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Event Specific Volunteer Opportunities

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


July 2016


Highway Cleanup

Saturday, July 23 from 8:00am-12:00pm

The Spartan Stores YMCA is participating in the adopt-a-highway program through MDOT and will be hosting a highway cleanup on Saturday, July 23rd. Please come out to help clean our community! We will be meeting at the Spartan Stores YMCA at 8am and carpooling from here to the highway (131-S and 44th St exit) to clean until around 11am-noon. Contact Volunteer Coordinator, Molly Scott at 616-885-5525 or mscott@grymca.org if you are interested in helping out!

2016 Race for Spartan Stores YMCA Presented by Chemical Bank

Saturday, July 30 from 8:30am-11:00am

Spartan Stores YMCA is looking for volunteers to help with the 2016 Race for Spartan Stores YMCA presented by Chemical Bank. Race day is on Saturday, July 30th, but we will need assistance in many different areas prior to the race and on race day. Duties include setup/take down, race promotion, registration, course safety, etc. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Molly Scott at 616-885-5525 or mscott@grymca.org if you are interested in helping out with this event!

Grand Rapids Children's Museum 19th Birthday Party

Sunday, July 31 from 11:00am-5:00pm

The Grand Rapids Children's Museum is turning 19 and celebrating with a big street party!  This is a free family event with games, arts and crafts, and FUN!  Volunteers are needed to assist children with art activities, games, face painting and play throughout the day.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Juli Atherton at jatherton@grcm.org or 616-235-4726 by July 27.


August 2016


West Michigan Whitecaps - 50/50 Raffle Volunteers

Friday, August 5 - Time is TBD (Also available on August 20, 2016)

Help the West Michigan Whitecaps Community Foundation sell 50/50 raffle tickets at one of their home baseball games. The event could last up to 4 hours, and you will be contacted via email as to the arrival time - each game may be different. Please contact Lauren Brenda at laurenb@whitecapsbaseball.com or by calling 616-426-3672 to volunteer.

Helping Hands (Freshmen Move-In)

Monday-Friday, August 22-26 (Times Vary)

WE NEED YOUR HELP! If you lived on campus as a freshman, you may remember how painless the move-in process was with friendly volunteers eager to quickly move all of your boxes, clothing, and school supplies up to your room. You may remember being greeted with a smile from a crowd of faculty, staff, and students. Or you may only remember getting free ice cream! Hopefully this warm welcome helped to put your anxiety to rest as you entered this new realm of college life. 

Now is your time to give back to our newest Lakers by participating in this tradition! Sign up below for one (or more) shifts during Move-In Week. The signup deadline is Friday, August 12th.  Hours worked can also count towards community service hours requirements that you may have for your groups and organizations! Also, you will be reminded before Move-In Week, but please wear LAKER BLUE and bring your student ID to check-in! Sign Up Here. Please e-mail reslife@gvsu.edu with any questions. 


September 2016


Last Chance BQ.2 Marathon

Saturday, September 10 from 6:30am-1:00pm

The Last Chance BQ.2 Marathon is a race designed specifically to give runners a shot at qualifying for the Boston Marathon in 2017. The race will be limited to 330 runners, and volunteers will be needed to aid and assist runners by staffing aid stations and race HQ. If interested please contact Ethan Ray at rayethan@gmail.com or by calling 616-799-2039. 

September Adopt-a-Beach 2016

Saturday, September 17 (Times Vary)

Join the thousands of people caring for our Great Lakes during the Alliance for the Great Lakes' September "Adopt-a-Beach" Event, part of the International Coastal Cleanup. The event is scheduled for September 17, dates and times may vary. Volunteers who participate in the event not only remove debris, they also record their findings.  Here are two ways you can participate:

  • Volunteer: There are many designated locations that welcome volunteers. Volunteers will receive instructions and supplies to participate when they arrive at the event. To register, visit www.greatlakesadopt.org
  • Become a team leader: Team leaders recruit and organize volunteers to carry out the event. The Alliance will provide you with step-by-step instructions and supplies, including marketing materials, gloves, data collection cards, pencils and trash bags. After the event, team leaders enter their results into the online system. Start by scheduling your event:
    • Step 1: Log into your account at greatlakesadopt.org. (Anyone that has participated in the Adopt-a-Beach" program as a team leader or volunteer has an account in the system.) If you do not have an account, click on the "Create An Account" tab. If you are creating a new account, don't forget to activate it from the link sent to your email.
    • Step 2: Once you are logged in, go to "My Stuff," click on the big orange "host an event" button and search for your beach. Keep your search simple and you will have better results. For example, enter only the first word of the beach name or search by county only. When scheduling your event, select "September Adopt-a-Beach" 2016" in the campaign drop-down menu. 

For additional information, please contact Jillian Edwards at jedwards@greatlakes.org or 616-850-0745.


October 2016


Metro Health - Grand Rapids Marathon

Sunday, October 23rd from 6:00am-4:00pm

The Grand Rapids Marathon will consist of a marathon, a half marathon, and a marathon relay event. Volunteers are needed to assist and aid the runners during the events. For more information about the event, please visit the Grand Rapids Marathon's webpage. To volunteer, please contact Ethan Ray at rayethan@gmail.com or call 616-799-2039. Posted 3/4/2016.


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.