The following list of opportunities are not directly coordinated by the CSLC. Please be sure to sign up with the listed contact person.
Saturday, October 22nd from 8:00am-3:30pm
GVSU Regional Math and Science Center is hosting Energizing Our World Saturday, a one-day camp program designed to introduce students currently in grades 6th through 8th to the power of sustainable energy and its applications to various fields.The camp will be held at GVSU's Allendale Campus on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 from 8:30 am-3:00 pm. Students will participate in a large group introduction followed by breakout sessions providing them with opportunities to interact with solar, wind, and hydro power energy. Volunteers are needed to help set up the camp, lead students through break out sessions, and help clean up afterwards. For volunteering you will receive a free event t-shirt and free lunch. If you are interested in getting involved contact Zack Weber at 616-331-2272 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 616-799-2039. Posted 3/4/2016.
Tuesday, October 25th from 2:30pm-9:00pm
Building Bridges is an annual training opportunity hosted by Ready for School where preschool teachers and childcare providers learn from Kindergarten teachers and go home with the materials to do all of the activities included in the training. Volunteers are needed to help set up and clean up activities throughout the training event located at Christ Memorial Church at 595 Graafschap Road Holland MI. Email Jayne at email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering for all or part of this event.
Tuesday, October 25th from 2:30-9:00
Building Bridges is an annual training opportunity hosted by Ready for School where preschool teachers and childcare providers learn from Kindergarten teachers and go home with the materials to do all of the activities included in the training. Much prep work goes into this training, and we have some great activities in the works for this year but need your help to get them ready! Volunteers will be packing items into bags that each training attendee will take home. Volunteers will also be sorting and creating folders for printed packets that will be used in the training. Location is at Ready for School 70 West 8th Street Holland MI. If interested in getting involved contact Jayne Schutter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-834-0515.
October 27, 2016 (or tentatively any day between 10/26 - 10/29) from 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Reliance Community Care Partners are in need of volunteers to assist with a house move. There should not be too much, as the individual is downsizing. Help with loading a truck (we provide) with already packed boxes, a dresser, maybe a bed (other miscel?) Help w/ unloading items at new location. Also may need some assistance loading the truck w/ donations. Depending on the number of volunteers, this can likely be accomplished in 2-3 hours. Date is tentative; it will be one day between Wed 10/26 - Sat 10/29. If interested, please contact Kathy Carlile-Holwerda at email@example.com or 616-954-3370. Posted 10/21/2016.
Friday, October 28th from 5:00-8:00pm
Please join the Cook Art Center to participate in their second annual Family Night En El Barrio at the Cesar Chavez parking lot on Friday, October 28th from 5-8pm by hosting a "trunk-or-treat" station during the event. This is a low-cost, all-ages event that brings together families from our community for an evening of treats, activities and Halloween fun.
Trunk-or-treat is variation on the trick-or-treat tradition. As a sponsor, you decorate a vehicle in the Halloween spirit and park it in a designated area during the event. Rather than going door to door, children and their parents visit each vehicle where you have the opportunity to connect with them by passing out candy and promotional materials and/or items.
This is the second event of its kind in our Hispanic Community, therefore we expect up to 800 people to attend this year. There is no fee for sponsorship! We simply ask that you provide a decorated vehicle as well as candy (please bring 800 pieces or more) and your own marketing materials, which may include brochures, flyers, or coupons.
If interested please contact Vanessa Cervantes at firstname.lastname@example.org or (616) 742-0692.
Friday, October 28th from 8:00am-1:00pm
Think Grand Rapids could use a few more trees? Or just want to spend a day outside planting? Sign up today to help out with the Mayor's greening initiative. Mayor Bliss wants to meet the goal of 40% tree canopy in Grand Rapids. More trees in Grand Rapids means a healthier Grand Rapids. Trees provide social, economic, and environmental benefits to the city.
Join WMEAC's Community Activism Manager, Anne Marie, at DeVos Place on Friday, October 28th, from 8am-1pm for a fun filled and productive day of tree planting! Tools, snacks, and a free t-shirt are all provided.
Visit urbanforestproject.com to learn more and register by Oct. 17.
Saturday, October 29th from 10:00am-4:00pm
Attention all little ghouls and goblins: keep the downtown Halloween fun going by visiting the Holland Museum! Stop by for trick-or-treating in the exhibits, fun games, crafts and prizes! Best of all, free museum admission for children in costume and their accompanying adults!
Volunteers will help create a fun and family-friendly atmosphere for our guests by assisting with crafts, games, and handing out candy. Volunteers are also encouraged to wear costumes - it's sure to be a fun time!
Volunteer shifts will be divided as follows:10:00am - 1:00pm; 1:00pm - 4:00pm If you are interested in getting involved contact Rachel Syens at email@example.com or 616-796-3329
Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 6:30am-12:00pm
Founded in the late 1800's, the Grand Rapids Santa Parade was designed to bring people downtown for a kickoff to holiday shopping. Seeking new leadership, the parade was taken over by the Grand Rapids Jaycees. Of note, our most well known member to date is late great President Gerald R. Ford. The Jaycees have insured that the parade is a great community event with leadership and volunteer opportunities. In 2010, title sponsor Art Van Furniture was added bringing large scale attractions and a partnership with WOODTV8 to host the event on live television. It's going to be another great Art Van Santa Parade presented by the Grand Rapids Jaycees! The West Michigan holiday season will officially kick-off with the Art Van Santa Parade, presented by the Grand Rapids Jaycees. The Jaycees are excited to announce the theme for this year's parade will be, Christmas Fun for Everyone.
