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Category
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December 2017


Office Volunteer

Community Partner
Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
December 1, 2017

Contact
Nancy Albrecht
nalbrecht@gsmists.org
616-784-3341

Duties of Volunteer
We are looking for someone to perform general office/clerical duties including: making copies, filing, making phone calls and some computer work. Hours and days are flexi

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Land Restoration / Invasive Species Service Learning Event

Community Partner
Kent Conservation District

Opportunity Type
Event

Event Date
December 2, 2017 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Deadline
December 2, 2017

Contact
Jessie Schulte
jessie.schulte@macd.org
248-245-3977

Duties of Volunteer
Volunteers will come together with like-minded conservationists and work to cut and treat invasive bittersweet vine in a high-quality habitat. All training and materials will be provided.

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Tutor/Music Teacher

Community Partner
New City Kids - Grand Rapids

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
December 12, 2017

Contact
Gordon Lee
gordon@newcitykids.org
408-883-3479

Duties of Volunteer
Volunteers duties include tutoring our kids or teens on a consistent, weekly basis. Volunteers can tutor the 1st-8th graders Monday through Thursday from 3:30pm-6pm. If volunteers would rather tutor at a high-school level, we hold a tutoring night for our teens on Tuesdays from 6-8:30pm. Music teachers are also welcome for kids and teens.

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Donation Sorters- Fridays and Saturdays

Community Partner
Flat River Outreach Ministries (FROM)

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
December 19, 2017

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

Duties of Volunteer
We are looking for people to help sort donations who like to organize, but don't mind the mess that comes with a busy donation room! Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds and enjoy working with others. The job will require bringing donated goods to the appropriate departments (carts available, but the ideal candidate must be able to walk and push the cart). Flexible schedule but looking for someone who can volunteer at least 3 hours at a time on Friday or Saturday mornings or afternoons. This is a great opportunity for those who want to be a little more active while also giving back to their community. All volunteers will be trained and must attend a volunteer orientation. Volunteers receive a Treasures Thrift Shop discount after volunteering 10 hours. All proceeds from Treasures Thrift Shop help support our mission of helping our neighbors in need.

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GR Community for Transformation Center Tutoring

Community Partner
Bethany Christian Services

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
December 21, 2017

Contact
Elliot Barrett
ebarrett@bethany.org
616-284-3283

Duties of Volunteer
Help at-risk youth between ages 17-24 work to accomplish their goal of receiving their GED. Areas of focus include science, social studies, language arts and math!

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Thrift Shop Cashiers- all shifts!

Community Partner
Flat River Outreach Ministries (FROM)

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
December 31, 2017

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

Duties of Volunteer
Flat River Outreach Ministries is looking for volunteers to run the cash register in our Treasures Thrift Shop. A variety of shifts are available including days, nights, and weekends. Treasures Thrift Shop is a volunteer run store with all proceeds going to support our mission of helping our Lowell neighbors in need.

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Grand Rapids Symphony Volunteer

Community Partner
Grand Rapids Symphony

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
December 31, 2017

Contact
Nancy Hopkins
nhopkins@grsymphony.org
616-454-945-1149

Duties of Volunteer
Symphony volunteers assist guests at concerts and special events, at our Education programs and assist staff with projects in the office.

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Food Pantry Assistance

Community Partner
Flat River Outreach Ministries (FROM)

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
December 31, 2017

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

Duties of Volunteer
We are looking for someone who can work in the Food Pantry on Fridays from 10-12:00 p.m. and/or every other Tuesday from 2:00-4:30 pm. Responsibilities may include greeting customers, bagging items, and other duties as needed. Ideal candidate will be friendly and willing to help others. No experience necessary as training will be provided

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Adopt-A-Beach Team Leaders and Volunteers

Community Partner
Alliance for the Great Lakes - Michigan Federation

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
December 31, 2017

Contact
Jillian Edwards
jedwards@greatlakes.org
616-850-0745

Duties of Volunteer
Here are two ways you can participate: 1) Volunteer: Join a group that has already organized an Adopt-a-Beach" cleanup. Find an open event near you at www.greatlakesadopt.org. In addition to picking up debris, volunteers record what they find to help guide education and solutions. 2) Lead: You can become a team leader and coordinate your own event at your favorite beach. Team leaders help to recruit volunteers, coordinate the day of the event and submit results from their event online.

