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March 2018


Regional Science Olympiad tournament

Community Partner
GVSU Regional Math and Science Center - Science Olympiad Volunteering

Opportunity Type
Event

Event Date
March 17, 2018 from 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Deadline
February 21, 2018

Contact
Kathy Agee
ageek@gvsu.edu
616-331-3031

Duties of Volunteer
Volunteer duties include helping with specific events; or general tasks, such as information booths, check in table attendees, and impound collection. A minimum of a 2 hour commitment is preferred. The Math and Science center would love volunteers for half or all day! More information and registration can be found on the volunteer website at http://www.gvsu.edu/mso-r12/volunteer-information-89.htm . All volunteers need to register online by February 21.

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Total Trek Quest Coach

Community Partner
Arbor Circle

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
February 26, 2018

Contact
Vicki Kavanaugh
vkavanaugh@arborcircle.org
616-834-1933

Duties of Volunteer
Arbor Circle is searching for volunteers willing to coach for a program called Total Trek Quest. TTQ is a fun, high energy program designed exclusively for boys in 3rd-5th grade! TTQ incorporates strength and stretching exercises with training for a 5K. Boys in this program will develop positive peer relationships and feel a part of a team while working toward individual goals. Additional practice activities focus on developing a healthy lifestyle, social/relationship skills, how to make healthy choices , and resisting peer pressure. The program begins the last week of February and ends the first week of May. Practices occur twice a week, promptly after the boys get out of school.

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March 2018


Administrative/Development Volunteer

Community Partner
Kids Hope USA

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
March 1, 2018

Contact
Theresa Casey
tcasey@kidshopeusa.org
616-546-3580

Duties of Volunteer
- Greeting guests/answering phones at reception desk. - Helping send mailings to donors/volunteers - Help conduct a semi-annual "thank-a-thon" to supporters of Kids Hope USA - Participate as a volunteer at two summer events. - Help with data entry and volunteer list cleanup. - Jump on board with any projects that you feel fit your skill set. Chances are, we have a project for you! - Participate in our workday "fun," including luncheons, potlucks, family time gatherings and volunteer appreciation.

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Hockey, Hops & Hope Fundraiser

Community Partner
Easterseals

Opportunity Type
Event

Event Date
March 6, 2018 from 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Deadline
March 5, 2018

Contact
Ceri Dunn
cdunn@essmichigan.org
248-475-6405

Duties of Volunteer
We will need volunteers to help with set up, tear down,clean-up and the auction.

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Office Support

Community Partner
Easterseals

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
March 8, 2018

Contact
Cerian Dunn
cdunn@essmichigan.org
248-475-6405

Duties of Volunteer
Easterseals supports people with disabilities in the community. We are looking for a volunteer for a couple days a week to help with phones, scanning, making new client folders&The volunteer will also learn about working in a healthcare environment.

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April 2018


Student Scholars Day (SSD)

Community Partner
GVSU Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarship

Opportunity Type
Event

Event Date
April 11, 2018 from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Deadline
April 4, 2018

Contact
Jamesha Tiner
tinerjam@gvsu.edu
616-331-9170

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 20-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 greeter or floater 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 and hand out the Student Scholars Day abstract booklet. You will also assist the Session Hosts in closing and opening doors at the beginning and end of each presentation. 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. Floater: Your job will be to assist wherever needed. This may include welcoming and directing guests, assisting session hosts, or supporting the student presenters by attending presentations.

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Ann Arbor NEDA 2018 Walk

Community Partner
National Eating Disorder Association

Opportunity Type
Event

Event Date
April 14, 2018 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Deadline
April 14, 2018

Contact
Emma Lehman
elehman@nationaleatingdisorders.org
312-351-5602

Duties of Volunteer
Event set-up, manning booths/tables, handing out t-shirts, assisting NEDA staff members, event take-down, distributing items/food, directing people/answering questions

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Buddy Up Tennis

Community Partner
Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
April 20, 2018

Contact
Nancy Spanski
grandrapids@buddyuptennis.com
616-304-4929

Duties of Volunteer
Buddy Up Tennis is a high energy fitness and adapted tennis program for Athletes with Down syndrome. A key element of the program is the pairing of volunteer 'Buddies' with Athletes to participate in the fitness and tennis activities and most importantly provide encouragement at each of our weekly Saturday clinics. Our tennis pro Coaches keep everyone moving. Sign up as your schedule allows for one or more clinics. You will have a blast!

