December 1, 2016

Volunteering: More than a seasonal activity

The approaching holidays will likely usher in a range of emotions — an urge to volunteer,  donate money to a charitable cause or simply take a moment out for introspection.

Though these activities may appear to be seasonal, for some people — volunteers in particular — such efforts are a year-round activity.

Recently, Wayne State University first lady Jacqueline Wilson (pictured) volunteered to address a group of sixth, seventh and eighth graders at Golightly Education Center as part of the university’s Warrior Day events.

Held throughout Detroit, Warrior Day activities — offered through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions — provide an opportunity for prospective students to learn more about Wayne State and engage in planned activities.

Several Warrior Day stops have been scheduled throughout the semester, and Wilson will continue welcoming students and offering information about the university.

Wayne State’s HIGH Program — which stands for “Helping Individuals Go Higher” — is a year-round effort that depends upon volunteers and donor support. Established in 2013, the HIGH Program was developed to ensure that no student abandons their dream of earning a degree solely because of housing or financial challenges.

Designed to assist students in crisis who have exhausted all other funding options and for whom homelessness is imminent without intervention, the HIGH Program provides short-term bridge funding to enable a student in crisis to get back on track, focusing on filling a gap.

“We believe Wayne State is a place where every student can thrive, where something like housing insecurity should not hold back a student from success,” said Wilson, HIGH Program founding director. “I am grateful to our donors for their support of this initiative.”

The HIGH Program recently provided volunteers at the Cass Community Social Services in honor of National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week. Volunteers also hosted a table at Wayne State’s Student Center Building to spread awareness about hunger and homelessness.

For further information about the HIGH Program, and how you can become a volunteer, visit

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