The University of Michigan-Flint’s Service Saturdays program is a University Outreach sponsored program that offers a community service learning experience on the local level during select Saturdays throughout the year. Service Saturdays are open to University of Michigan-Flint students, alumni, family, and community members. Participants spend time learning about our urban community and many of the social issues that residents face in Flint. On designated Saturdays, participants will meet at the selected service site to engage in meaningful action towards a greater understanding of root causes of relevant issues. Following the project, participants reflect and analize social justice issues they experience first-hand.
Saturday, May 12
Mobile Food Pantry – Greater Holy Temple
Featuring an average of 13,000 – 15,000 pounds of supplemental food, the Mobile Food Pantry allows agencies the ability to target areas of great need- even though they may not be physically located in that area.
The YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women's organization in the world. Across the globe, we have more than 25 million members in 122 countries, including 2 million members in 300 local associations in the United States. More important than the numbers, is our mission to eliminate racism and empower women. We provide safe places for women and girls, build strong women leaders, and advocate for women's rights and civil rights in Congress.
The YWCA of Greater Flint has been a place of hope, healing and renewal for over 100 years. We have provided comprehensive programs, outspoken leadership and professional expertise on the pressing issues of our times. Created by women for women, the YWCA has a proud and pioneering history and continues to be dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
Saturday, June 9
Carriage Town Ministries
For those who are hungry, we provide something to eat; for those who are thirsty, something to drink. For those who need a place to stay, we provide a home; for those who need clothing, a coat to keep them warm. And for those who are sick, a free walk-in clinic is provided each week. The gospel of Christ is taught daily through word, deed, devotionals and church services. In addition to the CTM cafe, clothing distribution and educational opportunities, residents are given the chance to create a Personal Success Plan. This is a goal-oriented program that enables individuals to grow spiritually, academically, and vocationally through mentoring, work-experience, and life skills.
House of Esther
The House of Esther is a Maternity Education and Care Center, also known as a Maternal EduCare Center. We are a home for first-time expectant moms ages 18 – 25 years of age. The House of Esther is designed to meet multiple needs and concerns of pregnant moms in crisis, resulting from their homelessness, lack of education and parenting skills.
The young, single, at-risk, unsupported pregnant mom will be educated on how to address the existing disparities that affect their culture with low birth rates and abortion. We will utilize age appropriate and innovative program models to reduce low birth rates that effect young mothers. We will also address economic issues that affect young, single mothers in our community. We will demonstrate the effectiveness of innovative multi-component, community-wide initiatives in an effort to help reduce rates of unplanned and unwanted pregnancies, low birth rates and abortions among young mothers.
We partner with local pregnancy crisis centers and the Health Department to assist in ultrasound testing and prenatal care of our moms.
Meet the Team
Ashley McCloud, Co-Chair
Ashley is an Alumni of the University of Michigan-Flint with her B.S in Health Education. As a student she participated in 6 Alternative Spring Breaks and 3 Alternative Summer Breaks, she has also served as a site leader for 6 of the 8 Alternative breaks she has participated in. She is now serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member as a liaison to the Community Education Initiative, which is a program city-wide program that focuses on supporting students and families of the Flint Community. In her spare time you can find her dancing everywhere because she takes ballet, jazz and contemporary dance classes. She also enjoys watching movies and traveling whenever she gets the chance. In the future Ashley plans to open her own non-profit to continue serving communities.
Evan Satterlee, Co-Chair
Evan is currently a senior in his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan-Flint, pursuing a career in physical therapy. Thus far, he has participated in almost every Service Saturday event for three years now, and has also worked with Alternative Spring Break and Alternative Summer Break. Through his personal services and through the opportunities of these programs, he has worked with countless organizations in this community, which include Americorps, The Salvation Army, The Food Bank, The Soup Kitchens, My Brother’s Keeper, Habitat for Humanity, Carriage Town Ministries and many more. When he’s not doing community service, Evan likes to play ping pong and go to Michigan Football games at the Big House. He also loves to sing and dance just about everywhere he goes.
“Service has become a very important part of my life, and it’s such a warming feeling to be a part of such a large and growing group of people that are just as passionate about the community and helping others as I am. Being a part of this service program is truly like having a second family, and we have plenty of room for more family!”-Evan Satterlee
January Service Saturday
On January 13, 2018, 15 participants volunteered at American Muslim Community Services where they assembled 500 bags of food that was distributed to 80 different families.