Event Specific Service Opportunities

Be sure to check the CSLC "Upcoming Events" for service opportunities coordinated directly by the CSLC such as Make a Difference Day, MLK Day of Service, Service Saturdays, and more!  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 2014

Susan G. Komen West MichiganRace for the Cure
September 6, 6am-12pm

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series, the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world, raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. The Susan G. Komen of West Michigan is in need of numerous volunteers and have a multitude of different shifts and jobs to sign up for such as set-up, passing out food and water, teardown, cheering on people on the course, and so much more. You can check them all out by going to http://ow.ly/zrF4r. For more information, contact Travis Mix at 616-752-8262 or tmix@komenwestmichigan.orgPosted 8/15/14. 

Blandford Nature Center ~ Eco-Stewardship Invasive Species Control
September 6, 9:30am-12:30pm
Join BNC's Volunteer Coordinator, Jessie, for an introduction in the main visitor center auditorium from 9:30-10am. She will start with a lesson on invasive non-native shrub and tree identification. Volunteers will learn to identify common invasive plants like buckthorn, privet and honeysuckle and then you will head out into the forest to practice your identification skills. Finally, you'll cut and treat those unwanted invaders improving habitat for native species. Please come prepared to work off the trail with warm clothes and sturdy shoes that could get dirty. Everyone is welcome to join for an hour or the full day. For more information, contact Jessie Schulte at 616-735-6240 or jschulte@blandfordnaturecenter.orgPosted 7/29/14

Eastown Community Association ~ Street fair
September 13, 9am-8pm

Street fair celebrates art, music, food, and the Eastown community. This year's event will be on September 13 from 9 a.m.-8 p.m on Wealthy St. between Lake Dr. and Atlas. The ECA looking for volunteers to help with setup, vendor assistance, cleanup, and other general tasks throughout the event. For more information, contact Shelby Austin at 616-451-3025 or info@eastown.org. Posted 7/21/14

UICA ~ OddBall
September 13, 7pm-11pm

UICA's OddBall is back for September 2014! This UICA signature event will showcase Collaboration, UICAs ArtPrize 2014 exhibition. UICA is excited for this year's event theme, Lux, which will feature a decadent and mysterious atmosphere. Volunteers are needed for a variety of different roles, including greeting guests, ID check, and gallery monitors. For more information, contact Taylor Greenfield at 616-454-7000 ext. 18 or taylor@uica.org. Posted 6/30/14

Alliance for the Great Lakes ~ September Adopt-A-Beach(TM)
September 20, 9am-12pm

Join the thousands of people caring for our Great Lakes during the Alliances September Adopt-a-Beach Event, part of the International Coastal Cleanup. Volunteers who participate in the event not only remove debris, they also record their findings. For more information, contact Jillian Edwards at 616-850-0745 or jedwards@greatlakes.orgTo register for an event or become a team leader, visit the Adopt-A-Beach website. Posted 5/29/14

Holland Museum ~ Civil War Muster
September 20 & 21, 9am-9pm

Holland Museum is hosting its 6th annual Civil War Muster reenactment on the weekend of September 20 & 21, 2014 at the historic Van Raalte Farm in Holland, MI. This years free event features the Battles of Atlanta and Utoy Creek with two days worth of music, impressions of historical figures, performances, medical scenarios, period-style vendors, and (of course) battles. This years event is shaping up to be an exciting time and the museum is looking for volunteers to help with the festivities! They are looking for people to help out with registration, traffic control, special events, battlefield attendants, and much more! Both youth and adults are encouraged to volunteer. Some sit down opportunities are also available. Great for individuals and groups! To register, click here. For more information, contact Taylor Wise-Harthorn at 616-796-2080 or twiseharthorn@hollandmuseum.org. Posted 8/11/14

West Michigan Environmental Action Council ~ 11th Annual Mayors' Grand River Cleanup
September 20, 9am-10pm

