Bruins Give Back volunteer event is Oct. 24

Bruins Give Back participants pose for a group photo outside the Kellogg Room.

The latest Bruins Give Back volunteer event for the Fall 2014 semester will be held for Kellogg Community College students and employees from 9 a.m. to noon this Friday, Oct. 24.

Bruins Give Back is a collaborative program involving the College’s service learning area, Student Life office and HandsOn Battle Creek. Each date – the event is held up to three times per semester – sees KCC students and employees volunteering at locations in and around Battle Creek.

Kate DeGraaf, service-learning manager at KCC and coordinator of the Bruins Give Back program, said members of the KCC community volunteer to serve between 500 and 600 hours each year through the events, providing a value of more than $11,000 to community partners through their service.

“This is a great way for students to connect with community members as they learn,” DeGraaf said. “As each person serves a little, it is amazing to see the impact as we all come together.”

On Oct. 24, KCC students and employees will:

  • Assist students at Dudley STEM School by showing them how to weed their school garden.
  • Work on a Habitat for Humanity home or at the organization’s ReStore.
  • Help clean and set up for the Spooky Science Day to be held Oct. 25 at Kingman Museum.

KCC students or employees who would like to participate in Bruins Give Back can sign up online at Organizations interested in partnering with KCC as part of the Bruins Give Back program can email DeGraaf at to express interest.

The Bruins Give Back program is one of several community service initiatives conducted at KCC each year. The College’s commitment to service is exhibited in the service-learning endorsement required for many KCC students pursuing an associate degree at KCC as of the fall semester of 2012; KCC students completed around 2,000 hours of service-learning work during the fall 2013 semester alone.

For more information about service learning or community service opportunities available through KCC, visit

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