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.

January 2015

Grand Rapids Symphony ~ Lollipop Concert
January 21st, 22nd and 23rd 8:30am-12:00pm
Volunteers are needed at the Sunshine Community Church for the PNC Lollipop Concert, Little Red Riding Hood. Hundreds of students ages 4 -7 from around our community will enjoy the timeless tale of a spunky young girl and a crafty wolf whose plans are foiled by a modern day twist, featuring the dancers of the Grand Rapids Ballet! Performances are at 9:30 and 10:45am. Volunteers will be used as seaters, lobby directors and greeters and training is provided each morning. New volunteers are paired with veteran volunteers and can enjoy the performances for free in select seats. Be a part of these lively performances for our youngest audiences. For more information contact Nancy Hopkins at nhopkins@grsymphony.org or 616.454.9451 Posted 1/13/2015

Martin Luther King Jr. Day ~ Day of Service 
January 24th 9:00am-3:00pm
National Day of Service where volunteers across America serve in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  GVSU's service project is coordinated by the CSLC and the MLK Week Executive Planning Committee. The goal of the event is to educate students about the Civil Rights movement as well as inspire them to serve their communities in the spirit of social change. Volunteers will meet in Kirkhoff Center and check in at 9:00am and then go volunteer out in the community, come back for lunch and a motivational speaker. Transportation and lunch will be provided at no cost.  Students needing special accommodations to participate should email Laura Murnen within one week of the event.  Please email Laura at murnenla@gvsu.edu if you need accommodations. Posted 1/203/2015

Super Science Saturday ~ The Wonder of Light 
January 24th, 9:00am-5:00pm 
Super Science Saturday: The Wonder of Light in conjunction with the International Year of Light, the Regional Math and Science Center, Physics Department, and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is hosting a science extravaganza that will provide educational activities and opportunities for K-12 students and their families to explore and learn how light affects our everyday lives and connects with biology, physics, chemistry, health science, history, art, and more! GVSU students are needed in a variety of ways including assisting presenters with set-up for the event, helping with student activities, and much more.  Volunteers are needed from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm on the day of the event (Saturday, January 24, 2015). At the completion of the event, you may enter your hours on Service Tracker.  GVSU/Student Service Clubs with 10 or more members volunteering (for a minimum of 5 hours each) will qualify for a stipend for the club’s participation. Volunteers need to register by Friday, January 9, 2014.  More information and the registration form will be posted soon at www.gvsu.edu/rmsc.  Questions concerning this event may be directed to Kathy Agee at ageek@gvsu.edu Posted 1/12/2015

Kent County Tax Credit Coalition ~ Show Me the Money Day
January 31st, 10:00am-4:00pm
Show Me the Money Day is a statewide event in Michigan coordinated by the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) that kicks off the tax season and promotes access to free financial resources, affordable products, & services, and financial education classes. Grand Rapids' 4th annual event is hosted by the Kent County Tax Credit Coalition (KCTCC), CRA Association, and Sterling Massey State Farm.  The event will be held at Alger Middle School and is in need of 10-15 volunteers to help with set-up, tear down, distributing and collecting surveys, lunch, and supporting workshop facilitators. There are two volunteer time slots: 10am-1pm & 1pm-4pm.  Pizza & drinks will be provided. Please contact Katelyn Kovalik at (616) 459-6281 or kkovalik@hwmuw.org.  Posted 1/08/2015

February 2015

Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan ~ Inside Outing
February 6th, 10:00am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Join us to volunteer for the Inside Outing Beat the winter blahs with an evening of food, fun, and friendly competition on our 21 hole, indoor miniature golf course. Volunteers are needed to assist in setting up the miniature golf course for the participants! All proceeds benefit the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan - providing people with Down syndrome the support and services needed to lead happy, healthy, meaningful lives. For more information, contact Alethea Mshar at alethea@dsawm.org or 616-956-3488Posted 1/21/2015

Latin Americans United for Progress ~ Hispanic Youth Leadership Conference
February 10th, 7:00am-3:00pm 

