Event Specific Service Opportunities, Expired

For your reference:
The following opportunities were listed with the CSLC but have now expired.

June 2011

The Salvation Army's Donut Day!
June 3

The Salvation Army is giving away 2,000 donuts on June 3rd to local businesses that make Grand Rapids a better place to live and work. Additionally, The Action Group of The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers who are willing to give 4 or 8 hours of their time putting smiles on faces by helping to deliver these donuts. It promises to be a day well spent giving to such organizations as The Veterans Home. If that is not enough, we are throwing in lunch and a free t-shirt. If you are interested in helping you can contact Angela DeVries at 616-459-3433 x1184 or email angela_devries@usc.salvationarmy.org or sign up at http://www.sawmni.org/actiongroup/?page_id=8.
 
For more information on The Salvation Army's role in National Donut Day, please visit: http://www.sawmni.org/actiongroup/ and click on the Donut Day link.

Hooky Day II
Friday June 10, 2011

United Ways NextGen is hosting bi-annual "Hooky Days" to provide young adults with volunteer opportunities that support lasting changes in the West Michigan community. Hooky Day II will involve three separate locations around West Michigan  the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, Feeding America West Michigan and the Ronald McDonald House. Mission of NextGen: To help ensure the Heart of West Michigan United Ways future success by encouraging young adults to give, advocate, and volunteer.

Where/When/Project:

Grand Rapids Home for Veterans (8am  12pm or 1pm  5pm)
3000 Monroe AVE NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
At the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, more than 100 volunteers are needed to assist in landscaping clean up and building raised garden beds for planting. NextGen was awarded $2,500 from The Home Depot Foundation to help make the Veterans Home project possible. The 2011 Community Impact Grant will be used to purchase building materials for the Veterans Home. NextGen will also be partnering with Erhardt Construction who will help with design and layout of the Veterans Home project.

Feeding America West Michigan: (9am  1pm)
864 W River Center Drive Northeast
Comstock Park, MI 49321
At Feeding America West Michigan, a group of volunteers will pick produce to be distributed throughout West Michigan.

Ronald McDonald House (1:30pm-6pm)
1323 Cedar Street Northeast
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
At the Ronald McDonald House, volunteers will cook dinner for more than 25 members of our community seeking treatment for serious illnesses.

Get Involved: To volunteer please RSVP to nextgen@hwmuw.org and let us know what location you would like to volunteer at.

Habitat for Humanity- Demolition
June 13- June 25th

Habitat for Humanity of Kent County is the recipient of a generous donation from Grand Rapids Dominican Center! The GRDC are kindly donating hand rails, light fixtures, furniture and other assorted items to the ReStore so that they can be resold to generate revenue for building Habitat Homes. Monday through Saturday from June 13th to 25th, 9am-4pm Habitat's Demolition Crew will be removing said items from Aquinata Hall prior to a major renovation project. To be part of this exciting project, please contact Joanna at 616-588-5226 or jdykhuis@habitatkent.org. They need a lot of manpower for this one so bring a friend (or two!).

Howard Christensen Nature Center Camp Volunteer
June 22- August 12
(dates vary- see below)
Howard Christensen Nature Center is looking for volunteers for their Summer Day Camp, in the form of camp leaders and marketing assistance. The camp will be nature oriented, focusing on topics such as habitats, geology, and outdoor survival. Training will be provided for group leaders. Volunteers must like children and being outdoors. The camp run from June 22- August 12. Specific dates include 6/22, 6/27- 7/1, 7/11, 7/13, 7/14, 7/22, 8/10, 8/12. Howard Christensen Nature Center is located at 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City, MI 49330. For more information visit www.lilysfrogpad.com and contact Kathy Reed or Cindy Perski at(616) 675-314 or via email at cperski@charter.net.

Friends of White Pine Trail
Saturday June 25th
8:00 am to 11:00 am

Work to be done: Shoring up some trail shoulders and patching tar by the bridge North of Rockford overlook. Some shoveling, retaining boards, trimming, erosion control, and tar patching. No experience necessary. Bring gloves, water, most tools will be provided. Park at the 12 Mile lot Questions? Contact Tony Stachowiak at 616-690-3339 or astachow@comcast.net

Moving Day Parade at UICA (Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts)
June 30

The UICA is moving to a new building and would like to invite volunteers to help them move. Many hands make light work is an idiom that the UICA is taking seriously and will form a human chain from 41 Sheldon to 2 West Fulton moving boxes one by one to their new facility. Volunteer to help escort to the new space and grab a box. It will be held on June 30, 2011 from 12pm to 1pm on 41 Sheldon SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. There is no required training and the UICA is within walking distance of a Rapid Bus Stop. There is a deadline so please contact Becca Schaub at (616) 454-7000 or email at artworks@uica.org.


