Event Specific Service Opportunities

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

September 2015

Grand Rapids Public Museum- Maker Faire

Saturday, September 5, 2015 9:00am-1:00pm

This year the GRPM will be hosting the 2nd Annual Mini Maker Faire. This event will showcase makers of many different genres, from creators of robots, to 3D printers and more. This is a fun an engaging event for all. Volunteers will be assisting with a variety of different positions. From greeting guests, to giving breaks to the makers and more. Volunteers who help with this event will receive free parking and admission to the museum after their shift is over. If interested please contact Joe Landmichl at jlandmichl@grmuseum.orgPosted 8/31/2015.

West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - West Michigan Latino Health 5k

Saturday, September 5, 2015; 8:30- 11:30 AM

The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a 5K walk/run at Roberto Clemente Park in Grand Rapids, MI. Everyone is welcome! Volunteers will be needed to hand out water bottles, be a cheerleader to runners, set up, packet pick up/late registration, aid station...etc. If you are interested in volunteering please email Belisa Torres at btorres@grymca.orgPosted 9/2/2015. 

Grand Rapids Public Museum - Maker Fair

Saturday & Sunday, September 5th & 6th 2015; 1 PM - 5PM

This year the GRPM will be hosting the 2nd Annual Mini Maker Faire. This event will showcase makers of many different genres, from creators of robots, to 3D printers and more. This is a fun an engaging event for all. Volunteers will be assisting with a variety of different positions. From greeting guests, to giving breaks to the makers and more. Volunteers who help with this event will receive free parking and admission to the museum after their shift is over. If you need more information please contact Joseph Landmichl (616)-929-1767 or send an email to jlandmichl@grmuseum.org Published 9/3/2015

Senior Leadership Grand Rapids - Community Resource Volunteer Fair

Friday, September 11th, 2015; 9:00am-12:30am

The Senior Leadership Grand Rapids is offering an opportunity for senior citizens looking for volunteer opportunities to connect with local non-profit organizations looking for volunteers. Help representatives get materials (brochures, signs, etc) from their cars into the library auditorium for setup, then help return items to cars when the event ends. For more information please contact Ginger Randall at 616-735-3364 or http://www.aaawm.org. Published 9/3/2015

EGR Parks and Recreation Department- Rhoades McKee Reeds Lake Triathalon Duathlon

Saturday, September 12th, 6:00am-11:30am

The Rhoades McKee Reeds Lake Triathlon Duathlon is an annual event which includes swimming, biking and running for the athletes. Volunteers are needed to: ensure the safety of the athletes along the course, educate motorists at intersections and cheer on athletes during the race. Volunteer training will be held Wednesday, September 2 from 6:00-7:00pm. If interested please contact Pam Slater at pslater@eastgr.orgPosted 8/31/2015.

Steepletown Neighborhood Services - Rx Run

Saturday, September 12th, 7:00am-10:00am

Steepletown Neighborhood Services is offering an opportunity to volunteer at the 3rd annual Rx Run. Show up at 7:00a.m. on Saturday, September 12th, to set up, which includes placing race signs, setting up the aid station, setting up the hospitality tent, assisting runners with registration, etc. Contact Dick Bulkowski (616)-451-4215 or dick@steepletown.org for more information. Published 9/3/15

Beacon Hill at Eastgate - Beacon Hill at Eastgate - 5K Run/Walk

Thursday, September 17th, 2015; 6PM - 8PM

Beacon Hill at Eastgate is looking for volunteers to help them put up 5k Run/Walk event. The event raises money for residents who are short on resources to pay for their care. Volunteers will have a couple of different duties and they are encouraged to stay for food and fellowship. Deadline to register for the event is September 15th, 2015. For more information please contact Joy Dornbos (616)-608-8266 or send an email to joy.dornbos@beaconhillgr.org Posted 9/3/2015

Grand Haven Salmon Festival - Salmon Run 5k

Saturday, September 19, 2015; 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM

The Grand Haven Salmon Festival is proud to be partnering with the Grand Haven Young Professionals to bring back the Salmon Run 5k again for 2015! Volunteers are needed to help direct runners and traffic on the race route, distribute water, and more. If you are interested feel free to contact Stefanie Herder at sherder@visitgrandhaven.com or call her at 616-842-4499. Deadline to register is September 17, 2015. Posted 09/02/2015.

