Service Saturdays

Service Saturdays are monthly service opportunities sponsored by the Community service Learning Center and the Alternative Breaks student organization that introduce students to community issues and nonprofit 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

Upcoming Service Saturdays


Check back in the fall for upcoming Service Saturdays for the 2015-16 school year!


Successful Service Saturdays 2014-15

August 2014
Blandford Nature Center (CSLC Sponsored)

August 23, 2014
For the first Service Saturday of the 2014-15 school year, volunteers worked with Blandford Nature Center, a nonprofit that leases 143 acres of land to provide environmental education and community programs. Volunteers worked on the removal of invasive species, specifically buckthorn, to allow the typical plant life of the area to flourish.  

September 2014 - Sustainable and Affordable Housing
Well House (CSLC Sponsored)

September 20, 2014
Our second Service Saturday of the year was hosted by Well House. Well House takes a housing first approach by providing immediate housing to homeless residents without the need to meet specific preconditions. With client-centered services, strategies are catered to specific subpopulations. Well House also encourages gentle living through recycling programs, energy conservation, farming, gardening, gathering, and preserving food. As volunteers, we removed invasive trees that were hindering garden growth, weeded and harvested garden beds, and organized storage areas.

November 2014
Mary Free Bed (CSLC Sponsored)

November 8th, 2014
Volunteers worked at the Junior and Adult Pacers Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, hosted by the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports Department. The Junior and Adult Pacers is a competitive sports program for full- or part-time wheelchair users. Volunteers ran the raffle fundraiser, concession stand, set up lunch for athletes, ran the scoreboard, and assisted athletes.

December 2014
Comprenew (CSLC Sponsored)

December 6th, 2014
Comprenew is a nonprofit organization that strives to promote environmental care through the education on the best practice for technology recycling. Their mission is to protect people and the environment from issues associated with electronics by extending the economic lifestyle of electronics and acting as a resource for community to recycle. Volunteers took apart old electronic devices and sorted their pieces into different recycling bins. 

March 2015
Mel Trotter Ministries (CSLC Sponsored)

March 21st, 2015
In March, volunteers visited Mel Trotter's Thrift Store in Jenison. All profits generated from their stores are used to support the work of Mel Trotter Ministries in West Michigan. Mel Trotter offers services for emergency shelter and food, addiction recovery, escape from chronic poverty, and many more. Volunteers sorted donations, stocked shelves, and organized the thrift store.

April 2015
Humane Society of West Michigan
April 18th, 2015 9:15-2:00pm
Volunteers at the Humane Society of West Michigan assisted with spring projects outdoors and visited the animals. 

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