Now in its 7th year, this event is designed to help Hispanic students identify the skills and talents needed in order to secure a profession in the future. The conference will also teach students how to prepare for higher level education such as with a college or technical school. IMPORTANT: There is a MANDATORY training session for ALL volunteers on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 9:30am. During this training session any questions or concerns will be answered and a thorough explanation of the tasks will be given. Please meet at the front entrance of the DeVos Fieldhouse (222 Fairbanks Avenue, Holland, MI 49423) On Tuesday, February 10, volunteers are expected to show up on time at the front entrance of the DeVos Fieldhouse at 7am. There will be a room provided to leave any belongings you may have. Tasks include: helping with registration at the start of the conference and seating the students, providing directions between workshops or other key locations, answering questions that the students may have, and reacting accordingly to any possible situation. For more information contact Diana Cortes at lso@hope.edu or 616-392-5058 Posted 1/23/2015

GRTV ~ WYCE - Jammies XVI
February 13th 5:00pm-12:00am
WYCE's Jammies XVI is an awards ceremony and showcase that will honor and celebrate the best regional music WYCE was fortunate enough to receive and play in 2014. The event has over 20 local bands on 2 stages and takes place at the Intersection Lounge. GRTV broadcasts the event live on cable channel 24 in the Grand Rapids area. Volunteers are needed for Camera operation, audio and graphics engineer, technical director - available shifts to volunteer are 5:00-8:00, 7:30-10:00, 9:30-12:00. For more information, contact Ted Diedrich at 616-459-4788 or ted@grcmc.org Posted 1/16/2015

Grand Rapids Symphony ~ 5th Grade Concerts
February 24th 8:15am-12:30pm
Volunteers are needed at the DeVos Performance Hall as the concert hall is turned into a giant classroom taking on a new look and feel with a multi-media concert sure to engage students in the full spectrum of a live concert packed with great music. Volunteers are needed to act as door openers, lobby directors, ushers and bus directing. For more information contact Nancy Hopkins at nhopkins@grsymphony.org or 616.454.9451 Posted 1/13/2015

East Hills Council of Neighbors~ 10th Annual Winter Beer Festival
February 27th 2:00pm-6:30pm
The East Hills Council of Neighbors has helped organize a group of volunteers for the annual Winter Beer Festival at Fifth Third Ballpark. Over 80 Michigan breweries attend this event. This is the first year this festival is over two days. The Michigan Brewers Guild donates to the East Hills Council of Neighbors for the organizing work we do with volunteers for this festival. Volunteers will be collecting tickets, passing out beer tokens, distributing festival maps For more information contact Rachel Lee at rachel@easthillscouncil.org or 616.454.9079 Posted 1/16/2015

March 2015

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital ~ Griffs Sled Hockey Classic Home Tournament
March 6th-8th, 9:00am-6:00pm
Volunteer at this home tournament for the Grand Rapids sled hockey team.  Sled hockey is an adaptive sport, and the team consists of individuals who have physical disabilities that require them to use a wheelchair.  Volunteers are needed for tasks such as food serving, time keeping (training provided), and cleanup in the afternoon/evenings.   Please contact Alicia Hass at (616) 840-8134 or alicia.hass@maryfreebed.com.  Posted 11/12/2014

GVSU's Kutsche Office of Local History~ Local History Roundtable
March 26th 8:30pm-7:00pm
The goal with the meeting is to bring together interested community members, students, educators, librarians, archivists, museum staff/curators, and representatives from historical societies who share an interest in local history. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Food, Farm, and Table.” We are focusing why food matters, past and present. It will take place on Thursday, March 26, 2015 in the Grand Rapids Public Library from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. A business dinner meeting for library, archives, museum, and historical society professionals will follow the Roundtable, concluding at 7 p.m. Volunteer responsibilities may include assisting with registration and check-in, help providing directions and seating assistance to attendees, assisting with set-up and take-down, among other things. Volunteers may register to come for all or part of the day. Ideally, volunteers will provide their own transportation to and from the Grand Rapids Public Museum. To register contact Melanie-Shell Weiss at shellm@gvsu.edu or 616-331-8059 Posted 1/23/2015

May 2015

Grand Rapids Symphony ~ ACCESS to Music
May 21st 8:30am-2:30pm
ACCESS to Music provides a unique performance FREE for members of the Grand Rapids community who are not able to attend traditional concerts due to impairments or financial limitations. The event will be held at the Salvation Army Croc Center and volunteers are needed to act as parking attendants, seating assistants, ushers and guest ambassadors. For more information contact Nancy Hopkins at nhopkins@grsymphony.org or 616.454.9451 Posted 1/13/2015

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, 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.


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