Michigan Community Service Commission


The Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC) builds a culture of service by providing vision and resources to strengthen communities through volunteerism.

The MCSC achieves its mission by:

  • Securing and granting funds
  • Selecting and training high-quality grantees
  • Overseeing and monitoring grantee results
  • Recognizing the success and effectiveness of volunteer programs and activities
  • Developing and sharing resources
  • Conducting research and evaluation
  • Creating networks among volunteer organizations
  • Sharing the results of our investments
  • Serving as a bridge between the public and nonprofit sectors

Discover the MCSC's vision and mission by viewing the 2008-2010 MCSC Blueprint for Action (PDF).


Since its founding in 1991, the MCSC has granted more than $100 million in public and private funds to community organizations enabling them to engage millions of Michigan citizens in volunteer service. This support has leveraged more than $85 million in local resources to further support these community volunteer initiatives.

Volunteerism doesn't just happen. Most social service and nonprofit organizations rely heavily on volunteers as a valuable human resource. That resource must be stewarded carefully and supported continuously. Volunteer recruitment, management, training, placement, and recognition require resources and attention. With continued public and private support, along with the necessary training, resources, and coordination to help people serve, volunteerism can become a way of life for all Michigan citizens.

It is our vision that all Michigan residents, beginning at an early age and continuing for a lifetime, meet community needs and find personal fulfillment through service-learning and volunteering. Michigan is an ideal place to live and is recognized nationally because its citizens believe so strongly in the value of service as a way of life.

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Volunteer in Michigan Today!

Volunteer in Michigan. Are you looking for ways to give back to your community, support a cause you believe in, develop new skills, or make new friends? Whatever your reason, you can put your time and talents to good use by volunteering.

Get started by searching the Michigan Community Service Commission’s volunteer widget. This tool pulls volunteer opportunities from various sources into one convenient spot, making your volunteer search much easier. Simply enter your city and a keyword reflecting your volunteer interests!

Didn't find something you're interested in? There are plenty of other ways to get involved. Check out the great opportunities below!

Michigan Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer with the DNR, it's a great feeling!
Whether you are collecting seeds or raising money for the cause of your choice, volunteering for the Department of Natural Resources is the best way you can help preserve Michigan's treasured natural resources. For an opportunity near you, visit www.michigan.gov/dnr.

Volunteer Centers
Nearly every area of Michigan is served by a Volunteer Center that can connect you with volunteer opportunities in your community. To find a volunteer center near you, please visit www.mivolunteers.org or call 1-800-VOLUNTEER.

Michigan Volunteer Registry
The Michigan Volunteer Registry is an internet-based system enabling healthcare personnel and citizens to pre-register to volunteer their assistance during an emergency. The registry assembles volunteers based on verification of their identity, credentials, and qualifications. Those interested in volunteering can securely enter their contact information on the web site. During an emergency, volunteer information will be gathered and appropriate volunteers contacted by authorized personnel. Individuals willing to assist during a disaster may choose to register as part of the General Volunteer unit, Michigan's State Animal Response Team, Michigan Mortuary Response Team, or any of the five partner Citizen Corps Programs. Volunteers of all skill levels, experiences, and affiliations are encouraged to register.

Be a Mentor
There are more than 3,500 children in Michigan waiting to be matched with a caring adult. If you want to make a difference in the life of a child, mentoring only takes about one hour a week. Pass It On. To find a place to mentor, click here.

National Service
AmeriCorps is often compared to a U.S.-based Peace Corps. It engages more than 75,000 Americans each year in service to meet critical community needs. You can serve on a part-time or full-time basis. Participants, called members, must be 17 to apply and are of all ages, including retirees. Members receive some monetary compensation while serving. To learn more about Michigan AmeriCorps opportunities, click here.

Senior Corps connects those age 55 and over with people and organizations that need them most. They help you become a mentor, coach, or companion to a young person or adult. You can use your job skills and expertise in nonprofit organizations that need you. Senior Corps links more than 500,000 Americans to service opportunities each year and there are many ways to get involved. Certain programs provide some monetary compensation. To learn more, visit www.seniorcorps.gov.

Michigan Community Service Commission
The Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC) supports programs and activities to help individuals get involved in their local communities. The MCSC also recognizes outstanding volunteers in your community through the Governor's Service Awards. To learn more, click here.

An online portal, www.serve.gov, is available to help individuals, groups, and organizations find volunteer opportunities. For a volunteer opportunity near you, please visit www.serve.gov today. You can search by ZIP code and keyword, as well as post your own service events and/or opportunities.

Create The Good
Fifty years ago, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, a retired high school principal, founded AARP with the motto, "To serve, not be served." AARP continues to honor its founder by connecting members and engaging them and their networks in a wide range of opportunities to serve others via the Create The Good network. Anyone can visit the Create The Good website to find hundreds of opportunities to get involved in activities that help their neighbors and communities - whether they have five minutes or five hours. Create The Good expands on traditional ways to volunteer by exploring simple steps, time flexible opportunities, and a wide variety of issues in which to get involved. Join more than 9 million Americans making a difference through AARP. Sign up for the Create The Good network today at www.aarp.org/CreateTheGood.


Michigan Community Service Commission
235 S. Grand Ave., Suite 1108
Lansing, Michigan 48933
Main Phone: (517) 335-4295
Fax: (517) 373-4977
Web Site: www.michigan.gov/mcsc

For general questions about the Michigan Community Service Commission, call (517) 335-4295 or click here for a complete staff roster.

For questions or concerns about this web site, contact Jamie Wilson at or (517) 335-7875.

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