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March 2019


Provin Trails Invasive Control

Community Partner
Kent County Parks and Trails

Opportunity Type
Event

Event Date
March 2, 2019 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Deadline
February 28, 2019

Contact
Ginny Sines
park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov
616-826-0438

Duties of Volunteer
Use loppers, handsaws and herbicide to cut and treat invasive Buckthorn, Autumn Olive and Oriental Bittersweet!

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April 2019


Grand Rapids Kidney Walk

Community Partner
National Kidney Foundation

Opportunity Type
Event

Event Date
April 28, 2019 from 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Deadline
March 1, 2019

Contact
Shawn Fleet
sfleet@nkfm.org
616-458-9520

Duties of Volunteer
Packing, moving, set up in preparation for event. Doing miscellaneous tasks to ensure event runs smoothly. Breakdown, moving and unloading after event.

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Hospice Volunteer

Community Partner
Spectrum Health Hospice

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
March 1, 2019

Contact
Yvonne Elliott
yvonne.elliott@spectrumhealth.org
616-391-4240

Duties of Volunteer
Would you like to read to a patient who can no longer see the pages? Play cards with someone who is lonely? Watch a Tigers game with a patient while their spouse goes out to get groceries? Document an amazing life for someone who wants to leave their story behind for their loved ones? Sing or play music - connecting a patient to another time in their life? Spectrum Health Hospice is looking for additional volunteers thru out our 11 county West Michigan service territory (volunteers choose what geographic area they would like support patients)that are interested in brightening our patient's week by sharing approx. 1hr/week with them. This opportunity is a significant encouragement, helps with feelings of loneliness and is a unique component of the patient's care plan.

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School Carnival

Community Partner
Walker Charter PTO

Opportunity Type
Event

Event Date
March 8, 2019 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Deadline
March 1, 2019

Contact
Andrea Scheckel
wca.carnival@gmail.com
616-481-2698

Duties of Volunteer
Looking to have student help set up and run carnival games at the school and interact with families and students

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Kaufman Annual Spring Clean and Volunteer Lunch

Community Partner
Kent County Parks and Trails

Opportunity Type
Event

Event Date
March 16, 2019 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Deadline
March 15, 2019

Contact
Ginny Sines
park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov
616-632-7842

Duties of Volunteer
Help clean the greens and get the golf course ready for spring!

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Event Volunteer

Community Partner
Humane Society of West Michigan

Opportunity Type
Event

Event Date
March 18, 2019 from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Deadline
March 17, 2019

Contact
Amy Sherburn
sherbura@mail.gvsu.edu
616-791-8089

Duties of Volunteer
Duties vary depending on specific positions. Some require heavy lifting and being on your feet for extended hours. Being warm and welcoming when in contact with event attendees and maintaining a professional attitude.

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Rogue River Park Invasive Control

Community Partner
Kent County Parks and Trails

Opportunity Type
Event

Event Date
March 30, 2019 from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Deadline
March 29, 2019

Contact
Ginny Sines
park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov
616-826-0438

Duties of Volunteer
Volunteers will use loppers, handsaws and herbicide to cut and treat these non-native invaders to protect natural habitats!

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Volunteer Tutoring for High School Students

Community Partner
Innovation Central High School

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
March 30, 2019

Contact
Martice Moffett
moffettm@grps.org
616-819-7848

Duties of Volunteer
Volunteer tutors will be working with senior students in their credit recovery class. The credit recovery class is where the seniors can make up the classes they have failed in previous years online. The students are in a class and a teacher is assigned to the class, however, students are still placed with a challenge. Our students are having to make up a class online on their own and often times struggle with completing the course in a timely manner because they do not understand the material. The teacher present is more so to make sure students stay on task and not there to teach the courses to them. We have two classes of credit recovery (1st and 4th Hour). Within the classes, there are about 15- 30 students in the class. During these hours, the college students will be working with the seniors one on one or in small groups to help them better understand the material they are working on, on their online course.

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May 2019


Annual Fundraiser Committee Member

Community Partner
American Red Cross

Opportunity Type
Event

Event Date
May 1, 2019 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Deadline
April 1, 2019

Contact
Erin Abel
erin.abel@redcross.org
616-402-2000

Duties of Volunteer
The American Red Cross of West Michigan is currently looking for event planning committee members and volunteers for day of event. Event Planning Committee Members - Meet on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 5:30pm - The entire committee is divided up in to sub-committees and those are: revenue, communications, site, and volunteer. You may choose which area you wish to help with. Day of event we need registration volunteers who will check guests in to the event, provide them with their name tag, bidder number, etc. If you wish to have full descriptions of each position, please let us know!

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Trail Improvements

Community Partner
Kent County Parks and Trails

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
April 1, 2019

Contact
Ginny Sines
park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov
616-826-0438

Duties of Volunteer
Help improve a park trail system! GPS mapping, trail clean up and trimming. Where: Various paved trails, hiking trails and nature trails including the Fred Meijer Pioneer Trail, Kent Trails, M-6 Trail, and more! Throughout APRIL, MAY, and JUNE!!

