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.

July 2014

Kent County Parks ~ Garlic Mustard Pulls
Spring/Summer - Open Dates
This invasive weed grows in many of our County Parks and threatens the native species and natural habitats. Volunteer individuals or groups are needed to help pull and bag this weed! For more information, or to register, contact Virginia Sines at 616-632-7842 or park.volunteers@kentcountymi.govPosted 5/12/14

Grand Rapids Symphony ~ D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops Concert Series
July 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 & August 1, 4:15pm-10pm

Looking for a unique summer experience? Volunteer at the Grand Rapids Symphonys D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops concerts held at Cannonsburg Ski Area. You'll meet and work with a great group of volunteers while helping guests enjoy fun musical nights of Classics, The Beatles, Summertime Pop and The Eagles. Most of the current volunteer openings are in these areas: Family Fun (work with children/families on trying out instruments, face painting, crafts); Flag Ambassadors (greeting and assisting guests parking in the handicapped parking lot by flagging down a cart driver); and on the Pedestrian Walkway (guiding and directing guests parking in the outer lots safely and smoothly along the designated walk ways to the gate). These are important and fun areas to work. You'll have the chance to work with other volunteers and guests. All volunteers receive a complimentary dinner and are able to enjoy the concert when they have finished their assignment. For more information, contact Nancy Hopkins at 616-454-9451 x149 or nhopkins@grsymphony.org. Posted 6/24/14

Eastown Community Association ~ Feeding America Truck
July 23 & August 13, 3:30pm-6pm

ECA are hosting a mobile food pantry from Feeding America West Michigan. They are looking for volunteers to assist with food distribution from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. For more information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at info@eastown.org. Posted 6/16/14

West Michigan Sports Commission ~ Glow in the Park
July 26, 6:30pm-11pm

Glow in the Park is a fun and exciting 5K in which participants are given glow in the dark accessories for their run. There are also stations along the course in which participants experience various glow in the dark activities, such as foam, water, or dust. The 5K ends in a dance party at the finish line. Volunteers are needed to assist with registration, course direction, and helping with the various glow in the dark stations along the course. For more information, contact Zach Robinson at zrobinson@westmisports.comPosted 6/16/14

Blandford Nature Center ~ Eco-Stewardship Invasive Species Control
July 26, 9:30am-12:30pm
Join BNC's Volunteer Coordinator, Jessie, for an introduction in the main visitor center auditorium from 9:30-10am. She will start with a lesson on invasive non-native shrub and tree identification. Volunteers will learn to identify common invasive plants like buckthorn, privet and honeysuckle and then you will head out into the forest to practice your identification skills. Finally, you'll cut and treat those unwanted invaders improving habitat for native species. Please come prepared to work off the trail with warm clothes and sturdy shoes that could get dirty. Everyone is welcome to join for an hour or the full day. For more information, contact Jessie Schulte at 616-735-6240 or jschulte@blandfordnaturecenter.orgPosted 6/30/14

August 2014

Gilda's Club Grand Rapids ~ 12th Annual World's Largest Dog Wash
August 3, 9am-3pm

Held in conjunction with "Bring Your Dog to the Park Day," we are washing dogs and raising funds to support Gilda's Club Grand Rapids. 40 Volunteers Needed to greet dogs, wash dogs, and have fun! For more information, contact Linden Becker at lbecker@gildasclubgr.org. Posted 7/21/14

Chemistry DepartmentBiennial Conference on Chemical Education
August 3-7, 8am-9pm

The Biennial Conference on Chemical Education is the largest gathering of chemical educators in the world. The educational focus of the 2014 BCCE is Empowering Chemical Educators for a Greener Tomorrow. The conference will highlight efforts in bringing sustainable chemistry to the classroom via special symposia and workshops. Volunteer for the largest conference hosted at GVSU! A variety of volunteer duties as well as days and times are available. Volunteer duties include monitoring sessions, placing signage, providing directions, acting as greeters, and many others. Please sign up on Orgsync. Posted 7/21/14

Housing & Residence Life ~ Helping Hands
August 18-20, 8am-4pm (Shifts Vary)

For first year students, research indicates that the first six weeks at college are critical to retention and student satisfaction; the first few days being the most important. To make the beginning of the fall semester a positive and inclusive experience for GVSU students, a strong faculty/staff presence during housing move-in is necessary. Volunteers are need to assist students with the following during move-in week: directing traffic, carrying supplies from cars to student rooms, assisting new students with check-in, and welcoming students and their families to campus. For more information, or to register, click here. Posted 5/27/14

September 2014

Eastown Community Association ~ Streetfair
September 13, 9am-8pm

Streetfair celebrates art, music, food, and the Eastown community. This year's event will be on September 13 from 9 a.m.-8 p.m on Wealthy St. between Lake Dr. and Atlas. The ECA looking for volunteers to help with setup, vendor assistance, cleanup, and other general tasks throughout the event. For more infomation, contact Shelby Austin at 616-451-3025 or info@eastown.org. Posted 7/21/14

UICA ~ OddBall
September 13, 7pm-11pm

UICA's OddBall is back for September 2014! This UICA signature event will showcase Collaboration, UICAs ArtPrize 2014 exhibition. UICA is excited for this year's event theme, Lux, which will feature a decadent and mysterious atmosphere. Volunteers are needed for a variety of different roles, including greeting guests, ID check, and gallery monitors. For more information, contact Taylor Greenfield at 616-454-7000 ext. 18 or taylor@uica.org. Posted 6/30/14

Alliance for the Great Lakes ~ September Adopt-A-Beach(TM)
September 20, 9am-12pm

Join the thousands of people caring for our Great Lakes during the Alliances September Adopt-a-Beach Event, part of the International Coastal Cleanup. Volunteers who participate in the event not only remove debris, they also record their findings. For more information, contact Jillian Edwards at 616-850-0745 or jedwards@greatlakes.orgTo register for an event or become a team leader, visit the Adopt-A-Beach website. Posted 5/29/14

September 24-October 12

Every year ArtPrize volunteers come together in the early fall to help put on one of the world's largest art competitions. Whether you enjoy working behind the scenes or in the public eye, its people like you who breathe life into ArtPrize and make it the place to be every fall. ArtPrize offers a variety of volunteer opportunities to fit the needs and wants of our amazing volunteers! These opportunities include HUB Hospitality, Voter Registration, Wayfinding, ArtPrize Events, Leadership Positions, and a number of other positions. Volunteers are the ambassadors and tour guides of ArtPrize, providing visitors with assistance, answering questions, handing out maps, and providing hospitality in ArtPrize spaces. Want to volunteer with your friends, family, or coworkers? No Problem! We encourage group volunteering during ArtPrize; its a fun way to see art, extend hospitality to visitors, and spend time with your friends, family, and co-workers. Deadline to sign up as a group is August 8th. We offer a variety of volunteer shifts and training times. For more information, contact Brooke Hotchkiss at volunteer@artprize.org. Posted 7/21/14

UICA ~ ArtPrize
September 29-October 12, 9:45am-9:15pm (Shifts Vary)

This year marks the 5th anniversary of ArtPrize, and UICA is more excited than ever! This year's dates are September 24th-October 12th, and UICA is looking for a large group of volunteers to help them create a smooth and fun guest experience. There are many shifts to choose from as well as some sweet membership incentives for serving multiple shifts. Volunteer duties include gallery monitoring, greeting, and voter registration. For more information, or to register, click herePosted 5/29/14

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 July 21, 2014