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. 

Dates/Details

December 8, 2018

Genesee County Humane Society 

"Our mission is to provide shelter and adoption of companion animals, reduce over-population, extend humane education, prevent cruelty, and provide those services that promote the goals and policies of The Humane Society of Genesee County (HSGC)."

Scope of Work: Activities may include making toys, decorating the shelter or assisting with the Holiday of Hope event.

Catholic Charities Center for Hope

The mission of Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties is the work of the Catholic Church, which is to share the love of Christ by performing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

Activities may include helping in the soup kitchen and the community closet.


UPCOMING DATES:

January 12, 2019
February 9, 2019
March 9, 2019
April 13, 2019
May 11, 2019
June 8, 2019

Impact

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 and another 15 participants volunteered at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan where they sorted 5,300lbs of food which equated to 50,000 meals. 

On February  10, 2018, 18 participants spent their Saturday morning putting together 25 tie blankets that were distributed to homeless residents in the city of Flint. 

On March 10, 2018, 18 participants served 40 residents of Flint at the North End Soup Kitchen a hearty meal of 3 pans of spaghetti, 4 pans of garlic bread, 4 pans of cinnamon apples, and 2 pans of salad. 

On September 8, 2018, 15 participants volunteered their time at the House of Ester where they engaged in yard work yielding 5 bags of yard waste, moved approximately 12 pieces of furniture, and sorted 10 trash bags of donations. On this same day, 6 additional participants worked with the Flint River Watershed Coalition to stencil 62 drains and disperse 79 door hangers to residents with information regarding what a watershed is. 

Meet the Team

Ashley McCloud

University of Michigan-Flint

From:  Flint, MI

Reason you joined Alternative Breaks: I joined the Alternative Breaks leadership team because I have participated in Alternative Breaks for 6 years and I enjoy being able to help plan memorable experiences for participants.

Interests: Dancing, Movies and traveling

Program of Alternative Breaks: Service Saturdays

 

Evan Satterlee

University of Michigan-Flint

Major: Health Sciences

From:  Burton, MI

Reason you joined the Alternative Breaks Leadership Team: It is a great opportunity to explore new leadership experiences and help my fellow colleagues enjoy service work just as much as I do.

Interests: Bowling, attending Michigan football games, enjoying smores and good company at bonfires.

Program of Alternative Breaks: Service Saturdays

Affiliation:  UM-Flint Alumni

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Franklin Avenue Mission

IMAGINE a city where 62% of the children live below poverty, where 40% of the housing are abandons—where life for many is one big dumpster burn. Then imagine that some of these people in this urban setting (80%) hope for things we take for granted.  They hope for a warm home, a roof over their head, health care, transportation, food and safe drinking water. Such a place exists. It is Flint’s east side where the Lutheran Church (LCMS) has planted Franklin Avenue Mission (FAM) to serve the poor, hungry and homeless.

Project Details: Project could include fall raking leaves and painting

Carriage Town Ministries

“Our mission is to provide help, hope and the Good News to our community through the skills and means of God’s people and the transforming power of Christ’s love.”

CTM exists because of caring, compassionate, generous people who give of their time, talents, and treasure to help someone in need. We work with dozens of area churches, service groups, schools, colleges, and families who have a desire to make a difference in the life of someone they may never meet. It’s amazing to see the Lord work through our staff, Board, and volunteers to produce changed hearts and lives!

Far more than “just” a shelter, CTM provides vital life training and education. Our clients create a Personal Success Plan (PSP) that helps them establish not just goals, but also a plan for achieving those goals. Every person we serve has a unique story and unique set of needs. Our prayer is for great change to take place in the hearts and lives of all who come to CTM.

As you tour the website, our hope is that you will feel a desire to connect even further with us. Whether you come for a tour, volunteer to serve, donate, or commit to praying for the ministry, it would be my pleasure to meet you and say “thanks!” for being part of the CTM team!
— Dallas Gatlin, Executive Director

Project Details: Project could include raking leaves (weather permitting), painting, etc.

Registration closes at 11:59pm on Thursday October 11th

Those wishing to register after that date must email AB@umflint.edu.


Upcoming Dates:

Saturday, November 10, 2018
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Saturday, June 8, 2019
 

Meet the Team

Ashley McCloud, Co-Chair

asmcclou@umflint.edu

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

esatterl@umflint.edu

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

Impact

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.