July 2011

Howard Christensen Nature Center Camp Volunteer
June 22- August 12 (dates vary- see below)

Howard Christensen Nature Center is looking for volunteers for their Summer Day Camp, in the form of camp leaders and marketing assistance. The camp will be nature oriented, focusing on topics such as habitats, geology, and outdoor survival. Training will be provided for group leaders. Volunteers must like children and being outdoors. The camp run from June 22- August 12. Specific dates include 6/22, 6/27- 7/1, 7/11, 7/13, 7/14, 7/22, 8/10, 8/12. Howard Christensen Nature Center is located at 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City, MI 49330. For more information visit www.lilysfrogpad.com and contact Kathy Reed or Cindy Perski at(616) 675-314 or via email at cperski@charter.net.

Moving Towards a Cure Grand Rapids 2011
July 23

Miles for Hope has planned a 5K/ 1Mile Brain Tumor Awareness Run/ Walk located at Comstock Riverside Park 2001 Monroe Ave NW Grand Rapids, MI 49505. The event is from 8am till 1pm but volunteers will be needed from 6am till 1pm. Volunteer duties for weeks prior will be helping with publicity and flyer distribution and duties for the day of the event will be registration desk, breakfast station, water stops, set up and tear down. There is no training required and the organization is within walking distance from the Rapid bus stop. Anyone interested in volunteering must register before the deadline of July 18, 2011. Contact Nicki Pajak at (727) 781-4673 or email nicki@milesforhope.org if you have any questions.

Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank

Ice Cream Social

July 30

Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank will be hosting their first annual Ice Cream Social at the food bank to thank their volunteers, donors, and friends of the food bank. They are looking for volunteers to help out with set up (set up tables, balloons, signs, etc.) before the event from 11:00-1:oo; running the event (direct traffic/parking, dish out ice cream, help with garbage) from 1:00-4:00 p.m.; and clean up after the event from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Volunteers are also welcome to volunteer and stay for the whole time or for whatever length of time they are available. The Ice Cream Social will take place at the Food Bank warehouse at 864 West River Center Dr, Comstock Park, MI 49321. Anyone interested in volunteering for this event should contact Dena Rogers at denar@feedingamericawestmichigan.org or by calling 616-784-3250 by July 22nd.


August 2011

Grandwich  A Grand Rapids Signature Sandwich Competition
August 6th from 12pm -4pm

The Grandwich Sandwich competition will take place Saturday August 6th at Rosa Parks Circle (Monroe Center, Grand Rapids, MI). This will be a judged event open to the public to announce the official sandwich of Grand Rapids also known as the Grandwich. Volunteers are needed to help set up and take down tables and chairs. Help collect donations and man admission tables and also help with clean up afterwards. This organization is wheelchair accessible, within walking distance from a Rapid bus stop and there is no training required. If you are interested contact Nicole Infante at (616) 340-0300 or email niki8769@yahoo.com. The deadline to register as a volunteer is August 5th.

August 10, 2011 - 8:00a-5:00p
Sibley Elementary School Garage Sale

Sibley Elementary gives away household items to families and needs volunteers to help sort items and other hospitality needs. Please contact Sergio Cira Reyes at 616.819.7746 or scirareyes@dablodgett.org

Aug 10,11,12 (time varies based on responsibility)
American Cancer Society Cattle Barons Ball

This is a Western Themed Gala Fund Raiser for Cancer and Cancer Research being held at the Steelcase Town Hall Center in Grand Rapids, MI. Volunteers are needed for Set Up, Take Down, Greeters, Data Entry, Registration, Auction. Please register by August 1st to volunteer (however, volunteers will be accepted after this date). For more information or to sign up, contact Rebecca Westmaas (Volunteer Coordinator) at 616.5107050 or readysetclean1@yahoo.com.
http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/Gala/GalaFY10GreatLakes?pg=entry&fr_id=34584


September 2011

Urban Hope - Soul Of The City
September 2nd and 3rd, 2011 ~ 12 noon -12 am ~ Rose Parks Circle
Urban Hope Ministries is hosting Soul Of The City, a two-day music festival highlighting entertainment of Local, Regional, and National Headline African American Artists. This event will also feature a Health and Wellness resource fair. Help is needed on both days for set up, tear down, trash pick up, face painting, security, food, various help with logistics and vendors, etc, . Free t-shirt and meal voucher provided per 4-hour shift. Please contact Una Lewis at 616.452.0416 or at soulcity011@gmail.com to volunteer.

