Global Day of Service inspires Spartans to serve
The year-round efforts of the Spartans Will Serve initiative culminated in the Global Day of Service on April 13. More than 1,400 members of Spartan Nation gathered to improve their local communities and show the world the impact Spartans can make in just one day.
Global Day of Service attracted a wide variety of participants, including current students, staff, alumni and friends. More than 100 projects took place in 28 states as well as the District of Columbia, in addition to five international projects.
There were many opportunities to serve. Some volunteers opted to preserve the beauty of a park or beach, while others helped to build or improve homes. Several volunteers made it a family affair and brought their children. There was even an opportunity to help out at a bingo social and a bowling fundraiser. No matter where volunteers spent the day, it was clear they left a lasting impression.
“Global Day of Service volunteers make a tremendous impact in their communities," said Nick McLaren, MSU alumni interim executive director. "Since we began in 2013, that service is valued at $1.38M to the organizations served.”
The event was made possible with the help of several sponsors — MSUFCU, Dean Transportation, Meijer and the Spartan Bookstore — as well as volunteer project leaders at each site.
Learn more about the MSU community’s impact on Global Day of Service on the MSU Alumni Association website. You can keep up with MSU Alumni’s other Spartans Will. Serve events on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@msualumni).
About MSU Alumni: MSU Alumni embodies Michigan State University’s world-grant mission to make the world a better place through collective Spartan power. We support and advocate for our 550,000 alumni base in gathering together, serving MSU and their local communities, and supporting our university philanthropically. For more information, visit alumni.msu.edu.
What people are saying: from around the web
Had a great Spartan Day of Service at Forgotten Harvest!!! Thank you all who came out and helped. Go Green!! pic.twitter.com/XUvn1sNhUZ— MSUBA Oakland County (@MSUBA_OC) April 13, 2019
The #BeijingSpartans came together with the @OhioStateAlumni and @MichiganAlumni alumni clubs in Beijing for #GlobalDayofService. Volunteers helped pick up liter while jogging 10km through Beijing's Olympic Forest Park. #MSUAlumni #GlobalSpartans #SpartansWillServe pic.twitter.com/XlQhm9BM0e— Michael Cylkowski (@MikeCylkowski) April 13, 2019
A huge group of @WMISpartans got together today to create Lavender Life Xander Bunnies, which will be distributed to foster children around the country. #AllTheFeels #SpartansWillServe pic.twitter.com/imim8SPS8R— MSU Alumni Association (@msualumni) April 13, 2019