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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

ArtPrize Education Days

Monday, September 26th, 2016 - Monday, October 3rd, 2016 (Times Vary)

This year, the Charter Schools Office is hosting ArtPrize Educations Days, hosting over 3000 K-12 students from around the state at the Devos Campus. They have partnered with Speed Painter, Martina Hahn, who will provide Art Programming and are looking for GVSU students to volunteer to provide tours of ArtPrize to some of the student groups (especially those from outside of the GR area). If you are interested in volunteering use this link.

October 2016

Mary Free Bed 2016 Thunderfest-Quad Rugby Tournament

Saturday, October 1st  and Sunday, October 2nd (Times Vary)

Mary Free Bed is hosting their 5th annual quad rugby tournament and need volunteers to assist with various duties. It will be at the MSA Fieldhouse, 5435 28th St. CT SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Volunteers can sign up here and have the opportunity to choose a shift and what they want to help with! Training will be on-site prior to duty. If you have any questions, please contact Christy VanHaver at or 616-840-8207.

Millennium Parks Hansen Nature Trail site against alien invaders!

Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m

Help defend the natural habitats at Millennium Park’s Hansen Nature Trail site against alien invaders!  Volunteers are needed to help identify and remove invasive species including Buckthorn and Autumn Olive along the beautiful Hansen Nature Trail. Volunteers will be pulling seedlings; trimming and treating medium sized growth; removing non-berried brush; and helping to tag/map large invasive growth for future removal.  Orientation/training is included and all tools are supplied. If you are interested in working with a team of volunteers to make a difference, please register by contacting Kent County Parks Volunteer Services, at or call 616-632-7842.

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 or 616-885-5525.

Creekside Park Volunteers

Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to noon!

Join a team of volunteers to help spread mulch around playgrounds and landscaped areas at Creekside Park, located near the Dutton/Caledonia area. Registration required. Great for individuals, families and groups! For more information, please contact Virginia Sines at 

Townsend Park Annual Native Species Planting Project and Grill Out!

Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Townsend Park Annual Native Species Planting Project and Grill Out!  Volunteers are invited to help support natural habitat areas at Townsend Park by planting hundreds of Native Species plugs!  This is the second year for this special event, and park staff is offering a grill out lunch for volunteers after the project!  Great for gardeners, nature lovers, families, and anyone who would like to learn more about Native Plant Species. Contact Volunteer Services at or call 616-632-7842 to register.


Blandford Nature Center Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 15th (various times)

 Blandford Nature Centers Harvest Festival is Saturday, October 15th this year. Please join their celebration of autumn with classic festive fun! Volunteers are needed to help families make memories in their pioneer yard on the third Saturday in October. Volunteers will assist guests in scarecrow and candle making, historic interpretation, wagon rides, cider press, rope making and more. Blandford will need over 45 volunteers to fill three shifts including: setup 9:30-12, first shift 11-2:30pm and second shift 2:30-5:30pm. Signup online using the signupgenuis ( Additional volunteer shifts will be posted online in the next two weeks so check back. Thanks in advance for signing up, advertising this special event and promoting this volunteer service opportunity to your friends, family and community groups. Enjoy this beautiful fall day out in nature with us! Signupgenuis Link to sign up:

Kent County Table Host!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Kent County Parks Table Host! Want to spread the news about our amazing County Park sites, programs and events? Be a Kent County Parks table host at a fall festival! For more information, please contact Virginia Sines at 616-632-7842. 


Parents/Teachers Conferences

Tuesday, October 18th and Thursday, October 20th from 5:00pm-7:00pm

Godfrey Lee Public School is looking for volunteers to translate during Parents/Teachers conferences. Volunteers need to be bilingual in English and Spanish, the deadline to register is October 13th. If you are interested in getting involved contact Jaime Ramirez at or 616-241-4722.

Energizing Our World Saturday

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

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 or call 616-799-2039. Posted 3/4/2016.

Monsters at the Museum

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 or 616-796-3329

November 2016

Election Worker

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 or 616-456-3004. 

Concert Assistants

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 or 616-942-3797. 

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September 2017

Allendale Countryside Greenhouse Triathlon

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 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.