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Holland Museum
The Holland Museum is looking for energetic volunteers to become Docents for the museum and our historic houses, the Cappon House and Settlers House. Anyone can become a museum volunteer! Our volunteers share their time, talents, and knowledge with others to improve the quality of community life. You can help make history and contribute greatly to your community. Volunteers are needed to give tours and to help out at special events and educational programs. Docents greet visitors and give tours of the galleries and house museums. According to their level of training, they may merely orient visitors or give in-depth tours. Education Docents give tours to school children and adults on a variety of topics. For more information, contact Taylor Wise-Harthorn at twiseharthorn@hollandmuseum.org or (616) 796-2080. Updated 3/31/2014


Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
The Hispanic Center of Western Michigan is seeking passionate and dedicated individuals to become volunteers and interns for the Supporting Our Leaders (SOL) Youth Program. No experience is necessary and Spanish is not required but is preferred. The SOL Program gladly accepts volunteers and interns from September- May each year. They serve over 450 Kent County youth, ages 14+, through a variety of after-school programming. Volunteers are asked to commit to one day per week for 2 hours for at least one semester. Internships are generally a minimum of 10 hours per week and are unpaid positions. Volunteers will gain valuable experience working with a diverse group of staff and students. These positions are great for students looking to gain experience in public administration, education, criminal justice, nonprofit management and many more. Please visit their website https://SOLVolunteerOrientation.eventbrite.com for more information and detailed position descriptions. For more information, contact Rachel Lopez at rlopez@hispanic-center.org or (616) 246-0562. Updated 9/5/2014

Trinitas Classical School - Classroom Volunteer
Want to build your resume for a teaching job? Small private school in the area is looking for classroom aides. You may request the area you would most like to experience- art, music, math, Latin, literature... and grade levels K through 8th grade. This is a great opportunity to get experience in the classroom and build your resume. For more information, contact Sam Bodine at sbodine1@gmail.comUpdated 4/10/14
For similar opportunities, see Children & Youth Education, Schools.

Coopersville Farm Museum
Volunteers are needed to list events on websites and to assist with exhibits. Students who are interested should have some familiarization with museum events and accurate computer skills. Someone is needed on a regular basis, but the schedule is flexible. For more information on this opportunity, contact LeeAnn Creager at (616) 997-8555 or leeannc@coopersvillefarmmuseum.orgUpdated 4/8/14

Girls Choral Academy
Volunteers will commit to meet at least for the duration of the school year. Mentors should see their girls once per month from October through May, as well as corresponding monthly via mail. Activities will be planned by Girls Choral Academy throughout the year and mentors will be provided with a calendar.  Girls Choral Academy Grandville Avenue Girls Choir program is an after school choir dedicated to enhancing children's lives through music. While learning music, we also emphasize self-esteem, self-confidence and leadership skills.  For more information on this opportunity, contact Amanda Thorstein at (616) 361-6111 or amanda@girlschoralacademy.orgPosted 08/29/12
For similar opportunities, see Children & Youth Education, Youth & Children Services.

Art Gallery and Studio - Heartside Ministry
Heartside Ministry is in need of volunteers for various duties around the art gallery and studio, including 
meeting artists, listening and encouraging them on their projects, Distributing supplies and offering constructive support, and tidying up and sorting. Other volunteers are needed for the following duties: hospitality volunteer, GED tutor, greeter, computer center monitor, writers' group facilitator, and other special projects. For more information, contact Helen Van Essendelft at (616) 235-7211x108 or at volunteer@heartside.org. Updated 5/29/14.


Pathways MI - Total Trek Quest
Total Trek Quest is a 9 week experiential learning program for boys in 3rd through 5th grades. It combines the physical activity of training for a 5K run with a curriculum that focuses on learning to make goals, building strong social bonds and making healthy choices. The training for the 5k includes strength and stretching exercises along with a program that gradually increases time spent running. The curriculum activities focus primarily on building relationships, setting goals, and making healthy choices. Teams meet after school twice a week for the 9 week season. Teams consist of 5-15 boys with at least 2 adult coaches.Coaches run the TTQ practices after school for 90 minutes. They need to attend one 4 hour coach training session, and may need to attend a CPR training session. For more information contact Vicki Kavanaugh at vkavanaugh@pathwaysmi.org or (616) 396-2301. Updated 1/08/2015

Knitting with Residents! - Clark Retirement Community 
Clark Retirement Community is looking for a volunteer to lead and assist a small group of ladies with knitting. This person will need to demonstrate an ability to teach and help our residents with basic knitting and with simple knitting projects. Many of the residents interested in a knitting group have experience in knitting, but may need a refresher. A staff member will be present for the entirety of the activity.  For more information, contact Geraldine Pringle at the Clark Volunteer Services Coordinator phone number, 616-452-1568x 140.  Posted 2/28/13
For similar opportunities, see Senior Services.

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There are currently no on-going volunteer opportunities within this category at this time.


Bethany Christian Services - Tutoring for Refugeee & Immigrant High School Youth
Tutors are needed to give homework help to youth in various subjects (mainly math, science, and English as a second language).  Bilingual skills are a plus though not required.  Weekly tutoring sessions are Wednesdays from 3-4:30pm at Bethany's main campus in NE Grand Rapids.  Volunteers are needed starting on January 21st.  Contact Nicole Johnson at refugeementoring@bethany.org or at (616) 965-8018 for further information.  1/8/2015.   

Allendale Public Schools - Community Homework Center
Volunteers are needed beginning in January 2015 to help reach at-rish students through additional homework and tutoring assistance by targeting areas of the community that are statistically below average in areas of literacy and educational levels.  Ultimately we hope that the literacy and educational gaps would close between our target areas and the non-economically disadvantaged students.  Students in need of tutoring assistance could be grades 7-12.  Contact Jacob Mucha at (269) 487-7109 or jamucha@miottawa.org for further details. Posted 12/3/2014.

Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities - Homework Helpers Needed
With their Cook Library Scholars program designed to engage families in the Grandville Avenue neighborhood and prepare youth to achieve academic success. To make this possible, they need volunteers to assist with homework help at the Cook Library Center. Volunteers will be involved with general homework assistance for 1st-8th grade students. Most of the students in the program are bilingual, offering a great opportunity to practice Spanish! Skills in math, science, writing, and Spanish are helpful but not necessary. The program begins 9/15/14 and is held Mon-Thurs from 4-6 PM. For more information, contact Javier Cervantes at 616-475-1155 or clsmanager@gaah.org  Posted 9/9/14. 

Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center Writing Workshops and Tutors
The Creative Youth Center is looking for volunteers to attend the Afterschool Adventure which helps 3rd-6th grade students build confidence and creativity through writing, reading, and engaging with peers. Tutors are also needed to work with middle and high school students on any academic subject, in a one-on-one setting. The Creative Youth Center also runs weekly, off-site creative writing workshops in collaboration with community partners. Writing field trips for middle school Press Club students take place on Saturdays and writing sessions the following Tuesday in which volunteers help and encourage students to gather the appropriate information to write their articles. For more information visit http://www.creativeyouthcenter.org/contact-us/ Posted 8/28/14

Hope Academy of West Michigan - Mentor/Tutoring
Hope Academy of West Michigan is looking for volunteer to serve as mentors/tutors at our school.  Volunteers commit to meet for one hour each week with their mentee on math/reading, and socializing for a duration of one academic school year or semester.  The responsibility of the mentor is to serve as a trusted friend that a student is able to trust and share with.  The menot works with the student on academic work for part of the time they are together and choose how they would like to spend the remainder of the hour.  Examples of free time activities: play a game, read a special book, talk about their week.  For more information constact Shella Aneus at (616) 940-9763 or at saneus@hopeacademywm.org.  Posted 10/1/14

One Wyoming 1 on 1 Mentoring One Wyoming 1 on 1 Mentoring
One Wyoming 1 on 1 is a mentoring initiative in the 4 public school districts of Wyoming (Wyoming, Kelloggsville, Godwin Heights, Godfrey-Lee). Their goal is to have ten percent of the K-12 student population matched up with a mentor, which would be a total of 1,100 mentors. Mentors are asked to commit to 1 hour a week for 1 school year. Mentors meet with a student at school (generally) and during the school day. It is not specifically a tutoring program, although tutoring can be a part of it. They are looking for people who want to build a one-on-one relationship with a student and be a positive influence in that child's life. For more information, contact Laura Kuperus at 616-334-1967 or info@onewyoming1on1.orgPosted 8/26/14

Grand Rapids Learning Foundation - High School Tutoring
The Grand Rapids Learning Foundation is searching for motivated volunteers to engage in after-school tutoring for students at Ottawa Hills High School throughout the 2014-2015 school year. Volunteer Educators will commit to at least one hour of weekly, one-on-one tutoring with a high school student at Ottawa Hills. Volunteers will travel to the school, work with the student on primarily Math and English skills, and keep a log of their hours. Volunteers will be reimbursed for their travel and will be given training, supplies, resources, and support throughout. Sessions will last from 3 PM to 4:15 PM. For more information, contact Katie Kirouac at 616-490-5051 or KatieKirouac@GRLearningFoundation.orgPosted 8/26/14

New City KidsTutors and Drummers Needed
New City Kids, a program originally located in New Jersey, has been so successful that it is bringing the program to West Michigan! 
Through its holistic approach of fusing music with academic, leadership and spiritual development New City Kids engages young people of all ages to create a strong, loving community and a culture of college readiness. Volunteer duties include tutoring high school students one night a week (twice a month commitment), daily tutoring, and any of the following specific skill sets:music, drums, dance, ACT/SAT prep, academic support, bilingual and/or artistic. For more information, contact Margarita Chappell at 269-352-6631 or margarita@newcitykids.org. Posted 8/19/14

School-To-Career Progressions - Workshops
Resiliency Workshops take place Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday every week. School-To-Career is seeking interns and volunteers to work directly with students. Volunteers and interns would mentor, monitor and become a success coach to the students. For more information, contact Josiah Majetich at 616-301-3552 or offices2cp@gmail.com. Posted 7/30/14

Grand Rapids Learning Foundation - Fall Education Sessions
The Grand Rapids Learning Foundation (GRLF) is piloting a tutoring program at Ottawa Hills High School, in which college students will be paired with students to engage them in after-school, personalized education sessions. The volunteers(GRLF Educators) would lead tutoring sessions (GRLF Education sessions) for 10th grade students (GRLF Scholars) at Ottawa Hills High School. Our GRLF Scholars are students in financial need with a desire to succeed academically and beyond. Once a week, students will meet with their GRLF Educators after school to enhance their math and English skills through personalized learning opportunities based on their individualized education plans. This opportunity requires a once weekly commitment lasting at least 1 (one) semester. 
GRLF Educators will: 

  • Meet with students from Ottawa Hills High School at least once per week for an hour or so of after-school tutoring, at approximately 3pm
  • Evaluate student progress and develop learning goals 
  • Potentially work alongside GRLF staff to host community events, including ACT awareness programs, from time to time 
  • Potentially participate in experiential learning programs and field trips (engaging culture, the arts, colleges, and career exploration) from time to time.

