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Art, Humanities, and Recreation
(Arts, Culture, & Humanities; Sports & Recreation)

Education
(Adult Education; Children & Youth Education; Early Childhood Education; Literacy; Schools)

Environment and Wildlife
(Animal Welfare; Environment Welfare; Sustainability)

Health Services
(Health & Wellness; HIV/AIDS; Hospice Care; Individuals with Disabilities/Mental Health; Substance Abuse Prevention)

Human Rights
(Diversity & Inclusion; LGBT; Peacemaking & Nonviolence)

Human Services
(Disaster & Emergency Preparation & Services; Domestic Violence; Family Services; Hunger; Immigrant & Refugee Services; Military & Veteran Services; Poverty/Homelessness; Senior Services; Women's Issues; Youth & Children Services)

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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)

Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan - Buddy UP Tennis

Buddy UP Tennis high- is a high energy, 90 minute, physical activity program for athletes with Down syndrome, age 5 to adult. It is designed to progressively build tennis skills while enjoying social interaction with a Buddy. Athletes participate in various stations designed to develop key motor skills and moving toward game play. Volunteer Buddies partner with our Athletes to provide encouragement and social interaction. The emphasis is on FUN!  This program runs year round, but this summer sessions will be held on Wednesdays, July 20, 27 and August 3 & 10 from 3:00-4:30 pm.  You can sign up at  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0948abab22a6fd0-summer or by contacting volunteer@dsawm.org.  Posted 7/9/2016.

David D. Hunting YMCA - Inner City Youth Baseball/Softball League

The David D. Hunting YMCA is looking for volunteer coaches for the Inner City Youth Baseball/Softball League. The league runs from June 13th- August 4th and the time commitment is around an hour/hour and a half each week.  We're looking for people preferably with baseball/softball experience that would be willing to donate their time to help coach these kids. 

  • 1st-3rd grade tee ball: Monday & Wednesday, 1 hour practice or game between 5:30pm-8:30pm
  • 4th-5th baseball, 4th-5th softball, 6th-8th baseball, 6th-8th softball: Tuesday & Thursday, 1 hour practice or game between 5:30pm and 9:00pm.

If you are interested, please contact Angie Cena at cenaa@mail.gvsu.edu or 517-410-4216 by May 25, 2016.  Posted 5/10/2016.

Spartan Stores YMCA  -  Youth Soccer League Head/Assistant Coach

Make an Impact, Make a Difference. Soccer Coaches are needed for the Youth Spring 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 April for seven weeks. Soccer Leagues are available for preschool, kindergarten and 1st/2nd grade. Some of the volunteer duties are:  teaching appropriate soccer skills based on age group, encouraging the values of sportsmanship, maintaining teaching equipment and enforcing safety standards Please contact Molly Scott at 616-885-5525 or mscott@grymca.org for more information. Posted 3/16/2016

Spartan Stores YMCA - Youth Tball League Coach/Assistant Coach

Make an impact in the lives of children by becoming a volunteer coach for the Spartan Stores YMCA youth ball league! The league starts in mid-April and games are every Thursday at 5:30pm with practices taking place prior to game times. Age groups for the league are Pre-K/Kindergarten. Some of the duties are: Teaching appropriate ball skills based upon the age group, encouraging the values of sportsmanship, maintaining teaching equipment and enforcing safety standards. If you are interested in this opportunity you may contact Spartan Stores YMCA Volunteer Coordinator, Molly Scott at mscott@grymca.org or 616-885-5525. Posted 3/16/2016

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.

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EDUCATION

ADULT EDUCATION

(Newest opportunities posted at the top of each section)

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.

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

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.

 

CHILDREN & YOUTH EDUCATION

(Newest opportunities posted at the top of each section)

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.

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

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!

 

LITERACY

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

 

SCHOOLS

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

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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 2/11/2016

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

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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 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

(Newest opportunities posted at the top of each section)

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 & WELLNESS

(Newest opportunities posted at the top of each section)

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 mbsjaycee@gmail.com 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 mindy.klein@cancer.org 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 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

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.

 

HIV/AIDS

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

 

HOSPICE CARE

(Newest opportunities posted at the top of each section)

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 marrilee.chamberlain@gentiva.com.  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 jdiendorf@ghospice.com 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 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.

 

INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES/MENTAL HEALTH

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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 megan.durussel@heritagehomesinc.org or by calling 616-895-7104. Posted 3/14/2016. 
 

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! 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.


SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION

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

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HUMAN RIGHTS

 

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

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

 

LGBT

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

 

PEACEMAKING & NONVIOLENCE

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HUMAN SERVICES

DISASTER & EMERGENCY PREPARATION & SERVICES

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

 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

(Newest opportunities posted at the top of each section)

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 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 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.

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

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


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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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 jhulst@bethany.org 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 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

 

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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The Day Center of Evergreen - Activity Assistant

Volunteer are needed to work one on one with older adults who need assisted care. We offer fun and therapeutic activities for our participants, and need YOUR help to make our program run smoothly.  Volunteers help older adults participate in our activities. We are also in great need of people to help facilitate and socialize with participants over the lunch hour.  If interested, contact Cori Pierce at Piercec@evergreencommons.org or 616-355-5133.  Posted 7/11/2016

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.

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.

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.


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.


YOUTH & CHILDREN SERVICES

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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 abby@camp-casey.org 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 verch@anr.msu.edu 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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PUBLIC AND SOCIETAL BENEFIT

CIVIC AND COMMUNITY

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Cherry Health Community HealthCorps

Looking for gap year opportunities? Cherry Health Community HealthCorps (an AmeriCorps Program) is a real-life education and service experience wrapped into one. This experience enables members to serve their communities while developing valuable professional and leadership skills. Members will learn transferable skills in the community healthcare field and primary care environment, which can lead to a career in the healthcare field. Benefits of service include a living allowance and education award of $5775 after successful completion of the program. The application will be open starting in May and continuing until August. Selected candidates will begin a year of service from August 2016-August 2017. If interested, please contact Marsha Hazen at marshahazen@cherryhealth.com or 616-776-2270. Posted 4/7/2016

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: pavilion@bshop.org. 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 sbrandt@habitatkent.org or by calling 616-588-5226. Posted 1/15/2016.

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

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


GOVERNMENT

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


PUBLIC & LEGAL SERVICES

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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.

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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!