Nonprofit Volunteer and Internship Fair

September 14, 2021, 12-3pm

Join us at the Kirkhof lawn in Allendale or the DeVos Courtyard downtown.

Nonprofit Volunteer and Internship Fair

For Students

Students can register here! (Pre-registration is not required for students.)

Please join us on either the Kirkhof lawn in Allendale or in the DeVos Courtyard downtown for the Nonprofit Volunteer and Internship Fair, both fairs will take place concurrently. The Fair hosts approximately 60 nonprofit organizations looking for volunteers and/or interns and is a great opportunity for students to connect with various agencies in the West Michigan area. 

This event is a collaboration between the Community Service Learning Center and Career Center. Pre-registration is not required! Resumes and business attire are not required, but may be appropriate for those looking for internships.

For Nonprofit Partners

Nonprofit partners can register here!

The Nonprofit Volunteer & Internship Fair is ideal for any agencies looking to fill volunteer or internship opportunities. We will be hosting the fair simultaneously at both Allendale and Grand Rapids campuses so please select the booth option for the location you prefer during the registration process.

Your $25 registration fee provides one 8 foot table with 1 chair for display purposes (note: tablecloths will not be provided) and complimentary lunch for 1 representative from your agency. Please note we are limiting to 1 representative per organization due to health and safety guidelines for attendance maximums. Your 501(c)(3) status will be verified prior to the event, and if questions arise, you will be contacted for further conversation.

On the day of the fair, we will have limited volunteers to assist agencies with carrying their materials. Please keep this in mind as you plan what materials you'd like to bring for your display. If you plan to need assistance contact service@gvsu.edu, to notify us of your need.

Allendale Campus

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Organization

Description

1

Special Olympics Michigan

To provide year round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendships with their families, other Special Olympic athletes, and the community.

2

Gift of Life Marrow Registry

At Gift of Life we believe every person battling blood cancer deserves a second chance at life and we are determined to make it happen. We are singularly passionate about engaging the public to help us get everyone involved in curing blood cancer, whether as a donor, a volunteer or a financial supporter. It all begins with one remarkable person, one life-changing swab and one huge win at finding a match and a cure.

3

Compassionate Heart Ministry

Donna, the founder of Compassionate Heart, watched her son with mild autism and cognitive impairments struggle with friendships, relationships and a lack of social opportunities. She dreamed of a place where people with disabilities would feel safe, valued and accepted. In 2007 this dream became a reality and Compassionate Heart opened its doors. Our mission is to build inclusive relationships in Christ for families and individuals with mild to moderate disabilities.

4

Wesley Fellowship at GVSU

The Wesley Fellowship is an inclusive community enabling individuals to grow in faith and social justice. We are in the process of becoming a multi campus, multi denominational campus ministry with a presence at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, and Kendall College of Art and Design.

5

Revive & Thrive Project

We support individuals and their families struggling with serious illness, such as cancer, with nourishing and healing meals during the treatment and recovery process. Teens prepare the meals providing them with healthy eating skills and leadership development while activating their efforts in service to others. We promote the connection between food, health and survivorship.

6

Benjamin’s Hope

Benjamin's Hope is a live, learn, play and worship farmstead community where people of all abilities are transformed by the love of Christ. Club Connect is a friendship ministry held on Thursday nights that seeks to create meaningful relationships between people of all abilities!

7

Amate House

Amate House is a year of intensive leadership development in Chicago. Our fellows are young adults ages 21-29 who commit to living in intentional community and serving under-resourced communities in Chicago through full time community service. Fellows are asked to engage thoughtfully throughout their experience with the Amate House tenets of community, social justice, stewardship, faith, and service. With a network of over fifty Chicago area nonprofits, Amate House works diligently to place fellows in professional jobs geared toward their skills and interests, including positions at legal aid centers, low-income community health clinics, inner-city schools, parishes, and social service organizations.

