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ART, HUMANITIES, AND RECREATION


ARTS, CULTURE, & HUMANITIES

(Newest opportunities posted at the top of each section)

Frederik Meijer Gardens - Tranquility Zone Facilitator

Seeking student intern volunteers to interact with families and school groups, in a structured play environment that introduces Japanese garden elements. Facilitate discovery carts with families in a structured play environment to introduce Kangi, (Japanese character writing), ikebana (flower arranging), tea ceremony elements kimono dressing, insect discovery etc. For more information, please contact Jessica Hart at 616-974-5239 or jhart@meijergardens.org. Posted 8/31/2015


SPORTS & RECREATION

(Newest opportunities posted at the top of each section)

Spartan Stores YMCA - Kid Zone Assistant

We are looking for some individuals to help out in our Kid Zone at the Spartan Stores YMCA! The Kid Zone is a drop-in childcare center for members of the Y when they come in to use the facility. Volunteer duties would include: 

- Assisting with play and group activities of Kid Zone participants 
- Maintaining all areas in clean, presentable fashion
- Insuring equipment is clean and safe
- Enforcing safety standards for the operation of the Kid Zone

For more information, please contact Molly Scott at mscott@grymca.org or 616-885-5525. Posted 1/14/2016.

Spartan Stores YMCA - Sports/Arts Program Coach or Assistant

Become a Coach or Assistant in our Sports/Arts Program and make a difference! We have a variety of different programs offered with various age groups. Some examples of programs that we offer include: 
- basketball 
- volleyball
- ballet
- tumbling
- floor hockey 
- soccer

You will coach or assist the program instructor with the following activities: 
- Teaching appropriate sports/arts skills based upon the program curriculum
- Encouraging the values of sportsmanship
- Maintaining teaching equipment
- Enforcing safety standards
If you are interested in this opportunity you may contact Volunteer Coordinator, Molly Scott at 616-885-5525 or mscott@grymca.org. Posted 1/12/2016.

Spartan Stores YMCA - Front Desk Assistant

We are looking for a Front Desk Assistant for the Spartan Stores YMCA location. This individual would be responsible for greeting members, scanning membership cards, directing members, checking out gym equipment to guests, and maintaining a clean and presentable membership area. This opportunity will take place on Saturday afternoons any time after 11am for 2-3 hour shifts. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Molly Scott at 616-885-5525 or mscott@grymca.org if you are interested in this opportunity. Posted 1/12/2016.

Spartan Stores YMCA - Youth Basketball League Assistant

We are in search of some individuals to help run the score clock for our youth basketball games. We need individuals for every Saturday in the winter (some Saturdays off due to holidays). The duties will simply be starting the clock when the game is in play and stopping the clock when play stops - there is no keeping score at this age level! If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Molly Scott at mscott@grymca.org or 616-885-5525. Published 12/1/15.

Special Olympics Michigan - Young Athletes Program

The Young Athletes Program is an innovative sports play program designed for children with intellectual disabilities, ages 2-7, which helps them build cognitive, motor and social skills through sport. The program is run within Grand Rapids Public Schools on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the school year. Each day features a morning session from 9:30am - 11:00am and an afternoon session from 1:15pm-3:00pm.  Sessions start October 1st, however volunteers are always welcome to sign up.  We are looking for five volunteers for each session.  Volunteers will help guide our young athletes through different drills and stations helping them to build sport specific motor skills. At times this will be in a one on one interaction, other times it will be on a group basis. For more detailed information, or to sign up, please visit gotroac.org/coach. For more information, please contact Nick Caudle at (616)-583-1202 or email at caudl1n@cmich.eduPosted 9/18/2015

Girls On the Run of Ottawa & Allegan Counties - Girls Youth Running Coach

Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole are after-school character development programs for girls in grades 3-5 and 6-8. The program uses the power of running to teach girls about being healthy emotionally, socially, mentally and physically. Girls make new friends,experience what it is like to be part of a team, learn life-long healthy habits, and gain the knowledge and confidence to lead healthy lifestyles. Girls are encouraged to run, however they may run, hop, skip, walk, or dance their way towards their goals! Volunteer coaches meet with their teams of 8-15 girls at local elementary schools. Practice takes place twice a week (Mon/Wed or Tue/Thurs) and lasts for 90 minutes starting 10 minutes after school dismissal (typically from 3:30-5:00pm). Coaches need to be available for every practice. You don't have to be a runner, although you need to believe in physical activity. New coaches need to attend a training. The season does not start until March, however we are currently looking for coaches! For more detailed information, or to sign up, please visit gotroac.org/coach. For more information, please contact Shyla Nash (616)-494-1719 or email at shylan@cwitmi.orgPosted 9/8/2015

Spartan Stores YMCA - Youth Soccer Coach

Make an Impact, Make a Difference. Soccer Coaches are needed for the Youth Fall Leagues at the Spartan Stores YMCA. The time commitment for a soccer coach is one 1 hour evening practice and a 1 hour game on Saturday mornings beginning the second week of September for seven weeks. Soccer Leagues are available for preschool, kindergarten and 1st/2nd grade. Please contact Carrie Shoemaker at 616-885-5525 or cshoemaker@grymca.org. Volunteer Applications are available online at www.grymca.orgPosted 8/31/2015

Spartan Stores YMCA - Youth Basketball Coach
Make an Impact, Make a Difference. Basketball Coaches are needed for the Youth Fall/Winter Leagues at the Spartan Stores YMCA. The time commitment for a basketball coach is one 1 hour evening practice and a 1 hour game on Saturday mornings beginning the third week of November, break for two weeks at the holidays and resume last week of January through March 19th. Basketball Leagues are available for Kindergarten, 1st/2nd, 3rd/4th, 5th/6th and 7th/8th. Please contact Carrie Shoemaker at 616-885-5525 or cshoemaker@grymca.org. Volunteer Applications are available online at www.grymca.org. Posted 8/31/2015

Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan - Buddy Up Tennis
Buddy Up Tennis is a high energy adaptive tennis and fitness program for children and adults with Down syndrome. Mentor children and young adults as the learn about tennis with 60 minutes of instruction time and 30 minutes of fitness conditioning. Tennis experience is helpful but not necessary. They prefer volunteers that can attend more than one Saturday, as part of this experience is the relationship with the mentor. The volunteer opportunity is at MVP Athletic Club on Saturdays from 1:30-3:00 pm. For more information contact Lacey Charboneau at GrandRapids@BuddyUpTennis.com or 616-956-3488. Posted  2/17/2015

