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CultureWorks - Transportation Driver

CultureWorks is a Holland, MI-based, faith inspired nonprofit dedicated to making culturally relevant, transformational art and design experiences available to youth from all backgrounds. We provide a nurturing environment where professional teaching artists and designers work with middle and high school students from all backgrounds to inspire curiosity, develop talent, and build 21st century skills.

One of the things we do to make our classes accessible to all students is offer transportation to and from CultureWorks for those living within a 5 mile radius. Currently we are looking for drivers to take students home in our van after classes. This takes place on Tuesdays from 5:30pm-7pm and Thursdays from 5:30pm-7:30pm. You may sign up for one or both days as your schedule allows. Volunteers will be paired with 1-2 driving chaperones that will assist in navigation and safety of students. All drivers must be at least 21 years old and have a clean driving record of the last 3 years. If you're interested in getting involved, please contact Jaunine Hackmon at or 616-393-5013. Posted 9/28/2016

St. Cecilia's Music Center - Concert Assistants

We are looking for volunteers to assist with ushering, ticket taking, and greeting for various music concerts, which include chamber, jazz, and folk. Students that do volunteer also get to see the show for free! Dates vary and can be found here. If you're interested in getting involved or have any questions, please contact Mary Mylenek at or 616-942-3797. Posted 09/07/2016



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Spartan Stores YMCA - Sports or Arts/Humanities Assistant

We are looking for volunteers to assist with our sports, as well as arts and humanities programs for our upcoming fall session! We offer a variety of classes that take place throughout the week. Sessions are 6 weeks long. As a sports assistant, you would be assisting our YMCA staff instructor by teaching the fundamentals of sports and sportsmanship while maintaining sports equipment and ensuring the safety of participants.  As an arts and humanities assistant, you would be assisting our YMCA staff instructor by teaching the fundamentals of arts and humanities while maintaining the appropriate equipment and ensuring the safety of participants. Contact the Spartan Stores YMCA Volunteer Coordinator, Molly Scott at or 616-885-5525 if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity!  Posted 08/14/2016.

Spartan Stores YMCA - Fall Sports League Coaches

We are currently looking for coaches to assist with our 2016 fall sports leagues at the Spartan Stores YMCA! Leagues that are available include: pre-k/kindergarten flag football (co-ed), 1st/2nd grade flag football (co-ed), 1st/2nd grade boys and girls soccer league, and 3rd/4th grade boys and girls soccer league. Time commitment varies by age group, but games for flag football take place on Wednesday evenings and games for soccer take place on Saturday mornings/afternoons. Note, there is a concussion training required for head coaches.  Contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Molly Scott if you are interested in coaching or assistant coaching at Molly Scott at or 616-885-5525.  Posted 8/10/2016.

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Literacy Center of West Michigan - Family Activity Nights with the Family Literacy Program

We offer free English classes to the parents/caregivers of children in the Grand Rapids and Godwin Heights Public School system. Each month we hold 5-7 Family Activity Nights onsite at the schools for parents and their families. The goal is to provide literacy resources and activities that our families can take home and use. We want to expand our learner's knowledge of family literacy, build community, and have fun doing it. Volunteers assist in all aspects of the event including set up, serving a meal, distributing/facilitating a literacy activity, interacting with families, and clean up. If interested in this opportunity, please contact Claira Freeman at or 616-459-5151. Posted 8/31/2016.



