On-Going Opportunities, Expired

GVSU TRiO Talent Search

Beginning Summer 2012--Help local high school 11th graders achieve well on the ACT. Conduct two (2) ACT prep sessions for two (2) hours each in a subject area in which you are comfortable such as the Science, Math, English or Reading sections. Volunteers will cover one section of the ACT with a small group of students on an evening or weekend day. Using the ACT prep guide provided by the ACT organization, volunteers will explain the correct answers in the chosen section of the ACT to the group. Students will also work with their peers for the answers. Times and dates can vary according to volunteer's hours. This will occur twice a semester so the volunteer will be needed for four (4) total hours (two hours each of the two times). For more information on this opportunity, contact Sarah Keranen-Lopez at (616) 331-7112 or keranesa@gvsu.eduPosted 02/06/12Hispanic Center of West Michigan - Tutoring 

Volunteers are needed every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for tutoring sessions and facilitation of activities from 3:00p-5:30p. Students need most help with mathematics and science. Bilingual speakers are preferred, but it is not a requirement. Sessions will be held at the Hispanic Center of West Michigan. For more information on this opportunity, contact Derek Duzan at 616-742-0200 or dduzan@hispanic-center.org. Originally Posted 09/23/11

H.U.G.S. Ranch
Mentoring children and teens age 5-18, who have been hurt socially, emotionally, physically, or spiritually from life circumstances. Volunteers will interact 1 on 1 with a child/teen for 60-90 minutes through the use of horses. Volunteers needed June 13-August 31st on Tuesdays, Wednesdays &Thursdays from 8:30am-3:00pm. The ranch is located in Byron Center. For more information contact Jill Glass 616.796.5440 or hugs_ranch@sbcglobal.net

Our Community's Children - Project Green - Learn & Serve
A 5 week service-learning program for middle school students in the GR area. Students will engage in 4 sustainability-related projects to serve in the GR Community: watershed, tree canopy, recycling, parks & recreation. Volunteers are needed to assist primarily with supervising student volunteers and aiding in the success of a project. Volunteers are asked to commit to a specific day and/or times that they will be available the duration of the program. Friday field trips are especially in need of volunteers. Dates of program June 13-July 15th, M-R 8am-3pm, Friday-day long field trips.  Those interested should contact Lynn Heemstra 616.456.4353 lheemstr@grcity.us by June 1st.

Serving Our Leaders After School Program
Volunteers are need to help provide tutoring services in all academic areas, but special help needed in math and sciences. This event occurs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3:30pm-5:30pm. Trainings take place in February. For more information please contact Derek Jose Duzan at 616.742.0200 X132 or dduzan@hispanic-center.org

UICA (Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts) Front Desk and Retail Sales (Starting July 25 2011)
Volunteer to provide office support and assist with the UICA’s front desk reception. Volunteers must be able to greet patrons, answer phones, work ticket and retail sales, handle mailings, and light clerical work. This opportunity starts July 25 2011 and is an ongoing opportunity. Training is provided and the UICA is looking for students interested in the arts, non-profit administration, and business students. UICA is located on 2 West Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503. For more information on this opportunity, contact Becca Schaub at 616-454-7000 or artworks@uica.org. Posted 6/6/11

Girls Choral Academy
Women volunteers are needed to help mentor girls involved in choir. It is a once a month commitment for a few hours to help encourage girls to use their beautiful voices and have fun while mentoring at the same time. This is also a great opportunity to practice Spanish, however the girls speak English as well. For more information on this opportunity, contact Katrie Oberle at 616-299-8619 or katriebear@care2.com. Posted 2/9/11

MLK Mentoring Program
Volunteers are needed to mentor elementary youth. Volunteers will be needed one hour a week for a year. This program takes place Monday-Thursday from 3:30p-5:30p. Recruitment of mentors is on-going and trainings are scheduled once a month. For more information on this opportunity, contact Ryan Mammina at 616-901-1295 or ryanmammina@email.grcc.edu. Posted 10/11/10

The Open Book Project
Volunteers are needed to provide tutoring in core areas, such as Math, Science and History, at Ottawa Hills High School. This after school programs runs from 3:00p-4:30p on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  For more information on this opportunity, contact Jamiel Robinson at 616-808-9669 or openbp@gmail.com.