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

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EDUCATION

ADULT EDUCATION

(Newest opportunities posted at the top of each section)

ELS Language Center - Final Thursday Afternoon Activities

This ELS Language Center program runs on 4-week sessions, and on the last day of every session, they have activities where they either bring in guest speakers or do other community-related activities (board games with native English speakers, field trips, etc). These activities are so that the international English language-learning adults can practice their English and interact with community members. ELS is looking for a group of volunteers to come to ELS and be involved in the Final Thursday Afternoon Activities. Each volunteer would be with a small group of ELS students to play board games and answer discussion questions. Possible dates for this are March 3, March 31, April 28, May 26, June 23, or July 21. The time for each of these dates is from 1:10-3:25. ELS plans the activities about a month or so in advance, so if a group is willing to come, they need to know in advance before they book another activity for that day. For more information, please contact Lisa Wooning at lwooning@els.edu or 616-331-9229. Posted 1/14/2016.

Literacy Center of West Michigan -  AmeriCorps ESL-Family Literacy Instructor

The Literacy Center of West Michigan is seeking passionate, community oriented bilingual individuals to support adult clients in the Family Literacy Program. These individuals will serve as advocates for clients as they attend weekly English language classes and learn how to support their children’s educational development. The ideal candidates for this full-time position will be detailed-oriented, passionate about building relationships and strengthening communities, autonomous, and have excellent written and spoken control of English and Spanish. This position requires the selected candidates to be screened and approved through the national AmeriCorps program. This is a full time position for 6 months and it begins on December 2015 or January 2016. Total living stipend is $6,265 (distributed biweekly). To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter specific to the position to: Deidre Deering (ddeering@literacycenterwm.org) Posted 10/27/2015

Literacy Center of West Michigan -  AmeriCorps ESL-Family Literacy Instructor

The Literacy Center of West Michigan is seeking instructors to help parents in area schools learn English as a Second Language, and develop strategies to support their children’s literacy. The ideal candidates for this full-time teaching position will be detailed-oriented, experienced, and autonomous. This position requires the selected candidates to be screened and approved through the national AmeriCorps program. This is a full time position for 6 months and it begins on December 2015 or January 2016. Total living stipend is $6,265 (distributed biweekly). To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter specific to the position to: Deidre Deering (ddeering@literacycenterwm.org) Posted 10/27/2015

Comprenew - Computer training

A basic computer training program for parents of 2 Grand Rapids Public Schools begins this fall. This introductory computer training will be offered on-line at GR Ford and Dickinson academies. Volunteers must have basic technology skills and the ability to teach and problem-solve as parents of GRPS students receive on-line computer training in hour-long training sessions in the school. Volunteers will interact with parents to assist them as they progress through the training programs. Deadline for registration is October 19th. If you have any questions, please contact Jerry Ford at jford@comprenew.org or by phone at 616-451-4400. Posted 10/6/2015

Hope Academy of West MichiganBonus Hour

At Hope Academy, our secondary staff are dedicated to helping and supporting our 7th-12th grade students as much as possible. Every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, our teachers stay after school for an hour to help students make up late work, catch up on work they've missed, or better understand lessons they were confused on. This 'bonus hour' is a great opportunity for students to get the extra help they need to be successful. Volunteers would need to arrive at Hope Academy at 3:00pm (and are free to leave at 4:00pm) on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays. When the final school bell rings at 3:05, volunteers would report to Miss Kerton's English classroom. For the next hour, they would be available to assist students with their homework assignments as well as studying. Hope Academy students need help in all of the core subjects, as well as Spanish, music, and art. The students needs will differ week to week, but all teachers will also be available to assist if directions seem unclear. We are just looking for volunteers to be positive mentors and role models for our 7th-12th grade students, while tutoring them in their school work. Please email Amelia and communicate your availability. We would love to have volunteers come weekly, but we are also very flexible and will work out a schedule that works best for you. If you are interested, please contact Amelia Kerton at akerton@hopeacademywm.org or at 616-301-8458. Posted 09/21/2015.

Jubilee Jobs - Tutoring for Adult Learners

The GED Café at Jubilee Jobs is an open-classroom program where learning is blended, flexible, and individualized. The program offers adult learners the technology and academic support necessary to help them successfully attain the GED Certificate. The GED Café offers daytime and evening sessions- just the right type of flexibility adult students need to be successful! GED Café Tutors work directly with students in one-on one and group tutoring sessions. Tutors help students navigate the 4 subject area tests: Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Social Studies, and Science. Tutors also help Jubilee Jobs keep the classroom and computer lab tidy and learning ready.

KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS, QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE:
"Excellent interpersonal skills and manners (welcoming, courteous, professional, caring, and eager to help)
"Excellent computer, verbal, and written communication skills
"High School Diploma or GED and 2 years of higher education (Candidates in pursuit of a teaching certificate are highly encouraged to volunteer)
"Prior experience in an urban setting serving low-income, ethnically diverse communities

If interested, please contact Andrea Smith Fein by email at andrea.smithfein@jubileejobsgr.org or by phone at 616-774-9944. Posted 9/14/2015.

Literacy Center of West Michigan - Adult Tutoring Program
The Literacy Center of West Michigan aims to bring about a just and vibrant West Michigan through the power of literacy.  Volunteer tutors are needed in their Adult Tutoring Program to provide two hours of individualized, one-on-one instruction to a learner each week.  The pairs choose where and when they would like to meet based on shared availability.  No prior experience or training is required, simply a desire to share one's passion for literacy, education, and cultural diversity.  Prospective volunteers may attend an orientation sessions to get further information before committing to program.  Please contact Katy Payne at kpayne@literacycenterwm.org or at 616-459-5151 for more information.  Posted 8/19/2015.

Literacy Center of West Michigan ~ Family Activity Night

The Family Literacy Program provides FREE English language classes to parents whose children attend participating Grand Rapids and Godwin Heights Public Schools. Parents attend classes at their child’s school twice a week. In addition parents and their children are invited to monthly Family Activity Nights. These events target specific literacy skills that support parents in raising strong successful readers. Family Activity Night is all about literacy, but it's also about community--we eat together, learn together, and have fun doing it! Volunteers will be involved in all aspects of Family Activity Night; set up, tear down, distribution of materials, interacting with families, and the food and fun! For more information, please contact Claira Freeman at cfreeman@literacycenterwm.org or 616-459-5151 ext 14. Updated 1/14/2016.