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Green Team Waste Bin Monitoring

Community Partner
GVSU Campus Dining Green Team

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
April 30, 2018

Contact
Mara Spears
spearsm@mail.gvsu.edu
978-807-6406

Duties of Volunteer
Green Team volunteers will report to specified Campus Dining locations to volunteer. Students will stand by waste bins and monitor them by talking with patrons of dining locations and educating them on how to properly dispose of waste. Students get paid in debit dollars, although they can also do this without being paid if they are looking for volunteering hours.

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May 2018


Child Care or Mom Mentor or Meal Prep

Community Partner
WestPointe Church Cradles of Grace

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
May 1, 2018

Contact
Mary Sepanik
marys@westpointegr.com
616-340-4598

Duties of Volunteer
Kids Center :Once a week, 2 hrs., interacting with children of single moms. Dinner,Bible story, games, songs, take home craft Center - adult. 2 1/2 hrs once a week. Meal prep, table setting, fellowship with moms, praise & worship, prayer support and small groups

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Administrative Assistant

Community Partner
West Grand Neighborhood Association

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
May 1, 2018

Contact
Annette VanDenberg
annette@westgrand.org
616-451-0150

Duties of Volunteer
Assist with data entry, answering phones, coordinating volunteers.

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YMCA Spartan Stores

Community Partner
YMCA Spartan Stores

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
May 10, 2018

Contact
Sheryl Baas
sbaas@grymca.org
616-885-5515

Duties of Volunteer
At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. That's why we focus our work in three areas: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We need volunteers in several areas to help us meet our cause, including coaching sports teams, assisting in youth and family programs, working in the Kid Zone (childcare), greeting at the front desk and assisting in our facilities department. Contact the Spartan Stores Volunteer Coordinator Sheryl Baas at sbaas@grymca.org or 616-885-5515 to learn more about this opportunity.

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New City Afterschool Tutor

Community Partner
New City Neighbors

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
May 25, 2018

Contact
Holly Hetherington
hollyh@newcityneighbors.org
616-301-4768

Duties of Volunteer
New City Afterschool is an exciting afterschool program that serves students from the 1st-5th grade on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3:30 to 6:00pm. Each day involves homework and tutoring time, a snack, as well as an activity. We especially need volunteer tutors between 4:00 and 5:00 PM each of those days. Come once a week or all three days. Stay for an hour or come for the whole time. You do not need to be an expert. Just come spend time with the students, build relationships and help them with their homework. (Must pass a background check to work with children, training will be provided)

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Teacher

Community Partner
Comprenew

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
May 31, 2018

Contact
Tyler Sajdak
TSajdak@comprenew.org
616-451-4400

Duties of Volunteer
The duties of this service opportunity are to teach and facilitate a computer training program for low income adults. The commitment would be for 3 hours a week, split between two classes, for 5 weeks. The courses are all online, so all we need the volunteer to do is be there to start the class and answer any questions that may arise from the students. A stipend will be offered to those who teach a set of 10 classes.

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August 2018


Thrift Store Volunteer

Community Partner
Bethany Christian Services

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
August 25, 2018

Contact
Juliana Ludema
jludema@bethany.org
616-254-7777

Duties of Volunteer
At Bethany, we believe every child deserves a loving family that's where they thrive best. As a volunteer at our thrift store, whether you're pricing clothing, setting up displays or interacting with customers, you can know your contribution, however small it seems, will enable the store to run smoothly. Our store, in turn, enables Bethany to provide quality social services--from adoption to foster care to refugee resettlement--to children and families in the Grand Rapids area. Last year, people like you made it possible for Bethany to resettle 276 refugees in GR and give 644 infants a loving home. Together, we can equip families to be the answer for children in need. Each day we are open from 10:00 - 7:00, except on Saturday, when we close at 5:00, and need volunteers at any of those times, particularly Thursdays and Fridays. We are open to groups of six or fewer and appreciate one-time volunteers or those willing to make a longer-term commitment.