8

Community Action House

Since our founding in 1969, Community Action House (CAH) has been the focal point of community efforts to provide critical support and pathways out of poverty for our neighbors in need. We do so with a client-centric approach that meets people wherever they are at and offers services that enhance ownership and agency. Compassion, excellence, and collaboration are core values. Learn more at www.communityactionhouse.org

9

Starlight Ministries

Starlight is a Christ centered ministry that provides HOPE, healing and support for those who are grieving a death loss.

10

Cannonsburg Ski Area

Dirt Dawgs outdoor adventure

11

American Red Cross of Michigan

The American Red Cross, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in times of need. We aspire to turn compassion into action so that all people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter and hope. Our communities are ready and prepared for disasters. Everyone in our country has access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products. All members of our armed services and their families find support and comfort whenever needed; and in an emergency, there are always trained individuals nearby, ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives.

12

MomsBlooms

MomsBoom's mission is to connect families with newborns to passionate community members who provide quality, hands-on postpartum support.

13

Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth

With three locations in the heart of the city, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids serve hundreds of kids every day. Youth Development Professionals provide valuable guidance and execute exciting programs in the gym, art room, learning center, and game room. Camp O'Malley is a part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids and is located 25 minutes outside of Grand Rapids in Alto, MI. We seek fun, motivated and responsible college students to spend their summer serving as Camp Counselors.

 

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Kids’ Food Basket

Nourishing children to reach their full potential

15

Teach For America

Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America seeks the most promising leaders who have demonstrated the values and leadership necessary to make systemic change. Our diverse, outstanding corps members make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and have a profound impact on their students. Through these two years, corps members gain context, clarity, and conviction to lead a life of impact in any sector. Beyond their two years, corps members become part of a network of over 64,000 leaders working together across sectors to shape the political, economic, and social future of our nation.

16

Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity

Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity is a partnership, home building & home repair Christian ministry in the greater Holland area that has served more than 150 families and 700 individuals since 1990. It is based on the principle that all God's people deserve a decent place to live and that our community is a better place when that occurs.

 

17

City Year

City Year helps students and schools succeed, while preparing the next generation of civically engaged leaders who can work across lines of difference. Diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members provide support to students, classrooms and the whole school. Schools that partner with City Year are up to two to three times more likely to improve in English and math assessments, and the more time students spend with AmeriCorps members, the more they improve on social, emotional and academic skills that help students thrive in school and contribute to their community. A proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network, City Year is supported by AmeriCorps, local school districts and private philanthropy.

18

Bethany Christian Services

Bethany is changing the world through family. We began our work by serving one child more than 75 years ago. Today, Bethany is an international Christian nonprofit that partners with communities in more than 30 states and in several countries around the world. We strengthen and preserve families, support displaced people fleeing danger, and find safe, loving families for children who need them. Bethany is at the forefront of creating and implementing solutions to meet the growing needs of vulnerable children and families in the U.S. and around the world.  We are a family-friendly agency, providing competitive compensation and benefits packages, opportunities for professional growth, and a Christian work environment committed to excellence.

19

Renew Therapeutic Riding Center

At Renew Therapeutic Riding Center, our mission is to enhance the well being of individuals in our community through the physical, cognitive, and emotional benefits of therapeutic horsemanship.

20

Love Thy Neighborhood

Love Thy Neighborhood offers professional internships in a wide variety of fields to young adults, within a setting of deep Christian community and Biblical training. During a Summer Term or a Gap Year Term, Team Members use their educational experience to make an impact on Immigration, Homelessness, Adult Entertainment Industry, Orphan Care, Crisis Pregnancy, Legal Aid, Church Ministry, Media + Design, Healthcare, Low-Income Housing, Podcasting, Visual Arts, Book Editing, and Nonprofit Leadership. We equip and mobilize the next generation of Christian leaders to work with the poor, the suffering and the marginalized.

 

21

World Mission

World Mission - where no one else has gone. World Mission gives audio Bibles to ministry partners who demonstrate God's love in regions where people have never heard the gospel.