Word~ESL- English Tutors
Tutors are needed to assist teaching English to Second Language Learners. This is one-on-one instruction with one student once a week. Ten students and their tutors meet at the same time each week to enjoy companionship in a welcoming and safe environment. Lots of resources are available and the director is on site for each class. Training will be provided on Wednesday, Sept. 9th at 6:30 pm. Greatest need is for Tuesday and Thursday evening classes. If interested, please contact Sr. Carmen Rostar at scresl@att.netPosted 9/2/2015.

Read Muskegon - Tutors for Adults

The Read Muskegon is the adult literacy council for Muskegon County. Our vision is that all of our residents have access to high quality literacy instruction that enables them to reach their full potential and positively contribute to their community. Read Muskegon is goal-oriented meaning that each learner chooses their own goals and Read Muskegon staff and volunteers help the learners reach those goals. Volunteers will have many different roles, which some of them require previous experience and some do not. For more information please contact Sarah Klassen (231)-766-5040 or send an email to litcoordinator@readmuskegon.org. Published 9/3/2015

CHILDREN & YOUTH EDUCATION

(Newest opportunities posted at the top of each section)

Allendale Middle School - Tutor/Mentor

We are seeking students willing to tutor and mentor our middle school students an hour each week and we will work with your schedule! Volunteers will be involved in tutoring in various subjects grades 6-8, mentoring students with positive role-modeling and conversation. You meet with the student once per week based on YOUR schedule. For more information, please contact Rhonda Wilson at wilsonrho@apsfalcons.net or 616-892-5595. Posted 1/14/2016.

Schools of Hope- Reading Tutor

The Schools of Hope Program pairs Volunteer Reading Tutors with students in grades 1-3 who are behind in reading to work one-on-one with the same student once a week for 30 minutes during the school day.  No advance preparation is needed.  Materials to use with the students are prepared for you by a Schools of Hope School Coordinator.  Volunteers choose one of the participating Grand Rapids Public Schools locations. 

New volunteer training sessions are held at Heart of West Michigan United Way, 118 Commerce Ave SW.  View map here.  Schools of Hope training dates can be found at HandsOn Connect sign-up.

Gerald R. Ford Academic Center - Tutoring

Students are welcomed to volunteer during the school day as a classroom assistant or after school as a tutor. Volunteers are encouraged to volunteer 1 hour a week. Reading, math, and writing are the main focuses. If interested, please contact Berniz Terpstra at bernizterpstra@kentssn.org or 616-819-2640 Posted 12/3/2015

Hispanic Center of Western Michigan - Escalera College Prep Program
Escalera "Taking Steps to Success" is an after-school college preparation program for current high school juniors and seniors. We help prospective first generation college students learn everything they need to know about applying to college, finding scholarships and getting a job. We are seeking enthusiastic college students or recent graduates to help students one-on-one or in small groups during our after-school program. Duties may include, helping students find scholarships, apply to college, research majors, or create a resume. Classes are taught in English (Spanish is not required). Experience working with Latino students or low-income families is a plus. Visit the facebook page here. For more information, please contact Rachel Lopez 616-246-0562 or via email at rlopez@hispanic-center.orgPosted 11/5/15.

Good Samaritan Ministries - Circles Youth Program
If you enjoy children and youth and would like to provide them with tools to build self-esteem, positive character traits, long-term thinking, social skills and much more, Circles is the place for you! Good Samaritan Ministries facilitates a program called Circles®, a national program that brings people of diverse incomes together to help low-income individuals and families achieve their financial goals. During the weekly Circle meetings, while parents are connecting with resources and working on their goals, children's programming is offered so that the entire family is learning the skills they need to thrive. Volunteers are needed to volunteer as a teacher who would teach children and youth using the Circles lesson plans or general volunteer helpers. At the Zeeland site, program meetings will be Monday's 6:00-8:00 PM; at the Holland site, program meetings are on Wednesday's 6:00-8:00 PM. You are welcome to volunteer one evening or both evenings. To learn more about these volunteer opportunities, contact Good Samaritan Ministries at 616.392.7159. Or, email Lori Wenzel, Circles Youth Director, at lwenzel@live.com.

Covenant Life Church - Regatta

Regatta is an after school program for students ages 10 years to young adults with special needs. Volunteers come and hang out with kids who have special needs and help them learn socially appropriate behavior as necessary.  The program meets every Tuesday during the school year from 3-5pm.  Contact Asa Rosema for further information at (616) 502-2145 or asarosema@gmail.com.  Posted 10/15/15

Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids - Learning Center Volunteers

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids is looking for volunteers to assist in our Seidman Learning Center for 1-2 hours per week. Shifts are available Monday through Friday, between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Learning Center Volunteers will assist with tutoring and homework help for a variety of subjects according to the needs expressed by the students. Willingness to interact with the members in the Learning Center and be an encourager. If you are interested, please contact Elyse Mathos at emathos@bgcgrandrapids.org or 616-233-9370. Posted 10/13/2015

Grand Rapids Public Schools - Tutoring & Mentoring

Southwest Community Campus is in need of tutors and mentors for their middle school students and could use your help!  Volunteering days and times are flexible.  To set up a time that would best work for you please contact Lysette Castillo at (616) 819-4120 or at lysettecastillo@kentssn.orgPosted 10/8/15 

Community Ministries Program (Trinity United Methodist Church) - Kids Club After-School Program

Work with children in 2nd-5th grade on Wednesday evenings from 4:30-7:30 pm doing fun activities and engaging in creative learning. We will be doing arts and crafts, basic life skill building and career exploration. Great opportunity to build quality relationships with children and families in our community. Volunteers will assist in implementing activities as well as building positive relationships with the children through activities and play. There are also other available options to get involved in our program. If interested, please contact Nycole Cotto at n.cotto@grtumc.org or at 616-456-7260. Posted 9/30/2015.

