Community Service Opportunities

The information on this page is being provided as a courtesy to our students seeking community service opportunities. The opportunities on this list are not coordinated by the Civic Engagement team. If any of these opportunities interest you please contact the community partner directly through the contact person listed. 

The views and opinions represented by these organizations are not affiliated with Grand Valley State University. If you find that a position posted through this site is not as advertised, please notify the Civic Engagement team at [email protected].


On-Campus Community Service Opportunities

Organization

Description of Event

Location

Date & Time

Link & More Information

GVSU Children's Enrichment Center

Grand Valley State University student volunteers assist in daily activities while shadowing Lead and Assistant Teachers as they lead literacy-rich programs. Student volunteers will learn about Creative Curriculum and redirection methods (i.e., proactive and reactive redirection of preschool behavior).

Allendale Campus

Dates vary based on availability

You can find more information here. 

Email Daphnea Sutherland for more information!

GVSU Sustainable Agriculture Project

Get dirty and give back a the GVSU Sustainable Agriculture Project. Volunteers will be involved all aspects of the farm. Volunteers are advised to wear closed toe shoes, bring a hat, sunscreen and a water bottle.

GVSU Sustainable Agriculture Project
4539 Luce St.
Jenison, Michigan 49428

Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Fridays from 12-3 p.m.

You can find more information here

Replenish 

Replenish relies on our community to keep us going. You can help us continue supporting the Grand Valley students by giving your time through volunteering, making a monetary donation, or donating perishable and non perishable.

Allendale Campus 

Click link for specific room locations. 

December 14, from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

You can find more information here


Off-Campus Community Service Opportunities

One-Time Service Opportunities

Organization

Description of Event

Location

Dates & Times

Link & More Information

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

Food packing for seniors with the Kent County Community Action CSFP. Prepare and sort food for senior citizens in need. *Indoors

5899 Comstock Park Dr NW

Comstock Park, MI 49321

Shifts available from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on the following dates:

Tuesday, February 6

Wednesday, February 7

Saturday, February 10

Saturday, March 2

Sunday, March 3

Sunday, March 10

Saturday, April 6

Sunday, April 7

Sunday, April 14

For volunteer registration, sign up here. Questions can go to [email protected] or (616) 632-7950.

Family Futures

Family Futures is distributing 600 learning kits to children ages 3 and 4 years old in Kent Co. through the generous public funding of the Ready by 5 Milage. These learning kits provide numerous school readiness tools, activities within this curriculum. We need the help of volunteers to make this opportunity possible. 

678 Front Ave NW, Grand Rapids MI

Friday Febrary 16 from 11:00am-1:00pm

Wednesday February 21 from 11:00am-1:00pm and 1:00-3:00pm

Friday February 23 from 10:00am-12:00pm and 12:00-2:00pm

Monday February 26 from 9:00-11:00am and 1:00-3:00pm

Friday March 1 from9:00-11:00am and 11:00am-1:00pm

For volunteer registration sign-up here. Questions can be emailed to Hilary Sawyer at [email protected] 

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

Distribute food for senior citizens in need with the Kent County Community Action CSFP. *Outdoors

121 Martin Luther King Jr St SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Multiple shifts available from 8am-2:30pm on the following dates:

Friday, February 16

Friday, March 15

Friday, April 19

For volunteer registration, sign up here. Questions can be emailed to [email protected] or by phone at 616-632-7950.

Feeding America West Michigan

Our volunteers help provide our clients with good, safe food. We fix up donated product, make sure it is safe, and repack it into family-sized portions across 40 counties in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. Volunteers will be working in out reclamation department, which involves sorting and repacking food in our warehouse. For example, we might have 800 pound bulk boxes of cereal that need to be repacked into family-sized portions.

864 West River Center Drive NE

Comstock Park, MI 49321

Shifts available from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. on the following dates:

Wednesday, February 7

Wednesday, February 14

Friday, February 16

Wednesday, February 21

Friday, February 23

Wednesday, February 28 

Saturday, March 2

Thursday, March 7

Saturday, March 9

Thursday, March 14

Saturday, March 16

Thursday, March 21

Saturday, March 23

Thursday, March 28

Saturday, March 30. 

