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 email@example.com.
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!
New program in the making: Challenge Scholars Program on the west side of Grand Rapids
Two areas of interest for GVSU retiree volunteers:
This program is in the development stages. If you are interested in more information contact Jane Royer from Encore at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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
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.
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 email@example.com 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 www.hwmuw.org or contact Ruth Stegeman at firstname.lastname@example.org . 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:
Office of Sustainability Practices
Lake Michigan Hall 260 | Grand Valley State University
Phone 616.331.7366 | Fax 616.331.8685
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:
Standardized Patient Program Coordinator email@example.com