College Ambition Program - Mentor/Tutor

Volunteers are needed to provide tutoring for high school students (grades 9-12) in the Grand Rapids or Lansing areas at one of seven high school sites (urban or rural) one day per week 2 hours per day for the duration of the semester.  Tutoring could take place any day of the week, Monday-Friday, and the time is very flexible, during the day or after school.  Mentors would provide academic tutoring and soft skill development (e.g. time management, study skills).  They would also provide guidance on successfully navigating the college-going process (e.g how to research schools, apply for financial aid, write personal statements).  Being a good role model is also a critical part of the mentor role, in particular when it comes to modeling integrity, work ethic, and punctuality.  As a mentor you would work to provide students with the information, strategies, and support necessary to develop the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors required to reach their educational and career goals.  A 1.5 hour training is required in which you will receive all the information and details on mentoring as well as fill out all the required paperwork.  While we focus on STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and education you don't need to be a STEM student or expert yourself, though it is certainly an advantage. All majors are welcome to volunteer.  If interested into volunteering, please contact Danielle Steplowski at steplow1@msu.edu or 586-354-4696. Posted 9/18/2015. 

Restorers - Tutor
The Restorers is a local non-profit organization aiming to be hands-on in the community. They are hosting a tutoring program that starts September 29th that runs throughout the school year. It is every Tuesday & Thursday from 4:00-7:00 PM at the restorers office. If interested into volunteering, please contact Alfield Reeves at areeves@restorersinc.org or 616-243-1984Posted 9/16/2015. 

New City Neighbors - After School Tutor
New City After school occurs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3:30 to 6:00 PM and includes tutoring, homework help, clubs, and bible study. 10 Tutors/Homework Helpers are needed for 1 hour on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 3:30-4:30pm. Volunteers are asked to commit to one hour a week of tutoring with an individual or small group of students in either a particular subject in which they need extra support, or to help them with staying on track with their homework. Please contact Alaina Dobkowski at alainad@newcityneighbors.org or 267-275-7252 for more information on this opportunity. Posted 9/16/2015. 

Hispanic Center of Western Michigan - Supporting Our Leaders Youth Program
Work with Supporting Our Leaders (SOL) Youth Program to prepare Latino youth (ages 14-21) working directly with teens doing homework, facilitating group discussions and leading after school activities. Volunteers may also do administrative duties (such as phone and paper work), work with students on College Preparation, and help organize special events. The center accepts volunteers from September to May each year and ask volunteers to commit to a minimum of one day per week for 2 hours for at least one semester. These positions are great for students looking to gain experience in public administration, education, criminal justice, nonprofit management and much more. Spanish is not required. Contact Rachel Lopez at rlopez@hispanic-center.org or 616-246-0562 for more information. Posted on 9/3/15

*West Michigan Youth for Christ - Campus Life Volunteers
Youth for Christ is seeking volunteers for multiple ministry sites around Grand Rapids and Holland areas. YFC reaches out to middle school and high school aged students (ages 14-18) on their schools' campuses and at YFC's large group gathering called club.  Volunteers are asked to give 3-5 hours a week to the ministry and will play an active part of YFC's club gathering as a small group leader. In addition, they are encouraged to meet kids at sporting events and other campus activities with other volunteers.  Volunteers must have a relationship with Jesus and have a desire to reach out to struggling kids.  They will be trained by Campus Life directors after being interviewed by YFC's staff.  It is preferred if volunteers apply before Sept. 24th 2015 however help is always welcomed throughout the year.  Contact Jodie DeBoer at jdeboer@wmyfc.org or at (616) 862-1954 for further information. Posted 9/2/2015

United Way Schools of Hope- Become a Volunteer Reading Tutor
The Schools of Hope Reading Program pairs students in grades 1-3 that are behind in reading skills with volunteers who work one-on-one with the same student once a week for 30 minutes during the school day. No advance preparation is needed. School Coordinators prepare all materials. Volunteers are required to attend one 2 hour training session. Register for training at www.hwmuw.org/soh. A valid driver's license or other photo I.D. is required to complete the training. Shawmut Hills has a high need for additional volunteers and is located near the GVSU Allendale and downtown campuses (on the Rapid 50 route). Contact Kristian Grant at kgrant@hwmuw.org or at 616-752-8612 for further information. Posted 2/3 /2015.


EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

(Newest opportunities posted at the top of each section)

The Other Way Ministries- Little Lights Infant & Toddler Program Volunteer

Volunteer to nurture the littlest Westsiders through this grant-funded program offering free childcare to eligible neighborhood families. Volunteers may work any 2+ hour increment, Monday through Friday, between 7:30 am – 5:30 pm. Must be 18 years or older. If interested, click here to fill out a volunteer application. Questions? Contact Megan at memigh@theotherway.org!

Ready For School - Building Bridges Training Preparation
Ready For School is offering a volunteer opportunity for GVSU Students. Building Bridges is a training for pre-kindergarten professionals who will be attending learning workshops instructed by outstanding kindergarten teachers. For the weeks of November 2-6 and 9-13, we will need groups of volunteers to sticker books and pack buckets. See more information here. For more information also contact Vanessa Gutierrez 616-834-0515 or email at vgutierrez@readyforschool.orgPosted 11/3/15.

LITERACY

(Newest opportunities posted at the top of each section)

There are currently no ongoing opportunities in this category at this time. 

SCHOOLS

(Newest opportunities posted at the top of each section)

New Branches Charter Academy - Librarian Assistance
New Branches Charter Academy needs volunteers to help catalog library books into guided reading levels.  Volunteers will be expected to level books, search for books online, and properly shelf the book according to its level.  Time and date is flexible.  Contact LaShonda Steward at lashondaslater@choiceschools.com or at 616-264-2786 for further information. Posted 10/15/2015.

