Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

SPORTS & RECREATION

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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 mscott@grymca.org or 616-885-5525 if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity!  Posted 08/14/2016.

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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 volunteer@hispanic-center.org.

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 kschoenborn@hispanic-center.org)

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 http://hispanic-center.org/volunteer/. 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 (volunteer@hispanic-center.org); then sign up and attend SOL Volunteer Orientation at http://solvolunteerorientation2016.eventbrite.com.

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 Kathryn.Vanderwal@ucomgr.org or at 616-241-4006. Posted 9/7/2016.

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

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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 becky_mcgee@msn.com or 616-283-1361. Posted 08/18/2016.

 

LITERACY

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 cfreeman@literacycenterwm.org. 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 cfreeman@literacycenterwm.org. Posted 09/01/2016.

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HEALTH SERVICES

HEALTH & WELLNESS

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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 Julie.T@dakc.us 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 jcorrea@hollandhospital.org 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 childlife@metrogr.org.  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

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

 

HOSPICE CARE

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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 tkrohn@curohs.com. 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 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

 

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.

 

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HUMAN RIGHTS

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

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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HUMAN SERVICES

DISASTER & EMERGENCY PREPARATION & SERVICES

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


FAMILY SERVICES

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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 lily@newdevelopmentcorp.org 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 garydo@worldmission.cc or 616-334-0474. Posted 9/28/2016


HUNGER

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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: lraymond@ottawaunitedway.org Posted 11/14/2016

 

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.

 

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

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


YOUTH & CHILDREN SERVICES

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Camp Casey - Horsey House Calls

Camp Casey needs fun, charismatic, compassionate volunteers to help kids with cancer this summer! 

No horse experience needed to be a part of Camp Casey's Horsey House Call program that delivers horse camp to the homes of children who are often too sick to attend regular summer camp. Come along as we surprise children with knock on the door and a horse on their doorstep to provide an afternoon of horse therapy and fun with families and friends. Volunteers are needed to help facilitate games, crafts, side-walking, lunch service, and photography.  Each Horsey House Call runs approximately 2 hours and takes place 2-3x/week in the Greater Grand Rapids Area and the Metro-Detroit Area from June through Oct. Training is quick, easy, and online at: camp-casey.org/hhcvolunteer. Train now and sign up to volunteer when it works with your schedule!. Contact our Program Director with questions: programs@camp-casey.org or 877.388.8315 ext. 2.Posted 1/18/2017.

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. 

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PUBLIC AND SOCIETAL BENEFIT

CIVIC AND COMMUNITY

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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

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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!



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