Grand Valley State University Women's Center

Women's Issues Volunteer Corps (WIVC)

The Women’s Issues Volunteer Corps (pronounced “core”) is a service learning and volunteer placement program coordinated through the Women’s Center with the mission of making a difference in the lives of women and girls through volunteer opportunities that pair education with activism.

A variety of formats for service
Open to faculty, staff and students, volunteers are encouraged to take advantage of the variety of volunteer opportunities available throughout the school year and across the community.

On Campus Events
Volunteer on campus at Women’s Center events! With nearly 100 programs a year, the Women’s Center is always looking for volunteers to assist at programs and at events.

Agency Placements
The Women’s Center works with over 15 agencies in the community to provide community based volunteer opportunities for students looking to get more involved in the greater Grand Valley State University community.   Partner agencies include the Women’s Resource Center, Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore, Center for Women in Transition of Holland, Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids, the YWCA of West Central Michigan, and many more.
 
A Day of Service
For volunteers with tight schedules, we offer opportunities to get involved in the community without making a long-term commitment. Scheduled throughout the semester, volunteers can sign up for day long service projects at one of our many partner agencies.
Check out our spotlight on an October 2012 Day of Service to the YWCA.

How to get involved
Whether you are seeking class credit or are interested in volunteering for personal or professional development, all volunteers are required to:
1. Complete the online volunteer application.
2. Register for a WIVC orientation training session (offered the first 6 weeks of each semester).

If you are interested in working with the Women's Center Activate program as a partner agency, please contact us by calling 331-2748 or emailing womenctr@gvsu.edu.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where do I volunteer?
A. There are three opportunities for students to volunteer:
1. On Campus Events. Students can volunteer on campus at Women's Center programs 
2. Agency Placements. Students can volunteer off-campus through a long-term agency placement at a local organization such as YWCA Domestic Crisis Shelter, Girl Scouts, Family Futures, Gilda's Club of Greater Grand Rapids, etc.
3. Days of Service. Volunteers can participate in a day-long service project at a local community agency (transportation provided).

Q. How many hours per week will I have to commit to?
A. Your hours are dependent on the amount of time you can commit.  Some students volunteer once the entire year while other volunteer 5-10 hours a week.  Most semester long volunteer opportunities are very flexible and will require a one to two-hour commitment per week for the student.

Q. Will I have to attend weekly meetings?
A. No, the WIVC is a program within the Women's Center. All volunteers are required  to participate in a 90 minute Volunteer Orientation. If volunteering in a community agency, an additional one-on-one meeting is required. After you've attended orientation, you sign up for specific volunteer opportunities through Blackboard.

Q. Can I volunteer as part of a class assignment?
A. Yes! We work with professors in many majors to find opportunities that will fulfill your classroom requirement.

Q. Once I have started, do I need to document my hours?
A. Yes, all volunteers are asked to register their hours on our Volunteer Tracker database (accessed through the Blackboard system). Once volunteers go through training, they will be given access to Women's Center Volunteer Blackboard account.

Q. If I joined the WIVC last year, do I need to attend orientation again this year to continue being involved?
A. No, once you have registered, attended orientation and been given access to the Women’s Center Volunteers Blackboard group, you are considered an active volunteer for the duration of your time as a student. You will only be removed from the Blackboard group if you graduate or ask to be removed.

Page last modified July 25, 2014