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ENVIRONMENTAL AND WILDLIFE


ANIMAL WELFARE

(Newest opportunities posted at the top of each section)

Carol's Ferals - Adoption Team Volunteers
Carol's Ferals is a local cat shelter that specializes in TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return). However, some cats cannot be returned to their area due to illness, injury, or unsafe environments. This is where the Adoption Team Volunteers help! Carol's is in need of volunteers everyday for AM (9:00am-11:00am) or PM shifts (6:00pm-8:00pm). The volunteers help with cleaning, brushing, socializing, and playing with all of the cats and kittens in the shelter! For more information contact the shelter at volunteer@carolsferals.orgPosted 2/11/2015

Crash's Landing & Big Sid's Sanctuary Cat Rescue and Placement Centers - Shelter Volunteer

The shelters are 100% volunteer powered and would love people to join them and help. Whether you want to volunteer once a day, once a week or once a month, they have a shift that will work for you. Shifts typically run in 2-4 hour blocks and volunteers need to assist with essential duties such as scooping, cleaning, feeding. For more information please contact Sarah Klawiter (616)821-5085 or send an email to volunteer@crashslanding.org. Posted 9/3/2015


ENVIRONMENTAL WELFARE

(Newest opportunities posted at the top of each section)

Well House - Greenhouse and Garden Work

Starting in February the Well House will have regular volunteer opportunities to help their staff start plants for urban gardens. Volunteer opportunities will simply include watering, seeding, transplanting, getting your hands dirty, and hanging out in a nice warm greenhouse in March. If you are interested, please contact Danny McGee at danny@wellhousegr.org or 720-282-9356. Posted 1/26/16

West Michigan Environmental Action Council - Teach for the Watershed
Want to volunteer with WMEAC in a fun and educational atmosphere? Become a Teach for the Watershed (T4W) educator! T4W is building the Next Generation of Great Lakes Advocates through watershed education! The program is an interactive watershed education program based on Michigan Science Curriculum Standards. T4W provides teachers with watershed educational training and students with tools to help them learn about and take action in protecting West Michigan’s watersheds! For more information, or to sign up to volunteer, please visit http://wmeac.org/teachforthewatershed/Posted 12/2/2015. 

West Michigan Environmental Action Council - Teach for Our Energy Future
Teach for our Energy Future is an emerging program being developed through a partnership between WMEAC, Hope College and the Holland BPW. As a pilot project we are working to establish a high-impact middle school curriculum that connects place-based education, learning by inquiry, and research with Hollandýs Community Energy Plan goals for energy usage behavior change in the community. The pilot program hopes to increase awareness and understanding of the impacts of energy use, problems associated with storing and accessing energy, and the advancement of renewable energy forms.
The goal is to empower students to seek solutions to these energy problems by embracing efficient and renewable energy use. We also hope to help foster a deeper relationship between Holland area educators, professionals and community leaders, in order to establish a supportive network of knowledge and resources for students, teachers, and their families. For further information in regards to volunteering please visit the Teach for Our Energy Future website or contact Anne Marie Hertl at annemarie@wmeac.org or by calling 616-451-3051. Posted 11/30/2015. 


SUSTAINABILITY

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WMEAC - Teach for the Watershed

Want to volunteer with WMEAC in a fun and educational atmosphere? Become a Teach for the Watershed (T4W) educator! T4W is building the Next Generation of Great Lakes Advocates through watershed education! The program is an interactive watershed education program based on Michigan Science Curriculum Standards. T4W provides teachers with watershed educational training and students with tools to help them learn about and take action in protecting West Michigan’s watersheds! Mentor Training Dates: February 29; 5:30 – 7:30pm – Enviroscape training; March 1; 5:30 – 7:30pm – Enviroscape training; March 24; 5:30 – 8:00pm – Field work Training; March 26; 1pm – 3:30pm – Field work Training. Posted 2/4/2016.

WMEAC - Grand River Cleanup
The Ottawa County Grand River Clean Up has been a lakeshore river cleanup event for the past 5 years. This is an event where volunteers from the community fulfill their part of being an environmental steward as they help to organize a trash pickup event along 20 miles of the Grand River and its tributaries within Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg and Coopersville involving upwards of 300 volunteers and community members. Volunteers are needed to meet and greet buses and drivers, determine trash pickup locations, participate in the cleanup if needed, and attend 2-3 site leader training sessions. If interested please visit the WMEAC website to volunteer. Posted 11/2/2015.

WMEAC - Green Drinks Greeter
Every month people who work in the environmental field meet up at informal sessions known as Green Drinks. The event is held on the third Thursday of every month in the evening from 5:00-7:00 PM at various venues throughout Greater-Grand Rapids and the Lakeshore. Attendees will vary from students and academia, non-profit, government, and sustainable business professionals. Volunteers are needed to set up and take down the table, as well as greet attendees. Please visit the volunteer form for more information or to volunteer. Posted 11/2/2015

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

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HEALTH SERVICES

 

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

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Health Net of West Michigan - FitKids360

The Health Net of West Michigan is setting up an event called FitKids360. FitKids360 is a 7 week Stage II obesity intervention program for children ages 5-17 with a BMI at or above the 85th percentile. The program meets one night a week for 2 hours. Each week families learn about nutrition, exercise and behavioral health; physical activity is incorporated into each session.
FitKids360 is for the entire family and a parent/guardian is required while anyone in the household is welcome. The program is free and transportation is provided if needed. All classes in Kent County are from 6pm-8pm. English and Spanish speaking volunteers are needed to serve as mentors and/or instructors in the areas of behavioral health, exercise and nutrition. Please contact Keyuana Rosemond at 616-742-8907 or krosemond@healthnetwm.org for information on becoming an instructor.
Mentor duties include:
- Welcome and engage families
- Support families throughout the program
- Motivate families to reach their goals
- Encourage healthy behaviors
- Help prepare for class
- Must pass a background check

Posted 1/19/2016

American Cancer Society - Road to Recovery Driver

American Cancer Society needs volunteers to drive patients to and from their cancer related medical appointments. The volunteer role is flexible to your availability and is coordinated on-line via a matching website. For more information please contact Mindy Klein at mindy.klein@cancer.org or 616-551-4066. Posted 1/11/2016

Grace HospiceAdministrative and Patient Hospice Volunteers
If you are caring, compassionate and have a true desire to help others, becoming a Grace Hospice volunteer may be the perfect opportunity for you. Our volunteers share their time and talents in order to offer companionship to our patients, while easing the burden that may be felt by their family members during this difficult time. After training is completed, you can determine how much time to commit to Grace Hospice, as well as the communities you would like to serve. Because the duties of the volunteers vary, we will help you find an opportunity that is convenient for you. Whether you dedicate as little as two hours per month, or 8 hours per week, all efforts are extremely appreciated! Please contact Kristin Jensen at kjensen@ghospice.com or call 616-894-1439 for more information or to sign up. Posted 12/09/2015. 

Emmanuel Hospice - Hospice volunteer
Emmanuel Hospice is a small, nonprofit hospice rooted in faith and based at Saint Ann's Home in Grand Rapids. Volunteers are needed to do friendly patient visits, respite visits, do computer office work, pet therapy or bring any creative, artistic skills you have. We are also looking for those with musical/crafty artistic talents. And we are always looking for veterans to volunteer with our veteran patients. If interested please contact Heidi Pelton at hpelton@emmanuelhospice.org or by calling 616-719-0919. Posted 10/28/2015.