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Trio Talent Search - College Coaching/Tutoring/SAT Tutors/Summer Program Leaders

Help is needed during the school year for 6-12 grade youth, assisting them to prepare for college. Includes daytime school visits helping advisors, working with seniors on college applications, scholarships and more, providing after school tutoring, assistance in calling students, helping students prepare for the SAT test. If you are interested contact Sarah Keranen-Lopez at 616-331-7112 or Posted 11/08/2016

Trinity United Methodist Church - Community Ministries Volunteer

On Wednesday nights from 4:45 - 7:15 pm Trinity United Methodist Church at 1100 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, MI. 49506 has an after-school program for community children in 2nd-5th grades. They do an activity, family style meal, gym time and homework/games. They are looking for a few college age students to be involved in the program working with the children and especially taking an active leadership role in coordinating gym time activities and helping with homework studies. They would love to have volunteers who have an interest working with children from various backgrounds. Students looking for experience working with children, sports or recreation majors as well as education majors. They also would like to offer it to those students who want to be a role model and take an interest in children's lives. They work closely with Congress Elementary School students as well to help offer additional education opportunities. If interested please contact Matthew Witkowski at or 616-456-7260. Posted 10/24/2016

Grand Rapids Montessori RoboticsFirst Tech Challenge Mentors

The Mecha Montessori FIRST Tech Challenge team is seeking assistance with their season. They need students who are familiar with FIRST to assist our middle school students (from North Park Montessori and Grand Rapids Montessori) to build, design, program (JAVA) the robot, as well as design website, t-shirts, team building, creating a business plan and public speaking. They meet every Monday from 4pm-6pm at North Park Montessori, 3375 Cheney Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. They ask for student to have some experience with FIRST, robotics, programming JAVA, working with Middle School students, webpage design, developing business plans, sense of humor. If you are interested in getting involved contact Beth Martin at or 906-370-0092. Posted 10/24/2016

United Way Schools of Hope - Volunteer Reading Tutor

You can support a GRPS student by becoming 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. Data shows this program is having an impact on early grade reading.No advanced 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. For more information about the Schools of Hope Program visit them at

Roosevelt Ministries - Mentor-ship Volunteering Opportunities 

The mentor ship biweekly volunteering opportunity works with the after school program at Roosevelt Ministries. RPM is looking for students who would come in on a flexible schedule. Mentoring kids in areas such as reading, mathematics, physical activities, etc. Guiding kids develop holistically in our faith-filled environment. For more information, please contact Daniel Platonov via email or  248-790-2457.

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holland - Power Hour-Homework Volunteer

Power Hour offers a structured time and place for Club Teens to get help with homework. Club Teens emerge from the program better prepared for classes and proud of their hard work and accomplishments. The benefits of Power Hour are consistent homework completion and helping Club teens such as develop valuable organizational skills including time management, prioritizing and task completion. Staff and volunteers provide extra attention to those in need of motivation and direction with focused assistance from Club Staff and volunteers. With guidance and support, every Club Teen member has the opportunity to develop self-directed learning skills and to be successful in school. The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holland needs volunteers willing to help with High School level (grades 8-12) Math, History, Science, and/or writing from 3:30-5:30p every day. We do not need a person to commit to every day of the week, but we would like their commitment to be consistent as it takes time to gain the trust of the teens. We would like our volunteers to be an upper classmen and preferably a secondary education student, but we are willing to interview a student in any field of study. Volunteer times are flexible. For more information, please contact Courtney Minnich via email at or 616-392-4102.

Supporting Our Leaders (SOL) Youth Program - Volunteer & Internship Opportunities

TUTORWork one-on-one or in small groups assisting high school students with homework. Primary subjects include: English, Algebra, Geometry, Biology, and Chemistry. Tuesday - Friday 3:30pm-6pm. To apply, please send your completed volunteer application and background check authorization to Karla Velis at

MENTOR We are looking for passionate high school students, college students and professionals to become mentors for students K-College through our Promise Partners Mentoring Collaborative (PPMC). The PPMC matches community professionals with college students, college students with high school students, and high school students with middle and elementary school students based on their interests, background, personality, and career goals. Mentors are required to meet with their student at least one hour per week throughout the school year and participate in one service project and one field trip with their student. This position requires an additional application and screening process (please contact Kelsey Schoenborn at

