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.

September 2014

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

St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital ~ Warrior Dash
September 20th 6am-7pm
Want to help the chidlren of St. Jude's? Come volunteer at this year's Warrior Dash in Walker! They are looking for volunteers to help in the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital tent
 during the run. Race participants that fundraise for St. Jude will have the opportunity to visit the St. Jude tent, get a warm shower and pick up prizes! If you are interested in getting more involved, please sign up below. You can sign up for multiple shifts as well. More details will be emailed out the week before the event. Contact Mike Hull at 248-546-8086 or Michael.Hull@stjude.org with questions or comments.

Holland Museum ~ Civil War Muster
September 20 & 21, 9am-9pm

Holland Museum is hosting its 6th annual Civil War Muster reenactment on the weekend of September 20 & 21, 2014 at the historic Van Raalte Farm in Holland, MI. This years free event features the Battles of Atlanta and Utoy Creek with two days worth of music, impressions of historical figures, performances, medical scenarios, period-style vendors, and (of course) battles. This years event is shaping up to be an exciting time and the museum is looking for volunteers to help with the festivities! They are looking for people to help out with registration, traffic control, special events, battlefield attendants, and much more! Both youth and adults are encouraged to volunteer. Some sit down opportunities are also available. Great for individuals and groups! To register, click here. For more information, contact Taylor Wise-Harthorn at 616-796-2080 or twiseharthorn@hollandmuseum.org. Posted 8/11/14

West Michigan Environmental Action Council ~ 11th Annual Mayors' Grand River Cleanup
September 20, 9am-10pm

Over the past decade, thousands of volunteers have come together to pick up more than 120,000 pounds of refuse from the banks of the Grand River. The event will again feature an after party sponsored by Founders Brewing Company with local craft beer and live music. Participants receive free refreshments, lunch, and T-shirt.Volunteers duties include picking up garbage along side the Grand River. WMEAC is also looking for volunteers to be site leaders or work on the headquarters team. to register, click here. For more information, contact Becky Brown at bbrown@wmeac.org. Posted 7/30/14

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

ArtPrize ~ ArtPrize at GRAM
September 24-October 12
Experience the bustle of ArtPrize through the eyes of the GRAM! Volunteer shifts are generally two hours in length and the many areas to choose from are: 1 - Guest Services (greeting/assisting/directing guests, and helping with item check - available all days) 2 - Outside Greeter (greeting and directing guests as they enter the line outside of GRAM - available all days) 3 - Voter Registration (registering people to vote during ArtPrize - available Sept. 24th through Oct. 9th, simple data entry skills are needed). 4 - Elevator Attendant (greeting and running the large elevator for guests during weekends and busy times) 5 - Art Education Days (assisting school children with art-making activities - available Sept 30th and Oct. 2nd, 7th and 9th) 6 - Member Terrace (Greeting and helping members check in through the Member Terrace outside - available all days) 7 - Group Tour Greeter (greeting group tours as they arrive, giving a brief introduction to the GRAM - these shifts are available only at 10 am M-F) 8 - Museum Store (greeting shoppers, restocking, maintaining displays, etc. - available all Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays of ArtPrize) 9 - Facilities (Helping to maintain the building during this busy event). Groups of up to 13 volunteers can be accommodated per shift. Click here for the volunteer application. For more information or for help scheduling volunteering for a group/organization, contact Kris Shannon at volunteer@artmuseumgr.org or 616-831-2933. Posted 9/04/14

ArtPrize ~ AscentCare
September 25th 10:00am-10:00pm

Ascentcare is teaming up with Artprize to provide an accessible route and voting lounge for people in wheelchairs and/or with disabilities. We will be providing transportation to and from our office to Gerald R. Ford museum. We will also be providing drinks, snacks, and charging stations in our lounge. The lounge is also a place people can vote. They are looking for volunteers to help transport, guide, and help out with everything going on in the louge, and help the individuals have a fantastic time! For more information contact Kayla Hall at KH@ascentcare.org or at (616) 773-1773. Posted 9/18/14

South End Community Outreach Ministries (SECOM) ~ Playground Landscaping
September 26, 9am-11am

Come help with landscaping for the new Little Steps at SECOM Preschool playground! Volunteers will lay down and spread bark chips, and complete other landscaping as needed. Volunteers should dress in comfortable clothing that can get dirty. For more information, contact Stefanie Snyder at 616-452-7684 or development@secomministries.org. Posted 8/18/14

Grand Rapids Color Vibe 5K
September 27 7:00am-1:00pm

Come get C R A Z Y with us!!! The Color Vibe is coming to Grand Rapids on September 27 and wants you to experience the most #VIBErant 5k of all time! Most volunteers will be assisting in throwing color on the participants. You could also volunteer at the water station, registration tent, finish line and clean up after the event.  Visit the event page here or contact  Lindsey Kehoe at kehoel@mail.gvsu.edu or 989-751-3719 for further information.  Posted 9/17/14

Ada Parks and Recreation Department ~ Roselle Park River Festival & Grand River Run
September 27th, 7:00am-4:00pm (Shifts Vary)
This is the 3rd annual Roselle Park River Festival and Grand River Run and they need your help! Come help with the run for set up, water distrubution, take down, and more. Then at the Roselle Park River Festival directly after the Grand River Run they need volunteers to help managing exhibits, work activities and booths, as well as set up and take down. For more information contact Linda Gary at lgary@adatownshipmi.com or visit www.grandriver-run.com/get-involved/Posted 9/3/2014