SarahCare - Visiting the Elderly
SarahCare is a day care for the elderly/developmentally disabled. We are trying to find people who are willing to give back, be a friendly face, and lift the spirits of our participants by volunteering to help.  We would love to have people willing to help with crafts, BINGO, games, or even to share a special talent (sing/dance/play instrument/ jokes, etc).  We are looking for people available some time between 9am and 5pm - how often and how long can be arranged.  This would be a wonderful opportunity for students going into Social Work as the geriatric population has unique needs and being comfortable and exposed to people like that would be invaluable experience.  Please email Nidya Zepik with questions or to receive a copy of the short volunteer application at metro@sarahcare.comPosted 10/23/15.

Grand Rapids YMCA- Cooking Matters
The GR YMCA has been providing Cooking Matters to community partners for 2.5 years. We would love to strengthen our volunteer pool. Volunteers would be asked to meet at the YMCA or at the site where Cooking Matters was taking place. Volunteers would assist in setting up for class, participate in class discussion & the cooking process. Ideally our volunteers would pick one class to attend a week for 6 weeks. With a commitment of 12-16 hours of time devoted over those 6 weeks. If interested please contact Carla Anderson at Canderson@grymca.org or by phone at 616-855-9665. Posted 10/19/2015.

Sanctuary at St Mary's - 1:1 Visits
We are looking for outgoing and ambitious volunteers to provide 1:1 friendly visits with our residents. The volunteer would provide 1:1 visits for our residents. Simple conversation, playing a game, reading together, or doing a puzzle with a resident is very rewarding and beneficial for our residents. If interested please contact Kimberly Vincent at kimberly.vincent@trinity-health.org or 616-685-7009. Posted 10/13/2015

TANDEM365 - Social Visitor Volunteer
Visiting seniors in their home who are somewhat homebound and who are very lonely and isolated. Volunteer duties will consist of social visits, playing cards, playing games, doing light chores, cutting grass and any other creative idea to make a difference in an elders life. Prior to beginning, volunteers must have a TB test and as well as a background check and approximately 2 hours prep training on skills to be successful in visiting elders. If you are interested, please contact Nathalie Meyer at nmeyer@tandem365.com or at 616-588-5294. Posted 09/16/2015.

Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired - Office Assistant
We are looking for volunteers that would be able to commit to at least 4 hours 1 day per week. This is an on going need and we would take volunteers at any time. we are open from 8:30 - 4:30. Time needed is flexible. They would perform office duties as necessary. We have a need for someone with good people skills to answer phones and greet clients at the front desk. We also have a need for a volunteer to do filing and data entry. Contact Joy Wahby (616)-458-1187 or email at jwahby@abvimichigan.org for more information. Posted 9/15/15.

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

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

 

HIV/AIDS

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


INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES/MENTAL HEALTH

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Arts In Motion Studio - Working in Class with Students
Arts in Motion Studio of West Michigan is a small nonprofit organization in the East Hills District that specializes in adaptive instruction of creative arts for the physically, emotionally or mentally challenged. Our founder and director is a LMSW and has been working within the arts and with people who have disabilities for over 30 years. Our mission statement is enriching the community and lives of individuals with disabilities through expressive arts. We strive to help people with disabilities become part of the artist community and conversation. The best way is to come into the studio and experience our classes first hand! I am hopeful that some of you individuals will connect with our work and would like become volunteers with our amazing students. We are looking for volunteers in the classroom, at community events and performances, and in the office. We would love to see new faces around the studio! If you or anyone you know may be interested, please contact Anne Hill at 616-510-7574 or at annemh010@gmail.com to set up a time to meet and discuss opportunities.

Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan - Buddy Up Tennis
Buddy Up Tennis is a high energy adaptive tennis and fitness program for children and adults with Down syndrome. Mentor children and young adults as the learn about tennis with 60 minutes of instruction time and 30 minutes of fitness conditioning. Tennis experience is helpful but not necessary. They prefer volunteers that can attend more than one Saturday, as part of this experience is the relationship with the mentor. The volunteer opportunity is at MVP Athletic Club on Saturdays from 1:30-3:00 pm. For more information contact Lacey Charboneau at GrandRapids@BuddyUpTennis.com or 616-956-3488. Posted 2 /17/2015

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

 


SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION

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HOSPITAL VOLUNTEERING

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HUMAN RIGHTS


LGBT

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DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

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PEACEMAKING & NONVIOLENCE

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HUMAN SERVICES

 

DISASTER & EMERGENCY PREPARATION & SERVICES

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

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Safe Haven Ministries - Child Care Provider
Childcare Providers serve the clients of Safe Haven by providing childcare programming while mothers attend support groups. Their fun and educational activities empower the children to develop appropriate coping mechanisms, safety planning skills and positive ways to deal with stress. With their children in a safe and supportive place, our clients have the opportunity to learn how to live a life free from abuse. This opportunity will be available on Weekday Evenings and Saturdays, 10am-12pm. If interested, please contact Sarah Omiciioli at somicioli@safehavenministries.org or by calling 616-452-6664. Posted 1/29/2016.


FAMILY SERVICES

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Degage Ministries - Volunteer/Internship Role

Degage Ministries utilizes over 30 volunteers a day, and utilize many volunteers on a regular basis. They are in need of students to fill volunteer roles during the morning and afternoons on week days. This could also be counted towards internship hours and right now Degage Ministries are searching for summer and fall placements. Volunteers could have any number of duties including serving breakfast, helping with our hygiene services, or working our database. There are many different opportunities! If you would like more information, please contact Liz Warners at liz@degageministries.org or 616-454-1661. Posted 1/21/2016

Friendly Drivers Needed for Food Pantry!  -  Community Action House

Every day, Community Action House's volunteer van drivers are tasked with the pickup and delivery of food donations from local sources - restaurants, grocery stores, schools. Crucial items such as fresh produce, bread, snacks, bulk ingredients, and prepared meals are made possible by the daily morning routes that the van makes. Each month, van drivers help Community Action House feed hundreds of people with thousands of pounds of food that they would not otherwise have access to. Drivers meet donors, clients, staff, and other volunteers throughout their day and have the unique opportunity to observe an entire organization of poverty-fighting efforts. Times: 8:30 am - 1:00 pmPosted 1/21/2016.