CLASSROOM ASSISTANT – ESCALERA PROGRAM - Assist students in after-school leadership and college prep activities through the Escalera: Taking Steps to Success Program. Escalera is a leadership program for 30 juniors and seniors. Volunteers will assist students to prepare for college and a career. This program utilizes the National Council of La Raza’s “Escalera” curriculum and volunteers will serve as classroom assistants. Events include college fieldtrips, local conferences, and service projects. Tuesday 4pm-6pm: Escalera (College Prep Program for Juniors begins March 2017). Thursday 4pm-6pm: Escalera (College Preparation Program for Seniors)

HOW TO APPLY - Complete the Hispanic Center Volunteer Application at Please indicate what day or activity you would like to volunteer for; complete the Hispanic Center Volunteer Background Check Form; send completed volunteer application and background check forms to Karla Velis (; then sign up and attend SOL Volunteer Orientation at

United Church Outreach Ministry - Homework House

Homework House is an after school literacy program working with students who are behind in their reading skills. We focus on developing those skills and building their self-confidence while partnering with volunteers from the community to make it happen. Volunteers work one to one or in small groups with students reading, playing games, and doing reading activities. (Also opportunity for practicing Spanish language skills with either students or their families). 

The specifics of what volunteers do varies a bit depending on the site you are at. At our site with a 1 hour program volunteers read with students and do a follow up reading activity or game. Our sites with a 2 hour program are a bit more relationally rounded with time for snack/recess in addition to reading tutoring and homework help. Depending on the site we do a variety of small group and 1-1 activities including practicing reading strategies, vocabulary building, writing, reading/math games and homework assistance. (Times available vary between 3:15-5:15 and 5:00-6:00, Monday-Thursday). If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Kathryn Vanderwal at or at 616-241-4006. Posted 9/7/2016.

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.

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 or 616-233-9370. Posted 10/13/2015



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Ready for School - Front Desk Receptionist

Ready for School prepares children for success by equipping parents through integrated support of the Holland/Zeeland/Hamilton communities. They are currently looking for volunteers to assist with office work, which includes answering the phone, taking messages, greeting visitors, and assisting on projects in the office. If you are interested in getting involved contact Jayne Schutter at or 616-834-0515. Posted 10/17/2016.

Mothers of Preschoolers - Childcare Assistance at Monthly Meetings in Allendale

Moms of preschoolers get together to encourage each other monthly, with childcare provided.  We are looking for volunteers to assist in caring for and interacting with children and doing crafts.  While this opportunity is open to any GVSU student, it might be a particularly good fit for students majoring in Early Childhood Development, Elementary Education, and Child Psychology.  If you are interested in learning more, please contact Becky McGee at or 616-283-1361. Posted 08/18/2016.



Literacy Center of West Michigan - Tutor an Adult in Reading

Volunteer Tutors in our Adult Tutoring Program provide two hours of individualized, one-on-one instruction to a learner. The pairs choose where and when they would like to meet. Currently, we have a large number of learners waiting for a volunteer tutor who can help with language and reading skills. Recent statistics reveal that a large percentage of adults in Grand Rapids and the greater Kent County are low-literate, meaning they struggle to read everyday materials. For more information, please contact Claira Freeman 616-459-5151 or via email at Posted 09/01/2016.

Literacy Center of West Michigan Family Activity Nights with the Family Literacy Program

We offer free English classes to the parents/caregivers of children in the Grand Rapids and Godwin Heights Public School system. Each month we hold 5-7 Family Activity Nights onsite at the schools for parents and their families. The goal is to provide literacy resources and activities that our families can take home and use. We want to expand our learners knowledge of family literacy, build community, and have fun doing it. Volunteers assist in all aspects of the event including set up, serving a meal, distributing/facilitating a literacy activity, interacting with families, and clean up.  For more information, please contact Claira Freeman 616-459-5151 or via email at Posted 09/01/2016.



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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 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 or by calling 616-451-3051. Posted 11/30/2015. 


