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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.

June 2016

Girls on the Run Celebration 5K

Friday, June 3rd 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The end of season 5K is an essential component of the Girls on the Run program. It provides an opportunity for girls to showcase the Girls on the Run core values and life skills they have learned during the season as they support one another and work towards achieving their goal of completing a 5K. The focus of the 5K is on effort and personal improvement not competition or performance. Girls can walk, run, skip, or jump as long as they are moving forward! This is a completely non-competitive event and we will not have clock. There are a variety of volunteer roles available! Please visit our website for more information and to register! Questions? Email Shyla Nash at or call 616-494-1719. Check us out on Facebook!

Salvation Army Donut Day

June 3 9:00am-4:00pm

Vote & Volunteer for The Salvation Army's Donut Day on June 3, 2016!  The Salvation Army Action Group and volunteers, in partnership with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Grand Valley State University, will be giving away 2,000 donuts to show our appreciation to the organizations that are helping to make Grand Rapids a better community.  We need volunteers to help us surprise these organizations and the Grand Rapids Home for the Veterans with free donuts! If you would like to volunteer with The Action Group to help give away donuts from 9am to 12:30pm, and/or 12:30pm to 4pm on June 3rd, please sign up at

Spartan Stores YMCA-Dance Recital Assistant

Friday, June 3rd 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM; Saturday, June 4th 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

We are looking for some help with our 2016 dance recital at the Spartan Stores YMCA! Specifically, we need 10-12 volunteers to help out with rehearsals on Friday, June 3rd from 5-8pm and with the recital on Saturday, June 4th from 1-3:30pm. Some of the duties are: student check-in/check-pit, dressing room help, runners to bring groups to and from back stage, ticket sales, flower sales,  greeter/program passers and setup/teardown of decorations. If you are interested in this opportunity you may contact Spartan Stores YMCA Volunteer Coordinator, Molly Scott at or 616-885-5525. Posted 3/16/2016

West Michigan Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis

Saturday, June 4 8:00am-2:00pm

The Crohn's & Colitis Take Steps Walk is one of CCFA's largest events committed to finding cures for digestive diseases. Our walks offer an incredible day for family, friends and the community to come together in celebration of all their hard work and dedication to our mission.  Our community consists of patients, loved ones, friends and supporters that empower and inspire each other to fight these diseases. Each year we connect with our communities as we fundraise for cures and celebrate our hard work together in supporting our patients. Volunteers are needed to be face painters, photographers, kids area attendants, course enthusiasts, parking assistants, and assist with set up, take down, registration/check-in, and t-shirt distribution.  Most volunteer shifts are 2-3 hours and are flexible depending on needs.  The event takes place at John Ball Park and Zoo off of Fulton Street.  Please email Rebecca Takacs-Britz at with any questions. You may also sign up easily online at here.

Connor's Friends

Wednesday, June 8 5:30pm-8:30pm

Join the Grand Rapids Children's Museum for this very special evening for children and families affected by autism. This is an annual event that is free to families affected by autism, and admission is on a reservation basis. We provide valet parking for families to ensure an easy transition. The museum is equipped for the evening with special sensory exhibits, the lights are kept low, and other changes are made to create an atmosphere that is not over stimulating. We are looking for volunteers to help make this event a special night by interacting with children and families and helping to provide a safe and inviting atmosphere.  We look for 40 volunteers for this event, and anyone interested in special education, physical therapy, nursing are perfect candidates for this special evening.  Volunteers will be given a quick walk thru and orientation prior to the event. Also, a volunteer application is required to complete a background check.  Volunteers need to sign up by June 2.  

To sign up to volunteer, please contact Juli Atherton at or 616-235-4726


West Michigan Whitecaps - 50/50 Raffle Volunteers

June 10, 2016 1:00PM - 4:00 PM; Also on July 4, July 9, August 5, August 20 2016.

Help the West Michigan Whitecaps Community Foundation sell 50/50 raffle tickets at one of their home baseball games. There are 5 dates needed for volunteering (6/10, 7/4, 7/9, 8/5, 8/20). The event could last up to 4 hours, and you will be contacted by email on the time to arrive as each game may be different. Please contact Lauren Brenda at or by calling 616-426-3672 to volunteer. Posted 3/14/2016. 

