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  • Author:

    Ryann Scherdt

  • Published:

    Feb. 21, 2020

Spartans Strive to Serve Their Community 

Volunteering with coworkers is a perfect way to grow closer while also helping others. There are many departments on campus that prove this point. The Residential and Hospitality Services employees at MSU understand the value of service. The RHS staff supports Spartans Serve, United Way’s Day of Caring and MSU Food Bank. Together, they are making a difference while enriching their personal and professional lives.

Volunteers posing for picture


ABOVE: Culinary Service team members volunteered for United Way's Day of Caring on Sept. 20, 2019. The team worked at Hunter Park in Lansing planting trees and preparing an edible garden for planting. Pictured left to right:  Bill Kost, Rebecca Selesky, Don Donagrandi, Darby Harris, Ann O'Neill, Cheryl Berry, Grace Mcferrin, Kevin Zheng (MSU student), and Paul Rinella.


Cheryl Berry is one of the staff members that shares in the desire to serve. The opportunity to support students and the community motivates Berry, and other staff members, to volunteer. For MSU staff, volunteering keeps them “engaged with students” and “provides opportunities to work side-by-side” with colleagues and students they do not normally get the opportunity to work with. Staff often do not get the chance to see their impact at the university, but volunteering allows the staff to see the big picture of how they are helping students, and the community.

When you leave the office you can grow as a team and as an individual. You can:

  • Connect with your team
  • Expand your network
  • Learn new skills
  • Help others
  • Reenergize yourself

Cheryl Berry listed all the above reasons as the benefits her office sees when volunteering. She believes that all staff should be encouraged to serve. When asked to give advice to other staff, Berry said, “Find a couple hours and invest in YOURSELF!  You’ll be amazed at the positive effects volunteering has on those you serve and on you”.

Michigan State and the Alumni Office make it easy to get involved and serve. A great first step in starting your volunteer experience at MSU is on Global Day of Service, April 18, 2020! Sign up on your own or encourage coworkers to join you at one of this year's service projects.

To find out how you can help, visit the MSU Alumni Office website