Event Specific Volunteer Opportunities

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

February 2016

Grand Rapids Children's Museum - Grown Up Play Date

February 12, 2016 5:30pm - 11pm

The Grand Rapids Children's Museum has a great opportunity for students at GVSU! Play laser tag, participate in a building wide scavenger hunt, enjoy local craft beers, wines, and ciders, and "grown up" pizza offerings from local GR restaurants...all to benefit the Grand Rapids Children's Museum programs and exhibits! Volunteer duties will be simple: Food service and participating in games! For more information, please contact Juli Atherton at jatherton@grcm.org or 616-235-4726! Posted 1/14/2016.

Location - On Bus route.

Eastown Community Foundation - Annual Meeting/ Pancake Breakfast

February 13, 2016 8am - 11am

Eastown Community Foundation is hosting their annual Member Pancake Breakfast Meeting at Calvin Church at 700 Ethel Ave in Grand Rapids. Eastown invites the entire community, residents and businesses, to join them for an all you can eat pancakes breakfast and raffle drawings. During the event, discussion on the organizations 2015 activities and 2016 goals will take place.  Volunteers are needed to help cook and serve the pancakes, as well as help with clean up. Volunteers are also needed to man sign up booths for our different committees. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Marisa Sandahl at marisa@eastown.org or by calling 616-451-3025. Posted 1/15/2015. 

Location - On Bus route.

Land Conservancy of West Michigan - Ecological Restoration at Lamberton Lake Fen

February 13, 2016; 9:00am - 12:00pm

Help the Land Conservancy of West Michigan with a volunteer project! The goal is to restore a rare wetland type by removing invasive glossy buckthorn that threatens wildlife habitat. Volunteers will work with Land Conservancy staff to help cut down the invasive shrub. Tools, work gloves, water, and snacks will be provided. Participants should wear appropriate clothing for cold-weather outdoor work. For more information, please contact Justin Heslinga at justin@naturenearby.org to register. Posted 1/19/2016

Location - On Bus route.

South Elementary Parent Teacher Club - Movie Madness Carnival

February 20, 2016 8am - 4:30pm

The South Elementary Parent Teacher Club is offering the opportunity to volunteer at their upcoming Movie Madness Carnival. The event is a carnival for our elementary school students including games, raffles and fun! Volunteers will be used for carnival set up, running a game or working on take down and clean up crew. For more information, please contact Kristen Neuman at 616-745-0551 or k.neuman@att.netPosted 1/12/2016.

Location - Not on Bus route.

Parkview Elementary School - Be Nice Family Event

February 23, 2016, 4:30pm - 7:30pm

The Parkview Elementary School is putting on an event in February and they would love your help! The event will include fun activities and learning stations for kids & families. Volunteers will be there to help at various stations, lead activities. Students with Spanish background or who are experienced in Spanish are especially needed! Also, if you would like to RSVP or have more questions, you can directly contact Prof. Don Williams at wms.don@gmail.com. Posted 1/21/2016

Location - On Bus route.

Ultimate Cycle Challenge

Friday-Saturday, February 26-27th 8:00 PM

Celebrating our 11th year, UCC is a non-competitive, indoor cycling event where teams of participants keep stationary bikes moving while enjoying live entertainment. Teams can form a 12 or 24 hour team. Fundraising is encouraged but not mandatory. 100% of all donation go directly to the charity you choose to support. YOU choose your reason to ride! We're taking fundraising to a new level by letting you choose the charity you want to support. We know that there are many great causes out there and we want to encourage everyone to give your ride extra meaning. Your team can rally behind the same charity or each rider can choose a different organization. Our online fundraising site makes it easy and give you lots of choices. You will have the chance to create your personal fundraising page at the end of registration and select one of the 20+ local and national charities to support. For more information, check out our event website! You can also register here. If any questions, please email uccreg1@gmail.com.

Location - Not on Bus route.

Sugarshack Operation at Blandford

Saturday, February 27th 10:00 - 11:30 PM

Volunteers are invited to learn how to operate the sugarshack. Operators cook the sap and demonstrate how it is made to weekly school tours. For more info please contact Jessie Schulte at (616)735-6240 ext 22 or e-mail her with any questions at Jessie@blandfordnaturecenter.orgPosted 2/11/2016.

March 2016

Grand Rapids Children's Museum - Indoor Campout

March 11, 2016 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Looking for a great night out? How about joining the Grand Rapids Children's Museum for our Indoor Campout. We will have storytelling, special craft projects, and flameless s'mores. If you can't get enough of camping we are looking for 5-6 volunteers from 5:30-8:30 to help with fun activities. Volunteer will work directly with children with story telling, crafts, and food service. For more information, please contact Juli Atherton at jatherton@grcm.org or 616-235-4726! Posted 1/14/2016.