Meijer State Games of Michigan

June 24-25 Times Vary

The signature event of the West Michigan Sports Commission, the Meijer State Games of Michigan is a multi-sport, Olympic-style event that welcomes athletes regardless of age or ability. The Games embody the values of participation, sportsmanship and healthy living among residents of the state of Michigan. The philosophy of the Meijer State Games of Michigan is that everyone participates regardless of age or ability; everyone is welcome and everyone plays.  Volunteer Opportunities are sponsored by Lake Michigan Credit Union.  On June 24, there are various opportunities to assist with the Opening Ceremonies - going from 9:30am-10:00pm in various time increments.  There is also a need on June 25 for meal delivery from 9:30am-12:00pm.  The entire event takes place at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Melissa Brink at or 616-915-3916

Eastown Bizarre Bazaar

Saturday, June 25th 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

The area along Wealthy Street between Atlas Avenue and Lake Drive will be filled with artists, potters, and craftspeople. There will be local music performances, food, and live art happening in the Hub Lot. Volunteers can assist with set up and clean up: helping vendors with their canopies, tables, carrying items, cleaning trash. Throughout the event: we'll need about 5 people per hour who can help distribute fliers, sell raffle tickets, check in with vendors and bring them water bottles, welcome visitors at entrances, etc. Volunteers may sign up in two hour shifts. If interested, contact Nicole Winter at or call 616-451-3025. Check us out on Facebook!

Family Fiesta 2016 - Community Health Advocate - YMCA

June 25, 2016; 12:30pm - 4pm 

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 Posted 1/19/2016

Location - On Bus route.

Grand Haven Art Festival

June 25-June 26 10:00am-8:00pm

Grand Haven's 55th Annual Art Festival is Saturday, June 25th and Sunday, June 26th from 10 am - 8 pm! The Grand Haven Art Festival transforms Washington Avenue into a high class, outdoor showcase of art and music. Residents and visitors from Grand Rapids, Chicago, Detroit and more, visit the annual Grand Haven Art Festival looking to purchase that perfect piece for their homes, cottages, and offices. Join us as we celebrate the arts, food and music in Grand Haven, Michigan!  Volunteer duties vary between musician and artists hospitality, set up for the event, tear down for the event, informing and directing guests around Grand Haven, answering questions, and helping pass out surveys. There are 2-3 hour long shifts on the 25th and 26th of June.  If you are interested in volunteering, contact Hailey Grim at or 616-842-4910.  The deadline to sign up is June 8.

Teen Entrepreneurship Summer Academy

June 27-July 1 9:00am-5:00pm

For the past nine years the Teen Entrepreneur Summer Academy, planned by the Richard M. And Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, has built high school students into budding entrepreneurs. The Teen Academy is designed for high school students entering grades 9 through graduating high school seniors for the 2015/2016 academic year. Our Teen Entrepreneur Summer Academy attracts students from across the state of Michigan. During the five-day academy, teams of four to five students from different schools manufacture an original business pitch from the idea stage to a developed concept.

We are seeking volunteer to act as counselors from June 27-July 1.  While this opportunity is open to any student, it would be ideal for students looking to gain more experience with the entrepreneurial environment.  The deadline to register to volunteer is May 25, 2016, and those interested can contact Elyse Wild at or 616-331-7582.

July 2016

iCanBike Camp

July 11 8:45am-4:45pm

Hosted by the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan iCan Bike teaches individuals with special needs to ride a conventional two-wheeled bicycle and become lifelong independent riders. During a 75 minute session for 5 days, (July 11-15) the program utilizes iCanBike's specialized equipment and proven model to develop bike riding skills. It is an amazing sight to see our riders begin to ride for the first time on their own. We hear from our volunteers that they have been positively impacted by the experience as well. We need 100 volunteers to make this a success for 40 bike riders.  Volunteers act as spotters and provide encouragement to bike riders. If your schedule allows, you will be assigned to the same rider for a 75 minute session of the 5 day camp. The program runs July 11-15. Session times range from 8:50 am to 4:50 pm. There is a training orientation on July 10, and volunteers need to sign up by July 7.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Nancy Spanski at or 616-956-3488.

Highway Cleanup

July 23 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 if you are interested in helping out!

2016 Race for Spartan Stores YMCA Presented by Chemical Bank

July 30 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 if you are interested in helping out with this event!

August 2016

Coast Guard Craft Fair

August 5, 2016 9:00 AM-7:00 PM

Join the Grand Haven Chamber of Commerce for the coast guard craft fair! We will be hosting the fair on August 5th and 6th during coast guard week in Grand Haven, Michigan. What better way to be connected than actually working in the event!  Volunteer shifts are 2-3 hours long and range from loading and unloading trucks, setting up and tearing down the event, artist hospitality, and surveying.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Hailey Grim at or 616-842-4910.  Volunteers must sign up by July 8, 2016.

Helping Hands (Freshmen Move-In)

Monday, August 22 - Friday, August 26

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 with any questions. Posted 4/27/2016

September 2016

Last Chance BQ.2 Marathon

September 10, 2016; 6:30 AM - 1:00 PM

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 or by calling 616-799-2039. Posted 3/4/2016. 

October 2016

Metro Health - Grand Rapids Marathon

October 23rd, 2016; 6:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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 located here. To volunteer, please contact Ethan Ray at 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.

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