For volunteer registration, sign up here. Questions can be emailed to Frank Almonte at [email protected] or by phone at 616-432-6969.

Hand2Hand

There are kids right in our backyard who are experiencing hunger on the weekends and school breaks. And we need your help! Join us to pack a backpack of food, so hungry children can excel in school and in life. All ages are welcome!

306 Chicago Drive

Jenison, MI

Multiple shifts available on the following dates:

Wednesday, February 14

Wednesday, February 21

Friday, March 1

Saturday, March 9

Thursday, March 14

Thursday, March 21

Saturday, March 23

Thursday, March 28

Saturday, March 30

Thursday, April 4

Saturday, April 6

Saturday, April 13

For volunteer registration, sign up here. Questions can be emailed to [email protected] or by phone at 616-209-2779.

Heartside Gleaning

Heartside Gleaning is looking for individuals that wish to contribute to their community and are interested in rethinking food systems and nutrition. There are several opportunities to become a part of the Initiative, from market set-up, unloading and reorganizing food, working with our recipients, and distributing nutrition handouts. We are happy to work with you to find a fulfilling volunteer or opportunity.

810 Van Raalte Dr SW

Wyoming, MI 49509

Wednesdays from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. on the following dates:

February 1

February 8

February 15

February 22

March 1

March 8

March 15

March 22

March 29 

For volunteer registration, sign up here. Questions can be emailed to Emily Brink at [email protected].

Ottawa Count Parks: Bend Area

(2 Volunteers)

They are looking for assistance with their Earth Day events. They will be cleaning up litter and removing invasive garlic mustard. 

Bend Area

9500 12th Ave, Jenison, MI 49428

Sunday April 21 from 1:45pm - 5:15pm

If you are interested or have questions, please email [email protected].

Ottawa Count Parks: Pigeon Creek 

(2 Volunteers)

They are looking for assistance with their Earth Day events. They will be cleaning up litter and removing invasive garlic mustard. 

Pigeon Creek Park 

12524 Stanton St, West Olive, MI 49460

Sunday April 21 from 1:45pm - 5:15pm

If you are interested or have questions, please email [email protected].

Ottawa Count Parks: Tunnel Park 

(2 Volunteers)

They are looking for assistance with their Earth Day events. They will be cleaning up litter and removing invasive garlic mustard. 

Tunnel Park 

66 N Lakeshore Ave, Holland, MI 49424

Sunday April 21 from 1:45pm - 5:15pm 

If you are interested or have questions, please email [email protected].

Ottawa Count Parks: Grose Park 

(2 Volunteers)

They are looking for assistance with their Earth Day events. They will be cleaning up litter and removing invasive garlic mustard. 

Grose Park

22200 24th Ave, Casnovia, MI 49318

Monday April 22 from 1:45pm - 5:15pm 

If you are interested or have questions, please email [email protected].

Ottawa Count Parks: Hager Park 

(2 Volunteers)

They are looking for assistance with their Earth Day events. They will be cleaning up litter and removing invasive garlic mustard. 

Hager Park 

8212 28th Ave, Georgetown Twp, MI 49428

Monday April 22 from 1:45pm - 5:15pm 

If you are interested or have questions, please email [email protected].

Ottawa Count Parks: Olive Shores 

(2 Volunteers)

They are looking for assistance with their Earth Day events. They will be cleaning up litter and removing invasive garlic mustard. 

Olive Shores Park 

8555 Olive Shore Ave, West Olive, MI 49460

Monday April 22 from 1:45pm - 5:15pm 

If you are interested or have questions, please email [email protected].

 

West Michigan Community Tennis at Premier

They are a non-profit organization in need of a few individuals to volunteer as greeters at the West Michigan Women's Expo. 

Devos Center 

303 Monroe Ave NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Friday March 15 from 1:00-4:30pm

Saturday March 16 from 9:30 am-1:00pm and 1:00-4:30pm

Sunday March 17 from 10:30am-2:00pm

 

 

For volunteer registration sign-up here. Questions can be emailed to [email protected].

Ongoing Community Service Opportunities

Organization

Description of Organization/Event

Location

Sign-up Links & More Information

20 Liters

Volunteers are an integral part of the work of 20 Liters. When you give your time and talent, you're joining hundreds of volunteers in the United States and Rwanda to facilitate access to clean and safe water for those who lack it. 