Over the past decade, thousands of volunteers have come together to pick up more than 120,000 pounds of refuse from the banks of the Grand River. The event will again feature an after party sponsored by Founders Brewing Company with local craft beer and live music. Participants receive free refreshments, lunch, and T-shirt.Volunteers duties include picking up garbage along side the Grand River. WMEAC is also looking for volunteers to be site leaders or work on the headquarters team. to register, click here. For more information, contact Becky Brown at bbrown@wmeac.org. Posted 7/30/14

September 24-October 12

Every year ArtPrize volunteers come together in the early fall to help put on one of the world's largest art competitions. Whether you enjoy working behind the scenes or in the public eye, its people like you who breathe life into ArtPrize and make it the place to be every fall. ArtPrize offers a variety of volunteer opportunities to fit the needs and wants of our amazing volunteers! These opportunities include HUB Hospitality, Voter Registration, Wayfinding, ArtPrize Events, Leadership Positions, and a number of other positions. Volunteers are the ambassadors and tour guides of ArtPrize, providing visitors with assistance, answering questions, handing out maps, and providing hospitality in ArtPrize spaces. Want to volunteer with your friends, family, or coworkers? No Problem! We encourage group volunteering during ArtPrize; its a fun way to see art, extend hospitality to visitors, and spend time with your friends, family, and co-workers. Deadline to sign up as a group is August 8th. We offer a variety of volunteer shifts and training times. For more information, contact Brooke Hotchkiss at volunteer@artprize.org. Posted 7/21/14

South End Community Outreach Ministries (SECOM) ~ Playground Landscaping
September 26, 9am-11am

Come help with landscaping for the new Little Steps at SECOM Preschool playground! Volunteers will lay down and spread bark chips, and complete other landscaping as needed. Volunteers should dress in comfortable clothing that can get dirty. For more information, contact Stefanie Snyder at 616-452-7684 or development@secomministries.org. Posted 8/18/14

UICA ~ ArtPrize
September 29-October 12, 9:45am-9:15pm (Shifts Vary)

This year marks the 5th anniversary of ArtPrize, and UICA is more excited than ever! This year's dates are September 24th-October 12th, and UICA is looking for a large group of volunteers to help them create a smooth and fun guest experience. There are many shifts to choose from as well as some sweet membership incentives for serving multiple shifts. Volunteer duties include gallery monitoring, greeting, and voter registration. For more information, or to register, click herePosted 5/29/14

October 2014

SowHopePhoto Exhibit Fundraiser
October 3, 7pm-10pm

Join SowHope f
or the 6th Annual International Photo Exhibit. Volunteers are needed before, during, and after the event. Volunteer duties include promotion, event set-up and tear-down, greeting, registration, and many others. Volunteers must attend 1 of 3 volunteer training sessions. To register, click here. For more information, contact Doug or Mary Brown at 616-433-1575  or volunteer@sowhope.orgPosted 7/29/14

Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan321 Harvest Run
October 18, 3pm-10pm

The 321 Harvest Run consists of 2.5 mile and 5 mile Trail Runs, as well as a 1 Mile Costume Fun Run. 100% of the proceeds benefit the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan. There are several different volunteer options with varied shift length and responsibilities. Details are listed on Volunteer Spot at http://vols.pt/8sUvqx including course set-up, aid stations to pass out refreshments to runners and provide encouragement, registration, directing runners, disburse awards, and course tear down. To register, click here. For more information, contact Meredith Lange at 616-956-3488 or meredith@dsawm.orgPosted 8/26/14


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, but don't forget to log your service entry in Service Tracker!


Heart of West Michigan United Way - Volunteer Center HandsOn Connect (Kent County)You can check for additional Volunteer Opportunities at these sites: 

"HandsOn Connect" is a volunteer opportunity database containing on-going and event (date) specific opportunities in the Greater Grand Rapids area.


Click here to access our list of expired event-specific opportunities.

Page last modified August 26, 2014