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Giving Back to the Community

The Community

Giving back to the community doesn’t necessarily mean reaching into your pocket. It can be as simple as spending a few hours volunteering in the community. From an early age, I was taught that it is important to think of others, especially those facing difficult times. There are several opportunities to give back locally, and finding one to fit your background and interest is rather easy. Look up your favorite non-profit website or search the Volunteer Match website.

If you’re pressed for time, a few of my favorites (American Heart Association, Gilda's Club, #HashtagLunchbag, Vets Returning Home) are listed on this blog. Plus, one that I just learned about is being hosted by the Walsh Alumni Association on August 28 and September 25. It has a really cool grassroots effort on social media.  Continue reading to find out more details.

American Heart Association*

The Heart Walk takes place in downtown Detroit. I have an uncle who went through heart surgery over 20 years ago, and four years ago, my dad had a quadruple bypass. I saw the daily struggles my dad went through; the surgery really takes at least a year to recover from, so this cause hits really close to home.

Gilda’s Club*

This Royal Oak-based non-profit provides free cancer support for everyone in the family. For the past six years, I’ve volunteered at this organization, serving on planning committees for its two largest fundraisers. It’s close to my heart because I’ve had two grandfathers battle this disease and just lost an uncle in early May.  They have the Gilda Family Walk & 5k on September 17 at Royal Oak High School.  E-mail me for more information if you want to volunteer or attend the event.


I also just learned of another non-profit that does great work in the community, more of a grassroots effort, called #HashtagLunchbag. If you’re heavily involved with social media, you may have already heard of it. It’s a humanity service movement dedicated to utilizing social media to bring awareness and eliminate hunger. The organization prepares and distributes lunches for those less fortunate. A local group meets on the last Sunday of every month at Marygrove College in Detroit. 

The Walsh Alumni Association has a few volunteer dates coming up on August 28 and September 25. Volunteers will meet at Marygrove at 10:30 a.m. to pack lunches and then distribute them to the community at noon. They request that volunteers offer a $10 donation to cover the cost of groceries for upcoming events. However, it is not mandatory.
If you’re interested in participating, please register online.

Vets Returning Home, Inc.

Over the past few years, the College has established an ongoing relationship with this Roseville non-profit. It provides homeless veterans a place to live and offers a wide variety of resources to help them get back on their feet.

Living quarters at Vets Returning Home, Inc.

Having three uncles who served our country in the military, I have profound respect for those who have sacrificed so much so we can have freedom. This past Friday, the college hosted an in-service training day for staff centered on veterans and their experiences. In the afternoon, we had our company picnic and hosted a few activities, including creating and writing “thank you” cards for veterans. They will be sent to Vets Returning Home and the Detroit VA Hospital.

What non-profit is close to your heart? 

*Note:  These non-profits are not sponsored by the College.

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