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.

Activity Organization
Children's Tutoring & Collection Drives   Blackwell Institute 
Food Fight to Take Childhood Hunger  Gleaners Food Bank
Meal Deliveries  Focus:  HOPE
MLK Day:  A Celebration of Freedom Troy Athens High School
Mock Interviewing Clintondale High School 
Professional Clothing Drive & Free Clothing Shop Student Life
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 or currently scheduled volunteer activities.

Children's Tutoring & Collection Drives (Blackwell Institute)

Tutoring Session

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, Box Top collection, 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 Ryan Kunzelman


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


When school is out, more than 300,000 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. 

Click here for more details or contact Bonnie Blakowski.


Meal Deliveries (Focus:  HOPE)

Focus:  HOPE Central Warehouse
1300 Oakman Boulevard
Detroit, MI
8 a.m.

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 Stephanie Wheeler

Mock Interviewing (Clintondale High School)


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

Professional Clothing Drive & Free Clothing Shop (Student Life)

Clothing Drive:  November

We understand that with student loans and other expenses, it can be difficult purchasing a professional wardrobe.  Student Life is sponsoring a collection drive to help Walsh students that need appropriate clothing for interviews and daily attire that meets company dress code policies.  The ultimate goal is to make them feel confident as they take the next steps towards launching their professional careers. 

The following gently-used, clean, men's & women's items will be accepted:

  • Suits
  • Blazers
  • Blouses/shirts
  • Dresses/skirts
  • Dress pants
  • Shoes
  • Accessories

Each collection location will be able to provide you with a receipt for tax purposes.

Clothing Shop:  December

If you are a student in need of an outfit to jumpstart your professional career, stop in for a personal shopping experience!  You’ll have an opportunity to select items from the above list… for free.  Number of items you can select, will depend on amount that is donated this month. 

For the best selection, we recommend you stop in at the beginning of the week.  Items will be limited and while supplies last.  Other times available by scheduling appointment via e-mail.

Questions?  Contact Julie Battani

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)


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 near the administrative office.

Questions?  Contact Jason Sweet

Veteran Collection Drive (Vets Returning Home, Inc.)

Troy campus, Frankel lobby and Barry Center

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.

Questions?  Contact Jessica Bradford