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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

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Disability Advocates of Kent County- Accessibility Volunteer

The Access Volunteer supports the efforts of the Advocacy Department at Disability Advocates of Kent County, to increase inclusiveness and accessibility in our community.  Volunteers will participate in on-site accessibility reviews of sidewalks, crosswalks, public parking facilities and on-the street parking in downtown Grand Rapids. Click here for the flyer! If interested, contact Julie Tipping at or 616-949-1100, ext. 254. Posted 10/21/2016

Holland Hospital - General Volunteer Opportunities 

We have a variety of ongoing volunteer opportunities for students in health careers, business, and more!  Volunteers assist staff in a variety of settings including Surgery, Emergency Department, Security, Gift Shop, Errand and Escort.  If you are interested, contact Jody Correa at or 616-394-3140.  Posted 08/14/2016.

Metro Health Hospital - Child Life Services Volunteer

For children of any age, a visit to the hospital, even a routine visit, can feel stressful. As a volunteer you will help normalize the hospital environment for children by providing developmentally appropriate play and help with community events. There may also be opportunities to support staff through office work and organization. Volunteer duties include attending orientation for the hospital, helping to keep all play areas clean and disinfected, and helping to maintain a safe, organized work and play environment.  For more information please visit our Child Life Services page or email  If interested please complete the volunteer application on our website and state on your application that you'd prefer to volunteer in Child Life Services.  While this opportunity is open to any students, it might be an ideal fit for those in programs such as Nursing, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, and Social Work. Posted 7/27/2016

Grand Rapids Jaycees - Kids Kicking Cancer - West Michigan

Kids Kicking Cancer is a program that started in Detroit, MI by Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg.  Now, the Grand Rapids Jaycees, South Kent Jaycees and Allegan Jaycees have been working on bringing this program to West MI and Helen Devos Children's Hospital. We are in the process of building relationships with the hospital and fundraising. This will be a long-term project that will take one year to get up and running, as well as another year to sustain.  Then Kids Kicking Cancer will bring on their own staff member, but our committee will still oversee and fund raise.  Right now, we need energetic people to help us build relationships in the community for this program and fund raise to sustain the program.  This is an ongoing project, the next committee meeting is July 21, 2016 from 6:00pm-7:30pm at 2774 Birchcrest Dr SE (the Grand Rapids Jaycees office).  The Facebook and Twitter pages will have ongoing updates.  If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Marybeth Schafer at or 586-295-2453.  Posted 6/10/2016

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 or 616-551-4066. Posted 1/11/2016

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 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 or 616-685-7009. Posted 10/13/2015



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SouthernCare Hospice - Hospice Volunteer

SouthernCare Hospice is a growing Hospice organization that is looking for volunteers to assist with patient care or administrative tasks. Volunteers can: interact with patients that are enrolled in the Hospice program by offering companionship through various activities as well as work closely with Hospice Staff to help maintain the flow of the office. Friendly visits enable families to keep their loved ones at home, around the people they love, and the things they love. Simply holding a patient's hand can ease their mind and comfort their spirit. If interested, please contact Taylor Krohn at 616-233-9181 or via email at Posted 11/8/2016

Gentiva Hospice - Hospice Companions

Gentiva Hospice in Wyoming, MI is looking for volunteers to visit and provide companionship to patients.  Tasks include reading, taking walks, playing music, and playing bingo with the patients.  There is special training required, as well as a background check and fingerprinting (Gentiva Hospice will cover these costs).  This opportunity is open to any students, but might be particularly beneficial for students majoring in social work, pre-med/PA, psychology, and nursing.  If interested, please contact Marrilee Chamberlain at 616-291-9773 or  Posted 5/3/2016

Grace Hospice - Hospice Volunteer

Hospice is designed to provide comfort care as well as spiritual and emotional support in the final phase of a terminal illness. At Grace Hospice, we focus on enhancing the quality of life and our volunteers play a key role in our mission. Our hospice program strives to go beyond the physical needs of the patient. Grace Hospice ensures that our patients will spend their final days of their journey in comfort and with dignity. The Hospice Volunteer may do the following things: Respite, reading, companionship, friendly visits, and music! For more information, please contact Julie Diendorf at or 616-432-2050. Posted 4/5/2016

Grace Hospice - Administrative 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 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 or by calling 616-719-0919. Posted 10/28/2015.



