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On-Campus Service Opportunities

The following opportunities occur on and around the Grand Valley Campus in Allendale.

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.

The Women's Center

The Women's Center on Grand Valley's campus works "to create meaningful learning about women and gender and to advocate for gender justice through the education, engagement, and empowerment of women students and the greater GVSU community." To do this, they offer almost 100 events a year and are always looking for volunteers. These could be event specific or on-going, depending on the amount of time you want to give. These events include, but are not limited to, Athena Connections, RAD programming, and That Takes Ovaries!
To begin volunteering with the Women's Center, head over to their website and fill out the volunteer form.

The Zero-Waste Initiative

Sponsored by the Sustainable Community Development Initiative, the Zero-Waste Initiative is an effort to compost and recycle as much waste as possible. Its main focus this year was Zero-Waste football games. Any organization or group can volunteer their time to help direct football patrons on what materials can be recycled or composted. This past year's volunteer groups included the Student Environmental Coalition, Farm Club, Alternative Breaks, Student Nursing Association, Center for Inquiry, English Society, Greek Council and the Green Team.
While the Zero-Waste component is currently only through football games, the Sustainable Community Development Initiative is looking to expand the initiative to other athletic events on campus. Check back in the spring for sign-up for the 2014 football season.


Sustainable Agriculture

The Sustainable Agriculture Project works to create an educational bridge for students, faculty, and staff on the Allendale Campus. The Farm Club volunteers with the Sustainable Agriculture Project to lend a hand during prime growing seasons. Anyone is welcome to join the Farm Club when they have volunteer hours. This semester, they are offering volunteer hours twice a week, Tuesdays and Fridays from 1pm to 4:30pm.


Laker Traditions Team

The Laker Traditions Team is a new program focused on building "community and affinity with" GVSU. They primarily work with the Traditional events on Grand Valley's campus, including Sibs and Kids weekend, Homecoming, President's Ball, and Battle of the Valleys. Volunteers are needed for each event they plan and oversee. For more information, check out the Laker Traditions Team's website, or sign up at the Laker Traditions Volunteers Orgsync page.


Disability Support Resources - Campus Links Volunteer Mentor

As a department of Inclusion and Equity, Disability Support Resources mission is to provide support services and accommodations that enhance the environment for persons with disabilities and to help educate the university community on disability issues. Presently, DSR is searching for volunteers to act as mentors for the Campus Links Blue program. Campus Links was created to assist GVSU students who are thriving academically but need assistance adapting to social situations. As a mentor you will help students adjust to new environments and routines more quickly in the hopes mentees will have a more fulfilling and enriching college experience. For further details about the program visit the Disability Support Resources website at and click on the Campus Links tab. Mentors will work approximately one to two hours a week with mentees to create an inclusive environment that generates various learning outcomes. Responsibilities of the mentors include contacting mentees twice every week with at least one face to face meeting and updating DSR on your meetings/progress through blackboard. Additionally, a mentor may attend events with mentees, meet in person for an activity, and meet with their mentees DSR advisor, all on an as needed basis. For more information, contact Sam Lampe at 616-331-2643 or


Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship ~ Student Scholars Day

Student Scholars Day (SSD) is an annual celebration of the scholarship and creative work performed by GVSU undergraduate and graduate students. The day-long showcase features faculty-mentored student work through an array of venues, including oral presentations, discussion and panel sessions, fine arts exhibits and performances, and poster presentations. Volunteers will be responsible for helping to ensure the event runs smoothly. Volunteers generally sign up for 2-hour slots, and help with an array of tasks. Three of the primary duties include participant registration, venue greeters and floaters, and venue leaders. All volunteers help to ensure researchers have the materials needed and that their venue requirements have been met. Check back for more information.



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, but don't forget to log your service entry in Service Tracker!