fellow alumni and friends for the annual Focus: HOPE holiday meal delivery.  Volunteers will be delivering nutritionally balanced meals to homebound seniors in and around Detroit. 

Questions?  Contact alumni@walshcollege.edu

MLK Day:  A Celebration of Freedom (Troy Athens High School)

Troy Athens High School
4333 John R Road
Troy, Mich.

Walsh participates in a tribute to the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The program takes place at Athens High School and includes a unity walk, musical presentation, art exhibit, and essay contest.  It is free and to the public.  

Questions?  Contact Bonnie Blakowski

Mock Interviewing (Clintondale High School)

Thursday, March 24
Clintondale High School
35100 Little Mack Avenue
Clinton Township, Mich.

Walsh volunteers act as interviewers and perform ten-minute mock interviews with high school students.  The program takes place at Clintondale High School and includes a brief training session, list of interview questions, student resumes, individual evaluation sheets, and a lunch.

Questions?  Contact Angela Boesler

Tax Preparation (Accounting Aid Society)


ATSO members and volunteers help prepare taxes for low income individuals within the community.

Questions?  Contact Deb Mourray

Toys for Tots (U.S. Marines)

Mid-November to December Novi campus

Every year the U.S. Marines collect toys and distribute them as gifts around the holidays to needy children.  Their main goal is to deliver a message of hope that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens, and community leaders.  The toys are distributed to the community in which the campaign is conducted.  The collection box is just outside of the Novi campus administrative office.

Veteran Collection Drive (Vets Returning Home, Inc.)


Walsh respects those that have provided service and sacrifice for our country.  The Roseville based organization provides homeless Veterans a place to live and resources to get back on their feet.  The drive collects a variety of items for the non-profit. 

Food items requested:

  • Ramen noodles
  • Mac and cheese
  • Coffee creamer
  • Juice (gallon size)
  • Cereal
  • Snack bars
  • Canned food

Necessities requested (NEW):

  • White socks/underwear
  • White towels
  • White sheets/pillows & cases (Twin size)
  • Full size deodorant

Questions?  E-mail veterans@walshcollege.edu.

Walk and Diversity Festival (Focus:  HOPE)

Focus:  HOPE Campus
1400 Oakman Blvd.
Detroit, Mich.

Each year, the WALK brings together people of various races, religions, and cultures to celebrate the diversity in our community.  The event also raises money for Focus: HOPE's Success Scholarship Fund which gives many talented men and women the opportunity to advance their education and job skills.  This year's walk includes a 4-mile walk through the neighborhood, food, entertainment, and children's activities.

Click here for more details or contact Jason Sweet.