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.

December 2014

Grand Valley Promotions Office ~ President's Ball Video Shoot
December 12th 6:00pm-9:30p (Shifts Vary)

The Promotions Office Video Team needs extras for this year's Presidents' Ball promotional video. Extras will get the chance to re-create the roaring 20's and party with the likes of Jay Gatsby and President Haas. To be apart of the video, volunteers will need to dress up like they are attending a party in the 1920's.The night will be divided up into three segments: #1 - 6:00-8:15pm #2 - 8:15-9:30pm #3 - 6:00-9:30pm. Send them an email to pick which time segment works best for you and join the party! For more information contact Macey Madias at 616-331-8692 or at video@gvsu.eduPosted 12/1/2014.

Arthritis Foundation of Michigan ~ Grand Rapids Jingle Bell Run
December 13th 6:30am - 12:30pm
The Jingle Bell Run is a timed 5K race that has become the Arthritis Foundations signature event, attracting more than 2,000 participants and raising almost $100,000 to assist the Arthritis Foundations mission in helping the millions of men, women and children living with this painful and debilitating disease. Arthritis is a complex family of musculoskeletal disorders consisting of more than 100 different diseases or conditions that can affect people of all ages, races and genders. It is a fun morning where both participants and volunteers are encourage to dress in the spirit of the holiday season. Volunteer opportunities include set up, registration, greeting participants, food servers, snowman shuttle, course marshals, water stations, finish line attendants and clean up. For more information contact Cindy Pogue at 248-530-5020 or cpogue@arthritis.orgPosted 11/4/2014

Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan ~ Christmas Party
December 14th 2:00pm-4:00pm
The Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan is holding it's annual holiday party at Frederik Meijer Gardens. This is a fun event that serves as a connection for members and families.  Elves to work in the line for Santa Claus, and craft helpers are needed.  For more information, please contact Alethea Mshar at (616) 956-3488 or alethea@dsawm.orgPosted 10/29/2014

Michigan National Guard ~ Drop & Shop
December 16th 5:00pm-8:30pm
The Michigan National Guard is hosting a Drop & Shop event at the Grand Valley Armory. Parents will be able to drop off their children (ages 12 weeks -12 years old)and finish up their holiday shopping. We plan to play a holiday movie, make crafts and have a visit from Santa. This event is open to all military services members in the area.Volunteers will help with crafts, help children visit with Santa, help with snacks and movie time. We would need to complete an MI background check on all volunteers. For more information, contact Traci Osterman at 517-481-9890 or traci.m.osterman.ctr@mail.milPosted 12/9/2014 

Wedgwood Christian Services ~ Christmas Present Wrapping
Holiday Break: 3:00pm-9:00pm

Wedgwood Christian Services has roughly 100 youth in residence. Every year, members of the community donate Christmas presents for them. These amazing presents now need to be wrapped. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated and wrapping will be done on multiple days! Anyone can be an expert at wrapping presents! And you don't have to be here the whole time. Come as early as you would like and stay as late as you want. For more information, or if you would like to sign up for a day please contact Alison Lisiak at 616-633-6802 or at alisiak@wedgwood.orgPosted 12/1/2014

Comprenew - Holiday Help
Holiday Break: Monday - Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
Come spend some of your vacation with us!  We need volunteers to help disassemble computers.  Help us reduce the amount of ewaster that is not recycled!  Volunteers will use hand tools to take apart computers and claim the metals, plastics and other materials for recycling.  Please contact Holly Aungst at (616) 451-4400 or haungst@comprenew.org for more information.  Posted 12/1/2014.

Safe Haven Ministries ~ Painting the Children's Room
December 22nd 10:00am-2:30pm

Safe Haven Ministries is a domestic violence organization that works to empower communities through emergency shelter, non-residential services and prevention and educational programs. As they have expanded our organization they are need of some help painting their child care room. This room is designed for children to enjoy while their mothers are participating in some of our professional services. Posted 12/3/2014

Family Futures ~ Tuesday Mailing Support Needed
December 23rd, December 30th, 8:30am-5:00pm
Many of our volunteers head home or leave town over the holidays, but our programs must go on!  Our largest program, Connections, is primarily run through the mail, providing families with important information on their child's development and just-in-time parenting resources.  To ensure we are able to continue to serve our program participants, we will need extra help on these two particular dates, although we are always welcome to extra mailing help on the days between these two, specifically Tuesdays through Thursdays.  Volunteers help prepare and send weekly mailing to our program participants.  For more information, please contact Bryana Hopkins at (616) 855-5461 or bhopkins@familyfutures.net.  Posted 12/1/2014.

C-SNIP ~ Moving Day
December 26th, 12:00pm-4:00pm

C-SNIP will be painting their office floors, so all of the furniture needs to be moved out of the area. There will be a similar opportunity once the paint has dried. The furniture has to be disassembled and moved. For more information contact Pat Baxter at 616-340-8442 or at pbaxter@csnip.orgPosted 12/3/2014

January 2014

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital ~ Adult Doubles Charity Tennis Tournament
January 16th, 9:00am-5:00pm
Come volunteer at the 11th Annual Adult Doubles Charity Tennis Tournament held at the Norton Pines Athletic Club!  Proceeds go to benefit the Mary Free Bed Wheelchair Tennis team.  Volunteers are needed for food preparation, running the raffle, and for event clean up.  Please contact Alicia Hass at (616) 840-8134 or alicia.hass@maryfreebed.com.  Posted 11/12/2014

March 2014

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

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.

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