UM-Flint Department of Public Safety partners with our neighbors in support of our greater community.
Alternative Breaks is a co-curricular program through the UM-Flint Office of University Outreach that aims to provide deeper learning opportunities for students, faculty and alumni through community engagement. Local service opportunities are provided during the university’s spring break via Alternative Spring Break as well as the second Saturday of each month through Service Saturdays.
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.
UM-Flint DPS Security Officer Philicia Allen is not only a supporter, she also serves! UM-Flint University Outreach can be found on Facebook @UniversityOutreach!
Free Little Library
In the Summer of 2017 the University of Michigan-Flint Department of Public Safety launched the Read with a Cop program in the River Village Apartments in Flint, MI to promote reading. This Little Free Library was donated and installed with the help of our campus and community partners.
“We have gone through hundreds and hundreds of books,” said UM-Flint Director of Public Safety Raymond Hall. “The children bring the books home and share them with neighbors and family members. When a little person rushes up to an officer and tells them what their book is all about and how many pages they have been reading, that type of interaction is what makes this all worthwhile.”
"Wow!" That's how DPS describes the support we enjoy from our faculty, staff and students. In just two weeks this past summer, DPS received over 800 book donations to the "Little Free Library". DPS also thanks the United Way of Genesse County, Flint PD, Kettering University and the entire UACC!
This is an example of the transformative power of partnerships to create a community that is more safe, prosperous, inclusive and sustainable! It takes all of us working together for the good of our community!!!!
Read more about this initiative HERE.