For more information, contact Katie Kirouac at 616-490-5051 or katiekirouac@grlearningfoundation.org. Posted 7/21/14

United in Christ MinistriesAcademic Mentoring Program
United in Christ Ministries is in need of tutors to participate in their inner-city Academic Mentoring program. Tutors meet at 6:15 at the community center to pray and discuss any important announcements concerning the neighborhood and the tutoring program. Tutoring itself begins at 6:30 pm and lasts until 8:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to positively influence a child's life. We have lots of kids who are involved in our programs that need help with school and not enough volunteers to meet that need.Volunteers will be both mentors and tutors. Duties include helping your assigned child with homework, helping your child improve in their math and reading skills, picking up and taking home your assigned child, and keeping a positive relationship with the child and the child's family. For more information, contact Allen Pontarelli at 616-443-6442 or allen@unitedinchristgr.com. Posted 6/3/14

West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center - After School Tutoring
Volunteers are needed to help Students in completing their homework assignments and teaching them independent study skills, equipping them with skills necessary to complete the work on their own. The program is open Monday through Thursday, 4pm- 6pm. Volunteers are also need for once students have finished their homework to help them participate in a 15-30 minute reading session. This program runs concurrently with the homework tutoring program. West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center tutors are responsible for tutoring students attending the after school program at least once a week. Tutors report progress and/or issues to the After School Program Coordinator, or the Program Coordinator. For more information, contact Shingi Mavima at 616-247-9611 or shingi@westmirefugee.orgPosted 4/14/14

M! Power - Mentoring/Tutoring Program
We're looking for GVSU students who may want to become teachers to serve as a mentor/tutor for students in either middle school or high school students who attend public schools in the Grand Rapids and surrounding area. Some of the students you will be working with will be the first in their family to attend college. Your personal experiences can be used to help younger students understand the importance of study skills, getting good grades, participating in extracurricular activities, and setting goals to get into college. There are two options: 1) You can work with students in an after school tutoring program in the schools for about 2 hours a week for this winter semester (minimum of 10 weeks), and provide tutoring for the students in academics or 2) You can help students with college preparation, exploring new areas of interest, and participating in other activities that will allow you to connect with the students and make a difference in their lives by volunteering at a summer camp for a week. If you are interested please contact Tanya McDonald at mcdonalt@gvsu.edu or (616) 331-7110. Posted 1/21/2014
For similar opportunities, see Youth & Children Services.

Supporting Our Leaders (SOL) Program Assistant - Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
SOL Serves over 450 youth between the ages of 14-21 each year through various services, including after-school tutoring. They primarily serve at-risk youth who live in under-served areas of Kent County that live at or below the poverty line. SOL is a youth-centered program designed to promote the educational success of the entire family through creative and innovative engagement activities. Some of the responsibilities as a SOL Program Assistant include filing, phone calls to students and parents, faxing and making copies, planning and chaperoning events, data entry, follow up with students, analyze student data, and research. Spanish is not required but preferred. They also are in need of tutors for this program. For more information, contact Rachel Lopez at rlopez@hispanic-center.org or at (616) 742-0200. Posted 9/24/13
For similar opportunities, see Youth & Children Services.

Cook Library Scholars - Tutors Needed
The Cook Library is looking for general homework assistance for 1st through 8th graders. Most of the students are biligual, so it would greatly benefit not only the student but also give the tutor a chance to practice Spanish with the children. Tutoring would take place starting September 15th, and will continue Mondays-Thursdays from 4:00pm-6:00pm for the school year! For more information contact Javier Cervantes at 
clsmanager@gaah.org or at (616) 475-1155. Posted 09/05/2014

Homework House - Homework Tutoring 
Homework House provides after school tutoring for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade.  Their focus is on developing students’ literacy skills, building self-confidence, and partnering with volunteers from the community to empower our students.  Volunteer tutors do a variety of activities with their students: reading together, writing activities, homework assistance, playing games and more. Volunteers provide the one-to-one interaction that students need and desire to thrive in their academic environment. Homework House runs for two hours Monday-Thursday at three local public schools: Cesar Chavez, Godfrey Lee ECC, and Godfrey Lee Elementary. Times fall between 3:15-5:30 depending on the school. If interested contact Katie at Kathryn.Vanderwal@ucomgr.org or visit www.ucomgr.org for more information.Posted 8/28/14

Hispanic Center of West Michigan - After- School Tutoring Program 
The After-School Tutoring Program is an opportunity for 8th – 12th grade students to receive the assistance they need to pass their classes and move on to the next step in their education.  The program aims to help students overcome their fear of subjects that overwhelm them as well as build the necessary skills to understand their coursework.  Particular subjects that provide difficulties and require more attention are Algebra, Physics, Geometry, Biology, and Chemistry; however assistance in all subjects is welcomed.
Tutors are needed Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m and will be assisting with a variety of tasks such as: helping youth with homework, reviewing homework once it is completed, be a mentor and role model, and support the youth staff in creating and maintaining a positive environment.  (Bilingual in Spanish and English is helpful, but not required). For more information, contact Rachel Lopez at rlopez@hispanic-center.orgPosted 9/16/2013

Schools of Hope Volunteering - The Salvation Army*
Our volunteers are asked to be a part of our 100 Book Challenge. This usually begins around 4:30pm (Monday-Thursday) and ends around 5:15pm and is a period of independent reading time in which students read from books preselected to fit their just right level. Volunteers need only listen and encourage students while they are reading. Students should have books ready when volunteers arrive and they should all be the same color. Volunteers may also read books that are 1 level above the students individual level, but will probably need to assist a bit more with these books. Volunteers may also work with students on their skills cards which are kept in their folders. After books are read, volunteers can ask the students questions to see how well they comprehend the story. Many of our students can decode words very well, but struggle with comprehension, so this is important. Finally, volunteers will help students fill out their reading log at the end of each session. Students may record 1 book for every 15 minutes they read (even if they have read several, have them pick their favorite). Qualifications/Training: 18 years old or older. Volunteers must complete a background check and receive Safe from Harm training (this is a brief online training course that prepares volunteers to work with children. It takes approximately 30-40 minutes to complete). For more information, contact Heidi Roberts at 616-459-3433 or at kentcounty_volunteers@usc.salvationarmy.org. Updated 4/8/14
For similar opportunities, see Literacy.

Schools of Hope In-School Program
Help steer an elementary student towards academic success!  You can support a GRPS student by becoming a Volunteer Reading Tutor.  The Schools of Hope In-School Reading Program pairs students in grades 1-3 that are behind in reading skills with volunteers who work one-on-one with the same student once a week for 30 minutes during the school day.  No advanced preparation is needed.  Materials to use with the students are prepared for you by a Schools of Hope School Coordinator.  Share time with another volunteer.  Two people may share their volunteer role with a student to reduce the weekly time commitment.    Volunteers are required to attend one 2 hour training session.  To register for training, see a list participating school locations and more information go to www.hwmuw.org/sohUpdated 10/21/2014
For similar opportunities, see Literacy.

GED Tutoring - Heartside Ministry
Heartside Ministry is looking for volunteers who want to tutor those wishing to finish high school or just improve their reading, writing, and/or math skills. For more information on this opportunity, contact Helen Van Essendelft at 
(616) 235-7211 or volunteer@heartside.org. Updated 5/29/14

West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center
Project Faulu is a comprehensive educational support service with after school attributes that provides comprehensive educational support services to refugee children in grades K-12 in West Michigan.  Students are assisted in completing their homework assignments and taught independent study skills, equipping them with the necessary skills to complete the work on their own. The program is open Monday through Thursday starting 4pm- 6pm.  For more information on this opportunity contact Shingi Mavima at 616-617-1178 or shingi@westmirefugee.orgUpdated 4/8/14
For similar opportunities, see Immigrant & Refugee Services.

Math Tutor - The Salvation Army*
The Salvation Armys After School Program is seeking a volunteer tutor for a student needing help with 5th grade math, specializing in decimals, percentages, and graphs. Position starts as soon as possible and runs through the end of the school year, one day per week. The tutoring occurs weekly on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays from 4:00pm to 4:45pm at The Salvation Army Fulton Heights Corps Community Center. The volunteer must be 18 years or older with knowledge of 5th grade math. Must pass a background check and take safe from harm training. You can sign up here: http://bit.ly/fhcmath For more information, contact Kent County Volunteer Services at 616-459-3433 x1184 or KentCounty_Volunteers@usc.salvationarmy.org Updated 4/8/14

Creative Youth Center - Thrive Tutoring Program
Tutoring program Tuesdays and Thursdays for students in middle school and high school. Volunteers need to be able to commit to tutoring an hour and a half one day a week for a semester. For more information about this opportunity contact Katie Caralis at 616-458-5505 or katie.caralis@creativeyouthcenter.org. Updated 4/10/14

Cherry Street Health Services - Reach Out and Read
Volunteers are needed to participate in the Reach Out and Read Program with Cherry Street Health Services at two pediatric health center locations, West Side Health Center and Heart of the City Health Center. Reach Out and Read volunteers read to children in our waiting rooms to promote childhood literacy and a love for reading. Volunteers will spend shifts of 2-4 hours in the waiting room of West Side Health Center or Heart of the City Health Center reading to children. Volunteers typically commit to reading 1-3 days per week. Volunteer training required. For more information on this opportunity, contact Mikki Henry at (616) 235-7272 ex. 2016 or mikalenehenry@cherryhealth.comUpdated 09/24/12
For similar opportunities, see Literacy.