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Check-In, Check-Out, and Stocking

Community Partner
Community Food Club of Greater Grand Rapids

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
December 31, 2017

Contact
Kendra Valkema
kendra.valkema@communityfoodclubgr.org
616-288-5550

Duties of Volunteer
The Food Club is a collaborative systemic response to hunger promoting food security, choice and dignity for low-income Member Households. It is a membership-based, grocery store environment in which Members access various educational sessions relating to food and health, and shop with points determined by household size. The Food Club offers an opportunity and a place for low and moderate income households to increase their food security and to improve their healthy eating by accessing nutritious food on a consistent basis. It allows member households to experience increased self-reliance and respect. They belong to the Food Club and they choose whether and when to participate. The Food Club is open Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Volunteer shifts typically last 1-2 hours. Volunteers can sign up for the following roles: Check-In: Welcome our members to the Food Club! Check their ID, and confirm their membership status and points at greeter station. Computer training provided. Check-Out: Assist our members at check-out by ringing up their products and bagging their groceries. Computer training provided. Stocking & Repacking/General Assistance: Organize product by category. Stock shelves and displays out on the store floor. Wipe down shelves, carts, displays, and coolers. Reach out! Volunteers are essential to what we do and we'd love to work alongside you! Volunteers must be 16 or older. Volunteers must complete a registration form, waiver, and submit to a Michigan state background check. Minors (under 18 years of age) must be authorized to volunteer by a parent or guardian. Once paperwork has been received and processed, a Food Club staff member will reach out regarding a volunteer orientation. The Food Club is located at Stop #243 along the Rapid's Silver Line route. Transfer to the Silver Line at the following stops: Michigan & Bostwick, DeVos Place, Monroe & Louis

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January 2018


Construction Volunteer

Community Partner
Habitat for Humanity of Kent County

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
January 1, 2018

Contact
Sarah Brandt
sbrandt@habitatkent.org
616-588-5226

Duties of Volunteer
Habitat Kent has an on-going need for construction volunteers, no skills are required, we will teach you! Projects can range from deconstruction, framing, carpentry work, painting, and landscaping. To select an opportunity visit our calendar here; http://kentcountyhabitat.volunteerhub.com/.

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New City After School Training

Community Partner
New City Neighbors

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
January 2, 2018

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

Duties of Volunteer
New City Afterschool (NCA) is a program open to all youth in the Creston neighborhood in 1st to 5th grade, with special leadership opportunities for Middle School students. The program meets every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:30 to 6:00pm. NCA is focused on academic support, growing in faith, leadership, and learning new skills. Volunteers will work one on one with a student or in a small group doing academic activities. This is an incredibly important part of our program as we strive to help students stay on track with their education. (T,W,TR- 4pm to 5pm) Volunteers may come one to three days a week. If you are interested in volunteering to help during other parts of New City Afterschool, please contact us as well.

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Tax Preparer

Community Partner
Flat River Outreach Ministries (FROM)

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
January 5, 2018

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

Duties of Volunteer
FROM is a United Way Kent County Tax Credit Coalition site and is looking for Volunteer Tax Preparers to help us provide individuals and families with free tax services at Flat River Outreach Ministries on Tuesdays from February through April 16, 2018. No experience necessary and all volunteers must complete either the December or January training (dates/times listed below) Dec 2 and 9 (9am-5pm) and Dec 16 (9am-12pm) or Jan 6 and 13 (9am-5pm) and Jan 20 (9am-12pm) Location: 118 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Young Athletes

Community Partner
Special Olympics Michigan Young Athletes

Category
Education

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
January 23, 2018

Contact
Kathryn Dirkmaat
dirkmaak@mail.gvsu.edu
616-916-4471

Duties of Volunteer
Special Olympics is looking for volunteers for our Young Athletes Program. We have sessions each week at various GRPS elementary schools throughout the semester. Young Athletes is for kids with disabilities ages 2-7, and includes sports and other activities. Our sessions are: Monday, Kent Hills Elementary 1:30-2:30pm Tuesday, Martin Luther King Academy 9:30-10:30am Tuesday, Sibley Elementary 1:30-2:30pm Wednesday, Ken-O-Sha Early Childhood Center 9:30-10:45am, and 1-2pm Thursday, Ken-O-Sha VanAuken 9:45-11am, and 1:30-2:45pm Thursday, Dickinson Elementary 9:30-10:30am A typical session involves a warm-up activity or song, 4-5 stations (obstacle course, basketball drills, soccer, hockey, etc), and a cool down activity or song. Our volunteers will assist with each station and may need to work one on one with a few students who require additional help.

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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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April 2018


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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