Location On Bus route.

Stewardship Workday at Kuker-Van Til Nature Preserve

Saturday, March 12th 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Save the forest from invaders! Join us as we remove invasive plants like autumn olive and honeysuckle that are choking out native plants and wildlife. Participants should wear appropriate clothing for outdoor work, including long pants and sturdy shoes. Appropriate for ages 12 and up. Contact Justin Heslinga at 616-451-9476 or by email to register.

From 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the second Saturday of every month, the Land Conservancy will host a volunteer event that focuses on ecological restoration activities including invasive species removal, seed collecting, and native plant installation. Volunteers may also be involved with trail maintenance, general clean-up, or other tasks that help visitors better enjoy our magnificent natural areas.

Location - Not Bus route.

GVSU Regional Math and Science Center - Science Olympiad - Michigan Region 12 Tournament

March 19, 2016 7:30am - 4:30pm

The GVSU Regional Math and Science Center is looking for volunteers to help with the Region 12 Science Olympiad tournament.  Approximately 200 student volunteers are needed to help with one of the largest regional Science Olympiad tournaments in the nation. Approximately 1500 middle and high school students from Kent and Ottawa counties will be participating in a variety of science competitions throughout the day. Volunteer duties include helping with specific events; or general tasks, such as information booths, check in table attendees, and impound collection.  A minimum of a 2 hour commitment is preferred. The Math and Science center would love volunteers for half or all day! More information and registration can be found on the volunteer website. Please register online by February 25th. Contact Kathy Agee at ageek@gvsu.edu or by calling 616-331-3031 if you have any questions that are not answered on the website. Posted 1/15/2016.

Location - Not on Bus route.

Sugarbush Festival at Blandford

Saturday, March 19th 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM, 12:30-4:15 PM, 3:30-5:30 PM

General volunteers will help with concession sales, popcorn, face painting, guest services, ticket sales, puppet show, refreshments, trail guide stations etc. Folks that volunteer 3:30-5:30 will be assisting with breakdown and cleanup.Almost all volunteers will be outside roaming and greeting. Even if it is cold we will be out on the trail. As thanks, we will have a special pancake and syrup break station just for the volunteers in the main visitor center breakroom.  For more info please contact Jessie Schulte at (616)735-6240 ext 22 or e-mail her with any questions at Jessie@blandfordnaturecenter.orgPosted 2/11/2016.

Grand Rapids Public Museum - Grand Opening of Robot Zoo!

March 19, 2016; 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is putting on an event and they need your help! Volunteers will be helping with arts and craft tables, passing out materials for the opening, and greeting guests who come for the opening weekend of our new exhibit, Robot Zoo! There are 2 shifts one from 1pm to 5pm. For more information, contact Joe Landmichl at jlandmichl@grmuseum.org or 616-929-1717. Posted 1/19/2016

Location - On Bus route.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids - Irish on Ionia - Camp O'Malley

March 19, 2016 10am - 6pm

Come help send kids to Camp O'Malley with Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids at this year's Irish on Ionia! Those 21 years and older are invited to help promote Camp O'Malley and The Boys & Girls Clubs, sell beads and other St. Patrick's day gear and some may even dress up like Lucky the Care Bear! Two-hour volunteer shifts are available between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Volunteers are required to volunteer a minimum of two hours to receive free entry to Irish on Ionia. Volunteer duties will include: Selling St. Patrick's Day items to Irish on Ionia attendees to raise funds for Camp O'Malley (ex: beads, glasses, gloves, etc.) For more information, please contact Elyse Mathos at emathos@bgcgrandrapids.org or 616-233-9370. Or simply register at http://vols.pt/nqBiYq.! Posted 1/14/2016.

Location - On Bus route.

Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding - Easter with the Equest Bunny

March 26, 2016 9am - 2pm

The Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding has an opportunity to volunteer coming up in March! This is a free event for the community! It is family friendly and gives families and the community and opportunity to not only check out Equest, but to enjoy a morning of fun! Volunteer duties would include face painting, carriage ride assistant, parking assistant, helping serve breakfast, setting up and handling the egg hunt, petting zoo assistance, etc. If you would like more information, please contact Marissa Freyling at marissaleigh16@gmail.com or 616-866-306-6102! Posted 1/14/2016.

April 2016

Urban Roots - Help Build the Urban Roots Community Farm!

April 8, 9am - 4pm

Join Urban Roots at the Community Farm & Education Center to prepare for the upcoming growing season. Urban Roots is home to a CSA, market stand, Mobile Classroom, and YouthCorps program. Come help put in place the infrastructure needed to make these things happen! Volunteer opportunities will include greenhouse building, bed building, other small construction projects, and clean up projects. For more information, please contact Erin Skidmore at erin@urbanrootsgr.org or 616-228-4707. Posted 1/28/16

Location - On Bus route.


