Service Saturdays

Service Saturdays are a monthly service opportunity sponsored by Alternative Breaks and the CSLC that introduces students to non-profit agencies in the Greater Grand Rapids area.  Service Saturdays are especially geared towards students with little service experience or are interested in checking out a new community agency! All GVSU students are welcome to join regardless of AB involvement. Sign up using the links below or stop by the CSLC!

You will meet other new students and student leaders in Alternative Breaks, have fun, better understand the needs of our Greater Grand Rapids community, and learn about additional service opportunities available this fall! Connect with other service-minded students at GVSU!

If you are a student who has questions about this program, a student organization that would like to co-sponsor a Saturday, or a community organization that would like to serve as a site for Service Saturdays please contact Ryan Carrier at ab.gv.community@gmail.com.


Upcoming Service Saturdays

AUGUST 2014
Blandford Nature Center 
August 23, 2014 8:30-2:00pm
First year and transfer students are highly encouraged to join Alternative Breaks for a day of service at Blanford Nature Center. Transportation and snacks will be provided. A free lunch will be available on campus upon returning to GV.

Registration will be available soon!

Please check back in August for information concerning the 2014-2015 Service Saturdays.


Successful Service Saturdays

SEPTEMBER 2012
Alternative Pathways (CSLC Sponsored)
September 29, 2012
The first Service Saturday of the Fall 2012 semester was held on September 29, 2012 with Alternative Pathways. Alternative Pathways is a non-profit organization focused on empowering and providing independence to adults with disabilities. While working with Alternative Pathways, the participants built picnic tables to be used for community events they host at least once a month. They also assisted in finishing a decking project by putting on the final coat of stain.

Colin Kammeraad. Service Saturday. September 29, 2012. Alternative Pathways, Grand Rapids.

 

OCTOBER 2012
Make A Difference Day (CSLC Sponsored)
October 27, 2012 
On October 27, 2012, Alternative Breaks joined over 300 other Make a Difference Day participants at various non-profit organizations in the Grand Rapids community. The group led by Alternative Breaks went to the Holland Area Arts Council. The Holland Area Arts Council is a group dedicated to the educational, cultural, and economic growth of West Michigan through engaging the community with art. The participants assisted in the Council's Day of the Dead Celebration preparations by making paper flowers and hanging decorations throughout the building.

NOVEMBER 2012
Habitat For Humanity (CSLC Sponsored)
November 17, 2012 
The November November Service Saturday was held on November 17, 2012 with Habitat for Humanity.  Habitat for Humanity strives to revitalize neighborhoods and transform lives by providing homeownership to families who could not afford a home of their own. The participants assisted in the building of a home for a family whose father was away in the military. They sealed windows, hung doors, and finished other small projects around the construction site.

DECEMBER 2012
Comprenew (CSLC Sponsored)
December 8, 2012
The last Service Saturday of 2012 was held at Comprenew. Comprenew inspires to promote sustainability to those who live and work in their community. They provided environmentally responsible electronics recycling and green job training for at-risk youth and challenged adults. At Comprenew, the participants relieved some pre-exam stress by disassembling computers for reuse or recycling.

 

JANUARY 2013
Rays of Hope International (CSLC Sponsored)
January 19, 2013 
The First Service Saturday of 2013 was held on January 19, 2013 at  Rays of Hope International. Rays of Hope International is a non-profit organization committed to world-wide humanitarian aid by providing shelter, food, clothing, clean water, healthcare, and education to those who may not have access to these basic needs. While working with Rays of Hope, the participants sorted donated medical supplies to be sent to Haiti for use in medical clinics.

 

FEBRUARY 2013
Humane Society of West Michigan (CSLC Sponsored)
February 16, 2013
The February Service Saturday was held on February 16, 2013 at the Humane Society of West Michigan. The Human Society is a devoted organization that promotes the human and ethical treatment of animals through education,  example, and protection. At the Humane Society the participants provided a helping paw by painting the staff and volunteer break room and tearing out carpet in offices that were to be re-carpeted. After finishing their work, the participants were able to play fetch with a few of the rescue dogs that were up for adoption.

Garrett Saywer and Caitlin Stoltman. Service Saturday. February 16, 2013. Humane Society of West Michigan, Grand Rapids.