 

22

Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association

The Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association maintains the integrity of our neighborhood as a good place to live, work and do business by empowering our neighbors to improve the community and prevent crime.

23

IKUS Life Enrichment Services

IKUS Life Enrichment Services is a nonprofit organization that helps individuals with disabilities to discover their potential, experience greater freedom, learn new skills, and have fun in a safe environment.  Because everyone wants another best day, IKUS serves individuals from five years old to eighty-plus. We also serve clients with a wide variety of abilities, including spina bifida, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, congenital anomalies, down syndrome, autism, multiple sclerosis, arthrogryposis, cognitive impairments, and other developmental and/or physical abilities, helping them to live joyful, productive lives through services that address each person’s specific needs and goals.

24

Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer's Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. We are the largest private funder of Alzheimer research and the premier source of information and support for the more than 5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and their 15 million families and caregivers. The Alzheimer's Association was recently recognized as the #1 best large nonprofit to work for in 2016. We are proud to say that this is the sixth year in a row that we’ve won Non-Profit Times 50 Best Places to Work award!

25

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is home to Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory, one of the largest children’s gardens in the country, an 8-acre Japanese Garden, an internationally acclaimed Sculpture Park, and a 1900-seat outdoor amphitheater which features an eclectic mix of world-renowned musicians. Meijer Gardens hosts numerous prestigious events each year and is home to Taste of the Gardens, a premier in-house caterer featuring locally sourced products, scratch made custom menus and top-notch service. Meijer Gardens provides a collaborative work environment, industry-leading benefits, and a positive culture focusing on respect, trust, and work/life balance.

 

26

Wedgewood Christian Services

As one of Michigan's most highly regarded experts helping at-risk youth and families since 1960, Wedgwood Christian Services is dedicated to aggressively taking on the toughest problems facing young people today.  Our goal is to support and help restore the physical, social, intellectual, emotional and spiritual well-being of children, adults and families in our community.

Wedgwood's Values

Wedgwood is a Christian Ministry characterized by:

-      Integrity

-       Compassion

-        Excellence

-       Diversity

 

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Bridge Street Ministries

Bridge Street Ministries is a Christ-centered urban ministry with an emphasis on community development and discipling youth. We offer a gap-year program with an emphasis on biblical teaching, fervent prayer, intentional community, and urban ministry locally and globally. Our students engage neighbors in our coffee shop, disciple kids and teens in after-school tutoring and discipleship programs, and spend two months serving our international partners in Guatemala or India. Through Mission School, we are preparing young adults for a life of mission. We also have two primary volunteer opportunities available: Coffee shop volunteers and tutors/mentors for urban middle school students.

28

GVSU Padnos International Center

GVSU Padnos International Center is home to GVSU Study Abroad and GVSU International Student Services (ISS).

29

Heritage Homes, Inc.

Heritage Homes, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit agency incorporated in 1971 by parents, advocates and clergy in the Holland / Zeeland area to serve the housing needs of adults with developmental disabilities. For the past 50 years, the organization has expanded its mission and services to include families affected by intimate partner violence, substance abuse, chronic illness, low-income and homelessness. Now, Heritage Homes serves families and individuals through developing and managing supportive housing apartment units, as well as providing specialized supportive services in these areas: residential care, community living supports,  social recreation and daytime enrichment.

30

Versti Inc.

Versiti is a fusion of donors, scientific curiosity, and precision medicine that recognize the gifts of blood and life are precious. At Versiti, we are passionate about improving the lives of patients and helping our healthcare partners thrive. Our Mission: We are Blood Health Innovators who enhance lives through discovery, diagnosis, and treatment. Our Vision: We will expand the frontiers of patient health through the integration of science, medicine, and service.

 

31

Cornerstone Church

Cornerstone is one church with multiple locations: Caledonia, Heritage Hill, and South Wyoming. Our mission is helping people know Jesus and make Him known.