GED Tutoring - Steepletown Neighborhood Services
Steepletown Neighborhood Services' Hoy Program is seeking volunteers! The HOY Program provides assistance to students seeking their General Education Diploma (GED). Volunteers would assist students
 age 18 – 21, at the Steepletown Center. The primary emphasis is on reading and writing. In addition, GED tutors often assist these youth with online job search and development of professional resumes and cover letters. Each tutor is requested to tutor at least one day per week for at least 3 months to build trust and report with their student. Each volunteer will need to fill out a background check form provided by Steepletown. For more information on this opportunity, contact Melanie Straub at (616) 451-4215 ext 110 or melanie@steepletown.org. Updated 5/29/14

The Freshman Academy - Summer Mentors
The Freshman Academy is in need of student mentors to work the summer program. The Oliver Wilson Freshman Academy Program (FA) is a support program that offers comprehensive and collaborative services to students who have demonstrated a strong potential for academic success in college and who are either from an underrepresented high school and/or the first in their families to attend college. This institute will give these students some much needed skills they will need as they transition to college life. There is a training session April 30-May 1, however if you cannot make it they will work with you on another date. For more information on this opportunity, contact Linda Rettig at rettigli@gvsu.edu or at (616) 331-2091. Posted 09/05/14

Hattie Beverly Youth Development Program Tutor - Restorers Inc.
Do you have a heart for students in our community and one hour a week to serve them? Join us at Restorers Hattie Beverly Tutoring Center! We support the educational goals of primarily low-income and minority students in the Madison Square Neighborhood. Tutors meet one hour a week with students to help them reach self-identified academic goals. Tutors should be faithful in showing up each week, encourage and respect students, foster a positive attitude toward learning, and help select materials and approaches suitable to students' skill levels and needs. Tutors are still needed this semester for middle and high school students in all subjects (especially math) on Tuesday or Thursday evenings from 5:30-6:30 PM or 6:30-7:30 PM. For more information on this opportunity, contact Leah Nieboer at (616) 243-1984 x26 or l.niebor@restorersinc.org. Posted 02/06/12


Hispanic Center of West Michigan - Spanish and English GED Classes
The Hispanic Center of Western Michigans Adult GED program is currently seeking volunteers for the Fall trimester with English and Spanish GED programs. They need administrative assistants as well as tutors. Volunteering in the GED program is a great way for a blossoming teacher to gain experience, or for a Spanish language student to improve his/her language skills. Our new trimester will begin on September 15th. We will be holding a volunteer orientation the Friday before, on September 12th from 9:00a-10:00a, which will include a complementary bagel breakfast. A volunteer description may include some or all of the following, depending on each volunteer: tutoring students in Spanish and/or English, completing resource research assignments, entering data into Excel, generating worksheets and flyers using Microsoft Office, making copies, and contacting future and present students via text and/or phone call in Spanish. The volunteer application can be found here. For more information, contact Andrea Smith at asmith@hispanic-center.org or 616-742-0200. Posted 9/04/14
For similar opportunities, see Immigrant & Refugee Services.

ELS Language Centers -  Conversation Partner Program
Volunteers are needed to engage in regular conversations with those going through the ESL (English as a Second Language) program. Students participate in a casual environment to practice their skills and share their culture and language. Volunteers meet once a week for an hour, often at lunchtime or for coffee. They are not there to provide language instruction, just simply to engage in natural conversation. Must have a desire to work with students from a different culture. This will take place at the ELS Language Centers at Meadows Crossing (Moving to Au Sable Hall on 8/8).  For more information on this opportunity, contact Caleb Griffis at cgriffis@els.eduUpdated 4/10/14
For similar opportunities, see Immigrant & Refugee Services.

ESL classes for Adult Refugees
ESL classes are held at GRIF (Grand Rapids International Fellowship Church) on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings from 9am-1:30pm for newly arrived adult refugees to help them learn English, to expose them to American culture, and to help them become employed. The volunteers will help ESL teachers in a classroom or assist students in a computer lab. For more information on this opportunity, contact Sharon Muldoon at (616) 965-8059 or smuldoon@bethany.orgUpdated 4/14/14
For similar opportunities, see Immigrant & Refugee Services.

Literacy Center of West Michigan ~ Family Activity Night
Family Activity Nights target specific literacy skills parents need to raise strong, successful readers. One of the greatest indicators of a childs future success is the reading level of their parents. Studies have definitively shown that families who read together can help children boost their vocabulary and school performance. Family Activity Night is all about literacy, but it's also about community--we eat together, learn together, and have fun doing it! Your time and effort will help bring literacy home. ***January Family Activity Nights*** "Tuesday, Jan. 20th  Harrison Park Elementary "Wednesday, Jan. 21st  Buchanan Elementary "Wednesday, Jan. 21st  Dickinson Elementary "Thursday, Jan. 22nd  Cesar Chavez Elementary "Tuesday, Jan. 27th  Sibley Elementary "Tuesday, Jan. 27th  Burton Elementary "Wednesday, Jan. 28th  West Godwin Elementary. How Volunteers Can help: "5:45pm-6:00pm Set-up: Set up tables, chairs, literacy materials, and prepare food "6:00pm-6:30pm Sign-in and Dinner: Help families sign in; serve food and drinks; enjoy dinner; help clear tables "6:30pm-6:45pm Family Literacy Activity: Distribute literacy materials; oversee and participate in activity with families "6:45pm-7:15pm Literacy Presentation: Prepare literacy materials and activity stations "7:15pm-7:30pm Closing Remarks/Thank You: Collect leftover materials; fill out volunteer experience survey "7:30pm-8:00pm Clean-Up: Help put everything back where we found it.For more information conact Lauren Davis at 616-459-5151 or at ldavis@literacycenterwm.orgUpdated 1/08/2015


Allendale Middle SchoolTutoring/Mentoring Middle Schoolers
Allendale Middle School is looking
 for tutors/mentors to help one on one and small groups with students for all subjects. Volunteer would come once a week for any time that is available in their schedule to tutor/mentor an at-risk student. Each day there are times available between 1 and 4:15 or 4:15 and 8. Volunteers do not have to stay the whole time, but are required to commit at least one hour per week. For more information, contact Rhonda Wilson at 616-892-5595 or rhondawilson96@gmail.comUpdated 12/1/2014

For similar opportunities, see Children & Youth Education.

Westwood Middle School - Reading/Mentoring help
Westwood is looking for students to come volunteer their time to read and or work with 6th grade students who need the additional support. Volunteers will spend time reading, mentoring, and working with students on assignments. They are willing to work around your schedule and there is no set day or time. For more information, contact Shatawn Brigham at 616-819-4068 or brighams@grps.orgposted 2/4/14
For similar opportunities, see Literacy, Children & Youth Education.

Sibley Elementary School
Sibley Elementary School is a state-of-the-art preschool through fifth grade building accommodating approximately 500 students. Sibley is a language center which provides services for English Language Learners (ELL), special education and the general education populations. Sibley is in need of volunteer tutors from 3:30-5:00pm for after school assistance to students in need. Help change a student's life by supporting them in their schooling! For more information about this opportunity contact Katelyn Kovalik at 616-459-6281 or sibleyvc@gmail.com Posted 1/8/2014.
For similar opportunities, see Children & Youth Education.

Woodside Elementary School
Woodside Elementary School needs you! Their Baggie Books program, pairing adults with students, will soon be launched! Adults will listen to students read books. All materials will be provided. More than 100 volunteers are needed for this program to run effectively. A similar program was initiated at Glerum Elementary School last year, with outstanding results.  Within one school year, the students at Glerum were performing higher on standardized district reading assessments than ever before. In addition, relationships were built, and the students developed better learning habits and a passion for reading. They hope to accomplish the same at Woodside Elementary School! They have morning and afternoon volunteering opportunities available, Monday through Friday. This is a very easy and enjoyable opportunity, requiring about 1-1/2 hours each week. For more information, contact Melinda Mendels at (616)786-1953 or mendelsm@westottawa.netPosted 10/15/13
For similar opportunities, see Literacy.

Allendale Public Schools Oakwood Homework Center
Oakwood Homework Center is a service offered to students at Oakwood Intermediate School, during their lunch time, to complete homework or school work that they did not complete. This is a great resource for students that may have have the support at home to complete their work. The volunteers job is to oversee the homework center, help students, if needed, with homework, and keep count of students that attend homework center. Oakwood asks that you to volunteer one day at week. The homework center is open Monday - Friday. We have the time broken into two time frames (11:30 - 12:00 and 12:20 - 12:50) - feel free to do both or only one. This is a project that you may do with a buddy. For more information, contact Deborah DeLooff at 616-892-5587 or delooffdeb@allendale.k12.mi.usUpdated 4/17/2014
For similar opportunities, see Children & Youth Education

Hudsonville High School - Tutoring
For several years Hudsonville High School has worked with Grand Valley State University students to provide their high school students with free tutoring. Hudsonville High School has MANY openings for tutoring this fall semester. Their needs are from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. You can tutor as little as one day a week and an hour at a time. They are looking specifically for tutors from the College of Education or those continuing on to graduate school, but anyone is welcome to volunteer, provided you pass a brief background check. Hudsonville High School currently needs tutors in all subject areas. Highest demands are in Math, Science, Spanish, German, English, and Social sciences. You are most likely to tutor every subject as the students needs usually cross over many subject areas. For more information, contact Ann MacDhubhain at 616-669-1500 or amacdhub@hpseagles.netUpdated 4/14/14
For similar opportunities, see Children & Youth Education.

