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Volunteer Opportunities


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 

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!

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.


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.

WGVU Public Media

WGVU Public Media has an awesome volunteer opportunity for 6 people to join us for our “live” airing of Trans-Siberian Orchestra!  On Monday, October 17th from 7:30PM to 9:00PM, come join us in WGVU Studio 1, at the Meijer Broadcast Center, downtown Grand Rapids on the Pew Campus for a great performance, dynamic entertainment, answering calls while raising money!  A brief training is provided.  Computer skills are required as well as a friendly demeanor.  

If you are interested, tell five of your closest friends and contact Kishen Newton at 616.331.6680 or email her at  Training begins promptly at 7:30PM.


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