-Driving an agency delivery vehicle to and from donors and agency sites
-Maintaining a friendly and helpful spirit
-Proper handling of food donations to ensure safety and quality
-Communication between Community Action House and its generous donors
-Taking part in a unique and vital role in support of the Holland community's most vulnerable members
-Able to commit to at least 1 shift per month, and availability to assist in special events if possible

Must have a valid and current driver's license, clean driving record (for insurance purposes), a hard-working, friendly attitude, desire help others. Pantry location


North End Community Ministry - NE Supper House Program - NE Supper House-Kitchen

North End Community Ministry serves a hot nutritious meal to 100-250 people from the NE community (more during the warmer months!) every Tuesday and Thursday evening. Each meal is provided financially by a local church or organization, they come with 10-12 volunteers and serve the meal to our guests, a dignified restaurant-style. It's a really great environment and rewarding experience, we have a lot of laughs! Students are welcome to stay through the whole time 3-6:45 and help with the whole process if they're able to. For more information please contact Brittany Holwerda at (616)218-4816 or bmh826@gmail.comPosted 1/11/2015

The Other Way - Front Desk Receptionist 
The Other Way is looking for volunteers to serve as receptionist at the front desk of the Family Center from 12-3 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Volunteers are needed to answer the phone, direct calls to staff, greet visitors, and occasionally complete small administrative tasks.  Volunteers may choose one day per week or more to work on a consistent, weekly basis. If interested please contact Megan at memigh@theotherway.orgPosted on 10/21/2015.

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

Inner City Christian Federation - VITA 

VITA is a free tax preparation service provided by ICCF (Inner City Christian Federation). This helps many lower-income families by removing the burden of either paying a fee or doing their taxes themselves, which can be very confusing. ICCF's VITA tax site will be open every Monday starting February 1st to April 11th from 1-7pm. However, you are allowed to make your own schedule. We ask that you volunteer at least 1 hour a week to fulfill our obligation to the KCTCC. Volunteers could also volunteer less frequently for longer amounts of time. VITA is a free tax preparation service provided by ICCF (Inner City Christian Federation). This helps many lower-income families by removing the burden of either paying a fee or doing their taxes themselves, which can be very confusing. ICCF's VITA tax site will be open every Monday starting February 1st to April 11th from 1-7pm. However, you are allowed to make your own schedule. We ask that you volunteer at least 1 hour a week to fulfill our obligation to the KCTCC. Volunteers could also volunteer less frequently for longer amounts of time. Contact Kendra Utter at 616-336-933-3302 or at kutter@iccf.org. Posted 11/18/2015.


HUNGER

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Community Food Club

This is a collaborative systemic response to hunger, promoting food security, consumer choice and dignity for low-income member households. 
Community Food Club is a grocery store-style environment-open convenient hours, six days a week. It is a place where members select their own food items; where there is a wide selection of food; and, because of that volume and availability, members are able to choose healthy food items on a regular basis. The volunteer duties are as follows: Stocking/Repacking (Assist in receiving, unloading, and stocking of merchandise. Repacking and sorting product), Check Out ("Ring up" products at the register. Assist members with tracking points per item. Bagging groceries.), and Greeter (Greet members. Check their ID.) If interested, please contact Caleb Estrada at caleb.estrada@communityfoodclubgr.org or call 616-288-5550.

IMMIGRANT & REFUGEE SERVICES

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West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center - Volunteer for the After School Program

The mission of the West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center (WMRECC) is to support refugee children and families to gain the necessary skills for seamless and successful integration into the community. This is done through providing comprehensive educational support and youth development services, along with fostering cultural knowledge and understanding. There is an incredible opportunity to be a tutor with this organization! WMRECC tutors are responsible for tutoring students attending the after school program. This position occurs Monday- Thursday from 4-6pm and applications are taken all year round! Duties may include consistently working weekly with 1-4 students in a range of K-12 activities, help out with homework, and work with families to discern the specific needs students have! For more information, please contact Salome Campbell at salome@westmirefugee.org or 616-247-9611! Posted 2/4/2016.

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

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

 

MILITARY & VETERAN SERVICES

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Disability Network/Lakeshore - Peer Support Volunteer

Volunteers are needed to work with veterans to teach them computer basics as well as provide social support.  Volunteers would meet with veterans at monthly Support Group meetings which take place the second Tuesday of every month from 2:30 - 4:30pm.  All are welcome to volunteer, especially nursing and social work students.  Basic volunteer training as well as training in veteran issues is required.  The training is offered through Disability Network/Lakeshore and can be set up as requested by contacting Christine.  The basic training takes about an hour and the veteran training is an additional 30 minutes.  For further information please contact Christine Wistrom at chris@dnlakeshore.org or at (616) 396-5326.  Posted 11/13/15.

 

POVERTY & HOMELESSNESS

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Community Action House - Friendly people for Resale Shop
Do you like helping people, are curious about what's in the box or enjoy doing something different all the time? Then Community Action House General Store would be a great place for you! There are a multitude of different activities to engage in, from painting, decorating, bike refurbishment, electronics, books, SO MUCH CLOTHING, toys, woodworking, and creative material repurposing/recycling. Sales from the General Store help to keep our food pantries full and so many other programs. If you might be interested please call 616-594-5451 or email David Lee at dlee@communityactionhouse.org. Posted 1/15/2016.

 

SENIOR SERVICES

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TANDEM365 - Social Visitor Volunteer

TANDEM365 is an opportunity to serve by visiting seniors in their home who are somewhat homebound and who are often times lonely and isolated. Volunteers will participate in a wide variety of activities from social visits, playing cards, and playing games to doing light chores, cutting grass and simply any other creative idea to make a difference in an elders life. For more information, contact Nathalie Meyer (616)-588-5294 or email at nmeyer@tandem365.comPublished 9/15/15.


WOMEN'S SERVICES

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Center for Women in Transition - Volunteer Program

Volunteers are needed for several on-going opportunities all throughout the agency! Most position descriptions can be found on the website, www.cwitmi.org. Please contact Sherry Martens at sherrym@cwitmi.org or 616-494-1747 for more information! Posted 1/14/2016.