West Oakview Odyssey of the Mind - Assistant Coaches
West Oakview Elementary in the Northview School District is looking for 1 or 2 assistant coaches for their Odyssey of the Mind team this year. Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. This is a one night per week time commitment of about 2 hours each week through December and then a two night per week time commitment for 2 hours each through March 2014. You will be working with the coach, as well as the seven team members ranging from 2nd to 4th grade. For more information, contact Shannon Burton at 616-283-1771 or via email at msuburton@gmail.com Updated 8/26/13
For similar opportunities, see Children & Youth Education.

Allendale Public Schools - Elementary After-School ESL Program
This elementary after-school program services about 40 English-as-a-Second-Language students grades K-5 on Wednesdays after school. Volunteers that desire to work with diverse populations will work with a small group of students on reading comprehension, writing, and homework assignments. For more information, contact Didier Couvelaire at (616) 617-9666 or couvelairedid@allendale.k12.mi.us. Posted 10/24/12
For similar opportunities, see Immigrant & Refugee Services, Children & Youth Education.

Allendale Public Schools - Secondary After-School ESL Program 
Allendale Public Schools are looking for volunteers that desire to work with diverse populations to assist students in grades 6-8 with language, literacy, and homework assignments. This secondary after-school program for English-as-a-Second-Language students meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 2:45 and 4:15 PM. For more information, contact Didier Couvelaire at (616) 617-9666 or couvelairedid@allendale.k12.mi.usPosted 10/24/12
For similar opportunities, see Immigrant & Refugee Services, Children & Youth Education.

Allendale Public Schools - Summer Reading Program for ESL Students Allendale Public Schools are looking for volunteers to assist one or two ESL students with literacy skills. This summer reading program services about 40 English-as-a-Second-Language students in grades K-12 on most Tuesdays and Fridays. For more information, contact Didier Couvelaire at (616) 617-9666 or couvelairedid@allendale.k12.mi.usPosted 10/24/12
For similar opportunities, see Immigrant & Refugee Services, Children & Youth Education.

West Godwin Elementary Tutoring
Volunteers are needed to help fill a great need for tutors of children in grades K-12. These students would benefit from small group and one on one assisting in the area of mathematics and reading. West Godwin Elementary will have a daily schedule and specific plans for anyone interested in tutoring. The school also has a large Spanish speaking population, so bilingual English/Spanish would be beneficial but not necessary. For more information on this opportunity, contact Steve Minard at 
(616) 252-2030 or minard@godwinschools.orgUpdated 4/10/14
For similar opportunities, see Children & Youth Education.


Schools of Hope After - School Tutoring
Children who do not read will not succeed!
Schools of Hope After School is a literacy program for students who are a year or more behind in their literacy skills. The program uses a variety of strategies to address the difficulties the students have: whole group lessons, small group activities, and one-to-one conferencing.  Their hope is to provide this instruction through mostly small group dynamics, to provide students with the individual focus that they need to excel.  However, they need volunteers in order to make that happen! Schools of hope will be running at Southwest Community Campus again this year Mondays-Thursdays from 4:00-6:00 pm.  For more information or to sign up for a training session contact Katie Vanderwal at 616-241-4006 x 34 or kathryn.vanderwal@ucomgr.orgUpdated 4/14/14
For similar opportunities, see Children & Youth Education.

Literacy Center of West Michigan ~ Family Activity Night
Family Activity Nights target specific literacy skills parents need to raise strong, successful readers. One of the greatest indicators of a childs future success is the reading level of their parents. Studies have definitively shown that families who read together can help children boost their vocabulary and school performance. Family Activity Night is all about literacy, but it's also about community--we eat together, learn together, and have fun doing it! Your time and effort will help bring literacy home. ***January Family Activity Nights*** "Tuesday, Jan. 20th  Harrison Park Elementary "Wednesday, Jan. 21st  Buchanan Elementary "Wednesday, Jan. 21st  Dickinson Elementary "Thursday, Jan. 22nd  Cesar Chavez Elementary "Tuesday, Jan. 27th  Sibley Elementary "Tuesday, Jan. 27th  Burton Elementary "Wednesday, Jan. 28th  West Godwin Elementary. How Volunteers Can help: "5:45pm-6:00pm Set-up: Set up tables, chairs, literacy materials, and prepare food "6:00pm-6:30pm Sign-in and Dinner: Help families sign in; serve food and drinks; enjoy dinner; help clear tables "6:30pm-6:45pm Family Literacy Activity: Distribute literacy materials; oversee and participate in activity with families "6:45pm-7:15pm Literacy Presentation: Prepare literacy materials and activity stations "7:15pm-7:30pm Closing Remarks/Thank You: Collect leftover materials; fill out volunteer experience survey "7:30pm-8:00pm Clean-Up: Help put everything back where we found it.For more information conact Lauren Davis at 616-459-5151 or at ldavis@literacycenterwm.org. Updated 1/08/2015

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Alternative Pathways ~ Home Care
Alternative Pathways is an organization that provides day to day assistance to individuals with disabilities. Currently, they have several homes that are in need of light repair and painting. Volunteers can be expected to assist with painting, replacing smoke detectors, replacing broken door knobs other similar light repairs. Most days are avaliable for assisting them and they would love to have you volunteer with them! For more information contact Jane Griffith at 616-481-7436 or at jgriffithap@gmail.comPosted 12/3/2014

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 www.gvsu.edu/dsr 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 lampesa@gvsu.eduPosted 2/13/14

Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan ~ Tween Scene
Tween Scene is an outing for tweens (age 8-12) with Down syndrome. The group meets the 3rd Sunday of each month, they plan an outing for the tweens to have fun and spend time together, and for parents to relax and enjoy community together. Volunteers would be responsible for chaperoning an individual with Down syndrome, between the ages of 8-12 years old on outings in the community. Volunteers must be able to commit and try be available for most of these outings in each school year. For more information contact Alethea Mshar at alethea@dsawm.org or 616-956-3488. Posted 10/29/2014

Disability Network of West Michigan ~ Snow Brigade 
Snow Brigade is a collaborative community effort to connect people in Muskegon County who are elderly or have disabilities with volunteers willing to shovel around their homes. Volunteers are welcome during fall and winter, and can also add their name to our database of volunteers any time of the year. For more information contact Lisa Sullivan at 231-722-0088 or at lisas@dcilmi.orgPosted 11/20/2014 



The Day Center of Evergreen - Teacher Aide
The Day Center of Evergreen is an important community resource for older adults, and a branch of the senior center, The Commons of Evergreen.  We offer outstanding assisted care for older adults each weekday.  This care during the day allows people to live in their choise of residence as long as possible, while allowing their caregivers some much deserved respite.  Participants engage in meaningful and therapeutic activities that help to meet their social, emotional and physical needs.  We depend heavily on volunteers to assist our staff in offering our activities.  There is a two hour orientation before starting.  We are always able to be flexible, but we find that volunteers and participants have the best experience when volunteers can make a commitment to volunteer regularly.  Volunteeers help us as teacher aides, keeping games and activities going and helping the participants to join in.  Over the lunch hous, volunteers facilitate and serve and then enjoy a complementary meal while socializing with participants.  Volunteers can also share their talends by leading activities.  Looking for compassionate, responsible individuals.  Experience working with older adults and people with dementia or Alzheimers is a plus.  Contact Cori Pierce at (616) 355-5133 or piercec@evergreencommons.org for more details.  Posted 1/12/2015.  

Heart to Heart Hospice
At Heart to Heart Hospice their mission is to make a difference by providing compassionate care from their heart to enhance the quality of life for those with life limiting illness and their loved ones. We welcome an array of disciplines to join our team including (but not limited to) those seeking degrees in spiritual care, social work, counseling, healthcare, marketing, and administration. Every student is valued! There is a need for volunteers that possess different skills and talents for patient care and administrative/outreach support to our interdisciplinary team. Tasks may include providing comfort care to patients nearing end-of-life, handling administrative work in the office, providing bereavement/emotional support, or providing professional services. Volunteers must complete background clearances, a TB test, and a 3 hour orientation. For more information please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Kate Wert at 616.250.8536 or kwert@htohh.com. Posted 1/08/2015

Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired
ABVI provides community vision screening which include Acuity and Glaucoma testing.  Volunteers who have with flexible weekday (daytime) and/or early evening schedules are needed to accommodate 2-4 hour screening events throughout the greater Grand Rapids area. Volunteers are required to be able to carry and set-up screening equipment (each piece is no more than 15 lbs.) and be organized, efficient, and have professional communication skills. Being fluent in basic Spanish conversation is optional, not required. Medical services experience is also a plus, but not required.  For more information on this opportunity, contact Joy Wahby at 616-458-1187. Updated 5/29/14.

The Salvation Army - Booth Clinic Volunteer*
Booth Clinic is a health clinic for prenatal and ongoing family health care in partnership with Cherry Street Health Services to ensure that babies are delivered healthy and stay healthy in their early years, and that young mothers are supported in this process through traditional and creative approaches. They are looking for volunteers to assist with various administrative tasks at the clinic, which include: making phone calls, filing paperwork, organizing donations, greeting clients, assisting with Play and Learn program for parents and children, and helping out at other programs at Booth Family Services as needed. Volunteers must complete a background check, receive Safe from Harm training, and must be 18 years old or older. Volunteers must also be seeking class credit for their hours in order to qualify for this opportunity.  To sign up, please visit http://bit.ly/clinicvol . For more information, you can contact Angela Devries at angela_devries@usc.salvationarmy.org or at 616-459-3433 x1184. Updated 4/10/14
For similar opportunities, see Family Services.

Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan - Alarm Installation
Volunteers are needed to go into families' homes and install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. The primary job duties consist of, but are not limited to, installing carbon monoxide and smoke alarms, providing residents with all needed documents and information in regards to the alarms, and gathering information and filling out all needed forms. For more information on this opportunity, contact Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan at (616) 241-3300 or info@healthyhomescoalition.org. Updated 5/29/14
For similar opportunities, see Family Services.

Art Therapy Program - Spectrum Health Rehab & Nursing Center
Volunteers are needed to do hands on painting and art with nursing home residents. Training for volunteers is provided upon commencement of service and includes education about the nursing home facility. Although not limited, this opportunity is great for students with an interest in art or helping the elderly. Great for art, recreation therapy, art therapy, social work/sociology, or gerontology students. For more information on this opportunity, contact Kay Fricano at (616) 486-3024. Updated 5/29/14
For similar opportunities, see Senior Services.

Resthaven Care Center - Front Desk Receptionist
Resthaven Care Center, a non-profit skilled nursing facility, seeks volunteers as front desk greeters. Volunteers greet and escort visitors to the facility, answer phones, and serve coffee and cookies to those visiting the Cafe area. For more information on this opportunity, contact Sue Schurman at (616) 796-3619 or volunteers@resthaven.org. Updated 5/29/14

American Cancer Society - Road to Recovery
Volunteers will transport cancer patients undergoing treatment to and from medical centers.  In order to become a driver, one must: own a safe and reliable vehicle, posses current and valid driver's license, posses proof of adequate automobile insurance, have a good driving record, and attend Road to Recovery volunteer training. For more information on this opportunity, contact Michael Mason at (616) 551-4032 or michael.mason@cancer.orgPosted 08/28/12

Kent Health Plan
Volunteers are needed to help members maintain their health coverage, make reminder phone calls, make pharmacy phone calls, and assist with health education classes, if needed. The times for volunteers are Monday-Friday between 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, 1-4 hours per week, depending on your availability. For more information on this opportunity, contact Josue Melendez at (616) 726-8204 or at jmelendez@kenthealthplan.orgPosted 09/28/11

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There are currently no on-going volunteer opportunities within this category at this time.


There are currently no on-going volunteer opportunities within this category at this time.



South End Community Outreach Ministries (SECOM) - Pantry Volunteer
SECOM needs assistance in the food pantry Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:30am-12pm or 1pm-4pm. For more information, contact Amy Brower at 616-452-7684 or programs@secomministries.org. Posted 8/18/14

Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank - Shopping Facilitator
A shopping facilitator is needed to help agencies pick up their food orders, answer basic questions, and create a friendly and orderly atmosphere during the food bank's busiest times. Help is needed anytime Tuesday-Thursday between the hours of 8:45 AM-11:30 AM. For more information on this opportunity, contact Jude Smith at 616-389-6362 or judes@feedingamericawestmichigan.org. Posted 03/13/14

Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank - Food Bank Office Administrative Assistant
Filing help is needed in Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank's fundraising department and accounts payable/receivable department. This opportunity is flexible. You can come for an hour or all day! Clerical help is needed anytime Monday-Friday between the hours of 1:00 PM-4:30 PM. For more information on this opportunity, contact Brenda Ward at 616-389-6353 or brendaw@feedingamericawestmichigan.orgUpdated 03/13/14

Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank - Warehouse
Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank is looking for volunteers to help tidy the warehouse, prepare orders, and clean and organize the warehouse. This opportunity involves working in their warehouse Monday - Friday 9:00 AM-4:30 PM and Saturday 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. It is flexible and available for as little or as often as you like. 
For more information on this opportunity, contact Chad DeVries at 616-389-6363 or Chadd@feedingamericawestmichigan.orgUpdated 3/13/14

Baxter Community Center ~ Marketplace Volunteers
The Baxter Community Center Marketplace is located at Baxter. This is a food and clothes pantry, filling the basic necessities of those in or around this community. Volunteer work may vary but are needed 8:30am-4pm. Organization of products (food and clothes), assisting customers in bagging items, and inventory are possible jobs. For more information, contact Sonja Forte at 616-456-8593 or sonja@baxtercommunitycenter.org. Updated 5/29/14
For similar opportunities, see Poverty & Homelessness.

Baxter Community Center ~ Meal Preparation Volunteer
Our Mentoring program on Monday's is in need of volunteers to prepare a meal for the participants. Volunteers will plan and prepare meals for mentoring participants on Monday nights. For more information, contact Sonja Forte at 616-456-8593 or sonja@baxtercommunitycenter.org. Updated 5/29/14

The Salvation Army - Food Pantry*
The objective is to provide assistance in unloading and organizing product for the Food Pantry. Specific Tasks: Unload and stock food products onto shelves, unload and stock food product into freezer/refrigerator, dispose of trash and cardboard boxes as needed,assist Food Pantry Caseworker as needed Qualifications: 18 years or older, good communication and organizational skills, ability to lift minimum of 30 pounds, positive attitude, legible writing Time Commitment: Work at least one morning or afternoon per week Mornings: 9 am to Noon (Monday-Friday) Afternoons: 1pm to 4 pm (Monday-Friday). For more information, contact Sandi Howland at 616-459-3433 or kentcounty_volunteers@usc.salvationarmy.org. Updated 4/10/14

Guiding Light Mission*
Guiding Light Misson needs volunteers to help prepare and serve food during lunch time. Volunteers should arrive 10:00 AM and help prepare food. At 11:15 AM, lunch is served. After everyone is served, the volunteers can eat lunch. Volunteers will leave around 12:00 PM. For more information on this opportunity, contact Marcia Gates at (616) 451-0236 ext 14 or marcia@lifeonthestreet.org. Updated 09/05/13

Bridge Street House of Prayer*
We are hosting our summer semester volunteer training on May 16 and 17 for staffing of our free neighborhood coffee shop. Dinner, breakfast and lunch will be provided along with education materials. The event is open to anyone interested in volunteering for the summer. The training will provide teaching on the history & mission of Bridge Street House of Prayer and The Pavilion coffee shop, includes a Neighborhood Tour, Empowerment Training and The Role & Purpose of The Gospel in Urban Ministry Teaching. Roles of a Volunteer include: -Committing to one 3-hour shift per week for 3 months (June-Aug.) -Shifts take place from 11:30am-2:30pm or 2:30pm-5:30pm. -Serving beverages and snacks behind counter -Washing dishes -Maintaining cleanliness and order in Pavilion -Abiding by and enforcing Pavilion Rules -Developing friendships with West Siders -Using your interests and gifts (art, sports, education, etc) to reach out to West Sider. For more information, contact Andrew Sisson at 616-745-6803 or andrew@bshop.org.  Updated 4/10/14

The Salvation Army - Food Pantry Driver*
The Salvation Army of Kenty County is looking for a volunteer to help with their food pantry one morning a week. Tasks include pickup of food/supplies, unloading and storage of products, and assisting with other related transportation needs as directed by ES Staff. Qualifications include having a chauffeur's license with a good driving record, the ability to lift a minimum of 40 lbs. and good communication and organization skills. For more information, contact Sandi Howland at 616-459-3433 or kentcounty_volunteers@usc.salvationarmy.orgUpdated 4/10/14

Manna Meals - Meal Delivery
Manna Meals is an after school feeding program for DK-5th grade kids from low income homes in the Allendale community. This runs throughout the school year and meals are delivered every school day. We have volunteer opportunities for you with this ministry for various times and days. One of the popular times for GVSU students in the past has been on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 7:30. This is when we assemble meals and possibly do some prep work for the next volunteer team.  For more information contact Diane Westrick at 616-283-0878 or dianewestrick@yahoo.comUpdated 4/10/14

Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank - Donation Sorting 
The food bank desperately needs able bodied volunteers to help sort weekly donations coming in from area retail stores on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The times are from 1:30-4:30 PM but these hours are also flexible. For more information contact Dena Rogers at (616) 389-6251 or DenaR@FeedingAmericaWestMichigan.org  Updated 4/10/14


Bike & Build - Bike & Build Summer Trips
Bike & Build engages young adults aged 18-25 (up through 28 for Trip Leaders) in cross-country cycling trips to raise money and awareness for affordable housing organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together, and other small nonprofits. Riders pedal across the United States by bike, stopping every 4 or 5 days to volunteer with these organizations. At the end of the summer, riders will grant the money they've raised through pre-trip fundraisers to these same organizations. You do not need biking or building experience prior to signing up. Riders will train on the bike and complete sweat equity to prepare for the trip. Trips begin in May and June of each year and last about 10-11 weeks (see the website, bikeandbuild.org, for this year's route dates). Riders will complete the trip on one of our 8 cross-country teams, made of 32 individuals from all over the United States. A cool perk? Bike & Build will provide all participants with a road bike to complete the trip. Once you dip your front tire in the Pacific Ocean at the end of the summer, the bike is yours to keep. For more information, contact Justin Villere at 267-331-8488 or justin@bikeandbuild.orgPosted 8/26/14

Love Inc. of Allendale
Love Inc. of Allendale is looking for volunteers to help at their donation center! They receive a number of donations on a daily basis ranging from clothing, to furniture and they simply need help sorting and organizing it.They have a variety of jobs so there is something for everyone to use their strengths! The center is opened every day of the week, except Sundays and is open for volunteers from 9:00am-3:00pm. Tasks include sorting/tagging/hanging clothes, sorting shoes, sorting housewares, painting furniture, putting together floral arrangements, sorting jewelry, and moving boxes! It is a great way to get a lot of service hours! For more information contact Brittany Scholten at 616-516-7892 or at brittanyscholten17@gmail.comPosted 10/31/2014

In The Image - Free Store Assistance
In The Image is a non-profit organization that gives away clothing, housewares, furniture, appliances, and so much more to the people in need of the West Michigan community. They need help stocking the Free Store each day between the hours of 8:30am and 4pm. Volunteers will take in donations, sort through clothes and housewares, hang items, stock the Free Store floor, provide great customer service to shoppers, and possibly help on in the fleet department (trucking). For more information, contact Bethann Egan at 616-456-6150 or began@intheimage.org. Posted 6/16/14

