About

Founded by students after Hurricane Katrina, and moved under the SLCE in 2010, the Maroon Volunteer Center (MVC) serves as a clearinghouse to match 7,000 volunteers with about 120 community partners and hundreds of service opportunities.

The MVC also directs facilities, programs, and activities that allows the MSU community to utilize its talents, skills, and resources in collaboration with our surrounding communities to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.

Signature MVC projects include: Maroon Edition Habitat for Humanity (est. 2010), 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance (est. 2011), Make a Difference Day (est. 2011), National Volunteer Week (est. 2011) , MVC 16 member AmeriCorps VISTA Project (est. 2012), Community Work Study Service Coordinator Program (est. 2012), Service DAWGS Day (est. 2009, rev. 2012) , MLK Day of Service (est. 2012), Bulldog Mentors (est. 2014), The President’s Interfaith Service Challenge (est. 2013), The Food Security Network (est. 2013), and The MSU Big Event (est. 2012, rev. 2015).

The MVC also assists with the facilitation of the following Community-Engaged Learning designated courses: HI 3343-C – Mississippi Delta Alternative Spring Break (est. 2012), and S0 4153-C – Mentoring At-Risk Youth (est. 2016).

Meggan Franks

Meggan Franks

Interim Director, Student Leadership & Community Engagement

Email mfranks@saffairs.msstate.edu
Phone (662) 325-2208

Meggan Franks serves as the Interim Director of the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement (SLCE), the Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL), and the Maroon Volunteer Center. As Interim Director, Meggan manages leadership and community engagement programming at Mississippi State University. Under her guidance, the SLCE connects over 8,000 students, faculty, and staff with community agencies, leadership opportunities, and volunteer projects within the local community. Meggan is also the project supervisor for the Maroon Volunteer Center's 16-member AmeriCorps VISTA project. Meggan grew up in Athabasca, Alberta, Canada. She earned a B.S. in Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising, and an M.B.A from Mississippi State University. She has two children, Madison and Patrick. Her husband, Houston, coaches cross country at Mississippi State.

Emily poses for head shot

Emily Bedwell

Graduate Assistant

Email ekb134@saffairs.msstate.edu
Phone (662) 325-1820

Emily is currently serving as a Graduate Service Assistant for the Maroon Volunteer Center. She is a student in the Master of Professional Accountancy program, here at MSU. Emily works with various projects of the Maroon Volunteer Center such as Habitat for Humanity, Service Dawgs Day, The Big Event, and Alternative Breaks. In Emily's spare time she enjoys kayaking, hiking, watching Netflix, and playing with her pug, Asher.