Grand Haven Salmon Festival - Salmon Cook-Off

Saturday, September 19th, 2015; 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM

At the Grand Haven Salmon Festival, the Salmon Cook-Off features favorite local and regional eateries as they face-off in a mouth-watering competition with local celebrity judges. Try and taste a variety of highly creative salmon dishes served in ways you never thought possible. This event is paired with The Salmon Festival Fall Harvest Wine & Beer Tasting Pavilion presented by D&W Fresh Market featuring Michigan wines, craft beer, and hard cider. The available opportunities are as follows: setup, clean up, take tickets from event patrons, check ids and more. AM and PM shifts are both offered. It is preferred that volunteers are 21 years or older. If you are interested, please contact Stefanie Herder at 616-842-4499 or sherder@visitgrandhaven.com. The deadline to register is September 16, 2015. Posted 09/02/2015.

Race for the Cure

Saturday, September 19, 2015 5:00am-4:00pm 

The 18th annual Race for the Cure is September 19th in Downtown GR! This is a 5k event to support Susan G. Komen of Michigan. A variety of different volunteer opportunities are available for all skill levels and time commitments. If interested please contact Nakia Kyler at nkyler@komenmichigan.orgPosted 8/31/2015.

Grand Haven Salmon Festival - Michigan Microbrew Tasting Event

Saturday, September 19th, 7:00pm-10:00pm

The Grand Haven Salmon Festival's 1st annual Michigan Microbrew Tasting Event will feature several Michigan-based breweries with a couple of microbrews available for tasting from each brewery! There will be live music, light snacks and food available for purchase.  Volunteers are needed for: pouring beer samples, taking tickets, checking IDs, and more.  Volunteers must be 21 years of age or older. If interested please contact Stefanie Herder at sherder@visitgrandhaven.comPosted 8/31/2015.

GVSU Charter Schools Office - ArtPrize Education Days

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015; 9:00 AM - 2:00PM

GVSU Charter Schools Office is hosting 400-600 kids per ArtPrize Education Day. The students will come to the Eberhard Center on September 23rd where they will be offered art programming and lunch. Students will then be given an "ArtPass" to walk around Grand Rapids exploring ArtPrize.  Volunteer shifts are from 9am-11am and 11am-2pm.  Duties include greeting students/teachers, serving as a tour guide, assisting students with their art project and serving lunch.  Deadline to register for the September 23rd ArtPrize Education Day is September 16th however multiple dates are available, please contact Erin Abel at abeleri@gvsu.edu or 616-331-9094 for full details.  Posted by 9/2/2015

Kent County Parks - Invasive Species Control Project

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015; 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Help defend the natural habitats at Millennium Park's Hansen Nature Trail site against invaders! Kent County Parks needs volunteers to help remove Autumn Olive, Buckthorn and other invasive species from this beautiful Kent County Park site. Volunteers will be pulling seedlings, trimming and treating medium sized growth and tagging large growth of invasive species. Orientation/training is included and all tools are supplied. If you are interested, feel free to contact Ginny Sines at park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov or at 616-632-7842. Registration is required for this event and the deadline is October 1, 2015. Posted 09/02/2015.

Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan - 3-21 Harvest Run

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015; 4PM - 9PM

A unique, fun, and family-friendly evening trail run to support the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan featuring custom awards and tech shirts. There will be different opportunities available: aid station, course marshall, set up and clean up after the event. To sign up for the event click here. For more information please contact Alethea Mishar (616)-956-3488 or send an email to alethea@dsawm.org. Published 9/3/2015

Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan - Step Up for Down Syndrome

Thursday, October 10th, 2015; 8AM - 1PM

Step Up for Down Syndrome is the annual advocacy, fellowship, and fundraising event for the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan. They need volunteers for everything from set up to clean up, including game stations, welcome stations and more. For more information please contact Alethea Mishar (616)-956-3488 or send an email to alethea@dsawm.org. Published 9/3/2015

Kent County Parks - Townsend Park Native Species Planting

Thursday, October 17, 2015; 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Kent County Parks is hosting Townsend Park Native Species Planting and is need of volunteers for the event! Volunteers are invited to help support natural habitat areas at Townsend park by planting hundreds of Native Species plugs. Volunteer duties consist of planting Native Species' plugs along the creek at Townsend Park. All tools and supplies are included and a volunteer lunch is provided. This is a great opportunity for those interested or pursuing a career in Biology or Natural Resources Management! If you are interested, please contact Ginny Sines at park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov or at 616-632-7842. Deadline to register is October 12, 2015. Posted 09/02/2015.

The Community Service Learning Center encourages students to consider participating in the following community service and volunteer opportunities. Please note that the CSLC does not assume responsibility for the opportunities listed by non-GVSU organizations nor provide transportation to those opportunities. To RSVP as a volunteer, please contact the organization directly.

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