Event Specific Service Opportunities

The following list of opportunities are not directly coordinated by the CSLC so please be sure to sign up with the listed contact person.

October 2015

Eboo Patel Lecture- Interfaith Lecture: Engaging Religious & Philosophical Diversity in the 21st Century

Thursday, October 8th 8PM - 9:30PM; Grand River Room, Kirkhof Center

Eboo Patel is a leading voice in the movement for interfaith cooperation and the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a national nonprofit working to make interfaith cooperation a social norm. He is a regular contributor to the public conversation around religion in America and a frequent speaker on the topic of religious pluralism. For over fifteen years, Eboo has worked with governments, social sector organizations, and college and university campuses to help realize a future where religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. For more information & to reserve a seat, please visit: http://bit.ly/EbooPatelGVSUThis event is LIB 100/201 Approved! Posted 9/28/2015.

Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan- Walkin' on the West Side

Saturday October 10th 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan is hosting an event called "Walkin' on the West Side." This is the first 5k walk in West Michigan for the Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan(HFM). This very special event will raise funds and create awareness for the HFM's programs and services to support those with bleeding disorders in Michigan. $20 per person includes a family friendly walk, tee-shirt, delicious food, fun activities, entertainment and the opportunity to come together as a strong community. Children under 2 are free. Volunteer duties include: Registration-You will be asked to help pre-registered and needing to register individuals. You will collect on-site payments and indicate where the individuals will go. Walk markers-You will be stationed at cross walks and intersections to make sure the walkers are safe. T-Shirts- You will work to give away T-shirts at the event to the walkers. Please email Nick Gamber at ngamber@hfmich.org to volunteer. Posted 9/9/2015. 

Tulip Time Festival - Community Planting Day

Saturday, October 10th 8AM - 12 PM

Help the City of Holland and Tulip Time get ready for 2016! Community members have the chance to "Join the Bloom" by planting Window on the Waterfront for spring. Sign up for a shift to help plant tulips from 8-10am or 10am-Noon. Tools and refreshments will be provided! RSVP by emailing Kara Rooks at kara@tuliptime.com or by calling 616.396.4221 ext: 114 Posted 10/5/2015

Mary Free Bed Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports - 2015 Thunderfest Quad Rugby Tournament

Saturday, October 10th 7AM - 6PM

Quad rugby team, the Mary Free Bed Thunder is hosting their home tournament! Quad rugby is designed for athletes with physical disabilities to upper and lower extremities requiring participants to use a wheelchair for play. Quad rugby is extremely physical and aggressive, just as in conventional rugby! Volunteers will be utilized for many different aspects of the tournament and two shifts will be available; 7am-12:30pm and 12pm-6:30 pm (variable depending on when matches end). Sunday will have one shift from 7am until about 3pm (also dependent on when games finish up. Volunteers may work all or some of the shifts offered. Duties may include tournament set-up/tear-down, scoring, running the shot clock, player registration, upkeep of courts, food, and aiding athletes however possible (accessibility, helping with equipment, etc.) if you have any questions please contact Emily Aulerich at Aulerich@maryfreebed.com or call 616-840-8207. Posted 9/22/2015

Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan - Step Up for Down Syndrome

Thursday, October 10th 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Step Up for Down Syndrome is the annual advocacy, fellowship, and fundraising event for the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan. They need volunteers for everything from set up to clean up, including game stations, welcome stations and more. For more information please contact Alethea Mishar (616)-956-3488, or send an email to alethea@dsawm.org. Posted 9/03/2015.

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation - 3rd Annual Grand Rapids Hallowed Chef's Affair

Monday, October 12th 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation is hosting a Dinner, Silent Auction, and award ceremony honoring Dr. Michael Madura, and Mr. Richard Chenard for their dedication to the mission of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation: To cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. Volunteers will be needed to set up silent auction items for the evening program. Please contact Candise Christenson at cchristenson@ccfa.org or call 248-737-0900 to volunteer. Posted 9/28/2015. 



John Ball Zoo Goes Boo

October 16-18, October 23-25 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

West Michigan's favorite trick-or-treat spot!  Over 20 booths and over-the-top decorations and costumed characters! Games! Prizes! Magic!  Music!  Special animal activities and so much more!  Bring your bees, pirates, princesses, and bears to BOO!! Volunteers are needed to pass out candy, decorate trail, etc. Volunteers must register by 10/09/15. Please contact Jim Swarts at jswarts@jbzoo.org if you're interested. Posted 9/14/2015


Kent County Parks - Townsend Park Native Species Planting

Thursday, October 17th 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Kent County Parks is hosting Townsend Park Native Species Planting and is need of volunteers for the event! Volunteers are invited to help support natural habitat areas at Townsend park by planting hundreds of Native Species plugs. Volunteer duties consist of planting Native Species' plugs along the creek at Townsend Park. All tools and supplies are included and a volunteer lunch is provided. This is a great opportunity for those interested or pursuing a career in Biology or Natural Resources Management! If you are interested, please contact Ginny Sines at park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov or at 616-632-7842. Deadline to register is October 12, 2015. Posted 09/02/2015.

