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 and LIVE. BREATHE. BUSINESS. 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 Blackstone LaunchPad
Children's Tutoring * Blackwell Institute 
Food Fight to Take Childhood Hunger  Gleaners Food Bank
Meal Deliveries  Focus:  HOPE
Meal Serving Capuchin Soup Kitchen
MLK Day:  A Celebration of Freedom Troy Athens High School
Toys for Tots U.S. Marines
Veteran Collection Drive * Vets Returning Home, Inc.
Walk and Diversity Festival Focus:  HOPE

*Upcoming scheduled volunteer activities.

Entrepreneurial Services (Blackstone LaunchPad)

Blackstone 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.

Santa Toy Express
Santa is in need of Elves to help deliver holiday gifts to the kindergarten classes.

Friday, December 12
9:30-10:30 a.m.

Tutoring dates for January 2015 will be posted soon.

The connection initially started in December 2008 by collecting 21 boxes of supplies for a classroom.  Since then it has grown with a tutoring program with the second grade classes, special visits at the school, field trips to the Troy campus, and more.  Volunteers work with the students in small groups or individually with students.  Carpooling is available.

Check out the following short videos from these academic school years:  

For more details, contact Jessica Knapik at jknapik@walshcollege.edu.

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


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. 

Questions?  Contact Rose Zook at rzook@walshcollege.edu.

Meal Deliveries (Focus:  HOPE)

Saturday, December 20
Focus:  HOPE Central Warehouse
1300 Oakman Boulevard
Detroit, MI
Register at alumni@walshcollege.edu

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
Capuchin Soup Kitchen in January 2010.

Meal Serving (Capuchin Soup Kitchen)

4390 Conner
Detroit, Mich.
The Walsh College Alumni Association helped prepare and serve lunch for those in need at the Connor Street location. 

Questions?  Contact Cindy Kot

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


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 Rose Zook at rzook@walshcollege.edu


Toys for Tots (U.S. Marines)


Each year Walsh collects toys for the Toys for Tots program that is sponsored by the U.S. Marines.  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.

Click here for more details.
Questions?  Contact Jessica Knapik at jknapik@walshcollege.edu.

Veteran Collection Drive (Vets Returning Home, Inc.)

November 11-December 12
Troy Records Office & Novi/UC Administrative Offices

Veteran Services is hosting a cell phone collection drive benefiting Cell Phones for Soldiers.  The organization recycles old cell phones to purchase international calling cards for active duty military.  The cards are given to service members deployed overseas to connect with family and friends back home.  Each $5 or donated device valued at $5, provides them with 2.5 hours of free talk time.

New or gently used phones from all service providers are accepted.  Note:  Please deactivate the phone, turn off the power, and keep the battery attached.  If there is no battery, place tape over the terminal ends.

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

Questions?  E-mail veterans@walshcollege.edu.

Walk and Diversity Festival (Focus:  HOPE)

Focus:  HOPE Campus
1400 Oakman Blvd.

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.

Questions?  Contact Rose Zook at rzook@walshcollege.edu.