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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.

December 2016

Ring the Bell

Thursday, December 8th from 4:00pm-6:00pm

Join the Salvation Army at Rivertown Crossings Mall to ring bells for donations! Bring your friends! Please RSVP with Lisa Funk at

Construction Volunteer

Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 8:30am- 4:00pm

We are seeking two volunteer groups to help us continue work on two homes this winter. We are looking for 10-12 people per site, you can click here to sign up. The tentative tasks are siding (outdoors) and trim carpentry (indoors). For more information, please contact Sarah Brandt via email at or 616-588-5226. 

The Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan

Sunday, December 11 from 1-4pm

The Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan is looking for volunteers to help with their annual Christmas party at Frederick Meijer Gardens. The party will run from 2-4pm but volunteers are needed there at 1pm for set-up and directions. volunteer activities include: set-up, craft tables, passing out Christmas cookies, and registration. If you are interested in getting involved with this fun event click here to sign up. 

South Elementary Parent Teacher Club (Santa Shop)

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 from 9:00am- 4:00pm

Santa Shop is a favorite event of our students each year! Kiddos have the opportunity to buy gifts for the members of their family at our "shop". Volunteers will be helping kids select items for their family and/or wrap gift. The deadline to register for this event is December 5, 2016. For more information, please contact Kristen Neuman via email at or 616-745-0551. 

New Years Early Eve

Saturday, December 31, 2016 from 5:00pm-8:30pm

Join the Grand Rapids Children's Museum for their annual celebration of family fun and help ring in the new year. They are looking for volunteers to help with arts and crafts, playing games, food service, and just plain having fun and, of course, the balloon drop at 7:30. The event is from 6pm-8pm, but volunteers would also assist with setup and tear down. If you're interested please register by December 27th, 2016 by contacting Juli Atherton at or 616-235-4726.

January 2017

Goodwill Corporation of West Michigan (VITA Tax Program)

Friday, January 1, 2017 from 9:00am-3:00pm

Seasonal Volunteers are needed as greeters, preparers, interpreters,or quality reviewers. VITA Tax Program is a free income tax preparation service for low-income earners. Volunteers will greet & preform intake for clients, prepare basic income tax forms, review prepared forms for accuracy, and Interpreter for non-English speaking clients. For more information, please contact Carl Lewis via email at or 231-722-7871.

February 2017

February 17th-19th, 2017 (various times)

The State Games of Michigan is an Olympic-style event hosted right in our own backyard!  It is estimated to bring in 2,000+ athletes from all corners of Michigan to compete in 20+ different sports. Volunteers will be doing volunteer meal delivery and assisting with sports tournaments. The volunteers will receive a free Meijer State Games of Michigan giveaway and meals during the games.

E-mail Melissa Brink to volunteer,or click here for more information about the games

March 2017

April 2017

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.