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.
2018: May 12, June 9
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!
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.
Help Alternative Breaks continue to make an impact in the Flint community.