Blandford Nature Center - Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 17th; 11:15 AM - 6:00 PM

Join us for our celebration of autumn with classic festive fun! Volunteers needed to help family's assembly scarecrows and crafts including candle making, wagon rides, rope making and more. Enjoy this beautiful fall day out in nature! Volunteers will also help with craft stations (scare-crow to apple press). Blandford will need two shifts of volunteers. The first shift will setup for event 11-12 then work the event 12-3 pm. The second shift will cover from 3-5 pm then help cleanup from 5-6 pm. If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Jessie Schulte at volunteer@blandfordnaturecenter.org or at 248-245-3977. Posted 9/30/2015.


Lou Dog Events - Ballpark Ale Fest

Saturday, October 17 12:30 PM - 5:00 PM

In conjunction with Rock the Rapids (non-for-profit), Fifth Third Ballpark, and Lou Dog Events Lou Dog Events presents Ballpark Ale Fest! Ballpark Ale Fest is a craft beer festival that combines America's favorite pastime with America's favorite craft beers. The inaugural fest will take place inside Fifth Third Ballpark and will feature 100+ craft beers from breweries across the country. Ballpark Ale Fest will also feature incredible food and live music. The goal of Ballpark Ale Fest is to showcase American craft beer with an emphasis on Oktoberfest and Pumpkin beers. Volunteers must be 21 or older to participate.Beer servers will be assigned to a brewery to help pour beer via a draft system. If you are interested in extra hours there are setup and cleanup crews available.They will also make a donation to an organization/group that has a large volunteer presents at the Ballpark Ale Fest. For donation to be received Becky Peters needs to be contacted before the event. Deadline for registration is October 15th. If you have any questions contact Becky Peters at becky@loudogevents.com or call 630-450-4193. Posted 10/6/2015


Local First - Fork Fest

Thursday, October 22nd 5 PM - 9 PM

Join us for an autumn evening of local food, drink, and community at our annual, well-loved Fork Fest event. As you chat with good company you can sip on local drinks and sample delicious bite sized dishes from some of West Michigan's finest producers, restaurants, and specialty food makers. Romence Gardens & Greenhouses will be hosting amongst their gardens, and you will be able to stroll through their greenhouse space filled with a bounty of fall flowers.  Volunteers are needed for the following positions:

Registration Volunteer : Handling all money and ticket transaction for entering guests and those purchasing alcohol. Must be comfortable with technology and have no problems counting/handling cash. (4:30 - 9PM)

Floater Volunteer : Relieve all other volunteers so that they can have a break and enjoy the event. Will be responsible for having a general knowledge of all volunteer positions. (5 - 9PM)

Set-Up Volunteer : Includes setting up tables, chairs, décor, etc. May require lifting of heavier objects and climbing ladders. (12-3PM)

Hospitality Volunteer : Greeting guests, giving directions, handing out information, etc.(5 - 9PM)

Deadline to volunteer is October 14th!  Contact Ricardo Benavidez at ricardo@localfirst.com or at (616) 808-3788 for further information. Posted 9/25/15

West Michigan Sports Commission - USA Synchro Masters National Championships

Thursday, October 22nd 5PM - 9PM

The USA Sychro Championships are coming to the Jenison Aquatic Center. The event will be held over a five day period from October 22nd to the 25th with teams coming from across the country to compete. Volunteers are needed for duties such as: set up/tear down, hospitality, security, scoring, timing, etc. Once you sign up you will receive more information. Deadline to register is October 20th, 2015. If you have any questions please contact Darin Bouws at dbouws@westmisports.com or call 616-233-3567. Posted 9/17/2015