32

Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes

Junior Achievement: empowering young people to own their economic success. We are the nation's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices.  JA's programs in the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy work to ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century.

33

Michigan League of Conservation Voters

Michigan LCV is the political voice for Michigan’s lands, waters, and air. Michigan LCV is a non-profit, independent political organization working with its members and the state’s conservation and environmental community to make environmental protection a top priority with elected officials and voters. Michigan LCV helps elect candidates to office that stand up for conservation principles, and holds elected officials accountable for their actions. The affiliated Michigan LCV Education Fund seeks to educate, mobilize and engage Michiganders in the democratic process and works to build the power of the conservation community through the education of the public and elected officials, technical support and training, and coalition building.

34

Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore

 

Our Mission: To inspire all girls to the highest ideals of self-worth and dignity, that they may become caring, capable, and competent young women; and to expose girls to diverse experiences that they may recognize and appreciate the pluralistic nature of society.

35

West Michigan Youth for Christ

YFC reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to prayer and the Word of God, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement.

36

Refugee Education Center

The Refugee Education Center is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Grand Rapids, MI. We support refugees in their journey to become fully participating members of the West Michigan community. We envision a thriving, multicultural West Michigan community where all have an opportunity to pursue a better future!

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Literacy Center of West Michigan

The Literacy Center works with adults, both native speakers of English and English language learners, who read below a 9th grade level and want to improve their literacy.  We are at the forefront of adult literacy instruction. Our programs meet learners where they are, offering one-on-one tutoring, classes, and family literacy opportunities at no cost to the learners. 

The Literacy Center instructed 764 adults in the 2016-2017 program year, utilizing 300 volunteers, and yet the need greatly exceeds our capacity. With 55,000 adults in Kent County limited by low literacy skills, the Literacy Center is eager to expand its capacity and draw attention to the crucial issue of low literacy among adults in our community.

 

38

Children’s Healing Center

Provide a safe, clean and engaging environment for kids with weak immune systems to interact with others.  Promote social, emotional and physical healing for kids and their families.

Pew Campus

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Organization

Description

1

Blandford Nature Center

The mission of Blandford is to engage and empower our community through enriching experiences in nature. Our vision is a thriving, diverse community that supports a healthy, natural, world.

2

Disability Advocates of Kent County

Mission Statement & Values

Disability Advocates mission is to advocate for, and facilitate action by, persons living with disabilities and our community in order to achieve equal access for all.

We are guided by the Independent Living Philosophy, which has two core beliefs:

Disability is a natural part of the human experience. These words appear in the Americans with Disabilities Act and are a revolutionary change of thinking from the old belief that people with disabilities were defective and needed to be fixed."

The focus of policy should be to the environment, not the person. Discriminatory physical, programmatic and attitudinal barriers keep people with disabilities from being more independent.

 

3

Special Olympics Michigan

To provide year round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendships with their families, other Special Olympic athletes, and the community.

4

Amate House

Amate House is a year of intensive leadership development in Chicago. Our fellows are young adults ages 21-29 who commit to living in intentional community and serving under-resourced communities in Chicago through full time community service. Fellows are asked to engage thoughtfully throughout their experience with the Amate House tenets of community, social justice, stewardship, faith, and service. With a network of over fifty Chicago area non-profits, Amate House works diligently to place fellows in professional jobs geared toward their skills and interests, including positions at legal aid centers, low-income community health clinics, inner-city schools, parishes, and social service organizations.

5

YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids

When you join our team, you don't just get a job you embark on an exciting path of career development. Not only will you have the chance to help children, youth and adults of all ages reach their potential, you'll be making a huge difference in your community as well. No matter what role you seek, you can make a valuable contribution and help transform the lives of others. If you're the kind of person that puts people first, leads by example and holds our values of being caring, respectful and responsible, you're a lot like us and we'd like to meet you. Simply put, a career at the Y is a career with a purpose. Inspired? Join us.