United Way-Promise of Hope - Schools of Hope After-School Tutoring
The schools of hope program is looking for individual volunteers or groups who would like to assist students in developing their reading skills. Volunteers will assist trained staff members with the children. Tutoring sessions are 6:00p-8:30p. For more information on this opportunity, contact Steve Smith at 616-247-8072 or www.office@tlbchurch.com.

Schools of Hope In-School Tutoring
Schools of Hope In School Tutoring works with students grades 1-3 in 15 Grand Rapids Public Schools locations. 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 15 GRPS schools. Tutors commit to one, 30 minute tutoring session per week. Volunteers will attend a two hour training prior to meeting with students. They will provide instruction and support in reading. For more information on this opportunity, contact Ashley Peterson at 
(616) 340-0847 or asbpeter@gmail.com. Posted 01/09/12

Project GRAD Homework Assistance Program
Volunteers are needed to help tutor students in a variety of subjects, especially in the areas of Math and Science. Volunteers will be working one on one with students when able. This event occurs throughout the semester and no training is required. For more information on this opportunity, contact Whitney McKinney at 616-819-1166 or mckenneyl@mail.gvsu.edu.  Posted 2/9/11

Student Aides/Tutors
Volunteers are needed to assist teachers in the classroom and provide tutoring in core areas, such as Math, Science and History, at East Kentwood High School. Volunteers are needed during the weekdays, during and after school hours. For more information on this opportunity, contact Tarrance Price at 616-826-4163 or tarrance.price@kentwoodkps.org. Posted 11/19/2010

WORD After School Program
Volunteers are need to help provide tutoring services to children in grades 1-8. Main responsibilities will include reading with the children and assisting with homework.  For more information on this opportunity, contact Ver Tilamn at 616-459-0826 or veratilm@sbcglobal.net.

Shepherds of Independence
Shepherds of Independence is looking for a marketing intern to help promote the services they provide to the homeless or at-risk populations. They aim "To provide shelter and care that meets physical, mental, spiritual, and social needs, while fostering dignity and independence in an affordable, warm, home-like atmosphere." For more information on this opportunity, contact Shaun Delaney at 616-732-6352 or smdbfd@gmail.com. Posted 2/15/11

Schools of Hope - Spanish Speaking
Volunteers are need to help with reading skills for a largely Latino population that speak Spanish fluently. This would be a great opportunity to practice Spanish language skills while logging some service hours with children. Volunteers are needed to help out between 4-6pm, Monday-Thursday. An ability to commit to a specific day throughout the year would be ideal. For more information on this opportunity, contact Shawn Keener at 616-241-4006. Posted 2/9/2011

The Salvation Army
AmeriCorps Congregational Partnership Program (CPP) is looking for a volunteer to support congregational volunteers as they walk with program participants to maintain housing. The member will assist in recruitment, retention, and recognition of partnerships by coordinating volunteer orientations, facilitating volunteer trainings and meetings with volunteers and participants, and developing a recognition plan/event for program volunteers. The CPP is looking for a housing advocate that is passionate about insuring people in our community have access to housing resources to end and prevent homelessness. This unique AmeriCorps member position begins October 8, 2012 and runs for one year. Member benefits include a bi-weekly stipend totaling $6400, an educational award of $2775 paid out at the end of a successful service term and student loan forbearance. Hours are flexible to accommodate student schedule. Work location is easily accessible from the highway and near downtown Grand Rapids. The perfect candidate should have a basic understanding of issues facing people in poverty and crisis with a commitment and desire to assist individuals and families in achieving stability, health, wholeness and independence. Experience working with volunteers and skills in oral, written and inter-personal communication with people from a wide variety of backgrounds required. Requirements also include effective in organizing multiple projects at the same time, proficient in Microsoft Office, and the ability to work cooperatively and independently.  For more information on this opportunity, contact Lori Fedewa, at (616) 454-5840 or lori_fedewa@usc.salvationarmy.org CPP Coordinator The Salvation Army Booth Family Services
1215 East Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Posted 8/27/2012