The Salvation Army - Army of Readers

Friday, October 23rd 8:00AM - 2:45PM

Please join The Salvation Army Action Group for our second annual Army of Readers event, sponsored by the Cook Foundation, to celebrate reading in area schools. On Friday, October 23rd The Salvation Army is inviting over 70 young professional and college student volunteers to visit classrooms around Grand Rapids for a fun-filled reading activity.  Volunteers can pick Shift 1 (8:00am - 11:30am) or Shift 2 (12:00pm - 2:45pm) during which they would read to 2 classrooms.  Volunteers can also read all day from 8:00am to 2:45pm in which they'd have the opportunity to read to 4 classrooms.  Volunteers will meet at the beginning of their shift for an orientation session at First United Methodist Church, located at 227 E. Fulton Street in Grand Rapids. During the orientation, volunteers will have an opportunity to practice reading their assigned book, and will be taught how to administer a classroom activity related to their book. Volunteers will then transport themselves to their assigned school and read to a classroom with a volunteer partner.  Volunteers will then help administer a classroom activity. Overall, we are hoping to spread the joy of reading to over 1,000 children in Grand Rapids area schools. For more information please contact Angela DeVries, Assistant Divisional Development Director at kentcounty_volunteers@usc.salvationarmy.org, or call 616.459.3433 ext: 1184. Posted 9/11/15.

Shine On For Shelby - Shine On For Shelby Day

Saturday, October 24 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Participate in this memorial day of service with Circle K and Blandford Nature Center. Shine on for Shelby will celebrate the life of service of Shelby Fazio.  Come prepared to work outdoors as we will be doing various tasks around the nature center!  For further information contact Kirstin Kohl at 810-358-1798 or at shineonforshelby@gmail.com.  Posted 9/30/15. 

BISSELL Pet Foundation - BISSELL Howl-O-Ween Hoof and Woof

October 24th 12:00 - 3:00 PM 

The BISSELL Pet Foundation is hosting an event called Howl-O-Ween Hoof and Woof which is an exciting fall carnival where you will find inflatable fun, face painting, games (many of which include your dog) and prizes. You won't want to miss a walk with your dog along the Trick-or-Treat Trail in your Halloween costume -- fill up your candy bag and bring your pooch along to get a treat for performing his favorite trick! If your pup likes to dress up too, there will be prizes awarded for best dog and kid costumes. There will also be awesome raffle prizes. Volunteers are needed to run the carnival games, puppy patrol, concessions, and cleanup. If interested please sign up at http://vols.pt/PPjRRx. Please email Holly Kroeze at holly.kroeze@bissell.com for more information. Posted 9/16/2015.


November 2015 

Greater Ottawa County United Way - Rake A Difference

Saturday, November 7th 9AM - 12PM

Greater Ottawa County United Way is searching for volunteers to rake yards during its annual Rake-a-Difference event. Individuals, families, friends and groups are all welcome.
The deadline to sign up is Friday, October 30. Volunteers will receive their assignments prior to the event on November 7. Please contact Shannon Morton at smorton@ottawaunitedway.org or by calling 616-396-7811. Posted 10/7/2015

West Michigan Sports Commission - 2015 NCAA Women's Volleyball National Championship

Thursday, November 19th 5PM - 10PM

The mission of the West Michigan Sports Commission is to promote Michigan's West Coast as the premier venue for hosting a diverse level of youth and amateur sporting events, enhancing the economy and quality of life in the region. This year Calvin College and this organization are hosting the National Championship for NCAA DIII Women's Volleyball. Volunteers are needed for duties such as set up/tear down, hospitality,security, etc. If you would like to register follow this link where once you are signed up you will be provided with more information. If you need additional information please contact Darin Bouws at dbouws@westmisports.com or call 616-233-3567. Published 9/17/2015

Grand Rapids Jaycees - Art Van Santa Parade

Saturday, November 21 6AM - 12PM

The West Michigan holiday season will officially kick-off with the Art Van Santa Parade, presented by the Grand Rapids Jaycees. The theme for this year’s parade will be “Unwrap the Magic”. There are several different opportunities to volunteer which include staging, de-staging, banner carriers, parade marshals, and balloon carries. Deadline for registration is November 1st, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Christie Lowe at christieadove@yahoo.com or call 616-862-7052. Posted 9/17/2015

Literacy Center of West Michigan - Family Activity Night "Help Bring Literacy Home"

4 Separate Events: Monday - November 16, Tuesday - November 17, Thursday - November 19, Tuesday - December 8, Monday - December 14, Thursday - December 17, all events from 5:45PM - 8PM

The Family Literacy Program provides FREE English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL) classes to parents whose children attend participating Grand Rapids and Godwin Heights Public Schools. On top of regular classes, we have monthly Family Activity Nights that target specific literacy skills parents need to raise strong, successful readers. Studies have 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 can expect to be involved in all aspects of Family Activity Night, set up, tear down, distribution of materials, interacting with families, and the food and fun! For more information, please contact Claira Freeman at cfreeman@literacycenterwm.org or 616-459-5151. Posted 10/1/2015 

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.

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