Ottawa County

Check out their volunteer opportunities here.

AARP

Help AARP to provide nourishing meals to those facing health crisis while empowering the next generation. The Revive and Thrive Project is a registered non-profit organization nourishing greater Grand Rapids, Michigan one meal at a time.

Grand Rapids, MI

Check out their website to get involved.

Allendale Public Schools

Allendale Public Schools can always use motivated individuals to help with reading, math, activities, and even the copy center. 

Allendale Charter Township, MI

Check out their website to get involved.

Alpha Womens Center

Volunteer at Alpha Grand Rapids (AGR) to help support expectant parents and young families. Roles included working directly with people or more "behind-the-scenes".

1725 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Check out their website to get involved. 

American Red Cross Michigan Region

The Volunteer Recruitment Member supports the Regional Volunteer Services Department and assists the implementation of the regional volunteer recruitment plan. This is done by performing recruitment activities to attract a skilled and diverse volunteer workforce.

Kentwood, MI

Check out more information here.

Baxter Community Center

Baxter is looking for extra hands to help maintain their greenhouse and raised bed gardens by assisting with general cleaning, soil prep, transplanting, labeling, weeding, harvesting and more!

Grand Rapids, MI

Sign-up to volunteer here.

Boys and Girls Club of the Muskegon Lakeshore

Boys and Girls Club of Muskegon Lakeshore would not be successful without volunteers like you. BGCML partners with children, youth, and families in Muskegon County to offer programs to enable and inspire all youth, especially the ones who need us the most.

Muskegon

Contact Monica Turnbull here.

Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids

The Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids is currently looking for volunteers to help staff run programs and activities, serve meals, and create a fun for their members each day! This opportunity is available during the school year Monday-Friday, 3:00-7:00 p.m.

Grand Rapids, MI

Sign-up to volunteer: Volunteer Registration

Community Food Club

Enjoy helping out in your community? Help the Community Food Clubs Free Grocery store by greeting and checking out members, and stocking the shelves of the store.

1100 S. Division Ave Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Sign up to volunteer at their website.

Community Rebuilders

Beautifully Home Volunteers: Help Community Rebuilders transform a house into a home. Volunteers with help with furniture and household goods pickup, delivery, and organization.

Grand Rapids, MI

Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

Sign up by emailing here.

Community Rebuilders

Volunteer for Green Thumbs & DIYers!

Green Thumbs volunteers will mow lawns, landscape, rake leaves, and more!

DIYers volunteers will paint, clean, help with small building projects, and more!

Grand Rapids, MI

For this family-friendly event, volunteers must be 14 years of age or older.

Sign up by emailing here.

Disability Advocates of Kent County

Volunteer with Disability Advocates of Kent County!

Grand Rapids, MI

If you are interested, fill out the form on their website located here.

Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding INC.

Do you enjoy being around a barn full of horses? Volunteer with the Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding by retrieving and returning horses, grooming and tacking horses before classes, and helping around the barn. To volunteer visit their website and complete the volunteer orientation training!

3777 Rector Ave NE Rockford, MI 49341

Visit their website for more information regarding Volunteer opportunities.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

If you have a passion for learning and can commit to a 4-hour shift per week, unlock the opportunity to engage and educate guests by joining their dedicated team of docents! As a docent, you will: lead educational tours, welcome visitors, assist guests, wear the "ASK ME!" button proudly, facilitate discussions, share insights, and contribute to their mission!

Grand Rapids, MI

Contact Tony England. You can also reach him via phone: 616-974-5238.

Grow Your Classroom

Grow Your Classroom is a local nonprofit corporation looking for regular volunteers. Up to 4 hours a week available. Mainly plant maintenance (watering, potting, pruning; possibly pulling and prepping orders). Ideal for biology, education, sustainability, and business majors, or anyone who loves plants.

Jenison, MI

Contact [email protected] for more information.

Hand2Hand

In hopes of ending childhood hunger, help pack backpacks with food, so hungry children can also excel in school and in life. There are more opportunities to help as well!

Ottawa County

Check out their volunteer opportunities here.

Heart of West MI United Way

Volunteer in the community through a variety of different volunteer opportunities!

