2015 Rummage Sale

Save the Date:
What: 2015 Rummage Sale
When: Saturday August 1, and August 2, 2015
Where: UC 1 & UC 2
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Donations will be accepted beginning Monday, July 20, 2015
Please schedule a time to drop off your donations here. Follow this link to sign up to donate.

Donations will be dropped off between the Franciscan Center & the University Center.
(Vehicles should park near the West Wing.)

Suggestions for donations:
Clothes (women, men, and children)
Shoes (women, men, and children)
Toys, puzzles, stuffed animals, board games, bicycles
Tools, small kitchen appliances, dishes
Books, paperback, hardcover, textbooks, children’s books
Furniture, lamps, home décor
Linens, bed sheets, comforters, towels
Media, DVDs, VHS tapes, CDs, small electronics

Volunteer opportunities are available beginning July 20, 2015 until August 8, 2015

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Receiving & sorting donations (July 20-July 30) 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Serving as a cashier at the sale (August 1- August 2) 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Acting as a bagger/loader at the sale (August 1-August 2) 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Packing post sale (August 3-August 8) 10:00 p. m. – 5:00 p.m.

Follow this link to sign up to volunteer.

For more information contact the Office of Student Life in Room 1411, call 734-432-5426, or email studentlife@madonna.edu

Proceeds benefit Madonna University 2016 Alternative Spring Break trips.

Students are presented with an opportunity to participate in an Alternative Spring Break experience. The Alternative Spring Break takes place during spring break vacation in March.

“I wouldn’t have wanted to spend my Spring Break doing anything else. Seeing those kids make improvements day by day was incredible and made my trip so worth it.”
-Kayla Jakel, Washington D.C. 2015.

MU’s Alternative Spring Break Experiences
Year Destination Service Project/focus
2015 Washington, DC
Baltimore, MD
after-school programs
basic needs
2014 Newark, NJ
Moore, OK
Detroit, MI
after-school programs
natural disaster relief
2013 Newark, NJ
Biloxi, MS
after-school programs
natural disaster relief
2012 Newark, NJ after-school programs
2011 Boston, MA homelessness

Students interested in attending an Alternative Spring Break should contact the Office of Student Life in Room 1411, call 734-432-5426, or email studentlife@madonna.edu.


Volunteer Opportunities in Detroit

Volunteerism is a key source to the reinvention and growth of Detroit. Everything from your time, talent, and muscle is much needed by various nonprofit organizations in the area. If you are willing to donate an hour of your time, consider following at one of these seven organizations

Spend time with children at the Detroit Medical Center Children’s Hospital of Michigan:
Under the supervision of hospital nurses, volunteers can spend their time visiting with the patient and their families during their stay. This makes a positive impact on both the children and their parents. Volunteers spend quality time rocking or feeding babies, reading to children, providing short hospital tours or leading art activities. Questions? You can reach out to DMC Children’s Hospital at (313) 745-5326.
Website: http://www.childrensdmc.org/volunteers

Throw a clean up block party:
The nonprofit, Urban Development Corporation, works on Detroit’s Northeast side to eliminate blight around the city. The organization is looking for volunteers to help clean up, beautify, and revitalize urban communities so that they are safe for children and families. By organizing a group of friends and family for a block party, you’ll be assigned to clean up an alley or neighborhood block by collecting trash, sweeping, performing yard work, and more. The Urban Development Corporation provides the cleanup tools and groups are encouraged to bring food and music to enjoy while they work. Group specific questions can be answered at (313) 963-4968.
Website: http://www.urbandevelopmentcorp.org/volunteers/

Provide emergency assistance:
The Michigan Regional Chapter of the American Red Cross helps those in need after disasters and helps entire communities recover by providing much-needed resources. Volunteers are needed to serve as caseworkers and office helpers as Red Cross provides a host of services for community preparedness, disaster response, and family recovery. Additional questions can be answered at (800) 774-6066.
Website: http://www.redcross.org/local/mi/emergency-services

Spend time helping elderly Detroiters:
There is a significant need for people to serve as helpers for the elderly in Detroit. As many elderly residents face physical limitations or can no longer do errands for themselves, they often rely on assistance from volunteers. This could include picking up prescriptions, taking them to medical appointments, shopping for them, helping clean their home, reading to them, or simply spending time with them. Elder Helpers can be reached at (734) 330-2734
Website: http://www.elderhelpers.org/

Become a zoo volunteer:
Did you know that you can become a volunteer at the Detroit Zoo? Whether you become a zoo ambassador, a tour guide, or an education center assistant, there are many fun and adventurous opportunities at Southeast Michigan’s beloved animal habitat. The zoo provides intensive training sessions for those interested. To learn more, call (248) 541-5717
Website: http://www.detroitzoo.org/Volunteers/volunteer-opportunities-detroit-zoo

Serve as an English Tutor:
The Siena Literacy Center is looking for volunteers to serve as English tutors across Southeast Michigan. The center provides basic education programs to adult students in language, reading, math, computer skills, and more. Since the 1990s, more than 2,000 people have benefited from the center’s learning programs. As a volunteer, you will work with a variety of students including those who left high school before graduation, newcomers to the U.S., or people who want to improve their job skills. Volunteers must make an eight-month commitment to the program and complete a 13-hour training class. Volunteers typically spend three hours a week for preparation and with students. The Siena Literacy Center can be reached at (313) 532-8404.
Website: http://www.sienaliteracy.org/

Become a climate change ambassador:
Are you passionate about the environment and climate change? If so, consider volunteering as a climate change ambassador for Nature Abounds. The nonprofit promotes environmental stewardship, conservation, and preservation in the Midwest. Ambassadors are needed to distribute information about climate change at events or through email campaigns. They also send communications to community leaders and local media. Training will be provided for volunteers, and you can learn more on their website or by calling (814) 765-1453.
Website: http://www.natureabounds.org/