This spring, Art.Downtown. will captivate audiences on Saturday, April 9, 2015 from 12-9pm.  Expanding from the Avenue for the Arts corridor in the Heartside Neighborhood to Kendall College of Art and Design and DeVos Place in central downtown, this one night event features several hundred artists in dozens of galleries, businesses, and studio spaces around downtown Grand Rapids. Here’s some of what to expect, rain or shine: artists and musicians exhibiting and performing at a variety of unexpected locations from U-haul trailers, the art museum, parking lots and private studios. Come early and stay late, for a night on the town with family and friends. Volunteer to help guide people to various sites, restaurants, and parking locations. If interested, email avenueforthearts@gmail.com or fill out the volunteer form. Posted 2/4/2016.

Location - On Bus route.

Student Scholars Day!

Wednesday, April 13

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship is looking for volunteers for the 20th Annual Student Scholars Day (SSD)! 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. We need volunteers to fill two-hour time blocks to assist with registration, hosting sessions, greeting participants and spectators, and setting up and tearing down.

If you have any questions, please refer to our website at http://www.gvsu.edu/ours/ssd/volunteer-for-student-scholars-day-20.htm or email Jakia Fuller at fullerj1@gvsu.eduClick here to register to volunteer! Posted 2/11/2016.

2016 Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and 5K - Gazelle Sports

Saturday April 16th, Sunday April 17th

Gazelle Sports is hosting their 4th annual half marathon/5K in downtown Grand Rapids. This event is designed to honor women and celebrate Title IX, actively encourage new runners to participate in the sport, build relationships, enhance partnerships within the community, raise money for women's charities, and to have fun! The purpose is community focused and not just about finishing fast. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for several different tasks at various times throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. Some duties include: 

Expotique: The Expotique will be held at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts and is open to the public from 11am to 5pm. The Expotique features event sponsor booths, event check-in, and late registration.

Start/Finish Line: The start and finish line will be located at Calder Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids. Volunteer help is needed for set up, tear down, food, security, and passing out finisher gifts. Multiple flexible shifts are available.

Course Marshal: Course marshals are placed along the 5k and half marathon route to help block traffic, direct (and cheer on!) participants, and assist police as needed.

Event Check-In/Gear Check/Information Ambassadors: Event check-in volunteers will assist with checking in Gazelle Girls before the race begins. 

To volunteer, or for more information about the event, check out the Race's website here! Posted 1/28/2016

May 2016

Arthritis Foundation- 2016 Walk to Cure Arthritis

Saturday, May 7th 7:00am - 11:30am

The Walk To Cure Arthritis benefiting the Arthritis Foundation is a nationwide, non-competitive, team-walking event that raises funds to fight arthritis. The 2016 Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis supports the foundation in its mission to provide leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases. Volunteers are needed to be face painters, photographers, kids area attendants, course marshals, parking assistants, and assist with set up, take down, registration/check-in, and t-shirt distribution. Most shifts are three hours. If interested, please contact Sue at 616-949-9938 or email sarend@arthritis.orgPosted 1/14/2016. 

Location - On bus route.

Heritage Hill Association - Heritage Hill Weekend Tour of Homes

May 21 and 22, 2016; 11am - 5pm

Heritage Hill is hosting a tour of one of the country's largest urban historic districts in its spring bloom on May 21 and 22, 2016. The 47th annual Heritage Hill Tour opens doors to 8 private houses and 2 historic buildings. An array of architecture, colors, decorating styles, and great urban gardens await you. Tour hours are 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday; noon to 6 pm on Sunday. Volunteers will be providing scripted information for a specific room and general guiding of tourists through an assigned house. 3.5 hour shifts are available Saturday and Sunday. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Jan Earl at 616-459-8950 or at heritage@heritagehillweb.org. Posted 11/18/2015.

Location - On Bus route.

June 2016

Family Fiesta 2016 - Community Health Advocate - YMCA

June 25, 2016; 12:30pm - 4:00pm 

This event, hosted by the YMCA, is a summer family fiesta event at the Roosevelt Park. It's a community event full of fun activities for the whole family. We have a few different things we may will need volunteers for. It is up to them on what they choose to do. We need volunteers to help with a couple of games for school aged students. We also need help with set up and tear down of event. We will also be conducting a health awareness survey on iPads throughout the event to adults. If you are interested in this opportunity feel free to contact Belisa Melton at 616-855-9692 or at bmelton@grymca.org. Posted 1/19/2016

Location - On Bus route.

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.

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