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. 

Upcoming Dates

May 13 , 2017
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
(lunch provided)
Food Bank of Eastern MI with Doyle Ryder's Community Education team

Service Project Details

Food Distribution Event -Doyle Ryder Elementary (1040 Saginaw St, Flint, MI 48503)

In partnership with the Food Bank of Eastern MI, Doyle Ryder's Community Education team needs help to sort and distribute food to Flint families in need. Flint’s Community Education Initiative is a community-wide system of support for students and families. A collaborative of organizations are working together to establish schools in the Flint Community Schools district as neighborhood hubs, helping to create stronger families, healthier neighborhoods, higher performing schools and higher rates of student academic achievement and success. Learn more about Community Education here.

Service Saturday Schedule

Our service day begins at 8:30 am in MSB (main (ground) floor breezeway w/vending machines) for a short icebreaker and registration. We then head out to the service site in separate vehicles to volunteer from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Following our volunteer time, we will stay at Doyle Ryder Elementary for lunch and reflection until 1:00 pm. Morning meet up, volunteer time, and lunch/reflection are all included as community service hours.

Registration closes at 11:45 pm on Thursday, May 11. Those wishing to register after that date must email AB@umflint.edu.

Next Service Saturdays Date:

​June 10

Meet the Team

Ashlyn Dotson, Program Chair


Ashlyn graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint. During her time at the university, she participated in two STAY-cation Alternative Spring Breaks and the Alternative Summer Break trip to New Orleans. She was also engaged in several other service projects, including the Durant Park Clean Up Event, Earth Day, and sorting food at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. Ashlyn is am currently serving as an Americorps VISTA at Eisenhower Elementary. She is a part of the Flint Community Schools Initiative, which is a partnership led by the Crim Fitness Foundation and other Flint community businesses. This initiative works to develop Flint students for success and make schools a vital part of the Flint community. In her spare time, she enjoys fishing with her boyfriend, making bows and other girly items, binge watching New Girl, reading mystery novels (John Grisham and James Patterson are her absolute favorite!), and doing handstands in random places! She is always looking for volunteers at Eisenhower, so if anyone needs more community service hours, please feel free to contact her. If you have a group or club that you would be interested in starting after school or if you're just bored one day and would like to come in, shoot her an email!