Pine Rest Thrift Store - Thrift Store Assistance
Volunteers are needed on a one-time, monthly or on-going basis to help sort donations, price donations, cashier, and more. All proceeds benefit patient care at Pine Rest. For more information, contact Carrie VanDenBrink at 616-258-7425 or carrie.vandenbrink@pinerest.orgPosted 3/19/14

Degage Ministries - Women's Shelter Attendant*
Women's Shelter volunteers typically commit to one evening per week from 5:45 to 8:30. Volunteers open lockers for patrons, distribute towels for showers and tokens for laundry, and help provide a caring and welcoming atmosphere. For more information, contact Bonnie Mulder at 616-454-1661 or bonnie@degageministries.orgPosted 2/25/14

Degage Ministries - Hygiene Desk Attendant*
Hygiene Desk Attendants are needed each weekday from 8:00-11:30am and 1:00-3:00pm as well as Saturdays from 8:30-11:30. Volunteers typically commit to one shift per week. Volunteers distribute mail, open lockers for patrons, and hand out towels for showers. For more information, contact Bonnie Mulder at 616-454-1661 or bonnie@degageministries.orgPosted 2/25/14

ACARE Human Services - Help Us Help Others
Over 30,000 children under the age of five die each day from preventable causes related to conditions of extreme poverty. 1 child dying every 4 seconds 14 children dying every minute. Acare works to develop or assist in the development and improvement of educational facilities or programs, medical facilities or programs, and opportunity to provide physical health care in Africa. They are in need of volunteers to sort clothing, book, and shoe donations. For more information, contact Hans Giplaye at 616-204-4651 or hgiplaye@hotmail.comPosted 11/18/13

The Salvation Army - Computer Peer Support*
The Salvation Army is looking for a volunteer to be their Community Resource Navigator for their Booth Family Services. A community resource navigator will provide vital one-on-one support to community members applying for Kent County Department of Human Services (DHS) assistance through the online MI Bridges system. Volunteers should be computer literate, have a strong desire to help those in need, willing to attend a free navigation training session, comfortable engaging others in conversation, and enjoy interacting with diverse groups. Bilingual abilities are highly desired, but not necessary. Volunteers will also help with various office tasks, possibly including data entry and filing, during slow times. Volunteers may also be asked to occasionally help with the food pantry. They are looking for volunteers to come in on weekday afternoons from 1:00pm to 3:30pm. For more information, you can contact Sandi Howland at kentcounty_volunteers@usc.salvationarmy.org or at 616-459-3433 x1168. Updated 09/10/13
For similar opportunities, see Public & Legal Services

The Salvation Army - Housing Navigation Group Assistant/AmeriCorps Liaison
The Salvation army is looking for a volunteer to provide support to staff and clients for/during their Housing Navigation Group meetings.  The volunteer will work with AmeriCorps service members and Salvation Army staff, providing support for their work with the Housing Navigation Group.  This is a 5-10 hour per week committment with a minimum of one in-person meeting with an AmeriCorps member per week and at least one Navigation hour a week (2:00-3:00pm Mondays and Wednesdays).  The volunteer will assist with setup and breakdown of Navigation hour on day of attendance (about half an hour before and after), contacting Navigation community partners and updating their information, assisting with finding new community partners when needed, assisting with organization and dissemination of Navigation hour resourse, and assisting clients with resource navigation (training required).  The volunteer must be 18 years or older, and have effective written and verbal communication skills.  For more information, please contact Sandi Howland at (616) 459-3433 or kentcounty_volunteers@usc.salvationarmy.org.

Habitat for Humanity of Kent County
Do you want something fun and active to do during the school year?  Do you want to learn construction skills while helping to build a house? At Habitat for Humanity you can do this, all while helping to strengthen local families and communities through affordable home ownership!  In order to make our homes affordable, Habitat utilizes a volunteer labor force, and we need you!  On site volunteers do everything from framing to painting to trim carpentry.  No experience is necessary and we mean it! Our skilled Site Supervisors will teach you all of the skills you need each day, on site.  If you’re willing to brave the winter weather become a Habitat Winter Warrior, come out with us between November and March and get a free Winter Warriors T-shirt!  For more information contact Sarah Brandt at (616) 588-5226 or sbrandt@habitatkent.org.  Updated 09/04/2014


There are currently no on-going volunteer opportunities within this category at this time.


Family Futures - Birth Certificate Registry Mailing Volunteer
Family Futures provides the families of newborn infants in Kent County with information on the free programs and services we offer and allow them the opportunity to easily and conveniently sign up. This mailing is sent out twice each month and is prepared at the Kent County Health Department. One mailing typically takes a single volunteer 4 to 6 hours to complete, but can be done in less time with two volunteers working together. If you are interested in supporting new parents in our community and would like to hear more about this opportunity, let us know!  For more information on this opportunity, please contact Bryana Hopkins at 616-855-5461 or bhopkins@familyfutures.net. Posted 2/28/14.

Family FuturesGeneral Volunteer
We are in need of volunteers for a range of different tasks. We need people who are willing to commit their time to data entry and also stuffing envelopes and preparing them to be mailed out. We also need people capable of restocking items in the volunteer room that are low.Volunteers hours are available Monday through Friday 8:30am-5:00pm.  For more information on this opportunity, please contact Bryana Hopkins at 616-855-5461 or bhopkins@familyfutures.net. Posted 1/16/15.

March of Dimes
There are many ways to assist March of Dimes in their efforts to help babies, mothers, and families close to home.  Volunteer duties range helping sell sponsorships, recruiting new volunteers, coordinating outreach to mission families, serving on committees, or assisting with marketing and public relations.  They are looking to learn about their volunteers, to find them the perfect placement!  Internship opportunities are also available!  For more information contact Patty Osborn at (616) 247-6861 or posobrn@marchofdimes.comPosted 11/28/12
For similar opportunities, see Women's Services.

ELNC Baby Scholars
Baby Scholars is a 10-week program that provides educational support for parents and children 3 years to 5 years old. Volunteers are needed to assist preschool teachers and/or parent coaches in implementing the curriculum for Baby Scholars. Spanish-speaking volunteers would be helpful, but not required. For more information on this opportunity, contact Kimberly Spencer at (616) 819-1413 or kimberly@elncgr.org. Updated 4/9/2014.
For similar opportunities, See Women's Services.

Help a family get off to a strong start after having a baby!  Volunteers will assist with the baby, play with children, lite household help, and provide a listening ear to the mother. Volunteers must be available a few hours a week and make a 6 to 12 week commitment to a family. Volunteers must also attend a free training session, dates for these sessions can be found here. For more information on this opportunity, contact Angie Walters at (616) 516-9553 or angie@momsbloom.org. Updated 5/29/14
For similar opportunities, see Women's Services.

Safe Haven Ministries - Childcare Volunteers*
Children's program and childcare volunteers will work with, watch, teach, play and engage children of clients who are utilizing the support services of Safe Haven Ministries. Multiple shifts are available, morning and weekends.  For more information on this opportunity, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (616) 452-6664 or thess@safehavenministries.org. Updated 5/29/14

For similar opportunities, see Youth & Children Services.


New Beginnings Mentor - Women's Resource Center
Female Volunteer Mentors are needed to work with a new program that matches women in the community with women incarcerated at the Kent County Correctional Facility. Mentors provide pro-social support and serve as role-models for women re-entering the community. Training are offered throughout the year. The volunteer will attend trainings as required, attend group mentoring at the jail on Monday evenings until your Mentee is released, and meet face to face with Mentee in the community approximately 4 hours per month following release. For more information contact Jamie Riehle at 616-458-5443 or jriehle@grwrc.orgUpdated 06/7/13


Pathways, MITotal Trek Quest Coach
The Total Trek Quest program is seeking volunteers to lead groups of 6-15 boys in youth development curriculum activities and teach them to run a 5K race. Coaching for TTQ is an amazing experience, especially for those going into the fields of Social Work, Psychology, Youth Development, Education, and Exercise Science.  Fall season begins the week of September 22 and concludes with the 5K run on November 22. Coaches are required to attend 4 hours of training and we offer free CPR and first aid certification. Practices are twice/week after the elementary school day for 90 minutes. All are welcome to apply. For more information, contact Tiffany VanVelzen at 616-396-2301 or tvanvelzen@pathwaysmi.org. Posted 7/30/14

3 Mile Project
The 3 Mile Project is a community youth center which exists for the purpose of providing young people with a safe and loving place where they can be encouraged in their physical, emotional, and spiritual development and where they can invest time and build community. We are open on Thursday evenings for high school students from 6pm - 9pm; Friday evenings for 7th & 8th grade students from 7pm - 10 pm; and Saturday evenings for 5th & 6th grade students from 6pm - 9pm.  Volunteers can fill a number of roles, both task-oriented and relational-oriented. Volunteers serve to be a visible presence in an effort to maintain a safe environment, but are also encouraged to engage with students in the variety of activities available at the facility, which include basketball, volleyball, skateboarding, reball, video games, and others. Volunteers are highly encouraged to build relationships with visitors and earn the right to invest in their lives by providing a positive and loving example.  Individuals and groups up to 12+ students are encouraged to volunteer!  For more information, contact Stan Kiste at 616-784-8433 or stan@3mp.org. Updated 4/8/14

Kid's Club Volunteers - The Salvation Army*
Kids Club is described as a traditional Sunday School meets Saturday morning TV! Made up of many small program segments, each lasting no more than two or three minutes, its totally relevant to a high-speed generation, while still presenting the clear, uncompromising teaching of Jesus. Our time is filled with a weekly Introduction & Praise, Games, and Teaching (fun, inter-active object lessons). It is our goal to create an atmosphere that is loving and welcoming; an environment that is secure and disciplined; and true sense of excitement and anticipation with the kids. Click here for more information about the different ways to volunteer. Posted 09/10/13

Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids
The Steil, Seidman, and Paul I. Phillip Boys & Girls Clubs are always seeking positive individuals who share a passion for youth and will initiate activities with children in a Club-house environment for a minimum of 2 hours per week, Monday thru Friday 3-7pm. As a general program volunteer, you would be able to assist with the daily functioning and maintenance of the games room, art room, and Learning Centers for a minimum of 2 hours per week. This would include assisting with games tournaments, art lessons, tutoring, demonstrating good character, and assisting Staff. This would be a great opportunity for an aspiring teacher or childcare-worker to gain experience in program administration and classroom management! For more information, contact Ashten Wilkey at 616-233-9370 or awilkey@bgcgrandrapids.orgPosted 9/4/13

Mentoring AmeriCorps Member - Bethany's Youth Services* 
AmeriCorps positions are available that will recruit, screen, train, and support mentors to provide career exposure opportunities and/or encourage youth to consider, plan for, and prepare for postsecondary education. AmeriCorps member will commit to 1700 hours (approximately 35-40 hours per week) over a year of service. Successful candidates will be passionate about creating equitable opportunities, career exposure, and addressing barriers for all youth to attend college, be willing to make a one-year commitment and have experience/or interest working with volunteers and youth. For more information, contact Justin Beene at 616-254-7712 or JBeene@bethany.orgPosted on 8/27/2013

Heights of Hope Mentoring
Volunteers are needed to help mentor youth in Holland. They will meet weekly with youth in a mentoring position. the mentors will do activities with their youth, meet with them weekly, and build a relationship with their assigned youth for at least a calendar year. For more information on the opportunity, contact Becky Lawrence at 616-366-6947 or heightsofhopementoring@gmail.comPosted 02/18/13

Proof Mentoring Organization
PROOF Mentoring Organization is seeking caring, supportive individuals willing to serve as a mentor to a student in 5th through 8th grade. Students are encouraged to set goals and strengthen faith within themselves. The mentor will meet with their student 45-60 minutes per week (during the school day) throughout the school year. Currently schools that are partnered with PROOF are Byron Center Public Schools -Nickels Intermediate and WEST Middle, Lowell Middle School, and soon Hudsonville Riley Middle School and Baldwin Middle School in Georgetown. For more information on this opportunity, contact Trish Verbrugge at (616) 355-4424 or trish@proofmentoring.org. Updated 5/29/14

Bethany Christian Services - Mentor Program* 
Mentors are needed to be a consistent guide & a support system in different themed youth programs: Domestic Foster Care, Youth in Transition, and Refugee Foster Care. Mentors are asked to make a one-year commitment to spend a few hours a month with a child or youth. For more information on this opportunity, contact the Mentor Coordinator at (616) 224-7523 or 
rfitzsimmons@bethany.org. Updated 5/29/14
For similar opportunities, see Immigrant & Refugee Services.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Program
Community Based Amachi Program

Are you in the Grand Rapids area this summer and looking for a fantastic opportunity? Please consider being a mentor to a child with an incarcerated parent. The Big Brothers Big Sisters Amachi Program will provide you with an opportunity to gain experience working with a child and also give you a new friend! The commitment is 1-3 hours per week, doing child-friendly activities. Some activity ideas could include going to the zoo, baking cookies, picking up books at the library or playing sports. It's really unlimited! If you had the chance to change a child's life, would you? Here's your chance! For more information on this opportunity, contact Lisa Puente at (616) 774-4310 or lpuente@dablodgett.orgPosted 09/19/12

Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Program
School Based Program- various Elementary Schools and Middle School in Kent County
As a school-based mentor, you would be visiting a child at their school once a week (for about 30 minutes to an hour) to be a friend and perhaps help them with academics, projects, or just chatting. We have a variety of schools that we work with in the Grand Rapids area. This is a perfect mentoring opportunity for a college student’s schedule because weekly commitments begin mid to late Fall and end late April or early May. Commitments can also begin in January  and run through late April or early May, if 2nd semester would be a better fit. Most of our schools accommodate college students that may need an internship placement or may need a certain number of hours for a class they are taking. Becoming a mentor can offer a child support, can improve their self-esteem and confidence, can improve their academic performance, and can reduce the likelihood of them being involved in risky behaviors.  If you would like to make a positive difference in a child’s life or have any questions about our program, please call  our office at (616) 284-5864 or contact Lisa Puente at (616) 774-4310 or lpuente@dabsj.org. Updated 11/24/14
For similar opportunities, see Schools.

Girl Scout Troop Leaders - Assistant Leaders
Girl Scout Troop Leaders and Assistant Leaders are needed throughout Ottawa and Kent County either for after school, late afternoon, or early evenings - leaders select their choice of meeting day/time and frequency. Leaders will guide elementary or middle school girls in a national Girl Scout leadership program ranging from six weeks up to several months. Leaders will also manage troop monies; coordinate product sales; help girls earn badges and awards. Can have two volunteers or more partner up to deliver the program. Online training provided and in person training available for various dates. Go to http://www.gsmists.org/Volunteer/volunteer-application to download application. Financial assistance available for $12 yearly membership. For more information on this opportunity, contact 
Kimberly Dukes at (866) 566-7434 or kdukes@gsmists.org. Updated 4/9/14.

4-H Tech Wizards Mentoring Program
Volunteers will be asked to facilitate a small group of 2-4 youth, guiding them through various STEM related projects. Our program is geared towards youth who may be interested in exploring science hands-on. The program instructor will provide curriculum and project ideas with which the groups can choose. Ongoing youth mentoring program meets for two hours once a week during school year at Holland, Muskegon, Ottawa area schools, working with middle school students. The program owns technology like LEGO Mindstorm Robotics, Estes Rockets, USB Microscopes, iPads, laptops and filmmaking equipment to enhance learning. For more information on this opportunity in Muskegon County, contact Barb Brow at (616) 994-4580 or browb@anr.msu.edu. For more information on this opportunity in Ottawa County, contact Susan Fenton at (616) 994-4580 or fentons@msu.edu.  Updated 4/11/14.
For similar opportunities, see Children & Youth Education.


Allendale Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Caring and compassionate individuals wanted to help out in our Nursing Home Activities Department. We are looking for energetic individuals who enjoy working with and helping older adults. Duties include assisting with the activities that are scheduled including assisting with transporting Nursing Home Residents to location of the activity and assisting or leading the activity. Other duties include visiting with Residents on a one-on-one basis, helping to prepare for activities and light paperwork.  For more information, contact Sarah Nickels at 616-895-6688 or allendalerehabandnursing@gmail.com.  Updated 1/8/14.
For similar opportunities, see Health & Wellness.

Eastown Community Association ~ On-Call Volunteers
 Eastown Community Association is always trying to find new ways to assist residents in Grand Rapids and help the community thrive. One frequent request they receive from Senior residents is help clearing leaves and snow, and minor repairs around their homes. They value all of our residents and would like to help Seniors stay in their homes by assisting them with some of these basic tasks. They are looking to put together a list of "on-call volunteers" that they can reach out to when a Senior resident contacts them for assistance. When they receive the request, it will be taken care of within one to two business days. If you are interested in joining the On-Call volunteers contact Lindsey Ruffin at 616-451-3025 or at lindsey@eastown.orgPosted 10/31/2014

Wings Home - Caregivers
The Wings Home is a four-bedroom, residential home where terminally ill patients are cared for in the final six weeks of life. Care is provided around the clock by a combination of volunteers and professional caregivers. The volunteers/caregivers provide home cooked meals, medication administration, and personal care in a home-like atmosphere. We are looking for volunteers to serve as caregivers for patients. The volunteer shifts are 7am-12pm, 12pm-5pm and 5pm-10pm. (other times available if you are not able to volunteer those specific shifts). For more information, contact Courtney Deater at 269-686-9653 or volunteer@wingsofhopehospice.com. Updated 4/10/14
For similar opportunities, see Health & Wellness.

Odyssey Hospice - Hospice Volunteer
Odyssey Hospice is looking for volunteers willing to bring compassion to those at the end of life's journey. The positions and commitment varies, but Odyssey will endeavor to match volunteers skills/interests with the needs of our patients and their families. For more information, contact Maureen Fleming at 616-249-3043 or Maureen.Fleming@Gentiva.comPosted 10/9/13
For similar opportunities, see Health & Wellness.

Great Lakes Caring Hospice
This is an excellent opportunity for students looking to volunteer in the home care environment. Be a friend to someone who is ill and in need of end of life companionship and support. Volunteers are needed to sit with patients and offer companionship and support to patients and their families. Great Lakes Caring Hospice also needs volunteers who can sit respite for patient families so that they can get away for a few hours to run errands. For more information on these opportunities, click here. Updated 5/29/14
For similar opportunities, see Health & Wellness.

Hospice of Holland
The two main volunteer requests are for weekly companionship visits to patients in their homes, facilities or at the Hospice House and for respite visits done at a patient's home. Respite visits allows the caregiver to take a break knowing that a trained volunteer is sitting with their loved one. Volunteers DO NOT perform any personal care to our patients and spend most of their time developing a relationship, in life review and having fun with the patient! Training is necessary to volunteer. We offer HOP (Hospice Orientation Program) training twice a year, in the fall and in the spring. The HOP training will enable volunteers to have a greater knowledge of the dying process, understand the different roles the staff at Hospice of Holland plays to ensure our patients have excellent care and how our volunteers play a vital role in our patient care. There are many other ways to get involved! For more information on this opportunity or others, contact Becca Benjamin at 616-396-2972 or volcoor@hollandhospice.org. Updated 5/29/14
For similar opportunities, see Health & Wellness.