United Way Day of Caring ~ CSLC Sponsored
September 9, 2011 ~ Multiple Events!
The United Way Day of Caring is a program that collaborates with the Grand Rapids Heart of West Michigan United Way. Click here for a list of all the opportunities! Please contact the Community Service Learning Center at 616-331-2468 or service@gvsu.edu for more information.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Grand Haven Walk MS
September 10, 2011 ~ 8:00a-2:00p ~ United Methodist Church of the Dunes
The United Methodist Church of the Dunes is gearing up for the 2011 Grand Haven Talk MS and they need your help! Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body, and stops people from moving. This organization exists to make sure it doesn't. They need volunteers for check in, setup, decorations, clean up, rest stop, food service, and a cheer crew. Seeking those that are friendly, outgoing, and community service oriented. Please contact Bris Roberts at bris.roberts@nmss.org or at 248-936-0362 for more information and to volunteer.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International - Walk to Cure Diabetes
September 17, 2011 ~ 7:00a-1:30p ~ Ah-Nab-Awen Park
The Walk to Cure Diabetes is a walk to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Volunteers are needed to assist the JDRF with set up, clean up, check-in and registration, route guidance and to encourage participants throughout the walk. Volunteers must register by September 10. Interested volunteers should contact Tricia Rice at 616-957-1838 or trish_dave@comcast.net or westmichigan@jdrf.org for more information.

Non-Profit Volunteer and Internship Fair (CSLC Sponsored)
September 20, 2011 ~ 1:00p-4:00p ~ Henry Hall Atrium
The Non-Profit Volunteer and Internship Fair is an opportunity for students to connect with various agencies in the greater Grand Rapids area. Up to 50 agencies offering volunteer and/or internship opportunities will be present! Resumes and business attire are not required but may be appropriate for those looking for internships. For more information on this opportunity, contact the Community Service Learning Center at 616-331-2468 or service@gvsu.edu.

Fair Farm Bill Grassroots Campaign Volunteer
September 21, 2011 ~ Food and Water Watch
Volunteers will get a chance to learn valuable grassroots organizing techniques, as well as political advocacy and media skills. September 21 is the kickoff meeting for the campaign. At this meeting, volunteers will learn about the campaign, and split into groups based on interest to plan events and receive training for the campaign this fall. For more information on this opportunity, contact Jane Wiedenbeck at 616-920-1940 or jwiedenbeck@fwwlocal.org.

Michigan Campus Compact-Service Leadership Camp (CSLC Sponsored)
September 23-25, 2011 ~ Camp Sherman Lake
Michigan Campus Compact hosts a service leadership camp in which GVSU participates. There is a cost for registration (price includes meals). Transportation has been coordinated by the CSLC in previous years. For more information on this opportunity, contact the Community Service Learning Center at 616-331-2468 or service@gvsu.edu.

Hillcrest Community Garden (CSLC Sponsored)
September 24, 2011 ~ 10:00am - 3:00pm ~ Kirkhof Center
Alternative Breaks' first Service Saturday will be with the Hillcrest Community Garden. Volunteers will work at their community garden, taking out old plants and doing some garden work to prepare them for the winter. Sign up is available here. Volunteers will meet in front of the Kirkhof Lobby Shop at 9:30am and travel to the site together. Pack a lunch, bring a water bottle, and dress for the weather! For more information on this opportunity, contact Jenna Brackett at ab.gv.community@gmail.com.

Family Weekend Volunteers
September 30 & October 1, 2011
The Family Weekend team is looking for volunteers willing to help during Family Weekend. They need volunteers for the Dueling Piano's event on Friday (9/30), Kirkhof activities and lunch on Saturday (10/1), and for Taste of Grand Valley on Saturday (10/1). If you are interested please contact Emma Perkins (perkinse@mail.gvsu.edu) or LeaAnn Tibbe (tibbel@gvsu.edu) for more information and times.

Be An Explorer of Grand Rapids Art & History
September 30 & October 1, 2011 ~ Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge
Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge need volunteers to be in charge of passing out information cards as well as badges to event participants at assigned significant historical locations or near a piece of art. The volunteers will need to come to the Flatiron Building (100 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids) 15 minutes before their shift starts for their assignment. For more information on this opportunity, contact Lisa Young at 616-774-8000 or lyoung@shrr.com.

