Volunteering under Ottawa County Public Health Order

The Ottawa County Health Department Order prohibits in-person non-academic activities – including volunteering – except as expressly allowed by the Order.  All students are asked to comply with the Order’s restrictions to best respect the State of Emergency status in Michigan.  


We realize that during challenging times there's a natural impulse to want to help others. Especially during times like these, there can be gaps in the volunteer workforce and a larger need for assistance in the community. To help students, faculty, and staff learn about ways they might volunteer or donate, check out the resources provided by the Office of Student Life's Community Service Learning Center.

Also, the following websites will help identify the most up-to-date list of local organizations accepting community help to aid in the COVID-19 response:

We also encourage you to regularly check the Centers for Disease Control site and the GVSU Coronavirus site for the most relevant information on how to keep yourself and our communities safe and healthy.

Our Statement About Service:

With our changing world around us, our definition of service is also changing. We believe there are always ways to give back to your community while adhering to guidlines set forth by local/state governments. With that being said, we want to give our students as many resources as possible to expand their definition of service. Helping to get your friends registered to vote, organizing a neighborhood clean up, or helping to tutor kids are all ways that you can engage with your community while keeping you and everyone around you safe. Below you will find several different ways that you can get involved both in our GVSU community and beyond.

Community Engagement Opportunities

Virtual Service Opportunities

Become a mentor:

Host a couch party and get your friends registered to vote!

Additional places to find virtual service opportunities:

Ways to Get Involved in Your Neighborhood

  • Rake your neighbor's leaves or offer to shovel snow for them
  • Organize a neighborhood cleanup
  • Ask your neighbors if you can collect their cans to raise money for a non-profit

Connect with Service Organizations at GVSU

Check out service orgs here at GV!

The information on this page is being provided strictly as a courtesy to our students seeking community engagement opportunities. The following list of opportunities is not coordinated by the CSLC. If any of these opportunities interest you please contact the community partner directly through the contact person listed. 

The views and opinions represented by these organizations are not affiliated with Grand Valley State University. If you find that a position posted through this site is not as advertised, please notify the Community Service Learning Center at service@gvsu.edu.

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