Find Community Engagement Opportunities
The following list of opportunities are not directly coordinated by the CSLC. Please be sure to sign up with the listed contact person.
The views and opinions represented by these organizations are not affiliated with Grand Valley State University.
Thrift Store Volunteer
Bethany Christian Services
August 25, 2022
Duties of Volunteer
Want to help refugees and children in need? Can't commit to a year? Help us out behind the scenes at Bethany Christian Services' Thrift Store! Each year, in Grand Rapids alone, dozens of children age out of foster care, and hundreds of refugees arrive, fleeing their war-torn homes. Bethany's Thrift Store's proceeds equip families to be the answer for these children, and enable Bethany to provide resettlement support to these refugees. Our flexible volunteer schedule gives you the chance to earn volunteer hours fast - you can come multiple times a week, or just once! You'll get connected at this global nonprofit, all while sorting clothing, cleaning household items and, most importantly, helping Bethany change lives. We can accommodate groups of up to 6 if you'd like to use this as a Saturday outing with friends! Learn more about the store by visiting Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Pinterest.
School Based Mentor
D.A. Blodgett - St. Johns
December 22, 2022
Duties of Volunteer
Mentoring Services of D.A. Blodgett- St. John's, (previously Big Brothers Big Sisters) is looking for volunteers for their School-Based mentoring program! Mentoring Services partners with local schools to match volunteer mentors with students, grades K-8, who have been identified as being in need of additional support throughout their week. Mentors provide support for their students, whether socially, emotionally, or academically, through the foundation of a trusting relationship. Volunteers meet their student on school grounds for one hour, once a week, during the school year only. As an accredited mentoring program, Mentoring Services highly values the training, education, and quality support of all mentors. Therefore, ongoing social worker support is provided for the duration of all matches. Matches support a youth toward their goals through activities such as playing games, doing crafts, going to the gym, assisting on school work, and partaking in rapport building activities. We require a minimum commitment of one school year.