Downtown Grand Rapids will be filled the sweet sounds of local marching bands, carolers, and local performers. Entrants for the 2016 event will create unique entries around the theme, including costumes, music and floats based on popular & classic holiday songs.
Thousands of parade-goers will be watching as the Parade makes its way down the streets of Grand Rapids. The parade will be broadcast LIVE on WOOD TV8 starting at 9am on Saturday November 19, 2016.
Description of Volunteer Duties
We have a variety of volunteer opportunities. Staging and assisting with getting participates in line for the parade, crowd control along the parade route, working our VIP/Hospitality tent, celebrity escorting and assisting to ensure our celebrity guests are where they need to be, assisting with carrying banners/balloons in the parade or dressing and walking in the parade as a character. For more information, please contact Rebecca Burgenmeyer via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-717-2507.
Link to volunteer
Saturday, November 5th and Sunday, November 6th (various times)
Mary Free bed Rehabilitation Hospital is looking for more volunteers for their upcoming “Keep up the Pace” Jr. Pacers Wheelchair Basketball Home Tournament, on Saturday November 5th and Sunday, November 6th at the Mary Free Bed YMCA on Kraft and Burton. Please click on the following link to view our current volunteer opportunities. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094ca5a72ca4fc1-keep
Please let Michael Burkhart know if you have any questions at email@example.com or 616-840-8538 and as always, thank you for your consideration. Without our amazing volunteers, we would have a hard time pulling off our successful tournaments!
Tuesday, November 8 from 6:00am-9:00pm
Election workers fill a variety of roles within the precinct on Election Day, including but not limited to: assuring applications to vote are accurately completed, verifying the voters identity, issuing correct ballots, recording voter number and ballot number, tearing off the perforated ballot number tab before the voter inserts their ballot in the tabulator, helping the voter if the tabulator rejects their ballot, assuring voter secrecy is maintained, referring to the Chairperson when an unusual situation arises, providing excellent customer service, providing accurate information and helping voters. Setting up the laptop workstation, saving the voter file and reports in the appropriate location, providing excellent customer service, referring to the ,assisting with ballot reconciliation process. Election Workers are an essential part of the successful creation of a positive experience for voters. We are looking for computer savvy applicants who are available to work the November 8th Election. Attend one of the one-hour training dates listed to find out more! Training Dates and Times are September 26th at 9:00 am, September 26th at 2:00 pm and September 29th at 6:00 pm. For more information, please contact Amanda Moore via email firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-456-3004.
Friday, November 11th to Sunday, November 13th (VariousTimes)
The Michigan Youth Football Classic hosted by the West Michigan Sports Commission is a fun and exciting youth football tournament for teams ages 9 through 14 years old. Join us for a weekend of youth football up at the Art Van Sports Complex! For more information on the event click here, or to volunteer e-mail Andrea at email@example.com!
Thursday, November 17 from 6:30pm-8:00pm
St. Cecilia's Music Center is looking for volunteers to assist with ushering, ticket taking, and greeting for various music concerts, which include chamber, jazz, and folk. The deadline to register is November 16, 2016. If you're interested in getting involved or have any questions, please contact Mary Mylenek at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-942-3797.
Saturday, November 19 from 7:00am- 12:00pm
Founded in the late 1800's, the Grand Rapids Santa Parade was designed to bring people downtown for a kickoff to holiday shopping. Seeking new leadership, the parade was taken over by the Grand Rapids Jaycees. Of note, our most well known member to date is late great President Gerald R. Ford. The Jaycees have insured that the parade is a great community event with leadership and volunteer opportunities. In 2010, title sponsor Art Van Furniture was added bringing large scale attractions and a partnership with WOODTV8 to host the event on live television. It's going to be another great Art Van Santa Parade presented by the Grand Rapids Jaycees!
Volunteers positions/duties include; Staging, De-staging, Parade Marshall, Balloons, Banner carriers, Sponsor Tent, Photos with Santa, Characters, Section Leaders, Volunteer Appreciation and Celebrity Handlers. All of the position descriptions are available on the application.
For more information, please contact Rebecca Burgenmeyer via email at email@example.com or 616-717-2507.
Thursday, December 1st to Sunday, December 4th (Various Times)
Join us at DeVos Place Convention Center December 2-4, 2016, for an exciting weekend of competition hosted by Grand Rapids Gymnastics! As the saying goes, "Many hands make light work." And, many hands are needed to make Gymnastics On The Grand an amazing experience for gymnasts, teams, coaches and spectators.Parents, family and community members are welcome and encouraged to volunteer before, during and after the meet. There is a volunteer position to fit every lifestyle, ability and schedule. Volunteers are needed beginning Thursday before the meet through late Sunday evening.
Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 6:00am- 10:30am
The Allendale Triathlon is a local community triathlon. Volunteers will cheer and guide athletes on a local course 6 miles from GVSU campus. For more information, please contact Kevin VanderGraaf via email Allendaletriathlon@gmail.com or 616-446-2699.
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.