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Heritage Homes Inc. - Daytime Enrichment Friends

Heritage Homes, Inc. has recently opened an adult Daytime Enrichment Program for individuals with developmental disabilities. This program strives to provide opportunities for individuals to socialize and interact with the local community, while engaging in meaningful activities on a regular basis. Heritage homes is seeking community members that would be interested in giving time to spend with these participants, socializing and participating in activities side by side one another. Confidentiality and HIPAA training will be provided as well as client-specific training to assist volunteers in understanding the needs of the clients they will befriend. Though our agency's main office is in Holland, we currently have two site locations for this particular program in Coopersville and in Allendale. We are seeking volunteers for both sites, to engage with participants in various activities. We can work with you to determine how you can help and what opportunities will work best for you.  If interested in volunteering, please contact Megan DuRussel at or by calling 616-895-7104. Posted 3/14/2016.



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Justice For Our Neighbors - Multiple Opportunities

In Office Phone Volunteer: We are looking for a volunteer(s) to cover our phones for at least 2 hours in the mornings on Mondays and/or Thursdays.  They will be answering phones, taking messages, and completing brief phone intakes.  The volunteer should be bi-lingual (English/Spanish) and able to work with a web-based phone message system. This is our biggest need at the moment! 

Intake Clinic: Our next intake clinic is Thursday, January 19. We will send out an official volunteer request in the first week of January, but keep it in mind for now. 

General administrative support: We are always in need of translation and administrative support, like copying, preparing intake folders, scanning, etc. This volunteer opportunity would be on an as-needed basis. Posted 12/5/2016



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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 or by calling 616-452-6664. Posted 1/29/2016.


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New Development Corporation - VITA Free Tax Program

Join New Development Corporation, Davenport, Creston CRC, and St. Alphonsus Catholic Parish this spring, to help low and moderate income families get the tax refunds they rely on. All training is provided to become and IRS-certified volunteer tax preparer or intake specialist. We also provide free hot meals for all of our volunteers and rides to and from GVSU's campus. Join us to eat, learn, and support vulnerable Grand Rapids populations this tax season!

Description of Volunteer Duties 
Tax Preparers are expected to:
-Complete the training and certification test in person, or online to become a certified tax preparer
-Commit to one or more 3-4 hour shift per week from January 26th through April 8th, during which they will prepare 2017 tax returns for low and moderate income individuals and families
-Gorge themselves on the delicious meals prepared as a thank you for every shift of our fabulous volunteers

Intake Specialists are expected to:
-Complete the training and certification test in person, or online to become a certified intake volunteer
-Commit to one or more 3-4 hour shift per week from January 26th through April 8th, during which they will greet and assist program clients in organizing tax documents for their appointment
-Gorge themselves on the delicious meals prepared as a thank you for every shift of our fabulous volunteers

If Interested please contact Lily Fossel at or 616-361-7500. Posted 10/24/2016 Valid through 04/08/2017

World Mission - Donation Sorting

World Mission is a Christian, nonprofit organization that focuses on delivering the Word of God in audio format to oral learners living in unreached people groups. They are looking for volunteers to help sort, price, fix, and/or clean donated clothes or other donated goods. It would just be for a few hours a week, weekday or weekend - whatever works best for your schedule. World Mission is located at 2900 Wilson Ave SW in Grandville and is entirely volunteer run. If you're interested, please contact Gary DenOuden at or 616-334-0474. Posted 9/28/2016

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 weekdays. 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 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.