Grand Rapids, MI

Check out https://connect.hwmuw.org/ for opportunities.

Heartside Gleaning

Volunteer in the community by passing out food in the community by being a food distribution volunteer.

810 VanRaalte St. SW Grand Rapids, MI 49505

Reach out to Heartside Gleaning at their website for more information regarding volunteer opportunities.

Holland Free Health Clinic 

All opportunities occur on a  weekly basis, no one-time opportunities offered. Roles that are offered include: Client Advocates, Program Support, 

Holland Free Health Clinic; 99 West 26th St. Holland, MI 49423 

Visit the link to fill out the volunteer application.

Hospice of MI

Do you enjoy sewing/knitting/crocheting and want to make a difference? Hospice of Michigan is looking for volunteers to help make various projects for our patients to help increase their quality of life. These items can help a patient rest more comfortably in their bed, provide them with comfort, and give them a safe outlet to keep busy. This is an excellent way to use up spare fabric that you may have, while brightening a patients day! 

Muskegon

Fill out the volunteer application to become a volunteer.

Humane Society of West Michigan

Do you enjoy hanging out with animals? Well, come join us in your free time and volunteer with some cute furry friends! Multiple volunteer opportunities are available.

 

3077 Wilson Dr Grand Rapids, MI 49534

If you are interested in volunteering, please check out their website and their volunteer opportunities.

IKUS Life Enrichment Services

Become a Community Events Volunteer! Assist with community events including the Craft Show, Snow Ball Dance, Taps & Trails, Trick or Treat Street and Breakfast with Santa. Become a programming volunteer! Assist during the day or evening with games, activities, and/or setup of evening programming.

Allendale, MI

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the volunteer application.

Kent County Community Action

Looking to help out the community? Join Kent County Community Action to help with packing food boxes and distributing them to the senior community. Assist during the day in shifts.

121 Martin Luther King Jr St SE Suite 110 Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Find more information here

Kids Food Basket

Join the Kids Food Basket and help out children in your community!

Kids Food Basket

Kent County, Ottawa/Allegan County, or Muskegon

Check out https://kidsfoodbasket.org/volunteer/ for opportunities.

Land Conservancy of West MI

Join the Land Conservancy of West MI for their Second Saturday Events! From 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the second Saturday of every month, the Land Conservancy will host a volunteer event that focuses on ecological restoration activities including invasive species removal, seed collecting, and native plant installation. Volunteers may also be involved with trail maintenance, general clean-up, or other tasks that help visitors better enjoy our magnificent natural areas.

West Michigan

Find more information here.

Literacy Center of West MI

1 in 8 West Michigan adults struggle with low literacy. So, we have an ongoing need for volunteer tutors to work one-on-one with adult learners. You don't need any special skills, just the ability to read and write and the willingness to teach others. 

Grand Rapids, MI

Fill out the interest form if you'd like to volunteer.

Love INC.

When caring volunteers walk alongside their neighbors, healthy relationships grow. That's why volunteers are the heart of our ministry. You can help us with education classes, childcare, and picking up and/or moving furniture.

Ottawa County

Check out their opportunities here.

Make-a-Wish Foundation of MI

Together we can make wishes come true. Volunteers have the opportunity to grant wishes, be a translator/interpreter, help out in the office and with events, and help children with reading and writing. 

Brighton, MI

If interested, email to sign up!

Meals on Wheels Western Michigan

Volunteer opportunities in our kitchen, delivering to homebound seniors, serving at our dining sites, or our Senior Pantry. Each semester we have a handful of Grand Valley students that join our mission to help serve our growing clientele of over 6,000 seniors in Kent and Allegan counties.

Meals on Wheels Western Michigan

2900 Wilson Ave SW Suite 500

Grandville, MI 49418

If you are interested, fill out the volunteer application form. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to Haley Bean

Migrant Legal Aid

They are looking for individual or group workers who want to help advance the rights of migrant farmworkers. 

1104 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Check out their website to get involved. 

MomsBloom

MomsBloom is a volunteer-based organization that provides hands on and emotional support to families that are welcoming a new baby. Our volunteers provide support for 2-4 hours per week for a 12 week match (perfect for a semester!). Their support may includes caring for the baby, playing with siblings, light housework, and companionship to the parent.

