Current Volunteer Opportunities

Survivors of Suicide, a local group that supports people who've lost loved ones to suicide, along with many generous sponsors, is hosting a non-competitive 5K run/walk called Walk for Hope at Northwood University on Sunday, August 17, 2014.  That's where you come in.  Active Minds, a peer education group on campus that focuses on mental health issues, has created a team to participate in the walk, and we are looking for SVSU students to get involved.  Maybe you've lost a friend or relative to suicide, or suicide prevention is a cause close to your heart, but no matter what, we'd like you to join our team! 
Here's how you can get involved:
1. Participate in the walk on Sunday, August 17, 2014.  Registration begins at 10:00 a.m., guest speaker Will Heininger (former UofM football player and suicide prevention advocate) will talk at 11:30, and the remembrance walk starts at noon. Join our team by going to the following link:  Scroll down and join our Active Minds at SVSU team.  It takes you to our Crowdrise event, where you can register to be a part of our team, or donate to the fundraiser.  We would love for you to be on our team!!!
2. Volunteer at the walk.  It takes a lot of people to put on this event, and we would love it if you would volunteer some of your time to help put on this event.  Survivors of Suicide has asked if we could try to get students to help with some of the things like face painting, popcorn and sno cones, and helping survivors with art therapy (they will be making something to honor their loved one's memory, and sometimes they need a little help with it).  If you'd like to volunteer your time, please e-mail me, Jenny Stephens, at, and I can get you more specific details (like what time you'd need to be there)
3. Fundraise.  Go to, click on our team (Active Minds at SVSU), and click on the "donate" button.  And if you don't have money to donate, please share the link on your social media pages.  All funds raised stay in the Great Lakes Bay region and go towards paying for support groups, suicide prevention efforts, and education.  So if you can, please consider donating to this important cause.

The YMCA of Saginaw is looking for volunteers for our Youth Triathlon this summer.The event is on Saturday, July 26th from 9:30am-1pm. We are looking for volunteers to check participants in, guide participants along route and to be stationed in certain areas along the route. Students who are interested in volunteering can contact Shannon Smith at



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