The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

Image with stats around volunteer portal usage for 2018. Including 88% of non-profit agencies benefited from the combined portal system. 233 agencies registered. 340 active volunteering opportunities. 1,418 new volunteers registered

Connect to Community is an online portal that connects University of Michigan students, staff, and faculty to engagement opportunities with non-profits, schools and other community agencies. Community partners throughout Southeast Michigan post a variety of service opportunities for groups and individuals that range from one-time to long-term commitments. Individual students, student groups, and U-M affiliates can search for opportunities most suited to them by interest, date, phrase, distance and more.

Connect to Community is managed by the Ginsberg Center, in collaboration with the United Way of Washtenaw County and Eastern Michigan University.

For Washtenaw County Community Partners

For partners within Washtenaw County

For our partners located inside Washtenaw County that are looking to recruit volunteers, we recommend signing up on the United Way of Washtenaw County’s volunteer portal, VolunteerWashtenaw.org. Through a partnership with the United Way of Washtenaw County, all opportunities posted on VolunteerWashtenaw are automatically shared on both Connect2Community and EMU’s volunteer portal, VolunteerConnection, so you’ll be reaching three audiences with one post! If you ONLY want to recruit student volunteers, please head to the “Located Outside of Washtenaw County” section for help signing up right on Connect2Community.

VolunteerWashtenaw has 1000s of visits a month, and your agency can post volunteer and in-kind opportunities of all sorts: ongoing, one-time, physical labor, groups, and more. Volunteers then sign up for opportunities through the site (and an email is generated to you) or they can reach out directly via phone or email address that you provide.

If you'd like to post your volunteer opportunities on VolunteerWashtenaw, it's quick, easy, and free. Click here to get started. Use United Way’s agency manager toolkit for more tips on creating an account or and getting the most out of your postings.

If you already have an account, but it’s been awhile since you’ve logged into your agency’s profile, think about updating it! If you have a volunteer opportunity you would like to post, here’s a refresher on how to do that. Contact community-engagement@umich.edu if you are new to your organization and need access to your agency’s profile.

For Community Partners Beyond Washtenaw County

For partners beyond Washtenaw County

Community partners from across Southeast Michigan can post a variety of service opportunities on Connect2Community.umich.edu that range from one-time to long-term commitments. Students, student groups, and other U-M affiliates can search and sign-up for opportunities through the site (and an email is generated to you), or they can reach out to you directly via phone or email address that you provide. Additionally, through our partnership with EMU’s VISION Volunteer Center, all opportunities posted on Connect2Community automatically flow onto EMU’s portal, VolunteerConnection for their students as well. At Ginsberg, we use the portal to promote engagement opportunities (sometimes single opportunities, sometimes categories) via social media, email, and directly to students or student groups.

If you'd like to post your volunteer opportunities on our Connect2Community site, it's quick, easy, and free. Click here to get started. Use our agency manager toolkit for more tips on creating an account or and getting the most out of your postings.

If you already have an account, but it’s been awhile since you’ve logged into your agency’s profile, think about updating it! If you have a volunteer opportunity you would like to post, here’s a refresher on how to do that. Contact community-engagement@umich.edu if you are new to your organization and need access to your agency’s profile.

For Students

Use Connect to Community to find service opportunities that match your interests and skills with community identified priorities. Search through over 300 opportunities for yourself or your group by using filters like interest, phrase, or groups. Then, you can respond to the volunteer opportunity you're interested in right through the portal! After the experience, you can enter in your hours on Connect to Community, and view an exportable volunteer resume.

Follow the steps below to create an account - it's quick and easy!

  1. Go to: https://connect2community.umich.edu/user/login/
  2. Login with your uniquename and password

  3. Follow the directions on the screen to select causes that you're passionate about! You also have the option to "fan" agencies - if you fan an agency, it means you'll get an e-mail update whenever they add a new volunteer opportunity.

  4. Click on "Volunteer Opportunities" on the left of your screen, and start searching!

More Resources

  1. For more tips on getting started and finding opportunities you're interested in, click here.  

  2. This page has great tips for volunteering as a group - check it out!

  3. The Ginsberg Center offers advising, coaching, and workshops for student groups doing service work - click here to fill out a request.