As we settle into a virtual campus in the midst of change and uncertainty, the Ginsberg Center continues to support your community engagement efforts. Our engagement does not only happen in person; there are many ways to continue your positive impact. Here are a few ways to stay connected:
Contribute to your local community
Are you local to Washtenaw County? If so, use and share our Connect2Community portal. A joint effort of the Ginsberg Center with the United Way of Washtenaw County and Eastern Michigan University, the portal is being updated in real time to ensure that community partners within Washtenaw and surrounding counties have access to a broad range of volunteers and support for their evolving needs related to COVID-19. Currently, Governor Whitmer’s Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order allows for volunteers to continue engaging with organizations providing necessary resources during this crisis. There are also virtual options if you’d like to provide remote support.
If you’re currently away from Washtenaw County, check this COVID-19 volunteer portal for the State of Michigan, or look to your local United Way for community-based efforts.
Strengthen your student organizations’ efforts
We get it: this isn’t how you likely wanted your semester to end. With so many organizations planning for the Summer and Fall semesters, we can provide virtual support for you. Our staff members are available for virtual meetings and consultations on:
Moving your organization forward during this time
Planning for Summer and Fall semesters
Finding ways for your organization to stay connected to community-based efforts
Set up a time to meet with one of us using our Support Requests Form.
Prepare for your community engagement
Whether you want a virtual workshop for your student group, or want to further explore best practices for community engagement, there are two ways to proceed:
Request a virtual workshop: Our staff can work with you to find a time that works for your team, and to learn more about your goals for a group session.
Check out the Community Engagement: Collaborating for Change online course. This free 5-module course can help you explore ethical and knowledgeable community engagement
We’re here as a resource for you as you navigate your work, and this shift on campus and in our communities. If you need support, please let us know. Thank you for your commitment to positive community impact, and to this shared work.
The Ginsberg Center team