Kent County, Ottawa County

Learn more and apply.

New City Neighbors

New City Neighbors have various volunteer opportunities such as farm workdays and helping with produce pickup. 

1115 Leonard St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Check out their website to get involved. 

Outdoor Discovery Center

The Outdoor Discovery Center wouldn't thrive without volunteers like you. Whether you want to come alone or with a group, we have several different opportunities for you. You can help maintain trails and buildings, give animal care assistance, restore habitats, clean up rivers, and more!

Holland

Check out their website to get involved.

Our Kitchen Table (OKT)

Join OKT to help set up their Southeast Area Farmers Market that helps support local Black growers and entrepreneurs. 

Every other Saturday until November 4, 2023

11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

900 Fuller SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

You can register here.

Refugee Education Center (REC)

Join REC to help fill backpacks for students ranging from Elementary school students to High school students. 

Join REC to help transport students to and from school via bussing services.

2130 Enterprise St SE, Kentwood, MI 49508

Check out their website here to get involved or reach out to [email protected] for more information.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of West Michigan

Volunteer with the Ronald McDonald Charities to operate the RMHC cart to pick up items and provide a warm welcome to families and caregivers. Volunteers should be willing to commit to a weekly or biweekly shift for about 6 months

1323 Cedar Street, NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Check out their website to get involved.

Samaritas

Join Samaritas and volunteer with seniors in Grand Rapids to create beautiful flower arrangements. Play some Bingo, and assist with Chapel and Musical Performances

 

2000 32nd Street SE Grand Rapids, MI 49508

Reach out to 616-284-5704 and their website for more information.

The Salvation Army- Holland

Giving a little bit of your time can change someone's life. If you're looking to make a difference in your community, and in your world, volunteering is one of the most powerful ways to do it. Fill food orders at our pantry, organize school supplies and backpacks, give the supplies and backpacks to children in need, load up a family in need with Christmas gifts or ring a bell during the Holiday Season. These are just a few of the amazing opportunities we have here at The Salvation Army.

Holland

Check out their website to get involved.

Treetops Collective 

They have many one-time opportunities for childcare. One of their most consistent needs is transportation to and from home and school. Treetops regularly sells social enterprise goods at pop-up markets and has information tables at various events. They also offer group volunteer opportunities.

906 Division S

Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Check out their website to get involved.

United Way of the Lakeshore

Join a multitude of enthusiastic supporters devoted to creating social change. Be a part of something bigger than yourself. When we Live United, we put opportunity in the hands of all neighbors along the Lakeshore.

Muskegon

Check out their website to get involved.

Remote Community Service Opportunities

Organization

Description of Organization/Event

Sign-up Links & More Information

Audiobook Recorder - Learning Ally

As a volunteer, you can use your voice talent to bring audiobooks to life. Or you can conduct quality assurance playing books back just like students will and checking for anything that would result in a less-than-enjoyable listening experience. 

Learn more about the opportunity here.

Language Exchange Program: Refugee Outreach Collective

LEP is organized to facilitate relationships through learning. Participants are based in the Midwest and Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi, and each take on both the role of teacher and student, as they share their language while learning the other. Over video call and messaging on WhatsApp, participants will provide lessons on how to speak English or Swahili, and they will then learn how to speak the language they do not know. To make this a reality, participants will create lesson plans and content to be shared with their language partner, and partners will share and learn from each other’s content once a week. Through their involvement in the program, participants will gain meaningful experiences teaching English or Swahili as a second language, while learning a new language and culture.

For more information contact Emily from Refugee Outreach Collective: [email protected]

Smithsonian Digital Volunteers: The Transcription Center

Transcribe and review digitized historical collections from around the Smithsonian.

Learn more about the Transcription Center and sign up to begin.

Transcribers: By The People (Library of Congress)

The Library of Congress needs volunteers to help transcribe digitize documents, add keyword tags to assist in future searches, and to review transcriptions by other volunteers for accuracy.

Learn more about the opportunity here.

Virtual Tutor - Oakwood Education Foundation

Oakwood Education Foundation addresses educational inequality by connecting underserved students with impassioned volunteer tutors. Anyone 15 or older can apply to be a tutor, and you can choose subjects that match your area of expertise. 

Apply to be a tutor using this link.


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