Event Specific Service Opportunities

Be sure to check the CSLC "Upcoming Events" for service opportunities coordinated directly by the CSLC such as Make a Difference Day, MLK Day of Service, Service Saturdays, and more!  The following list of opportunities are not directly coordinated by the CSLC so please be sure to sign up with the listed contact person.


April 2015

Kendall College of Art & Design Federal Gallery - Icebreaker Exhibition
April 10th-25th, Mon-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat & Sun 11am-6pm 
Kendall College of Art and Design Federal Gallery is looking for volunteers for the Icebreaker exhibition.  This is a graduate exhibition in conjunction with DisArt Festival that includes installation, video, sculpture, and participatory works.  The exhibition is intended to activate communication and engage the community in a conversation about all disbilities, permanent and temporary.  Volunteers will help greet guests, have general knowledge of exhibtion, facilitate art-making.  Contact Leslie Yarhouse at (616) 458-1561 or at lyarhouse@yarhouse.comPosted 4/9/2015

Literary Center of West Michigan ~ Family Activity Nights
April 14th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 28th and 29th 6:00pm-8:00pm
On top of regular classes, there are monthly Family Activity Nights that target specific literacy skills parents need to raise strong, successful readers. One of the greatest indicators of a childs future success is the reading level of their parents. Studies have definitively shown that families who read together can help children boost their vocabulary and school performance. Family Activity Night is all about literacy, but it's also about community--we eat together, learn together, and have fun doing it! Volunteers will assist in serving dinner as well as setting up and facilitating a family literacy activity with the families. Join the Literary Center of West Michigan on these nights where literacy skills will be used to make healthy food. The events will be held at 1120 Monroe NW, Grand Rapids. For more information contact Lauren Davis at 616-459-5151 or ldavis@literacycenterwm.org.  Posted 3/20/2015

Eastown Community Association ~ Eastown Community Garden Work Day  
April 25th, 9:00am - 12:30pm

Eastown is looking for volunteers and gardeners to work in the community garden to get the plots ready for planting. They will be spreading mulch, adding compost to the plots, and doing some general maintenance. Show up ready to work if you would like to help! This is a great opportunity for families or students to get some outdoor volunteer hours in! If you’re interested in renting a plot for the growing season, or would like more information about our community garden, please email Lindsey at lindsey@eastown.org. Posted 3/37/2015

Ottawa United Way ~ GardenFest
April 25th 11:30am - 3:30pm (Shifts Vary)

Grand Haven is looking for volunteers to help out with their annual GardenFest event! This event will take place at the Loutit Library and volunteers are needed to assist with vender set up, kids activities, and vender clean up. For more information contact Wendy at 616-566-1437 or at wendy@bodenomics.comPosted 4/23/2015

American Red Cross ~ Hometown Heroes
April 30th 4:00pm-10:30pm
Each year, the American Red Cross of West Michigan celebrates community heroes who inspire us through their commitment to service and their recognition of the humanity of their neighbors down the street, across the country, and around the world. Help us honor these well deserving individuals! Volunteer stage managers are needed to assist in coordinating guest speakers and community heroes, backstage organizations, and allow smooth transitions between speakers and emcees. Previous stage managing experience is preferred. 
Contact Alexys Lemans at 616-456-8661 or alexys.lemans@redcross.org for information.  Posted 1/29/2015

May 2015

Arthritis Foundation ~ Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis 
May 2nd 7:30am - 12:00pm

The Walk to Cure Arthritis is the Arthritis Foundation's nationwide signature to raise funds and awareness and help put an end to arthritis. The event features a three-mile and one-mile course, with arthritis information and activities for the entire family. Volunteers are needed to help with set-up, registration, donation collection, course marshalling and more! For more information contact Cindy Pogue at 248-530-5020 or at cpogue@arthritis.orgPosted 3/18/2015

Beer City Festivals ~ Beer City Spring Fest
May 2nd 12:00pm - 6:00pm

The Beer City Spring Fest will feature beers from all over the country. This tasting event is a fundraiser for The American Legion Post 179, an organization dedicated to serving returned Veterans. The American Legion will be sharing the proceeds from the event to Friends of Grand Rapids home for Veterans. Volunteers are needed to assist with social media, press release, vendors, oversee parking, check idenification, and more. For more information contact Joe Boyer at 616-648-3273 or at beercityfestivals@gmail.com. Posted 2/24/2015.

