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.

October 2014

Binder Park Zoo ~ The Great ZooBoo
October 15-30, 4:30pm-8:30pm (Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays), 12:00pm-5:00pm and 4:30pm-8:30pm

Its that time of year again! Community events like The Great Zoo Boo are perfect for local individuals, businesses and groups to get involved and make a difference in the lives of the thousands of children who walk the one of a kind Trick-or-Treat Trail, go for a hay ride and play fun games at the BooVille Carnival. Not only does the Great Zoo Boo offer an opportunity for families to spend an exciting evening together in a festive and safe environment, it also serves as the largest Zoo fundraiser of the year. The funds raised provide food and care for our animals through the winter months when the Zoo is closed.  The Zoo is closed Mondays and Tuesdays Times: Wednesday-Thursday-Friday: 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm (Gates close at 8:00 pm; volunteers are dismissed when last guest clears the volunteers area) Saturdays and Sundays: 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm First Shift 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm Second Shift (Gates close at 8:00 pm; volunteers are dismissed when last guest clears the volunteers area).  Min Volunteers/ Max Volunteers: 15-35. The number of volunteers needed varies per night; groups may be split up to cover all areas. Please call or email to Chris Tobin at (269) 979-1351 or at ctobin@binderparkzoo.org secure your spot to participate in The Great Zoo Boo 2014! Posted 9/17/14

Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan321 Harvest Run
October 18, 3:00pm-10:00pm

The 321 Harvest Run consists of 2.5 mile and 5 mile Trail Runs, as well as a 1 Mile Costume Fun Run. 100% of the proceeds benefit the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan. There are several different volunteer options with varied shift length and responsibilities. Details are listed on Volunteer Spot at http://vols.pt/8sUvqx including course set-up, aid stations to pass out refreshments to runners and provide encouragement, registration, directing runners, disburse awards, and course tear down. To register, click here. For more information, contact Meredith Lange at 616-956-3488 or meredith@dsawm.orgPosted 8/26/14

The Children’s Assessment Center ~ Scraping and Painting
24, 3 hours

The Children’s Assessment Center’s mission is to assess. support, and assist child victims of suspected sexual assault. There are currently many Grand Valley students working with this Center as social work support. The Children’s Assessment Center needs 5 student volunteers to scrape old paint off the walls and repaint with a fresh coat. It should only take about 3 hours. To register or for more information, contact Angie Kowalczyk at 616-336-5164 or akowalczyk@cac-kent.org. Posted 10/14/14

SECOM ~ Committee Informational Meeting
October 22, 11:30am-1:00pm
SECOM will be hosting a SECOM Committee Informational session.  At the session, you will learn how SECOM gives help and hope to more than 10,000 people each year, experience SECOM through a walking tour, and learn more about ways you can serve as a sturdy branch of hope to SECOM's neighbors. For more information contact Stefanie Snyder at 616-452-7684 ext. 3010 or development@secomministries.orgPosted 10/2/2014

Camp O'Malley - Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids ~ Fall Clean Up
October 25, 9:00am-12:30pm
Camp O'Malley is a program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids. It is a summer camp that serves youth from Grand Rapids. The property is located on 40 acres in Alto, just 25 minutes outside of Grand Rapids. We are looking for volunteers to help us clean the many leaves that have fallen over the fall months. Volunteers will get the chance to help clear leaves, clean, and paint. A warm lunch will be served at 12:30pm. Bring rakes (if you have them) work gloves, and leaf blowers. If interested, please RSVP to Amanda Alters at 616-233-9370 ext.106 or amanda@campomalley.org Posted 9/11/14 

West Michigan Bridal Association ~ October Bridal Show
October 25th-26th, 8:00am-6:00pm (Shifts Vary)

Interested in gaining event experience? The West Michigan Wedding Association is looking for volunteers for the Oct. 25th & 26th Bridal Show! You'll gain wonderful experience, have the opportunity to get your foot in the door with some of the best vendors in the wedding industry, and there is even potential for you to become a WMWA intern in the future! Voluntters can be expected to assist in setting up, registration, helping vendors, and more! For more information contact Alexanderia Steiner at steinera@mail.gvsu.edu or 616-717-2560. Posted 10/10/2014

Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics ~ Halloween Invitational Swim Meet
October 25th-26th, Shifts Available (8:30am-1:00pm, 1:30pm-6:00pm)
Join in the festive fun and help out at this two day swim invitational! Volunteer positions for Timers are available at the MLA hosted swim meet at the Holland Community Aquatic Center.  No prior experience timing is required as volunteers will recieve all training on site, promptly at the start time of each shift.  To register, click here.  For any questions, please email Theresa Asselin at (616) 393-7595 or servicehours@iswimmla.org. Posted 10/6/14 

November 2014

South End Community Outreach Ministries ~ Tree Planting 
November 1st, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Join South End Community Outreach Ministries and Friends of Grand Rapids parks to help beautify our city.  Volunteers will help plant shade trees around the Little Steps at SECOM Preschool playground and elsewhere on SECOM's grounds, as well as assist with additional landscaping projects if time allows.  A short training will be provided on site.  No special skills or equipment are required, but volunteers are encouraged to dress for the weather.  For more information, please contact Stefanie Snyder at (616) 452-7684 or development@seccomministries.org.  Posted 10/13/14

Mary Free Bed RehabilitationJunior and Adult Pacers Wheelchair Basketball Tournament
November 8th-9th, 8am-4pm (Shifts Vary)
The Junior and Adult Pacers Wheelchair Basketball Tournament is hosted by the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Wheelchair and Adapative Sports Department. The Junior and Adult Pacers is a competitive sports program for full- or part-time wheelchair users; most participants have amputations, cerebral palsy, or spina bifida. Volunteers are needed at the East Rockford Middle School to assist in running the silent auction, keep score, work the concession stands, assist with the raffle, and run the clock shots. Volunteers can sign up for shifts: 10am-2:30pm or 2pm-6:30pm. Contact Jordyn Lawton at (989)-494-3853 or at lawtonj@mail.gvsu.eduPosted 9/15/14

Literacy Center of West Michigan ~ Family Activity Night
November 11th 5:45pm-8:00pm

The Family Literacy Program provides a free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to parents whose children attend participating Grand Rapids and Godwin Heights Public Schools. Volunteers will be needed to provide parents and children the best service in order to raise successful readers and learners! Volunteers can expect to help with sign in, prepare serve dinner, oversee and partcipate in activities, and prepare literacy materials. For more information contact Lauren Davis at ldavis@literacycenterwm.org or at 616-459-5151. Posted 10/9/2014

Gilda's Club ~ Glida's LaughFest
November 11th-13th 2:00pm-5:00pm

Help us spread the word that ticket packages are on sale!  We need people to help distribute ticket package brochures, yellow smiles, and (for specific businesses) swag bags.  You'll be helping us spread smiles across West Michigan!  Volunteers will pick up materials at Gilda's Club and deliver them throughout the Grand Rapids area!  A vehicle to transport volunteers would be helpful.  Contact Annete Nepomuceno at (616)453-8300 or at anepomuceno@laughfestgr.org.  Posted 9/29/14





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 October 14, 2014