GVSU Women's Center - Activate Blogger

The Women's Center has an opportunity for anyone who is willing to volunteer! There is an ongoing and flexible volunteer opportunity that includes submitting a post to their blog, GVSU Feminist Voices! It is an awesome, flexible and simple way to get an hour in for your WGS 200 course, or any organization you might be a part of. Please email Rebecca Noell with submissions at wcintern@gvsu.eduPosted 12/8/2015.


YOUTH & CHILDREN SERVICES

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Love INC of Allendale - Childcare
Love INC of Allendale is looking for volunteer interested in childcare services. Volunteers are needed to provide childcare for families in need on Tuesday nights during Life Skills class from 7-8pm. The sessions rotates between three locations:
January 19- April 19 at First CRC, April 26- July 26 @ Life Tree, Aug 9- Nov 1 @ Coopersville Reformed. If interested in this opportunity, please contact Michelle Koziel at michellek@allendalelove.org or by calling 895-568-3106. Posted 1/22/2016.

Spartan Stores YMCA - Child Development Center Assistant

Do you enjoy being around children and have an interest in childcare? Volunteer at the Spartan Stores YMCA Child Development Center! This is an excellent opportunity in which you will assist teachers in helping children learn and develop in the classroom. This is an ongoing volunteer opportunity in which we will work with your schedule. Duties would include assisting in the classroom with playtime, arts and crafts, mealtime, etc. If you are interested in this, please contact the Spartan Stores YMCA Volunteer Coordinator, Molly Scott at 616-855-5525 or mscott@grymca.org. Published 12/10/2015.

3 Mile Project - Community Youth Center Volunteer

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.orgPosted 12/4/2015.

Inner City Christian Federation - Child Care Volunteer

The ICCF is looking for volunteers to care for children. Parents attend class sessions at Inner City Christian Federation and childcare is provided for children ages 2+ (must be potty trained). Volunteers are needed for every session! Classes generally meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-9, Saturday mornings from 10-1 and the 3rd Wednesday evening of every month from 6-9. Volunteers will supervise and play with the children while their parents are in class. Other duties may include passing out snacks, engaging the kids in activities, disciplining children as needed and cleaning up at the end of the night. Classes meet for no more than 3 hours. If you would like more info visit the facebook site here, and please contact Joshua Yonker 616-298-1288 or by email at jyonker@iccf.orgPublished 10/27/2015

Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Program - Mentor

Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer mentors, ages 18 and older, are matched to children and teens ages 5-17 in Kent County. Our Community Based Program is a commitment of 4-6 hours a month for one year or our School Based Program is a weekly commitment, for one hour, during the school year. We have over 200 children from schools, in foster care, living in residential, children with an incarcerated parent and children in the general community currently on our waiting list. Make a BIG difference with a child that needs YOU! See the facebook page here. For more information contact Lisa Puente 616-774-4310 or email at lpuente@dabsj.orgPosted 10/22/2015

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OTHER


COMPUTER & TECHNOLOGY

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ENGINEERING 

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Coopersville & Marne Railway- Train Museum Volunteering

We need your help to keep our nearly 100 year old train running. We are an all-volunteer railroad museum and we both maintain and operate the train and tracks from Coopersville to Marne (between Grand Rapids and Muskegon). Lately, we've gotten very short on volunteers as many of our older volunteers have retired and our younger volunteers have been hired away to the large railroads. We're down to just a few of us, and we need your help to keep this old train running!

Volunteers are needed for the following opportunities: repairing and operating our antique train equipment, welding, fabrication, train engineers and conductors (we have a training program), diesel/gasoline engine mechanics, electrical, pneumatics, railroad operations, customer relations and education. If interested please contact Jerry Ricard at info@mitrain.net or by phone at 616-977-0003. Posted 10/19/2015.

 

OFFICE ADMINISTRATION

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Family Futures - Receptionist

Interested in being the first face of Family Futures by greeting guests and supporting our receptionist? We're looking for a friendly face with great communication skills to answer the phone, warmly greet our visitors, and perform general administrative duties to ensure our office runs smoothly. By serving as the central point of contact, quickly and effectively managing a variety of information and requests, Family Futures is able to function efficiently and successfully, making a difference in the lives of children and families in Kent County. Volunteers must be able to commit to a minimum of one 1-hour shift per week for at least 3 months. For more information, please contact Bryana Hopkins at volunteer@familyfutures.net or 616-454-4673. Posted 1/19/2016

Family Futures - Data Collections/Office Organization

Do you love data and children? Put these passions together and help us actualize the impact Family Futures programs are making in our community. Connections is a free program to parents with children ages 0-5 living in Kent County. Connections uses a tool called the Ages & Stages Questionnaire to use play time as an opportunity to measure children's developmental growth and identify any concerns. The Connections Data Entry Specialist is a valuable asset to the Connections program; ensuring data from the Ages & Stages Questionnaire is accurately entered and maintained. Volunteers will be involved in and must have experience in data entry and be available for at least a 3 month commitment. For more information, please contact Bryana Hopkins at volunteer@familyfutures.net or 616-454-4673. Posted 1/19/2016.

Family Futures - Office Assistant/Administrator

Like the office environment? Ready to tackle our copy machine? We need you! Support the Family Futures Connections program by preparing materials and mailings. Connections is a free program to parents with children ages 0-5 living in Kent County. Connections uses a tool called the Ages & Stages Questionnaire to use play time as an opportunity to measure children's developmental growth and identify any concerns. Primary responsibilities for this opportunity include creating copied material and ASQs, filing ASQs, and preparing mailings for connections participants. Volunteers must have experience in administrative support and be available during our business hours, M-F between 8:30am-5pm. For more information, please contact Bryana Hopkins at volunteer@familyfutures.net or 616-454-4673. Posted 1/1/9/2016

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PUBLIC AND SOCIETAL BENEFIT


CIVIC AND COMMUNITY

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Habitat for Humanity of Kent County - Habitat Kent Volunteer Opportunities
Habitat Kent has a variety of on-going volunteer opportunities ranging from construction to data entry. Volunteer possibilities include working on a construction site doing framing, painting, or any thing in between. Volunteers are also needed at Habitat Kent's Restore locations, in the offices, and out in the community. You can see a full schedule of projects and events on Habitat's Volunteer Hub website. For any questions, please contact Sarah Brandt at sbrandt@habitatkent.org or by calling 616-588-5226. Posted 1/15/2016.

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

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


GOVERNMENT

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


PUBLIC & LEGAL SERVICES

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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.