Volunteer With a Group

There are two ways you may volunteer with a group:

  • Coordinate a project with a group of alumni, family, or friends
  • Join an existing project



  • Consider projects that would be of broad interest to your group and where alumni may be able to bring children or family members.
  • Touch base with active members of your group to see if they have causes of interest to them or organizations they work with regularly.


  • If you don't have a project in mind, we have listed several online resources to help you research volunteer organizations by location, key word, organization title, and/or in some cases even by a specific date.
  • Identify a nonprofit organization related to the interest or issue you have chosen and contact them about volunteering. Download a list of questions to discuss with the volunteer coordinator to ensure they are able to accommodate your group.


  • Is the potential agency easily accessible/centrally located? Try reaching a differing variety of causes from year to year (not all hunger-related or clean-up projects, etc.)
  • Be sure to get the address of the project location and the contact information for the organization's volunteer coordinator so that it can be properly publicized.


Community Outreach Week is scheduled for March 24-31, 2018. Typically projects that can be done on the weekends or weekday evenings draw the largest alumni turnout. Be sure to list the shift times for the project.


Before the Event

  • Create Your Project so that we can list it on the calendar of events and invite other graduates and students to participate. Once you submit a group project, it is reviewed by the staff team for accuracy and then you will receive an approval email.
  • The GVSU staff team will stay in contact with all site/project leaders and will personally drop off or mail your project giveaways, talking points, registration sheets etc.
  • Looking to get some media coverage for your project? www.serve.gov provides great resources for maximizing your volunteer exposure. Get Tips for Working with the Media as well as a sample media advisory and press release.

During the Event

  • Please have all participants sign in and indicate their contact information.
  • Act as the point person between the agency volunteer coordinator and volunteers.
  • Be a friendly welcoming face to volunteers and answer any questions about Community Outreach Week.
  • Distribute volunteer apparel and necessary items to participants.
  • Be sure to take pictures of individuals and the group for use in GVSU publications and social media.
  • Use #GVcow on Facebook and Twitter when posting photos or messages.

After the Event

  • Mail/email or deliver the attendee list to Alumni Relations so that all volunteers may be properly counted and thanked.
  • Forward pictures of the event so they can be posted in GVSU publications.
  • Send us photos and videos of your event through our project recap form. Submit the form within a week of your project and you'll be entered to win a prize package!

Questions? Email the team at cow@gvsu.edu.

Share Your Experience

Remember to share your photos and story with us after your project is over with the project recap form. If you submit your information to our project recap form within a week of Community Outreach Week, you'll be entered to win some Laker gear!

Page last modified November 16, 2017