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VISION (Volunteers Incorporating Service Into Our Neighborhoods) records

Identifier: 04.V

Scope and Contents

The VISION records contain information on budget, correspondence, clippings, newsletters, proposals, school information, external organizations, service training, and visual materials. The collection is divided into four series.

The Administration series contains information regarding an agreement between EMU and the City of Ypsilanti, budget, grants, coordinator materials, correspondence, deep thought exercises, fire victim information, fundraising, Institution for the Study of Children, Families, and Communities report, organization contracts, proposals, school information, and service training. The Coordinator subseries includes handbook and coordinator guidebook. The Proposals subseries includes the College Work Study Student Community Workers Modules proposal. The last subseries in the Administration series is Service Training which includes Starting Strong: A Guide to Pre-service Training.

The second series Publicity and Outreach includes information related to Americorps, brochures and flyers, clippings, correspondence, external organizations pamphlets and brochures, Community Plunge, Habitat for Humanity, History of Vision, National Make a Difference Day, newsletters, news releases, oral histories, Parkridge, Stewardship and Engages our Members to advance the Interests, Students to Student Higher Learning Initiative, Surveys, Volunteer Spirit Awards, and Ypsilanti Youth Empowerment Act. There is a subseries Americorps that includes America Reads Challenge, director’s meeting, forms and applications, newsletter and publicity and Make a Difference Day that includes correspondence and a manual. The third series Visual Materials contains photographs, scrapbooks, and slides. Many of the photographs were taken at Alternative Spring Break, American Reads and Community Plunge events. Each of these are organized into event subseries and further organized chronologically. The final series Memorabilia contains a VISION banner, t-shirts, keychain, mousepad, and resolution. Records date from 1990-2012.


  • 1990 - 2011

Conditions Governing Access

Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to visiting the University Archives.

Historical Note

The VISION Project which stands for Volunteers Incorporating Service Into Our Neighborhoods, was started by Glenna Frank Miller, director of the Office of Campus Life on November 12th, 1990 with the help of student coordinator Matt Poli. The mission of VISION is to involve members of the EMU community in a wide array of service activities by serving as a clearinghouse of information as well as a liaison between students who want to volunteer and agencies in need of volunteers. They also provide support and assistance to campus organizations in developing and organizing their own service projects in conjunction with local organizations and agencies and works to spread the spirit and the word of volunteerism to the entire EMU community.


8.6 Linear Feet (1 record center carton, 8 archive boxes, 3 halfsize archive boxes, 1 oversize box, 1 negative box, 3 objects)

Language of Materials



Volunteers Incorporating Service Into Our Neighborhoods or VISION is a campus unit dedicated to making positive changes in the community by helping those in need. Establishied in November of 1990, VISION continues to work with local schools, mentoring programs such as Best Buddies, and external organizations such as Habitat for Humanity. The VISION records are arranged alphabetically and are divided into four series: Administration, Publicity and Outreach, Visual Materials, and Memorabilia. Records date from 1990-2012.

VISION (Volunteers Incorporating Service Into Our Neighborhoods) records
Volunteers Incorporating Service Into Our Neighborhoods records
Elizabeth Searls, Nolan Cook
21 November 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the Eastern Michigan University Archives Repository

Bruce T. Halle Library, Room 310
955 West Circle Drive
Ypsilanti Michigan 48197