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.

March 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 herePosted 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 nametags, 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

Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth ~ Camp O'Malley Clean Up
April 11th, 9:00am - 12:30pm

Camp O'Malley is looking for volunteers to help them get the camp ready for the summer by raking leaves, painting, building projects, cleaning etc. They ask that volunteers wear clothing that you do not mind getting a little dirty and dress warmly. Lunch will be at noon! For more information contact Elyse Mathos at 616-233-9370 or at emathos@bgcgrandrapids.orgPosted 3/25/2015

Literary Center of West Michigan ~ Family Activity Nights
April 14th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 28th and 29th 6:00pm-8:00pm
On top of regular classes, there are monthly Family Activity Nights that target specific literacy skills parents need to raise strong, successful readers. One of the greatest indicators of a childs future success is the reading level of their parents. Studies have definitively 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 will assist in serving dinner as well as setting up and facilitating a family literacy activity with the families. Join the Literary Center of West Michigan on these nights where literacy skills will be used to make healthy food. The events will be held at 1120 Monroe NW, Grand Rapids. For more information contact Lauren Davis at 616-459-5151 or ldavis@literacycenterwm.org.  Posted 3/20/2015

Eastown Community Association ~ Eastown Community Garden Work Day  
April 25th, 9:00am - 12:30pm

Eastown is looking for volunteers and gardeners to work in the community garden to get the plots ready for planting. They will be spreading mulch, adding compost to the plots, and doing some general maintenance. Show up ready to work if you would like to help! This is a great opportunity for families or students to get some outdoor volunteer hours in! If you’re interested in renting a plot for the growing season, or would like more information about our community garden, please email Lindsey at lindsey@eastown.org. Posted 3/37/2015

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. 
Contact Alexys Lemans at 616-456-8661 or alexys.lemans@redcross.org for information.  Posted 1/29/2015

May 2015

Arthritis Foundation ~ Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis 
May 2nd 7:30am - 12:00pm

The Walk to Cure Arthritis is the Arthritis Foundation's nationwide signature to raise funds and awareness and help put an end to arthritis. The event features a three-mile and one-mile course, with arthritis information and activities for the entire family. Volunteers are needed to help with set-up, registration, donation collection, course marshalling and more! For more information contact Cindy Pogue at 248-530-5020 or at cpogue@arthritis.orgPosted 3/18/2015

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 idenification, 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

Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning ~ Camp Barefoot
May 23rd-May 29th

Camp Barefoot is a camp for adults that have suffered traumatic brain injuries. Every year the Center for Outdoor Learning provides this camp for these individuals. They are looking for volunteers that are able to volunteer anywhere from 1 day to all 6 days of camp. Volunteers are expected to assist the director in setting up daily programs, socializing the campers,and  assisting campers with engaging activities. Volunteers will be provided with meals and lodging if staying for multiple days. For more information contact Lynn Seeloff at 616-673-2050 or at camp@thefowlercenter.orgPosted 3/18/2015

June 2015

Volunteering Solutions ~ India Summer Volunteer
June 27th - July 18th (3 weeks)

Get your ‘groove on’ this summer exploring the winding streets of the Incredible India. This extensive trip is designed to give you a meaningful travel experience and connects the cultural, historical and popular highlights of the major Indian cities. For the culture vultures, the capital of India, Delhi presents an exotic amalgamation of different regions, customs, habits and traditions. While in India, volunteers will be working with children and women to empower them through their education. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. If you have further questions please contact Matthew Wilson at 124-472-4000 or at matthew@volunteeringsolutions.comPosted 3/25/2015

July 2015

The ALS Association: Michigan Chapter ~ Nana's Run
May 30th 9:00am-1:00pm

The ALS Association Michigan Chapter and Mercy Health, in partnership with the Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation, present the second year of Nana's Run, a special 5k race held in Grand Rapids. The organization exists to raise awareness about the disease and to raise funds that will support patient and physician education, ALS patients and their families, and ongoing research within Michigan. Volunteers are needed to help with race packet assembly, set-up, registration, gear check, course marshals, water station, clean up. For more information, contact Morgan Yingst at 616-459-1900 or at morgan@alsa-michigan.org. Posted 3/12/2015

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, 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.


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Page last modified March 27, 2015