The 2016 SPARTANS WILL. POWER Global Day of Service will be held on April 16.

Global Day of Service Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions about the SPARTANS WILL. POWER Global Day of Service that are not answered here, please contact Christopher Smith by email or by calling 517-884-1000.

The New York City Spartans paint a mural in Bissel Gardens for the SPARTANS WILL. POWER Global Day of Service.

What is SPARTANS WILL. POWER?

Michigan State University Spartans have a proud tradition of service. From the thousands of students who give back each year through the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement to the significant number of MSU graduates who enter the Peace Corps, Spartans have risen to the challenge to “change the world.” Many are doing just that as volunteers within the university community and in their professional lives, as well as by serving on boards of foundations or as elected officials or by offering their expertise and creative energy to volunteer community projects.

To harness the power of this volunteerism, the annual SPARTANS WILL. POWER Global Day of Service brings together Spartan alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends around the world to work in their local communities. We hope the day is a catalyst for new service commitments throughout the year. It is just one of a number of service opportunities offered by the MSU Alumni Association and Michigan State University.

Who can participate? Are children welcome? What about my non-Spartan friends?

Everyone is welcome to take part in the Global Day of Service. If you are joining a group service project, any age restrictions will be noted. If you are registering as an individual but would like to have others join you, you may add their names to your registration form. The Global Day of Service is a wonderful activity for families to share. We are happy to have members of the extended Spartan community join us, so please invite your friends and family to volunteer with you.

I already volunteer, why should I participate?

We recognize that many Spartans are involved actively in their local communities. The MSU Global Day of Service is a means for alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends to come together in volunteerism. SPARTANS WILL. POWER is also an opportunity to participate in a historic day for Spartans that demonstrates our great tradition of service to others.

Who do I call with questions about a service project?

Please contact the project coordinator listed for each Global Day of Service project.

What if there is no service project listed in my area?

If you do not see a service project listed near you there are a few options:

  • Reach out to your local alumni community and volunteer to lead a service project in your area.
  • Connect with a local charity or organization and register an individual volunteer service project. You'll even be able to invite a few friends to volunteer with you.
  • If your place of work supports employee service initiatives, gather your fellow Spartans and coordinate a corporate/business project.
  • Keep checking for newly added projects.
  • Tell us that you'd like to be notified of projects in your area

What if I have an idea for a service project in my area?

After connecting with the organization, you can register an individual volunteer service project to benefit them. See our project planning guide for tips on coordinating a project.

What if the project I want to volunteer for is full?

If you feel a strong connection to a particular project that is full, please contact the project coordinator listed. Projects may have wait lists in case of cancellations, or in some cases, there may be the opportunity to expand the capacity of the project if there is enough interest. If that does not work, we hope you'll also consider volunteering for an alternative Global Day of Service project in or near your area.

How will I get important updates about my service project?

You will receive a confirmation with the service project details immediately after you sign up to volunteer. Additional information, including specific logistical details for your project and any updates, will be communicated directly by the service project lead. If you have questions about a service project please reach out directly to the project lead.

Student Project Frequently Asked Questions


Who can participate in student projects? Can alumni participate in student projects?

Projects that contain the “Student Project” badge on the website are available for students only. These projects have been coordinated by the MSU Alumni Association’s Future Alumni Programming unit (MSUAA) and the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement (CSLCE).

The project I am volunteering for has a “Students Welcome” badge on it? Is that the same and am I allowed to participate in it as an alum?

The projects with “Students Welcome” badges on them are alumni projects in which the project coordinator has decided to invite student participation. Transportation to and from campus is NOT provided for projects with the “Students Welcome” badge.

Who do I call with questions about a service project?

If you have additional questions, please contact one of the people below.

What if I have an idea for a service project?

If you have an idea for a group project or a deserving organization, contact Dan DiMaggio by email or by calling 517-355-6472. You can also register an individual volunteer service project after connecting with local service organizations in your community.

What if the project I want to volunteer for is full?

If you feel a strong connection to a particular project that is full, please email Dan DiMaggio or KC Keyton. Projects may have space become available, so do not hesitate to ask.

How will I get important updates about my service project?

You will receive a confirmation with the service project details immediately after you sign up to volunteer. Additional important information including specific logistical details for your project and any updates will be communicated directly by the student project leads. If you should have questions about a service project please reach out directly to a contact listed above.