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Snyder launches website for statewide volunteer initiative

From The Detroit News

By Gary Heinlein

May 30, 2013

Gov. Rick Snyder has launched a website where Michiganians can find opportunities to become “ambassadors” for the state by volunteering for activities such as community projects and student mentoring.

Snyder announced the initiative, “Let’s Do Something, Michigan!”, Thursday during the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual Mackinac Island policy conference.

The website where opportunities will be listed is DoSomethingMichigan.com.

Those who sign up on the website will be directed to volunteer projects compiled by D:hive Detroit, the Michigan Community Service Commission and more than 100 other organizations, Snyder said.

Jeanette Pierce, community relations director for D:hive Detroit, said volunteers can improve the state.

“Whether it is sharing your favorite good news fact or getting connected with the volunteer opportunities in your neighborhood, I encourage everyone to become a Michigan Ambassador,” she said in a statement.

Would-be volunteers also can text “ACTION” to 25827 or call (855) 440-6424. Snyder said his staff will help them get matched up with volunteer opportunities.

“Every Michigander can make a difference in their community and in our state,” he said.”This new initiative makes it easy for people to take that first step to get involved.”

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