Food and Water Watch - Fair Farm Bill Grassroots Campaign Volunteer
Volunteers are needed for the Fair Farm Bill campaign in Grand Rapids. Based on interest, volunteers may learn grassroots techniques (such as: petitioning, phone banking, coalition building), work with Grand Rapids Media (traditional as well as social media), and provide office assistance (such as: designing flyers, posters) throughout the campaign. September 21 from 7:00-8:00 PM is the kickoff meeting at the WMEAC Building, where volunteers will learn about the campaign and discuss training. For more information on this opportunity, contact Jane Wiedenbeck at (616) 920-1940 or jwiedenbeck@fwwlocal.orgPosted 09/6/11

Reading Corps Tutors Sought
Are you passionate about education?  Ever considered serving a year with AmeriCorps? The Michigan Reading Corps (MiRC) is seeking Reading Corps members statewide to provide essential literacy intervention for K-3 students during the 2013-2014 school year!  Learn more about this opportunity and make sure to apply by April 1, 2013! 

Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank - Food Delivery
The Food Bank delivers cases of food to charity organizations most weekday mornings. This opportunity is flexible and varies 1-5 days a week from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. Volunteers will be asked to ride along with our driver to help unload deliveries across Kent County. For more information on this opportunity, contact Dena Rogers at (616) 784-3250 or DenaR@FeedingAmericaWestMichigan.orgUpdated 09/14/12


Mulick Park Elementary - Talent Show Helper
Mulick Park Elementary school is looking for 
music majors who work well with 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders to assist with Mulick Elementary's Spring Talent Show! Starting January 27th, Tuesdays from 10:30am-11:30am, volunteers are needed to assist in the planning and implementation of school talent show. This includes planning the talent show schedule, helping with auditions, and supporting students as they audition and practice. Fore more information, contact Katelyn Kovalik at 616-459-6281 or kkovalik@hwmuw.orgPosted 1/13/14

North Park Montessori School - School Play Costume Creator
The 7th graders at North Park Montessori School are putting on a performance of Shakespeare's The Tempest this April. Leading up to the production, teacher Jenn Hall needs volunteers to help sew costumes for the 15 performers. What a fun & creative way to use your sewing skills! For more information, contact Katelyn Kovalik at 616-459-6281 or northparkvc@gmail.comPosted 1/23/14

Play and Learn Group Helper - The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army Booth Family Services is partnering with Great Start to provide a play and learn group for children ages 1 to 5 years. The group meets weekly, and is an opportunity for children and their parents or child care providers to be a part of fun activities that will help them get ready for kindergarten. We are in need of a volunteer to help act as a greeter and helper for this program each Monday from 9:30 to noon. Duties include helping to open the door for participants, assisting in passing out information, helping mothers to find the restrooms, and other general help. The group will meet on Mondays from 10am to 11:30am starting on January 28, 2013. To sign up go to this link: http://bit.ly/bfsplay For more information, contact Kent County Volunteer Services at 616-459-3433 x1184 or KentCounty_Volunteers@usc.salvationarmy.org Posted on 01/24/13

The Salvation Army - Tutoring
Two tutors are needed on each day, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 4:00-4:45 PM to help students with their homework. Two volunteers are needed per day. Volunteers must be 18 years or older and be "Safe from Harm" trained (The Salvation Army will provide this training at no cost to interested candidates). For more information on this opportunity, contact Kent County Volunteer Services, at (616) 459-3433 x1184 or KentCounty_Volunteers@usc.salvationarmy.orgPosted 09/10/12

The Salvation Army - After School Program Enrichment
This year as a part of our After School Program at The Salvation Army Fulton Heights Corps Community Center, special enrichment classes will be offered to their elementary students. These classes could involve music, drama, cooking, crafting, special hobbies or learning foreign languages. They are open to any skills that volunteers would be willing to share with them. They would like to have volunteers teach these classes once or twice a week for a few weeks on Tuesdays and Fridays from 5:20pm - 5:50pm or from 5:55pm - 6:25pm. There After School Program starts September 9th but could offer the classes at any time during the school year.  Volunteers would teach a class of their choosing to students.  Volunteers must be comfortable working with children.  Volunteers will need to take ot Safe from Harm online training (about 30 minutes, can be taken at anytime) before starting this position.  For more information, contact Angela DeVries at 616-459-3433 or angela_devries@usc.salvationarmy.orgPosted 8/13/13. 

