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ART, HUMANITIES, AND RECREATION


ARTS, CULTURE, & HUMANITIES

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

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, listeningand 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.


SPORTS & RECREATION

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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EDUCATION


EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

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


CHILDREN & YOUTH EDUCATION

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

Cook Library Scholars - Summer Program
Cook Library Scholars are looking for fun and caring individuals who love learning and working with kids! Volunteer with the Cook Library Scholars summer program, July 7 - August 1, 2014. Pass on the love of learning through hands-on science, math, and art activities. Help facilitate these activities and make a difference in the lives of children in the Grandville Avenue neighborhood of Grand Rapids. For more information, contact Taylor Whitefield at 616-475-1155 or clsmanager@gaah.org. Posted 4/15/14

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 pnce 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 Vanessa Giles-Flores at vgiles@hispanic-center.org or at (616) 742-0200. Posted 9/24/13
For similar opportunities, see Youth & Children Services.

Homework House - Homework Tutoring
We meet at three different campuses at least one day a week and as many as four days a week. Most college students volunteer for for one to four hours per week for service learning credit required for their majors. Volunteers typically work with children in first through six grade. Tutors assist students with homework, which usually involves English and Math. This volunteering opportunity is great for social work, English, and Spanish majors, as many of the children are of a Hispanic background and come from families with socio-economic difficulties. For more information, contact Shelby Gemmen at 616-212-1351 or shelbygemmen@yahoo.comPosted 9/30/13

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 Vanessa Giles-Flores at vgiles@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 Tutoring
Children who do not read will not succeed!
Schools of Hope In School Tutoring provides reading tutors to students in grades 1-3 in 18 schools in the Cedar Springs, Godfrey Lee, Godwin and Grand Rapids school districts. Schools of Hope After School is a literacy program for students who are a year or more behind in their literacy skills.  Last year more than 850 volunteers gave 30 minutes of one-on-one tutoring each week to improve the reading skills of first, second and third graders in participating schools. Tutors commit to one 30 minute tutoring session per week. Tutors can select the day, time and school most convenient for them. All tutoring materials are provided and a coordinator is in the room at all times to assist with any questions.  Volunteers must attend a two hour training and prior to meeting with students.  For more information or to sign up for a training session, please go to http://www.hwmuw.org/soh or contact Misti Stanton at 616-459-6281. Updated 09/05/2013
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 studen
ts 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 Sulari White at (616) 331-3588 or whites@gvsu.eduPosted 04/06/12
For similar opportunities, see Youth & Children Services.

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

United Church Outreach Ministry - Homework House Tutoring*
Homework House volunteers are the backbone of UCOM's flagship education program. Volunteers in the program work with students at Cesar Chavez Elementary, and Southwest Community Campus teaching valuable literacy skills. Each Homework House session runs for ten weeks and volunteers are asked to commit to at least one day a week for the duration of the session. Many of our volunteers are students from area colleges, but people from all walks of life are encouraged to volunteer. For more information, contact Hana Keener at Hana.Keener@ucomgr.orgUpdated 4/10/14


ADULT EDUCATION

Hispanic Center of West Michigan - GED Preparation Program 
The Hispanic Center's GED Preparation Program is designed to assist Latino students to succeed in achieving their GED certificate. A trained and certified instructor leads the class with the help of volunteer tutors. Volunteer tutors in the GED Preparation Program assist the instructor in guiding students through their GED book and test preparation work. Our GED Preparation course takes each student's background and experience into consideration when helping them to achieve their GED certificate. And this can only be achieved with the time and dedication of volunteer tutors. Volunteer tutors have the opportunity to meet and get to know people from different backgrounds, cultures, experiences, and parts of the world - to better understand the diversity of thought right here in our community. If volunteering in the Spanish-language GED Preparation Program, volunteers will have the opportunity practice their Spanish language skills extensively. For more information, contact Andrea Smith at asmith@hispanic-center.org or call (616) 742-0200 Updated 4/11/14.
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.


SCHOOLS

Allendale Middle School ~ Tutoring/Mentoring Middle Schoolers
Allendale Middle School is looking
 for tutors/mentors to help one on one and small groups with students. 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. Volunteers do not have to stay the whole time. For more information, contact Rhonda Wilson at 616-892-5595 or wilsonrho@allendale.k12.mi.usPosted 2/25/14
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.


LITERACY

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.

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HEALTH SERVICES


INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES/MENTAL HEALTH

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


HEALTH AND WELLNESS

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


HIV/AIDS

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


SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION

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

HUMAN SERVICES


HUNGER

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


POVERTY & HOMELESSNESS

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

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 the skills you need each day, on site.  So why don’t you join us and help to provide more families with the opportunity to achieve homeownership.  For more information contact Cori Pierce at (616) 588-5226 or cpierce@habitatkent.org.  Updated 4/10/14.


DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

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


FAMILY SERVICES

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 Futures - General Mailings Volunteer
Are you a community member looking to volunteer in Grand Rapids or a student looking for volunteer hours? General mailings are a great way to help the Kent County community. Family Futures connections program needs helpful volunteers to stuff envelopes with important information to reach Kent County children. This volunteer opportunity is easy to do with a few people or a large group! This opportunity is also flexible, because you can help with mailings anytime were open! (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 2/28/14.

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.

MomsBloom
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.


WOMEN'S 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


YOUTH & CHILDREN SERVICES

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- Alger Middle School & Brookside Elementary School

As a school-based mentor, you would be visiting a child at their school once a week (for about 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. Most of our schools accommodates college students that may need an internship placement or may need a certain number of hours for a class they are taking. Alger Middle and Brookside Elementary are the two school that are in high need at this time. For more information on this opportunity, contact Lisa Puente at (616) 774-4310 or lpuente@dablodgett.orgUpdated 09/19/12
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.


SENIOR SERVICES

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.

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.


MILITARY & VETERAN SERVICES

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


IMMIGRANT & REFUGEE SERVICES

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

DISASTER & EMERGENCY PREPARATION & SERVICES

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

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PUBLIC AND SOCIETAL BENEFIT


CIVIC AND COMMUNITY

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.


GOVERNMENT

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


PUBLIC & LEGAL SERVICES

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


CRIMINAL JUSTICE

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

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HUMAN RIGHTS


PEACEMAKING & NONVIOLENCE

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


LGBT

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


DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

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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ENVIRONMENTAL AND WILDLIFE


ANIMAL WELFARE

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.


ENVIRONMENTAL WELFARE

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


SUSTAINABILITY

Comprenew - E-Waste and Recycling Opportunities
Comprenew offers a variety of volunteer opportunities to assist staff with e-waste recycling or rebuilding computers for resale. Our events can be set up on a one-time, one-day format or as a general open-ended program whereby individual or GVSU groups can arrange to come in to the facility. Specific duties, depending on IT skills, are: disassembling computers (removal of hard drives,etc), diagnostic and repair services on reusable computers (laptops and desktops), retail e-thrift store stocking and parts displays. For more information on this opportunity, contact Holly Aungst at 616-988-8291 or at haungst@comprenew.orgUpdated 4/10/14
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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OTHER


COMPUTER & TECHNOLOGY

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

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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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