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November 2018


Volunteers for campaign to end partisan Gerrymandering in Michigan

Community Partner
Voters Not Politicians

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
November 6, 2018

Contact
John Carlson
cyberjohn007@comcast.net
616-550-7217

Duties of Volunteer
Voters Not Politicians (VNP) is a grassroots, nonpartisan organization which is currently circulating petitions to place a constitutional amendment on the 11/6/18 Michigan ballot to end the practice of partisan Gerrymandering. More information is available at votersnotpoliticians.com. Volunteer opportunities include collecting petition signatures, doing outreach to individuals and organizations, and being part of VNP's education and fundraising efforts. Volunteers will be needed continuously through November 6, 2018.

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December 2018


Free Store Volunteer

Community Partner
In The Image

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
December 1, 2018

Contact
Audrey Fleming
afleming@intheimage.org
616-456-6150

Duties of Volunteer
Customer service for our clients in our Free Store, we serve 5,000 households in Kent County Stocking the Free store between shopping rounds to ensure each shopping session has the best opportunities Help sorting donations at our back door to ensure the best quality of items are put on our store floor

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Enjoy Helping Others

Community Partner
Flat River Outreach Ministries (FROM)

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
December 31, 2018

Contact
Diane K
dianek@fromlowell.org
616-897-8260

Duties of Volunteer
Do you enjoy helping others? Are you passionate about providing assistance? Have people told you that you'd make a great Social Worker or are you studying to become one? Then we need YOU! Flat River Outreach Ministries provides information and assistance services to those living in the Lowell area school district. We rely on volunteers in all of our programs (and our Thrift Store) and are looking for more people to help in our Connections Department. These people answer the phones, take messages and work with our Social Worker to connect people to community resources.

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Sorting and Stocking Help needed

Community Partner
Flat River Outreach Ministries (FROM)

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
December 31, 2018

Contact
Diane K
dianek@fromlowell.org
616-897-8260

Duties of Volunteer
Flat River Outreach Ministries (FROM) is looking for help in our Treasures Thrift Shop sorting and stocking donations of gently used items for re-sale. FROM relies on volunteers in all our programs including our Treasures Thrift Shop which provides over 40% of the finances to run our community programs. Volunteers are needed during weekday afternoons and morning, afternoon and evenings on the weekends. All volunteers receive a discount in the Thrift Store after volunteering at least 10 hours.

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Like to Clean? We Need You!

Community Partner
Flat River Outreach Ministries (FROM)

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
December 31, 2018

Contact
Diane K
dianek@fromlowell.org
616-897-8260

Duties of Volunteer
Do you like cleaning? Are you a clean freak? We need you! We are looking for volunteers who enjoy cleaning. The FROM building is huge and can always use volunteers to help keep the building clean. Variety of shifts available during business hours.

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Evening Cashiers

Community Partner
Flat River Outreach Ministries (FROM)

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
December 31, 2018

Contact
Diane K
dianek@fromlowell.org
616-897-8260

Duties of Volunteer
Flat River Outreach Ministries (FROM) in Lowell is looking cashier in our Treasures Thrift Shop from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. All volunteers receive a discount in the Thrift Shop after 10 hours of service. Treasures Thrift Shop is a volunteer run thrift store. All proceeds support our mission of helping our Lowell neighbors in need.

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Stocking Food Pantry- Monday Afternoons

Community Partner
Flat River Outreach Ministries (FROM)

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
December 31, 2018

Contact
Diane K
dianek@fromlowell.org
616-897-8260

Duties of Volunteer
We are in need of someone who can help stock shelves and pack bags for quarterly food distribution in our Client Choice Food Pantry. The volunteer would work Monday afternoons between 2:00 and 4:30 p.m. Our Food Pantry helps families that live within the Lowell School District. Residents can sign up anytime during regular Pantry hours by bringing a current ID and proof of each household member. Individuals are then able to shop in the pantry one time each month to help stretch the budget and supplement household needs. We are also a USDA site for monthly Senior Food Commodities and Quarterly Food Commodities. All volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation. Contact us for more details and dates/times of upcoming orientations. All Flat River Outreach Ministries volunteers receive a discount in our Treasures Thrift Shop after 10 hours of service.

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January 2019


Life Enrichment and Wellness

Community Partner
Samaritas: Senior Living Services

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
January 1, 2019

Contact
Anna Blanchard
ablan@samaritas.org
616-284-5705

Duties of Volunteer
Social engagement in a senior living community and/or a continuing care community. Some of the opportunities would be: Sharing interests in music or art by assisting or teaching an academy class, working with our activity/wellness department with support of life enriching activities such as exercise and brain fitness or community outings.

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