Ready for School ~ Tulip Time Parade
May 7th and 9th 9:30am-6:15pm
Ready For School has volunteer opportunities for TULIP TIME FESTIVAL WEEK! Some tasks on the list are: photography, balloon preparations, assisting with activities, among many others. This is a great opportunity for those who will enjoy interacting with families and children that Ready For School will encounter here downtown Holland during Tulip Time! There are three available shifts to sign up for: 9:30-12:30, 12:30-3:30, and 3:30-6:15. For more information contact Vanessa Gutierrez at vgutierrez@readyforschool.org or 616-834-0515 Posted 4/20/2015

Grand Rapids Symphony ~ ACCESS to Music
May 21st 8:30am-2:30pm
ACCESS to Music provides a unique performance FREE for members of the Grand Rapids community who are not able to attend traditional concerts due to impairments or financial limitations. The event will be held at the Salvation Army Croc Center and volunteers are needed to act as parking attendants, seating assistants, ushers and guest ambassadors. For more information contact Nancy Hopkins at nhopkins@grsymphony.org or 616.454.9451 Posted 1/13/2015

Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning ~ Camp Barefoot
May 23rd-May 29th

Camp Barefoot is a camp for adults that have suffered traumatic brain injuries. Every year the Center for Outdoor Learning provides this camp for these individuals. They are looking for volunteers that are able to volunteer anywhere from 1 day to all 6 days of camp. Volunteers are expected to assist the director in setting up daily programs, socializing the campers,and  assisting campers with engaging activities. Volunteers will be provided with meals and lodging if staying for multiple days. For more information contact Lynn Seeloff at 616-673-2050 or at camp@thefowlercenter.orgPosted 3/18/2015

June 2015

Volunteering Solutions ~ India Summer Volunteer
June 27th - July 18th (3 weeks)

Get your ‘groove on’ this summer exploring the winding streets of the Incredible India. This extensive trip is designed to give you a meaningful travel experience and connects the cultural, historical and popular highlights of the major Indian cities. For the culture vultures, the capital of India, Delhi presents an exotic amalgamation of different regions, customs, habits and traditions. While in India, volunteers will be working with children and women to empower them through their education. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. If you have further questions please contact Matthew Wilson at 124-472-4000 or at matthew@volunteeringsolutions.comPosted 3/25/2015

July 2015

The ALS Association: Michigan Chapter ~ Nana's Run
May 30th 9:00am-1:00pm

The ALS Association Michigan Chapter and Mercy Health, in partnership with the Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation, present the second year of Nana's Run, a special 5k race held in Grand Rapids. The organization exists to raise awareness about the disease and to raise funds that will support patient and physician education, ALS patients and their families, and ongoing research within Michigan. Volunteers are needed to help with race packet assembly, set-up, registration, gear check, course marshals, water station, clean up. For more information, contact Morgan Yingst at 616-459-1900 or at morgan@alsa-michigan.org. Posted 3/12/2015

Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan ~ iCan Bike Camp
July 12th-17th 8:30am - 4:45pm

From July 12 thru July 17, iCan Shines iCan Bike program will be at East Kentwood High to teach individuals with Down syndrome how to ride a bike and become lifelong independent riders. iCan Bike uses a fleet of adapted bicycles, a specialized instructional program and a trained staff to teach individuals with Down syndrome how to ride a bike. Riders attend the same 75 minute session each day for five consecutive days, where they are physically assisted and encouraged by two volunteer spotters. It will be an amazing experience! For more information contact Alethea Mshar at 616-956-3488 or at alethea@dsawm.org. Posted 2/24/2015.

August 2015

Grand Valley State University Residence Life ~ Helping Hands
August 23rd-27th, 11:00am - 5:00pm

The Office of Housing & Residence Life would like to invite you to help Residence Life welcome them to campus through our Helping Hands program. Fall Move-In starts Sunday, August 23, and we need your help! They are offering a range of days, times and responsibilities during the move in period to meet a variety of needs and interests. If you serve as a volunteer, some of your responsibilities may include your assistance with welcoming students to campus, directing foot traffic as students arrive, acting as an information resource for students and their families, or distributing welcome kits. To sign up and volunteer visit www.gvsu.edu/housing/helpinghands to confirm the date and time you are able to assist. Posted 4/23/2015


The Community Service Learning Center encourages students to consider participating in the following community service and volunteer opportunities.  Please note that the CSLC does not assume responsibility for the opportunities listed by non-GVSU organizations nor provide transportation to those opportunities.  To RSVP as a volunteer, please contact the organization directly, but don't forget to log your service entry in Service Tracker!

Heart of West Michigan United Way - Volunteer Center HandsOn Connect (Kent County)You can check for additional Volunteer Opportunities at these sites: 

"HandsOn Connect" is a volunteer opportunity database containing on-going and event (date) specific opportunities in the Greater Grand Rapids area.


Click here to access our list of expired event-specific opportunities.

Page last modified April 23, 2015