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 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 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 or 616-454-4673. Posted 1/1/9/2016

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


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Lakeshore Housing Alliance - Data Entry Services

The Lakeshore Housing Alliance (LHA) is seeking a volunteer interested in providing weekly data entry services. The LHA is responsible for ensuring a variety of services are available to households in housing crisis. To better determine need, a case manager assists each homeless household seeking services in completing a vulnerability index. The information on the index must then be entered into the database but the LHA currently lacks the capacity to enter the data in a timely fashion. The length of time each week varies depending on how many surveys have been completed but the commitment should be no more than one hour each week. Data entry would be completed at the Good Sam office, 513 E. 8th Street, Holland. Two, one hour long training podcasts are required for this volunteer opportunity. Data entered is confidential. This is a good way to help tackle the issue of homelessness behind the scenes. The data is interesting and the work is very necessary. Please email Lynn Raymond with questions or to volunteer: Posted 11/14/2016

Community Food Club

This is a collaborative systemic response to hunger, promoting food security, consumer choice and dignity for low-income member households. The 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 and where there is a wide selection of food. We rely on volunteers to operate every single day. Volunteers welcome our members and check them into the Club, operate the check-out, stock and organize shelves and displays, and repack produce. If interested, please contact Kendra Valkema at or call 616-288-5550.



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Bethany Christian Services - Mentoring Refugee Youth

Mentors are matched with a refugee youth in foster care through Bethany Christian Services. They commit to one year of mentoring for at least 4 hours a month. The youth are typically between 14 and 20 years old and are enrolled in local schools, often for ESL (English as a second language) programs. Most youth are from Central American countries like Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, although there are some from North Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. 

The main role of a mentor is to spend time with the youth, get to know them, and help them feel more comfortable in the U.S. Mentors strive to be a positive, consistent adult role models.  Mentoring happens through various activities like watching/playing sports, playing games together, walking, going to a coffee shop, or exploring Grand Rapids. Mentors must do at least 3 activities related to college or career exploration with you youth as well as one community service event. Bethany provides free monthly activities that are college or career focused. Mentoring is a great way to spend some time getting to know a youth who is also in need of guidance and support in a time of transition. If interested, contact Joanne Hulst at or 616-965-8022 with questions. Posted 4/1/2016. 

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 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 or 616-224-7470. Updated 1/16/15



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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 or at (616) 396-5326.  Posted 11/13/15.



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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 Posted 1/15/2016.



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The Day Center of Evergreen - Activity Assistant

The Day Center of Evergreen is an important community resource for older adult, offering assisted care during the day.  Volunteering here is a great way for students to get one on one experience working with older adults.  Our participants engage in meaningful, therapeutic and FUN activities that help to meet their social, emotional and physical needs.  Most volunteers help us in our activities, sort of like teachers aides, and at lunch time by eating lunch with participants.  Volunteers must be flexible, positive and interested in connecting with older adults.  We ask students to at commit to volunteer once a week for at least a semester.  We really depend on our wonderful volunteers to help keep the day going!  Contact Cori or Erin at (616) 355-5133. Posted 7/11/2016

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



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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, Please contact Sherry Martens at or 616-494-1747 for more information! Posted 1/14/2016.


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North Star Reach - Summer Camp Cabin Leaders and Activity Leaders

Interested in making a difference in the life of a child with a serious illness? Interested in making a difference in yours? If I told you that volunteering a week of your summer at a camp could do both, would you? North Star Reach is recruiting volunteers for Summer Camp in 2017. Our two main volunteer positions while at camp include Cabin Leaders and Activity Leaders. Cabin Leaders are responsible for a cabin of 8-12 campers. They help campers get up, get to the activity stations, get to bed and care for the general well-being of our campers. There will be at least two Cabin Leaders per cabin. Activity Leaders are responsible for facilitating programs in our different activity stations. These activities include arts and crafts, sports and games, archery, fishing, boating and many more. We love our volunteers to bring their creativity and passion to camp in order to positively impact our campers and each other. For more information contact Meiko at or check out our website. Volunteering will allow you to make a life altering impact on the life of a child with a serious illness and it will also make an impact on your life! Must register by June 1, 2017. Posted 09/08/2016.

