The Spartan Volunteer Service Award

The Spartan Volunteer Service Award

November 23, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – December 11, 2020 @ 11:30 pm
The Spartan Volunteer Service Award

Announcing the Spartan Volunteer Service Award: A presidential recognition administered by the Center for Community Engaged Learning.

Your commitment to Community Engagement means the world to us. It’s what makes being a Spartan so special. The Spartan Volunteer Service Award will be given to any MSU student who serves a minimum of 100 hours of verified community engagement between November 11, 2019 and November 12, 2020.

How to be Eligible:
* Download the MSU Civic Life App on your smart phone or tablet*
* Update your profile and input your qualifying hours by December 11, 2020.
* All students who update their profiles within the app with 100 or more hours will be eligible for the award

We are aware that there are some issues with the MSU Civic Life App, particularly for iOS users. If you are unable to log your hours in the app for any reason, please download and fill out this spreadsheet Please email completed spreadsheets to Sophie Morin and

What Counts Toward the Award

There are many different ways of community engagement, not just volunteering, that count toward the 100 hours necessary to be eligible for the SVSA. Your hours can be from during the semester, over the summer, at home, abroad, or on campus at MSU! The different types of community engagement are represented as different categories in the MSU Civic Life App and defined below with examples.

Advocacy – Communicating support of an idea or cause and collecting evidence to support one’s position

Community Conversations – Exchanging and weighing different ideas, perspectives, and approaches in a civil way

Community and Economic Development – Acting locally to provide economic opportunities and improve social conditions in a sustainable way

Democratic Engagement- Using the formal structures of the political system to attempt to change society

Philanthropy- Offering charitable aid or donations to social change focused, community-based organizations to combat social problems

Volunteering- Short or long-term donation of time and talent to directly support the activities of a community-based organization