ArtPrize 2011 UICA Exhibitions
September 20-October 10, 2011 ~ UICA
UICA is an ArtPrize Exhibition Center and needs help with front desk (selling ArtPrize merchandise, registering voters, and ticket sales), gallery monitors, and concessions. Required training on September 17 from 10:00-11:00a or 11:30a-12:30p (food provided). For more information on this opportunity, contact Becca Schaub at 616-454-7000 x17 or artworks@uica.org by September 16.

ArtPrize 2011 Grand Rapids Public Museum Exhibitions
September 21-October 9, 2011 ~ Grand Rapids Public Museum
The Grand Rapids Public Museum will once again serve as an Exhibition Center and needs assistance with registering voters, customer service, and crowd control. Volunteers who can work three or more 4-hour shifts during ArtPrize are preferred. Must be 18 or older for registering voters. For more information on this opportunity, contact Joyce Makinen at 616-929-1737 or volunteer@grmuseum.org.

ArtPrize 2011
September 21-October 9, 2011

Volunteer kick-off party in August. Training on September 10. Scheduling for shifts begins September 11. Check back for updates to this listing. For more information on this opportunity, contact volunteer@artprize.org.


October 2011

Rogue River Stream Insect Monitoring
October 1, 2011 ~ 9:00a-1:00p ~ Trout Unlimited
Do you want to know what the water quality of the Rogue River and its streams are? Then come and join us in collecting stream insects. Stream insects are a good measure of water quality since many are pollutant sensitive and can be rapidly identified. Volunteers will be assigned a monitoring group and will work together to collect insects at stream sites. Each group will come back to the township hall and identify the insects they have collected. The end result will be a Stream Quality Score, which will be used to determine the quality of your stream site. Lunch will be provided for all volunteers. Please bring waders if you have them. For more information on this opportunity, contact Nichol De Mol at 231-557-6362 or ndemol@tu.org.

Kids' ArtFest 2011
October 2, 2011 ~ 12:00p-5:00p ~ Grand Rapids Children's Museum
The last Sunday during ArtPrize, the Grand Rapids Children's Museum is partnering with Square Peg Events, LLC to create a fun-filled afternoon of engaging, explorative art. The parks will be inhabited by artists, musicians, and street performers! Join us if you are a painter, drawer, street performer, musician, any other type of artist, or just as a general volunteer! Anyone can come hang out in the park with the kids and assist them with simple art projects or other areas of play and fun! For more information on this opportunity, contact Cynthia Hagedorn at 616-510-3599.

World Habitat Day
October 1 and 3, 2011 ~ Habitat For Humanity of Kent County
Build a Shanty Town: We are recreating a shanty town in the Wealthy Heights area to educate the public on how a sixth of the world's population live. Volunteers to help create the town are needed on October 1 from 9:00a-4:00p. Volunteers to provide event support (to direct the public to the Habitat sites in the area) are needed on October 3 from 3:30p-5:00p & 5:00p-7:30p. Volunteers to work at the information table (to issue film viewers with tickets and direct public to food station) are needed on October 3 from 3:30-5:00p & 5:00-8:00p. Volunteers to provide theater support (to collect tickets and usher) are needed on October 3 from 7:00p-8:30p. For more information on this opportunity, contact Joni Jessup at 616-588-5224 or jjessup@habitatkent.org

First Year Service Experience (CSLC Sponsored)
October 7-8, 2011 ~ 4:00p-4:00p ~ TBA
The First Year Service Experience is as service-learning opportunity for first-year students to volunteer together at a local non-profit organization. This fall, we will be taking 15-20 students to a local non profit organization (TBD). The group will be meeting in Kirkhof 2263 on October 7 before heading to their site of service! For more information on this opportunity, contact the Community Service Learning Center at 616-331-2468 or service@gvsu.edu.

Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank Pick Produce
October 8, 2011 ~ 10:00a-12:00p ~ Klein Orchard
We have been invited to pick watermelons and need your help to gather them. The fresh fruit will then be distributed to families in need by our Mobile Pantry trucks. So grab your friends and come on out. For more information on this opportunity, contact Dena Rogers at 616-784-3250 or DenaR@FeedingAmericaWestMichigan.org.

Sustainable Community Development Initiative
For Campus Sustainability Week, GVSU's Sustainability Community Development Initiative is putting on several events to promote the No Impact Experiment. Their list of events and volunteer opportunities are listed below. Please note that you are not required to participate in all of the events, although you are more than welcome to.

