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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.


September 2016


Belknap Neighborhood Flyer Distribution

Tuesday, September 6 to Sunday, September 11 (Times Vary)

Get to know your neighbors on Grand Rapids’ Northeast Side!  Get involved in your community!  Get NE side residents involved in the democratic process!  GVSU student volunteers needed to distribute flyers in the Belknap neighborhood, at your convenience, between September 6 and September 11.  If you are interested in learning more, please contact Melissa Baker-Boosamra at bakerbme@gvsu.edu or 331-2349.

NAMI Walk Grand Rapids

Saturday, September 10 from 8:00am-12:00pm

NAMI Walks support the mission-driven work of our NAMI organizations, which host education programs, facilitate support groups, provide mental health training, advocate for access to services, and offer a compassionate place to turn for the millions of Americans living with mental illness.  This event is beings sponsored by the Active Minds chapter of Davenport University, and the event will take place on the Davenport University on Kraft Avenue. Volunteer duties may include set up, tear down, running booths, registration, etc. You could also get a group together to walk in the event and be a sponsor!  If you are interested in getting involved, contact Kait Theisen at ktheisen@email.davenport.edu or 616-902-1543.  The deadline to contact Kait is September 9.

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.

ArtPrize at GRAM!

Wednesday, September 21 to Sunday, October 9 from 10:00am-8:00pm

The Grand Rapids Art Museum is a HUGE part of ArtPrize every year!  ArtPrize is recognized as the most-attended public art event on the planet according to The Art Newspaper, and was recently highlighted in The New York Times' 52 Places To Go in 2016.  For 19 days in the early fall, around 400,000 attendees descend upon three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids where anyone can find a voice in the conversation about what is art and why it matters. Art from around the world pops up in every inch of downtown in over 160 venues, museums, galleries, bars, restaurants, theaters, hotels, public parks, lobbies, buildings, walls, bridges, laundromats, and auto body shops.  It's all free and open to the public.

Volunteers help many ways during ArtPrize! We could never hold this event without them. For 2016, the shifts run Sept. 21st through Oct. 9th, in increments of every two hours. The many areas to choose from are:

  • Guest Services (greeting/assisting/directing guests, and helping with item check - available all days of ArtPrize)
  • Voter Registration (registering people to vote during ArtPrize - available Sept. 21st to Oct. 6th). Simple data entry skills are needed.
  • Elevator Attendant (greeting and running the passenger elevator for guests to ensure it runs smoothly) Fri - Sun shifts only.
  • Member Terrace (Greeting and helping members check in through the Member Terrace outside - available all days of ArtPrize)
  • Group Tour Greeter (greeting group tours as they arrive, giving a brief introduction to the GRAM - these shifts are available only 10:00 am - 12:00 Noon M-F)

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Kris Shannon at kshannon@artmuseumgr.org or 616-831-2933.

Volunteer With ArtPrize Eight!

Wednesday, September 21 to Sunday, October 9 (Times Vary)

We are seeking amazing volunteers to join the ArtPrize Eight Volunteer Team! You can visit www.artprize.org/volunteer to create your own volunteer account and then schedule yourself for volunteer opportunities - you get to choose your own schedule! This is a great opportunity to learn more about Grand Rapids and gain amazing experience! ArtPrize Eight runs from September 21st-October 9th.  ArtPrize® is a radically open, independently organized international art competition and a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. ArtPrize is recognized as the most-attended public art event on the planet. For 19 days in the early fall, around 400,000 attendees descend upon three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan where anyone can find a voice in the conversation about what is art and why it matters. Art from around the world pops up in every inch of downtown in over 160 venues, museums, galleries, bars, restaurants, theaters, hotels, public parks, lobbies, buildings, walls, bridges, laundromats, and auto body shops and its all free and open to the public. There are a wide range of volunteer duties/positions! We need volunteers for education programs, exhibitions, events, bilingual volunteers, and our visitor services programs.  You can find more information on available volunteer opportunities at www.artprize.org/volunteer.  The deadline to sign-up is September 12 and all volunteers must go through a mandatory training (with information available in your volunteer account).


October 2016


Spartan Stores YMCA Highway Cleanup

Saturday, October 1 from 8:00am-12:00pm

The Spartan Stores YMCA is partnering with MDOT to host a fall highway cleanup on Saturday, October 1st! We will be meeting at the Spartan Stores YMCA at 8:00am for a donut and juice breakfast and carpooling to our cleanup location near the facility. Cleanup will last until approximately 12:00pm. If you are interested in this opportunity or have any questions, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Molly Scott at mscott@grymca.org or 616-885-5525.

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.