6

Yorkshire and Stonebridge Manors

Yorkshire and Stonebridge Manors offer specialized care in a homelike environment with a range of care covering minimal assistance to total care for the frail elderly.  Dementia Care and Senior Care services are designed specifically for the needs of the residents in our community; providing the highest level of service when it's needed the most.

7

West Michigan Sports Commission

The West Michigan Sports Commission is a nonprofit organization based in Grand Rapids that promotes Michigan's west coast as the premier venue for hosting a diverse level of youth and amateur sporting events, enhancing the economy and quality of life in the region.  The State Games of Michigan is a marquee event of the West Michigan Sports Commission that promotes sportsmanship and a healthy lifestyle.  The West Michigan Sports Complex, a tournament ready baseball/softball complex located in  Rockford Michigan, is owned and operated by the West Michigan Sports Commission and meets our mission of promoting West Michigan as a premier sports destination. 

8

The Other Way Ministries

We are a Christ-centered development organization empowering lives in Westown.

 

Families discover spiritual direction, relationship growth, and economic stability through a diverse range of services, programs and classes.

 

9

MomsBloom

MomsBoom's mission is to connect families with newborns to passionate community members who provide quality, hands-on postpartum support.

10

Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth

With three locations in the heart of the city, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids serve hundreds of kids every day. Youth Development Professionals provide valuable guidance and execute exciting programs in the gym, art room, learning center, and game room.

 

Camp O'Malley is a part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids and is located 25 minutes outside of Grand Rapids in Alto, MI. We seek fun, motivated and responsible college students to spend their summer serving as Camp Counselors.

 

11

Kids' Food Basket

Nourishing children to reach their full potential

12

Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids and Gilda’s LaughFest

Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids provides free emotional healthcare to children, adults, families, and friends on any kind of cancer journey or those grieving the death of someone in their life due to any cause.

13

In The Image

We are a nonprofit organization with the mission to provide hope, dignity, and respect through the best shopping experience money cannot buy.

14

Bethany Christian Services

Bethany is changing the world through family. We began our work by serving one child more than 75 years ago. Today, Bethany is an international Christian nonprofit that partners with communities in more than 30 states and in several countries around the world. We strengthen and preserve families, support displaced people fleeing danger, and find safe, loving families for children who need them. Bethany is a family-friendly agency, providing competitive compensation and benefits packages, opportunities for professional growth, and a Christian work environment committed to excellence. Many of our employees feel that what they do at Bethany isn't work, but a life-giving ministry.

15

Teach For America

Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America seeks the most promising leaders who have demonstrated the values and leadership necessary to make systemic change. Our diverse, outstanding corps members make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and have a profound impact on their students. Through these two years, corps members gain context, clarity, and conviction to lead a life of impact in any sector. Beyond their two years, corps members become part of a network of over 64,000 leaders working together across sectors to shape the political, economic, and social future of our nation.

16

Meals on Wheels Western Michigan

Meals on Wheels Western Michigan (MOWWM) provides quality nutrition services in a supportive environment to promote the health and independence of older adults. MOWWM accomplishes this mission through three programs: Meals on Wheels (home-delivered meals), Senior Dining Sites, and Senior Pantries.

17

Family Futures

Family Futures is a nonprofit organization located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan in the Riverview Center. For over 35 years, Family Futures has worked to support children, parents and families and to shape a community in which all children are supported to reach their full potential. We have two programs - Healthy Families and Connections.

18

Plainsong Farm

Plainsong Farm’s mission is to restore lost connections between people, places and God. Our work involves agroecology, experiential farm-based education, leadership formation and national initiatives around church-owned land stewardship.

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Cafe 1040

There are entire populations of people who are unreached. They have little to no access to the story and person of Jesus. No churches. No followers of Jesus. No missionaries. Yet. We are leading a generation to go and tell them. Join us.

Arial shot of 2018 nonprofit & volunteer fair

Female and male legalassistancecenter.org representatives behind a table

Student speaking with Grand Rapids Police Department Recruiting