Campus Sustainability Week Promotion
October 10-14 ~ 11:00a-3:00p ~ Kirkhof Center Lobby and DeVos Center
Volunteers are needed to help promote Campus Sustainability Week. You will need to be able to explain what is taking place during the week and why individuals are signing up for the No Impact Experiment, but you can review the information before the event. For more information on these opportunities, contact Jenny Jordan at 616-331-8096 or sustainability@gvsu.edu.

Trash
October 17 ~ Kirkhof Center Lobby and DeVos Center
Fair Trade Fair (morning set-up) ~ 10:00a-11:00a
Volunteers are needed to help set up for the Fair Trade Fair lobby event. You will need to wear comfortable clothing and shoes to help bring items from vehicles into the lobby.
DIVE! Screening and Question/Answer Period ~ 12:00p-1:00p
Volunteers needed to promote the DIVE! Screening and question/answer period. You will be around Kirkhof Center handing out Campus Sustainability Week pluggers. Make sure to review the Campus Sustainability Week information to be able to explain what is taking place during the week as well as knowing the main event being promoted.
Fair Trade Fair (afternoon take-down) ~ 4:00p-5:00p
Volunteers are needed to help take down items from the Fair Trade Fair. You will need to wear comfortable clothing and shoes to help take down items to vehicles.
DIVE! Screening and Panel Discussion Promotion ~ 4:00p-6:00p
Volunteers are needed to promote the DIVE! Screening and panel discussion. You will need to stay around either Kirkhof Center or DeVos Center, handing out Campus Sustainability Week pluggers. Make sure to review the Campus Sustainability Week informations to be able to explain what is taking place during the week as well as knowing the main event being promoted.
For more information on these opportunities, contact Jenny Jordan at 616-331-8096 or sustainability@gvsu.edu.

Free Drink for Sustainable Transportation
October 18 ~ 8:00-10:00a or 3:00-5:00p ~ Kirkhof Center bus stop, Mackinac Hall bus stop, bus stop between Eberhard Center and DeVos Center, and Pew bus stop
Volunteers are needed to hand out free drink coupons for using sustainable transportation. This means bike riding, taking the bus, carpooling, etc. Volunteers will want to review Campus Sustainability Week information to be able to explain what is taking place during the week as well as knowing the main event being promoted. For more information on this opportunity, contact Jenny Jordan at 616-331-8096 or sustainability@gvsu.edu.

Transportation
October 18 ~ Kirkhof Center and DeVos Center
Climate Change Presentation with Peter Sinclair Promotion ~ 10:00a-11:00a ~ Kirkhof Lobby or 2:00p-3:00p ~ DeVos Center
Volunteers are needed to promote the Climate Change Presentation with Peter Sinclair. Volunteers will stay around Kirkhof Center (for the 10:00a-11:00a shift) or DeVos Building C (for the 2:00p-3:00p shift), handing out Campus Sustainability Week pluggers. Volunteers will want to review Campus Sustainability Week information to be able to explain what is taking place during the week as well as knowing the main event being promoted.
For more information on this opportunity, contact Jenny Jordan at 616-331-8096 or sustainability@gvsu.edu.

Food
October 19 ~ Kirkhof Center Lobby
Farmers Market (morning set-up) ~ 7:30a-9:00a
Volunteers are needed to help set up for the Farmers Market lobby event. Volunteers will need to wear comfortable clothing and shoes to help bring items from vehicles into the lobby.
Tour of Trillium Haven Farm and Sustainable Agriculture Project Promotion ~ 10:00a-11:00a or 1:00p-2:00p
Volunteers are needed to promote the Tour of Trillium Have Farm and Sustainable Agriculture Project. Volunteers will stay around Kirkhof Center (for both the 10:00a-11:00a and the 1:00p-2:00p shifts), handing out Campus Sustainability Week pluggers. Volunteers will want to review Campus Sustainability Week information to be able to explain what is taking place during the week as well as knowing the main event being promoted.
Farmers Market (afternoon take-down) ~ 4:00p-5:30p
Volunteers are needed to help take down items from the Fair Trade Fair. You will need to wear comfortable clothing and shoes to help take down items to vehicles.
For more information on these opportunities, contact Jenny Jordan at 616-331-8096 or sustainability@gvsu.edu.

