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Volunteer Opportunities

Share Fair Michigan currently has multiple openings for volunteer positions and is looking for faculty, staff, retirees, and GVSU students to fill these spots. Hundreds of area teachers and administrators are expected to be in attendance, so volunteers play a vital role in the success of the event. A strong university presence will also amplify the warm welcome visitors receive when they come to our campus.

Earlier this year, Grand Valley State University was chosen as a host site for Share Fair Nation, a free, professional learning event for K-12 educators. This iteration of Share Fair Nation, titled Share Fair Michigan, will be held on November 12, 2016, on the downtown Pew campus. Thanks to a partnership between GVSU, Grand Rapids Public Schools, and Kent ISD, Grand Rapids became just the tenth city in the country to be awarded the privilege of hosting this national event.

If you are interested in volunteering, please view the Share Fair Michigan Volunteer Form to see open spots and to register.

For any questions about volunteering, please contact Tona Ambrose

KCTCC: Become a Volunteer Tax Preparer

Every year millions of dollars in tax refunds and credits go unclaimed by those who need them the most. Through 17 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites throughout our community, the Kent County Tax Credit Coalition helps working individuals and families achieve economic success through free tax services and financial literacy courses. 

Be a part of this great work by becoming a volunteer tax preparer!

  • Learn a new skill and become certified by the IRS.
  • No experience necessary.
  • Short-term commitment. 
  • We will train you in basic tax law and the IRS will certify you for free! 

Learn more and sign-up!

Tax Preparer

New program in the making:  Challenge Scholars Program on the west side of Grand Rapids

Two areas of interest for GVSU retiree volunteers:

  • Working with GVSU’s Tim Marroquin, TRIO Educational Talent Search, at Union High School to support interest in higher education and help parents and students who are first generation college-bound to understand simple things that they need to know about how to get into GRCC or GVSU or other schools and how to be successful
  • Adopting a teacher in an elementary school to support them and their students as they work to instill a college-going culture in the school

This program is in the development stages.  If you are interested in more information contact Jane Royer from Encore at

Mayor's Tree Planting Initiative

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is partnering with Mayor Bliss to launch a new program called the Mayor's Greening Initiative. The program will add trees to Grand Rapids every year. This fall launches the program with a downtown tree planting! 

This is the biggest tree planting Friends of Grand Rapids Parks has ever done, with 300 trees going in the ground in one day! They will provide all the tools, training, transportation, and coffee you will need to get the job done!

EVENT: Mayor's Greening Initiative Tree Planting

DATE: Friday, October 28, 2016

TIME: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

KICKOFF LOCATION: DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW

Learn more and sign-up!

WGVU Public Media

WGVU Public Media is preparing for another amazing wine event!  On Friday, October 28, 2016, we are looking for volunteers for Food, Wine & All that Jazz!  Volunteers are needed as Floor Attendants, Well Runners and Clean Up/Tear Down.  Volunteer training, evening overview and meal begin at 5:30PM.  This is one of the premier events!  Doors open at 7:15PM.  Must be 18 years or older to volunteer.

Contact information

  • Kishen E. Newton, BS, MSM
  • Development Coordinator
  • WGVU Public Media
  • Office: 616.331.6680
  • 301 Fulton ST W
  • Grand Rapids, MI  49504

Cub Scout Pack #3129 is looking for volunteers to help. They meet on Fridays from 6 pm - 7 pm at Sherwood Park Global Studies Academy - Chamberlain Ave SE (off of Kalamazoo SE).

Contact - Derek at for more information or to sign up.


Encore inspires individuals to establish "encore" opportunities (paid and unpaid) for people to use their passion, skills, and experience in the second half of life to build a better community. For more information, visit this Encore link.

Schools of Hope Tutoring Program

Children who don't read will become adults who do not succeed! The Schools of Hope mission is to ensure that children in the Grand Rapids Public Schools have access to caring adults to assist them with reading support and enrichment. Schools of Hope, in partnership with GVSU, provides trained volunteers for reading intervention in the Grand Rapids Public School district, with a focus on grades 1-3. All volunteers must attend a mandatory two hour training session and undergo a Michigan State Police background check.  For training information please visit or contact Ruth Stegeman at .  Reading tutors are accepted all year long.

Heart of West Michigan United Way

Heart of West Michigan United Way Volunteer Center invites you to join us during your retirement years.

Share your special talents and experiences with your community.
Meet new people, and learn new skills. Ask us about our exciting new program that engages volunteers age 50+ in addressing our community’s social issues.

Get more information by selecting the United Way Volunteer Center here!


GVSU Office of Sustainability Practices

The Office of Sustainability Practices has volunteer opportunities for retirees.  The Zero Waste football games and other events as well (ArtPrize, etc) provide opportunities for you to become involved with sustainability. This is not a glamorous volunteer opportunity.  With the zero waste initiatives we are often sorting trash, compost, recycling, etc. so it can get pretty messy sometimes. However, if you like to get your hands dirty and you believe in sustainability, this may be an opportunity for you.  If you’re interested contact:

Mandy Rodgers
Graduate Assistant
Office of Sustainability Practices
Lake Michigan Hall 260 | Grand Valley State University
Phone 616.331.7366 | Fax 616.331.8685

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Volunteer. It feels good!

GVSU Standard Patient Program

The GVSU Standard Patient Program is looking for people interested in working with nursing, health sciences and social work students. These are paid positions, usually around $15.00 per hour.  If you are interested in participating please contact:

Cindy Bartman
Standardized Patient Program Coordinator