Spectrum Health Hospice 
Would you like to read to a patient who can no longer see the pages? Play cards with someone who is lonely? Watch a Tigers game with a patient while their spouse goes out to get groceries? Sing with or play a favorite hymn on the piano for a patient that can no longer attend church services? Review a photo album with someone who wants to remember a favorite trip or document a life story for someone who wants to leave their stories behind for their loved ones?
Spectrum Health Hospice is now serving end of life patients in a wide geographic area thru out West Michigan.  We are looking for volunteers that are interested in supporting our patients thru the compassionate donation of time and caring..  We provide the training that you need to make a significant difference for someone in your community. You will gain so much more than you are giving.  Note that we keep a database of individuals that would like to be notified of upcoming volunteer trainings as they are scheduled.  We typically rotate day time and evening classes and choose a variety of locations to try and accommodate many schedules and geographic areas.  Due to the extensive training involved and the costs we incur for training we require a one year commitment after volunteers have completed the training class.
Please contact Yvonne Elliott thru email at Yvonne.elliott@spectrumhealth.org or by phone 616-391-4240 for more information and application materials. Updated 4/22/14.
For similar opportunities, see Health & Wellness.


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Bethany Christian Services - Refugee Resettlement* 
Bethany Christian Services is looking for students who would be interested in helping refugee families acclimate to their new homes here in the United States. There are a variety of different ways volunteers could be involved ranging from moving into houses to cultural adaption to fundraising. For more information, contact the Refugee Coordinator at GRrefugee@bethany.org. Updated 5/29/14

Bethany Christian Services - Thrift Store 
Volunteers are needed to help at Bethany's Thrift Store! Volunteers are needed to help one or two times a week for 2-4 hours. The thrift store hours are Monday - Friday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PMVolunteers will help in a variety of roles such as sorting donations, greeting customers, stocking, preparing clothes and organizing merchandise displays. For more information, Kristen Kremer at kkremer@bethany.org or 616-224-7470. Updated 1/16/15

Bethany Christian Services - Refugee Tutoring Group 
Tutors are needed to help Refugee teenagers with homework as well as their English language in an after school tutoring group. The tutoring group is at Bethanys 901 Eastern Ave NE campus on Wednesdays from 3-4:30pm. Tutoring will start for this semester on January 21st and will meet every Wednesday. Tutors are especially needed to help with Algebra, Biology and Chemisty. For more information, Kristen Kremer at kkremer@bethany.org or 616-224-7470. Updated 1/16/15


Emergency Disaster Services Office Helper - The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is in need of an office helper to assist with our Emergency Disaster Services program. Tasks include filing, making phone calls and sending emails, maintaining a volunteer database, and updating spreadsheets. Volunteer is needed from 6-12 hours per week. For more information, contact Kent County Volunteer Services at 616-459-3433 x1184 or KentCounty_Volunteers@usc.salvationarmy.org Updated 4/10/14

All Hands Volunteers ~ Project Detroit Flood Response 
AHV's initial efforts have focused on helping the State of Michigan organize a central Recovery Coordination Center and establish one main database for flood assistance requests across southeast Michigan. Now, they are ramping up their traditional response, putting volunteers into the field to help owners salvage belongings, gut out damaged basements, and whatever else can be done to help get these communities back on their feet. Volunteers can be expected to be gutting, mucking, and sanitizing basements destroyed by flood water, and have fun! Opportunities are available every week, Tuesday through Sunday, until December 19th, 2014 and are from 8:00am-4:30pm. For more information contact Annelie Marcilese at ProjectDetroit@hands.org or at 586-200-7958. Posted 10/29/2014

American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Come explore how you can help in your community! Visit the website to learn more about potential volunteer opportunities, their mission, and the services they provide nationwide. For more information, contact Melanie Lorts at melanie.lorts@redcross.org or 616-456-8661. Posted 12/4/2014


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Kentwood Police Department - Road Volunteers
Minimum commitment 3 hours a week (12:00pm - 4:00pm) based on your availability. Volunteers patrol the city and enforce handicap, fire lane and other parking laws, conduct vacation house checks and report code violations. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age. Training (provided) and background check required. For more information on this opportunity, contact Leslie Montgomery at (616) 656-6571 or montgomeryl@ci.kentwood.mi.usPosted 07/31/12
For similar opportunities, see Public & Legal Services.

Kentwood Police Department - Road Volunteers
Trail volunteers act as friends on the trail reporting issues such as maintenance problems, graffiti and more. Volunteer hours between 6:00 AM and 9:00 PM. Training (provided) and background check required. For more information on this opportunity, contact Leslie Montgomery at (616) 656-6571 or montgomeryl@ci.kentwood.mi.usPosted 07/31/12
For similar opportunities, see Public & Legal Services.

Boy Scouts of America - President Ford Council
A unique experience for business, nonprofit and other interested students to gain valuable fundraising experience in cooperation with the local Boy Scout Council. Volunteers will work as an individual or in teams developing a brand new fundraising strategy for the Allendale/Coopersville community. Set your own schedule and your own goals.  For more information on this opportunity, contact Vanessa Echeverria at 616-350-6737 or vanessa.echeverria@scouting.org.  Posted 4/29/2014.


There are currently no on-going volunteer opportunities within this category at this time.


Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids - Excel Data Entry
Good will is in need of volunteers to maintain and update excel spreadsheet with participant information. Volunteers must have at least basic understanding of Excel software. For more information, contact Karissa Kresge at 616-451-8800 or volunteer@goodwillgr.org. Posted 2/13/14


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Route 2:52 - Life Stream Church
This opportunity will begin again in the fall.
Life Stream church is looking for 10-12 volunteers who have a passion for children and learning about Jesus. Specifically, they are looking for individuals to lead listening groups of 4 kids and listen as they recite their verse. They will also help out the Game Leaders during game time. This position is from January 9 to March 27, every Wednesday from 6:15-7:45pm. Contact Vickie Bird at 616-890-0358 or spartan0692@gmail.comUpdated 4/10/14

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Humane Society of West Michigan - Humane Society Summer Camps
Humane Society of West Michigan is seeking motivated individuals to help with summer camps. Summer camp runs all summer long. Weeks vary by theme and age. Volunteer opportunities are weekly and can be full or half day.
Our Assistant Camp Counselors help to serve as role models to campers and assist staff with tasks and camp activities. This opportunity helps to foster skills in areas such as leadership, animal handling, and communication. Volunteers will assist campers with animal interactions, day to day routines, crafts, presentations, etc.  For more information, contact Jen Self-Aulgur at 616-791-8066 or jaulgur@hswestmi.orgPosted 3/10/14.
For similar opportunities, see Youth & Children Services.


Year-round Adopt-a-Beach Program - Alliance for the Great Lakes
Adopt-a-Beach is the Alliance's premier volunteer program, with some 10,000 participants ranging from individuals and families to schools and businesses. More than just a beach sweep, Adopt-a-Beach teams conduct litter removal and monitoring and complete a beach health assessment that includes science-based observation and testing. There are two way you can volunteer with this program.

  1. Volunteer: There are many designated locations that welcome volunteers. Volunteers will receive instructions and supplies to participate when they arrive at the event.
  2. Team Leader: Team leaders recruit and organize volunteers to carry out the event. The Alliance will provide you with step-by-step instructions. There are training events for team leaders. After the event, team leaders enter their results into the online system.

 For more information, contact Jillian Edwards at 616-850-0745 or jedwards@greatlakes.org, or register at the website above. Updated 6/3/14

Kent County Parks - Parks and Trails Stewards Program
Kent County Parks are looking for volunteers to become stewards of individual Kent County Parks. This includes 
monitoring trails, cleaning up green spaces, and removing invasive species. For more information, contact Virginia Sines at 616-632-7842 or park.volunteers@kentcountymi.govPosted 5/12/14

West Michigan Environmental Action Council - Rain Barrel Drilling and Prep
Spring brings rain, and rain means stormwater so WMEAC wants to arm you with some gloves and a power drill to help prep for their dozens of rain barrel workshops. For more information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@wmeac.orgPosted 2/13/14

West Michigan Environmental Action Council - Watershed Moments Podcast
Have you ever wanted to host a podcast? Are an old soul intrigued by radio hosts? Watershed Moments is WMEAC's radio spot on WYCE which airs four times a week in 90-second spots. If you have experience with audio equipment, interviewing topic experts, or editing audio clips Watershed Moments needs your skills! For more information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@wmeac.orgPosted 2/13/14

West Michigan Environmental Action Council - Event Committee Volunteers
WMEAC events include The Earth Day Gala, WMEAC Film Series, Women and Environment Symposium, Green Drinks, Grand River Green-Up, Mayors River Clean Up, and our Annual Meeting. All of these events need significant volunteer power from people like you! If you attend these events every year or are new to WMEAC they are always looking to grow their event team with passionate, detail-oriented, team players. For more information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@wmeac.orgPosted 2/13/14

West Michigan Environmental Action Council - Office Helpers
WMEAC needs some additional hands in its office able to help with the phones and fulfill other clerical tasks. For more information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@wmeac.orgPosted 2/13/14


Comprenew - E-Waste and Recycling Opportunities
Comprenew offers a variety of volunteer opportunities to assist staff with e-waste recycling. Volunteer hours are available the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 9am-12pm. Volunteers will de-construct computers and other electronic equipment for recycling. They will use small hand tools. Training will be provided and prior knowledge is not required. For more information on this opportunity, contact Holly Aungst at 616-988-8291 or at haungst@comprenew.orgUpdated 1/16/15

For similar opportunities, see Computers & Technology.

Comprenew - Collection Events
Have a great time while helping electronics out of the landfills! Comprenew holds Electronic Recycling Events in conjunction with other communities and organizations, usually on Saturdays. Electronics and other materials are collected at these events. Volunteers will help unload vehicles, greet donors and load trucks. They will be providing lunch to their volunteers on site. When events are held outside of Grand Rapids area they will provide transportation. For more information, contact Holly Aungst at 616-531-9102 or haungst@comprenew.orgPosted 04/10/14
For similar opportunities, see Computers & Technology.

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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!

You can check for additional Volunteer Opportunities at these sites: 

"HandsOn Connect" is a volunteer opportunity database containing on-going and event (date) specific opportunities in the Greater Grand Rapids area.


Click here to access our list of expired on-going opportunities.

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