Camp Casey - Horsey House Calls

A Horsey House Call is Camp Casey's signature program. We take a horse right to the door of a sick child's home and surprise them for the day. We plan this with the child's parents and they invite the entire family and up to ten of the child's friends. We take each child on a horseback ride around the neighborhood, makes crafts and horse treats with them and order pizza. Its a two to three hour day.  You don't have to be horse savvy to volunteer with us. We need people to takes pictures, help with crafts, help make horse treats and serve the pizza. If you are horse savvy you can help lead the horse and walk with the horse and child.  There is an online training required before you can participate in the program.  If you are interested, contact Abby Hubbard at or 877-388-8315.  Posted 5/18/2016.

4-H Tech Wizards - Mentoring

Michigan 4-H Tech Wizards matches small groups of youth with a caring, committed adult mentor to explore any number of cool projects. Through learning together on a weekly basis, mentors build relationships with their mentees and help them: Increase their self-esteem, improve their resiliency, make better decisions, expand their experiential, critical thinking skills, and grow an interest in new topics, subjects, and potential careers. For more information on this opportunity, please contact Chelsea Verhulst at or by calling 616-238-1944. Posted 2/19/2016. 

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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Johnson Center for Philanthropy - VoiceGR Community Surveying

VoiceGR is an evolving community survey designed uniquely to connect demographics with the opinions, attitudes, and perceptions of greater Grand Rapids area residents on topics such as ability to meet basic needs, access to healthcare, neighborhood safety, employment, education, and racism and discrimination. The data gathered from the survey is meant to help create a baseline to stimulate conversation on pertinent issues to our region. However, in order to give a voice to the data, we need to collect it! There will be several opportunities where we will need students to help collect surveys from community events and classes within the city of Grand Rapids. Volunteers would be ambassadors for the VoiceGR data and help spread the word about the intention of the survey and why it's important, as well as facilitate community members taking the survey at local community events or passing out information about how to take it online. Volunteers will be given the opportunity to see what events are available and which might fit into their schedule during the months of September and October. There is training to volunteer for this event. Volunteers will go through the "Street Team" presentation so they can be familiar with the survey, learn about why it's important, and who they will be engaging with. VoiceGR staff will be available to complete the training as needed. If you're interested in getting involved contact Laura Quist at or 616-331-7121. Posted 09/07/2016

Bridge Street House of Prayer - Coffee Shop Volunteer

The BSHOP is a Christian community downtown Grand Rapids on Bridge Street. They are committed to seeing the West Side of Grand Rapids transformed by Jesus' power and by people becoming immersed in the neighborhood and reaching the people of the West Side. One of the ways they have become a part of the neighborhood is through a coffee shop called the Pavilion that invites anyone from the area to come in for free coffee and bagels during the week from Monday-Friday! But they need volunteers to help run the coffee shop! If you have a heart for ministry and want to become involved or find out more about this organization, please contact the BSHOP via email: Posted 2/16/16

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 or by calling 616-588-5226. Posted 1/15/2016.



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Michigan Democratic Campaign - Hillary Fellowship Program

We are an organization whose motto is “Engage, Organize, Win,” and Hillary for America deeply values the empowerment of others through training, skill building and fellowship opportunities. Fellows will be trained on the basics of organizing and campaign fundamentals and then placed in a community to carry out grassroots activities. This eight-week program is designed to test, train and develop a new class of organizers, and to help the campaign expand our outreach efforts in communities across the country.  Fellows will be asked to commit to a minimum of 15 hours per week and will have various duties ranging from participating in training on field organizing, messaging, and other activities to using social networks to help amplify our message and to talk about the work that we do.  A full description of the program is available here.  This program is highly competitive and has an application deadline of September 16.  Please send your resume to Frank Smith III at with the subject line “Hillary Fellowship Program Applicant – [YOUR LAST NAME].”  Posted 8/23/2016.



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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 or by phone at 616-977-0003. Posted 10/19/2015.

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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!