 

MARCH 2013
Love Inc. and Comprenew Environmental (CSLC Sponsored)
March 16, 2013 
The March Service Saturday of the Winter 2013 semester was held on March 16, 2013 at Love, INC. and Comprenew. This Saturday, the group was split between the two organizations. Love, INC is a faith-based organization committed to serving the disadvantaged in the community. At Love, INC, the participants sorted and priced donated clothing to be sold at their retail store. Comprenew inspires to promote sustainability to those who live and work in their community. They provided environmentally responsible electronics recycling and green job training for at-risk youth and challenged adults. At Comprenew, the participants disassembled computers for reuse and recycling.

APRIL 2013
Family LIFE Center (CSLC Sponsored)
April 20, 2013
The last Service Saturday of the Winter 2013 semester was held on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Family LIFE Center of West Michigan. The Family LIFE Center is an organization devoted to providing support, guidance, and safe housing for women experiencing unplanned pregnancies. While there, the participants aided in the cleanup and organization of the basement in one of the Family LIFE Center's maternity homes following the wide spread flooding in early April.

AUGUST 2013
Blandford Nature Center (CSLC Sponsored)
August 24, 2013
The first Service Saturday of the Fall 2013 semester was held on Saturday, August 24, 2013. This volunteer experience was specifically geared toward new and transfer students to introduce them to the service opportunities on campus. 15 students and 3 leaders went to Blandford Nature Center, a 143 acre farm and wildlife preserve used to educate, engage, and empower the local community. While there, the participants hauled cut wood from the trails to the sugar shack, where maple syrup is made throughout the summer. They also prepared the sugar shack for winter and pulled invasive grass from around the property.

Colin Kammeraad. Service Saturday. August 24, 2013. Blandford Nature Center, Grand Rapids.

SEPTEMBER 2013
Hillcrest Community Garden (CSLC Sponsored)
September 28, 2013
For the September Service Saturday co-sponsored by the Student Environmental Coalition, Alternative Breaks worked at the Hillcrest Community Garden in the Fulton Heights neighborhood of Grand Rapids. The Hillcrest Community Garden is one of the largest community gardens in Michigan and the participants did a variety of tasks to help prepare the garden for winter. They trimmed trees and picked up trash along the property line, leveled a portion of the garden for future planting, weeded, and spread mulch around the garden beds. 

OCTOBER 2013
Make A Difference Day
Harrison Park Schools/S.P.O.R.T.S
 (CSLC Sponsored)
October 26, 2013
For the month of October, Alternative Breaks promoted Make a Difference Day, a nationwide day of service, hosted by the CSLC. We had over 350 Grand Valley students volunteer with various non-profit organizations in the Grand Rapids community. Alternative Breaks went to Harrison Park Schools to help S.P.O.R.T.S., a non-profit dedicated to providing opportunity and recreation to kids around the world through student to student relationships, run a basketball camp.

NOVEMBER 2013
Rays of Hope (CSLC Sponsored)
November 23, 2013
For the November Service Saturday, Alternative Breaks worked with Rays of Hope. Rays of Hope in a non-profit organization that works to support projects that encourage self-sustainability in countries around the world, including Haiti and Ghana. One of their largest projects is to send shipping containers full of supplies to these countries. During their time at Rays of Hope, the participants did various jobs in the Rays warehouse, including, organizing and sorting out expired items, pack boxes full to prepare for a shipment, and cleaning.

DECEMBER 2013
Comprenew (CSLC Sponsored)
December 7, 2013
At Comprenew, students disassembled computers for reuse or recycling. Comprenew inspires to promote sustainability to those who live and work in their community. They provided environmentally responsible electronics recycling and green job training for at-risk youth and challenged adults. At Comprenew, the participants relieved some pre-exam stress by disassembling computers for reuse or recycling.

FEBRUARY 2014
Habitat for Humanity (CSLC Sponsored)
February 15, 2014
The February Service Saturday was held on February 15th, 2014 with Habitat for Humanity. During their time volunteering, the participants built the frame for the first floor of a new house. 

MARCH 2014
St. Ann's Home (CSLC Sponsored)
March 29, 2014
For the April Service Saturday, volunteers lead and participated in the activities at St. Ann's, as well as assisting with the daily activities of the residents. 

APRIL 2014
SECOM (CSLC Sponsored)
April 12, 2014
For the April Service Saturday, volunteers worked with SECOM, which works to provide a client choice food pantry and connect clients to resources for employment, utility assistance, education, and other needs. Volunteers will meet in front of the Kirkhof Lobby Shop and travel to the site together. 


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