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The following list of opportunities are not directly coordinated by the CSLC.  Please be sure to sign up with the listed contact person.

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January 2022


Conversation Partner for an English Language Learner

Community Partner
ELS Language Centers

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
January 1, 2022

Contact
Lisa Wooning
lwooning@els.edu
616-331-9229

Duties of Volunteer
The ELS conversation partner program is a great way to learn about other cultures and be a friend to an international student. ELS Language Centers is located on the Allendale campus of GVSU in Au Sable Hall. You will be paired up with an English language learning international student and you will meet for about one hour per week. During your meetings, you'll be given conversation topics, and you will just participate in informal conversation with one of our students. The program is very flexible and can work with your class or work schedule.

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Make a Family's House a Home!

Community Partner
Family Promise of Grand Rapids

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
January 31, 2022

Contact
Chelsea Jandernoa
chelseaj@familypromisegr.org
616-608-8917

Duties of Volunteer
At Family Promise of Grand Rapids we provide shelter and basic needs to families with children. We then work with families to help them find stable and sustainable housing. Often times when families move home they are starting off with very little. We accept furniture donations from folks in the community and then deliver these items to families as they move home. This is a great group opportunity for 2-5 people!

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July 2022


Packing Food for Seniors

Community Partner
Kent County Community Action

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
July 1, 2022

Contact
Kristi Ayers
kristi.ayers@kentcountymi.gov
616-632-7954

Duties of Volunteer
Each month, Kent County Community Action delivers pre-packed boxes to over 1,200 seniors food. To ensure this process can take place, the boxes must be pre-packed at the KCCA warehouse. We need 4-5 volunteers each month to fill the boxes with cereal, juice, proteins, meat, and canned fruit/vegetables.

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August 2022


Thrift Store Volunteer

Community Partner
Bethany Christian Services

Opportunity Type
On Going

Deadline
August 25, 2022

Contact
Kelly Loubert
kloubert@bethany.org
616-254-7777

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.

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