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.


March 2015

WGVU Public Media~ Live Television Pledge
March 3rd, 5th, 9th and 10th, 7:00pm-9:30pm
Have fun while answering calls from viewers all across West and Southwest Michigan! Perform data entry while engaging in friendly dialogue with callers from diverse cultures and various ages. Serve the community where we live and smile for the camera! The event will be held at the Eberhard Center on GVSU's PEW Campus. Please contact Kishen Newton at 616-331-6680 or newtonki@gvsu.edu. Posted 2/3/2015

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital ~ Griffs Sled Hockey Classic Home Tournament
March 6th-8th, 9:00am-6:00pm
Volunteer at this home tournament for the Grand Rapids sled hockey team. Sled hockey is an adaptive sport, and the team consists of individuals who have physical disabilities that require them to use a wheelchair. Volunteers are needed for tasks such as food serving, time keeping (training provided), and cleanup in the afternoon/evenings. Please contact Alicia Hass at (616) 840-8134 or alicia.hass@maryfreebed.com. Posted 11/12/2014

Blandford Nature Center ~ Sugarbush
March 21st, 10:00am-4:00pm
Investigate the Science of Sugaring in Blandford's 45th Annual Sugarbush Festival! Through Sugarbush demonstrations, you will learn just what it takes to transform maple sap into the thick, dark syrup we all know and love. There will also be horses, face painting, music, crafts and fun for the whole family. Volunteers are needed to greet visitors at the main buildings, front gate and trail heads, attend to beer garden participants, make and sell popcorn, be a puppeter for an hour, face paint for three hours, and assist with cleanup from 4-6pm. Volunteer refreshments will be in the break room. Please contact Jessie Schulte at 616-735-6240 or volunteer@blandfordnaturecenter.org for more info. Posted 3/10/2015

GVSU's Kutsche Office of Local History~ Local History Roundtable
March 26th 8:30am-7:00pm
The goal with the meeting is to bring together interested community members, students, educators, librarians, archivists, museum staff/curators, and representatives from historical societies who share an interest in local history. The theme of this year's meeting is "Food, Farm, and Table." We are focusing why food matters, past and present. It will take place on Thursday, March 26, 2015 in the Grand Rapids Public Library from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. A business dinner meeting for library, archives, museum, and historical society professionals will follow the Roundtable, concluding at 7 p.m. Volunteer responsibilities may include assisting with registration and check-in, help providing directions and seating assistance to attendees, assisting with set-up and take-down, among other things. Volunteers may register to come for all or part of the day. Ideally, volunteers will provide their own transportation to and from the Grand Rapids Public Museum. To register contact Melanie-Shell Weiss at shellm@gvsu.edu or 616-331-8059 Posted 1/23/2015

GVSU Regional Math and Science Center ~ Science Olympiad Tournament
March 28th 7:30am-4:30pm
Science Olympiad is national organization where students compete in a variety of science events. GVSU Regional Math and Science Center hosts Region 12 in Michigan. This is a very competitive tournament where approximately 1500 middle and high school students will competing. Some volunteer positions involve helping with specific events. Other assignments include general tasks - information booths, check-in table attendees, and impound rooms. The event is on the Allendale Campus. Please register by February 25th here. Posted 2/06/2015

JDRF ~ Type One Nation
March 28th 8:00am-1:00pm

Please join The JDRF Michigan Great Lakes West Chapter for an interactive day of workshops while connecting with other Type One Diabetes families, adults, and children. You will be empowered to effectively manage all the issues that come with living with type 1 diabetes. We are thrilled to provide this unique opportunity for education and dialogue with leading experts and researchers in the type 1 diabetes (T1D) field. Volunteers are needed for registration, Kids Camp, and Teen Central. All of these areas provide fun activities for each age group. Volunteers will be provided with a JDRF t-shirt. For more information please contact Elizabeth Pike at 616-957-1838 or at epike@jdrf.org. Posted 2/24/2015.

April 2015

GVSU Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship ~ Student Scholars Day
April 8th 8:30am-5:30pm
Student Scholars Day (SSD) is held once each year to celebrate the scholarship and creative work performed by GVSU students. The day showcases faculty-mentored student work, shared through many venues, including (but not limited to) oral presentations, discussion and panel sessions, fine arts exhibits and performances, and poster presentations. Volunteer positions include registration table (register students, give out name tags, distribute schedules, etc), session host (You will be in the classroom to welcome and introduce the student presenters just before they give their 15-minute presentations. In order to keep the presentations running smoothly, you'll have cue cards on hand to let the presenters know when it's time to wind down their talk), greeter (welcome and direct guests),and set-up/tear down. For more information contact Colin Cumming at 616-331-9170 or cumminc1@gvsu.edu Posted 1/30/2015

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. Posted 1/29/2015

May 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 identification, and more. For more information contact Joe Boyer at 616-648-3273 or at beercityfestivals@gmail.com. Posted 2/24/2015.

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

July 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.


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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