Social Communications Volunteer - Salvation Army
The Salvation army is looking for a volunteer to be their Social Communications Volunteer. This position executes the communication and writing responsibilities of the Divisional Development office as assigned. They also work in concert with the Web and Graphic Designer and the Public Relations and Communications Director, and the Development Department Administrative Assistant to advance the Salvation Army's image and reputation electronically, via social media and on the Web. For more information, contact Angela DeVries at 616-459-3433 or angela_devries@usc.salvationarmy.org Posted 04/12/13

Elementary Tutor - Pinewood Elementary
We are looking for elementary tutors to help students that have been identified as needing additional academic support. The greatest need for tutors is in Reading & Math. We need tutors for the entire school year. This school is approximately 10-15 minutes from the Allendale campus. For the safety of all of our students, you must fill out a Criminal Background Check form and return to the address above, prior to any tutoring. Tutors will be paired with individuals or small groups of students to meet the same time each week. Tutors may also be asked to help with extra projects such as making copies, hanging art projects, assisting in the classroom as a new concept is taught, stuffing Friday Folders, etc. We can use tutors with as little as one hour/week, but we would like to encourage tutors to volunteer as often as they are able. For more information on this opportunity, contact Holli Ward at (616) 581-8002 or holli@michiganbutterflies.com. Posted 01/18/12
For similar opportunities, see Children & Youth Education.

Every Sunday, ESCAPE teaches a class called Why Try. It discusses the challenges in life and how we can overcome them. ESCAPE is an urban teen and young adult leadership program for students ages 14-21. Every couple of weeks, the class will have a "Family" day where we gather for a meal or do a service project in the Holland community.  Volunteers eat and build relationships with the students, help facilitate discussions, share Bible references and personal testimony and foster a safe atmosphere for students to share.  For more information on this opportunity, contact Alison Corso at (313) 720-9965 or alison.escape@gmail.comPosted 09/13/12

Grand Rapids Public Museum
This opportunity is now full, but will be available again in the fall.
The Discovery Cart Program is a new opportunity designed to engage Museum customers by providing themed artifact kits on subjects like games, music and habitats. This opportunity runs on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:30-3:30 PM. The artifacts are available for close, hands-on investigation. We are looking for outgoing, friendly teens to connect with customers of all ages. We are recruiting teenagers for a minimum of one 3.5 hour shift per month. A brief training period is required. Trainings are held at the museum at 272 Pearl Street. To volunteer for this new opportunity, or to make a reservation for a training session, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, (616) 
929-1737 or volunteer@grmuseum.orgUpdated 4/10/14

Plan A Open Enrollment - Kent Health Plan
Kent Health Plan is looking for volunteers to serve during the months of March and April 2013, helping low-income clients apply for free government-funded health coverage. Volunteers are needed to help clients complete application booklets and to enter data from the booklets into a web-based programThis program has not been accepting applications for the past two years and we expect thousands of people to apply county-wide. We will provide necessary training for volunteers. We are open from 8:30 to 5 on weekdays, and are looking for volunteers to serve during that time. For more information, contact Paul Hazen at phazen@kenthealthplan.org or 616-726-8204, ext. 257. Posted on 03/11/13

Lutheran Social Services of Michigan - Refugee Resettlement
Volunteers who are looking for a cultural experience by interacting with Refugees and helping them to navigate their new home here in Grand Rapids. Volunteers will meet with refugee clients once a week for an hour. Commitments last for 3 months. Volunteers will teach English, bus train, teach culture, and become their "first" friends. For more information on this opportunity, contact Jennifer Spears at (616) 356-1934 or jspea@lssm.orgUpdated 09/17/12




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