Trout Unlimited ~ Rogue River Clean Up
September 27th, 8:00am-12:00pm
Join Wolverine and Rockford Footwear Depot and help keep the Rogue River beautiful!  Wolverine Brand and Rockford Footwear Depot are sponsoring a community effort to keep the Rogue River banks free of trash and other debris.  Check in will begin at 8:00am with directions and send off at 8:30am at the Rockfod Footwear Depot (235 N Main St, Rockford, MI.)  To register, visit http://rogueriverproject.eventbrite.com For more information contact Nichol De Mol at ndemol@tu.org.  Posted 9/8/14

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society ~ Light the Night
September 27th, 1:00pm-9:00pm (Shifts Vary)

ight The Night Walk is a fundraising campaign which brings together families and communities to honor blood cancer survivors, as well as those lost to the diseases, and shine a light on the importance of finding cures and providing access to treatments for blood cancer patients. Volunteers would assist with set-up, clean-up, balloon tents, bounce house, bone marrow tent, food tent, registration, and more! For more information contact Caylie Peet at caylie.peet@lls.org, and to register, click herePosted 8/28/2014

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

October 2014

Allendale High School Fine Arts Center ~ Veggie Tales Live! Tour
October 2, 8:30am-10:00pm (Shifts Vary)

Allendale High School is bringing in a touring production of Veggie Tales Live! for a show the evening of Oct. 2. They are looking for volunteers for load-in and set up in the morning and early afternoon, and load-out in the evening. Must be at least 18, and must wear closed toe shoes. Merchandise sellers must be dressed appropriately. For more information contact Jim Crawley at (609)356-6586 or at jcrawley@els.eduPosted 9/19/14

SowHopePhoto Exhibit Fundraiser
October 3, 7:00pm-10:00pm

Join SowHope f
or the 6th Annual International Photo Exhibit. Volunteers are needed before, during, and after the event. Volunteer duties include promotion, event set-up and tear-down, greeting, registration, and many others. Volunteers must attend 1 of 3 volunteer training sessions. To register, click here. For more information, contact Doug or Mary Brown at 616-433-1575  or volunteer@sowhope.orgPosted 7/29/14

Ready for School ~ Zeeland Pumpkinfest  
October 4, 2:00pm-4:15pm
Ready for School will be participating in this year's Fall Pumpkinfest in Zeeland, Saturday, October 4th. Helpers are needed to walk beside the float to hand out Ready for School materials. Younger children are welcome to be part of this festivity as they can sit on the float during the parade. Share Ready For School's mission statement Smile and have fun talking to the children involved/attending in the parade. For more information, contact Vanessa Gutierrez at 616-848-0515 or vgutierrez@readyforschool.orgPosted 9/16/14

Trout Unlimited ~ Stream Insect Monitoring 
October 4, 9:00am-1:00pm

Trout Unlimited will be holding a Stream Insect Monitoring Event at the Rockford Community Cabin (220 N Monroe Street, Rockford, MI).  Volunteers will be assigned to a monitoring group with a team leader.  Each group will collect and identify insects from different stream sites in the Rogue River and Bear Creek watersheds.  You don't need any experience with stream insects to participate and all ages are welcome.  Please bring waders if you have them and dress for the weather conditions.  RSVP to Nichol De Mol at 231-557-6362 or ndemol@tu.org if you would like to attend.  Posted 9/8/14

Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan ~ Step Up For Down Syndrome
October 11, 8:00am-12:30pm

The Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk is a 1 mile walk and community celebration for our friends, family, and neighbors with Down syndrome. It is the largest annual fundraiser for the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan. There are almost a hundred volunteer opportunities with varied shifts times and responsibilities.  Check out Volunteer Spot for a complete listing, click here. For more information, contact Meredith Lange at 616-956-3488 or meredith@dsawm.org.  Posted 8/27/14

Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids ~ Day For Kids Event
October 11, 10:00am-3:00pm
Help the Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids host a Day For Kids Event at the Seidman Boys & Girls Club. This free public event is for families in the community to get involved at The local Boys & Girls Clubs and to have fun! Families will enter drawings for free prizes, enjoy free food and participate in a variety of Carnival Games. As a volunteer, help with some set up and tear down, facilitating many of our carnival games, serving food, handing out tickets, etc. For more information, contact Amanda Alters at 616-233-9370 ext. 106 or amanda@campomalley.orgPosted 9/9/14 

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation ~ Thunderfest Wheelchair Rugby Tournament
October 11-12, 8:00am-5:00pm (Shifts Vary)

The Thunderfest Wheelchair Rugby Tournament is hosted by the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Wheelchair and Adapative Sports Department. This event is held for individuals who live with physical disabilities, specifically quadrapilegia. Volunteers would be needed to keep score, maintain the penalty box, clean the courts, moving equipment, food preperation, and run clock shots. Avaliable shifts are 8am-12pm, 12pm-4pm, and 4pm-7pm. Contact Jordyn Lawton at (989)494-3853 or at lawtonj@mail.gvsu.eduPosted 9/15/14

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

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 

November 2014

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




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.

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