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Student Scholars Day

Community Partner
Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS)

Opportunity Type
Event

Event Date
April 10, 2019 from 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Deadline
April 3, 2019

Contact
Jamesha T Tiner
tinerjam@gvsu.edu
616-331-8100

Duties of Volunteer
Registration: The headquarters for the day is the registration table. As a registration volunteer, you will register students, give out name tags, distribute schedules, etc. You will be one of the first persons to welcome the presenters, faculty, guests, hosts and greeters to the Student Scholars Day. This position keeps the day running smoothly. Session Host: Throughout the day the classrooms will be used for the oral presentations. You will be in the classroom to welcome and introduce the student presenters just before they give their 15-minute presentations. In order to keep the presentations running smoothly, you'll have cue cards on hand to let the presenters know when it's time to wind down their talk. At the end of each presentation, you'll thank the audience and presenter for attending the event. A room greeter will be available to assist you as needed. This position supports the student presenters. Greeter: Throughout the day there will be many people coming and going throughout the Padnos and Henry Halls, and the Kirkhof Center. Your job will be to welcome and direct guests. You will also fill in as Session Hosts as needed. In the event equipment is needed you will be the 'runner' that lets the registration table know assistance is needed. This position provides ongoing welcome and support to our guests and presenters.

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Millennium Park Annual Spring Clean

Community Partner
Kent County Parks and Trails

Opportunity Type
Event

Event Date
April 6, 2019 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Deadline
April 5, 2019

Contact
Ginny Sines
park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov
616-826-0438

Duties of Volunteer
Trash pick-up, landscape support and more!

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Caledonia Lakeside Park Spring Clean

Community Partner
Kent County Parks and Trails

Opportunity Type
Event

Event Date
April 13, 2019 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Deadline
April 12, 2019

Contact
Ginny Sines
park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov
616-826-0438

Duties of Volunteer
Spring clean including raking, picnic area clean-up and landscape support!

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Mayor's Greening Initiative

Community Partner
Friends of Grand Rapids Parks

Opportunity Type
Event

Event Date
April 27, 2019 from 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Deadline
April 25, 2019

Contact
Dia Noble
dia@friendsofgrparks.org
616-288-7209

Duties of Volunteer
Planting trees! No experience required! Our team will give you step by step instructions on how to plant a tree as well as provide all the tools and equipment needed.

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Seidman Park Annual Garlic Mustard Challenge Day

Community Partner
Kent County Parks and Trails

Opportunity Type
Event

Event Date
April 27, 2019 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Deadline
April 26, 2019

Contact
Ginny Sines
park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov
616-826-0438

Duties of Volunteer
There will be a Garlic Mustard workshop for volunteers to learn how to ID this invasive plant, pulling and GPS mapping.

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May 2019


Palmer Park Spring Clean and Garlic Mustard Pull

Community Partner
Kent County Parks and Trails

Opportunity Type
Event

Event Date
May 4, 2019 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Deadline
May 3, 2019

Contact
Ginny Sines
park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov
616-826-0438

Duties of Volunteer
Pull and bag invasive Garlic Mustard, pick up sticks and rake playground and picnic areas.

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Millennium Park's Hansen Nature Trail Project

Community Partner
Kent County Parks and Trails

Opportunity Type
Event

Event Date
May 17, 2019 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Deadline
May 10, 2019

Contact
Ginny Sines
park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov
616-826-0438

Duties of Volunteer
Clean and trim trails and prep nature station sites.

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December 2019


Working with individual with disabilities in art and music class

Community Partner
Arts in Motion

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
December 30, 2019

Contact
Anne Hill
anne@artsinmotionstudio.org
616-446-7452

Duties of Volunteer
Volunteers will be assisting the teachers to make sure the class goes smoothly and to help students stay on task. After class is done helping clean up and enjoying time with students till pick up.

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January 2020


Just Goods Volunteer

Community Partner
Extended Grace

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
January 1, 2020

Contact
Jenna Vipond
office@extendedgrace.org
616-441-9111

Duties of Volunteer
Extended Grace operates a fair trade/social cause store called Just Goods. Just Goods sells traditional fair trade items, as well as hand-crafted items made by inmates involved with Humanity for Prisoners and by students enrolled in CBI. CBI is a program of the Intermediate School District that provides Community Based Instruction for 18 to 26-years-with disabilities. It also serves Aldea coffee, Leppink's donuts, Grand Finale' cookies and tea from Lucky Tea Cafe. A volunteer would provide customer service to all guests, maintain store throughout their shift (restocking beverage cooler, cleaning tables, etc.), complete transactions using a register, serving tea, coffee, cookies or donuts and misc. tasks that one is willing to help with.

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February 2020


General Volunteer Opportunities

Community Partner
Holland Hospital

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
February 6, 2020

Contact
Jody Correa
volunteers@hollandhospital.org
616-394-3140

Duties of Volunteer
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.

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