Energy
October 20 ~ Kirkhof Center Lobby
Beehive Design Collective Promotion ~ 3:00p-5:00p
Volunteers are needed to promote the Beehive Design Collective. Volunteers will stay around Kirkhof, handing out Campus Sustainability Week pluggers. Volunteers will want to review Campus Sustainability Week information to be able to explain what is taking place during the week as well as knowing the main event being promoted.
For more information on this opportunity, contact Jenny Jordan at 616-331-8096 or sustainability@gvsu.edu.

Water
October 21 ~ Kirkhof Center Lobby
Tour of Stormwater and Wetlands Promotion ~ 9:00a-10:00a or 2:00p-3:00p
Volunteers are needed to promote the Tour of Stormwater and Wetlands. Volunteers will stay around Kirkhof Center (for both the 9:00a-10:00a and the 2:00p-3:00p shifts), handing out Campus Sustainability Week pluggers. Volunteers will want to review Campus Sustainability Week information to be able to explain what is taking place during the week as well as knowing the main event being promoted.
For more information on this opportunity, contact Jenny Jordan at 616-331-8096 or sustainability@gvsu.edu.

WGVU FM Radio Membership Drive
October 15-21 ~ GVSU Eberhard Center
WGVU would like volunteers during the live broadcasts to answer the phone to take membership pledges. You will take down the callers' pertinent information. There will be instructions provided before each shift. For more information on this opportunity, contact Amanda Reader at 616-331-6780 or readera@gvsu.edu.

Forever Adventure Monster Mash 2011
October 21, 2011 ~ 6:00p-12:00a ~MXTP

Monster Mash 2011 will need socially active, civic minded volunteers to help promote the benefit concert through social networks, hanging posters, flyer drops, and advanced ticket sales/referrals. Fun-loving volunteers are also needed to attend the costumed event. Concert performances are by Midwest Skies, Elm Street Riot, Quicksand Swimclub, Ready Set Reset, Landon Hughes, and Evan Lian. For more information on this opportunity, contact Sarah Brockett at 586-322-7700 or Josh Knopf at 586-944-6082.

The Salvation Army Turning Point Program
October 21 (1:00p-4:00p) & October 22 (9:00a-1:00p, 1:00p-5:00p), 2011 ~ The Salvation Army
Join The Salvation Army Action Group as they paint their facility for substance use treatment! Volunteers are needed to help tear down wallpaper, tape, paint, and decorate to provide a warm, home-like environment for those in recovery. For more information on this opportunity, contact Angela DeVries at 616-459-3433 x1184 or angela_devries@usc.salvationarmy.org.

Make a Difference Day (CSLC Sponsored)
October 22, 2011 ~ 9:30a-3:00p ~ Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room
Come celebrate extraordinary deeds performed by ordinary people on America's largest national day of doing service. This event begins at Allendale's Campus Kirkhof Center. Volunteers will be bussed to various organizations in the greater Grand Rapids area. For more information on this opportunity, contact the Community Service Learning Center at 616-331-2468 or service@gvsu.edu.

Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding Volunteer Orientation
October 22, 2011 ~ 10:00a-1:00p
Volunteers at Equest help groom and tack up horses in the barn, lead horses and walk along side assisting our special needs riders, under the direction of instructors. There are also group and one time events throughout the year to participate in. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Equest, interning, or building service hours the three hour orientation is hands on from 10:00a-1:00p, dress for the weather and wear closed toed/heeled shoes. For more information on this opportunity, contact Kelly Wujkowski at 616-866-3066 or kellywujkowski@att.net.

Admissions Office Campus Fair Tours
October 28, 2011 ~ 10:45a-12:15p ~ GVSU Fieldhouse
The Admissions Office holds a campus fair on the Allendale campus. Volunteers are needed to be tour guides and take families around the campus and show them what we have to offer. Tours last about 45 minutes to 1 hour. For more information on this opportunity, contact Astin Martin at 616-331-8820 or martasti@gvsu.edu.

Michigan National Guard Youth Programs Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Event
October 29 (7:00a-4:30p) & 30 (7:00a-1:30p), 2011 ~ Location TBD (DeVos Center or Amway Grand)
During the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Event, the Michigan National Guard Youth Programs will be hosting childcare for children ages 6 and under and special programming for youth aged 7-17 who have recently completed the deployment of a loved one. Volunteers are needed to assist with either the childcare or youth programming services. For more information on this opportunity, contact Traci Osterman at 517-481-9890 or traci.m.osterman.ctr@us.army.mil by September 23.

Strong Kids Call-A-Thon
October 24-29, 31-November 4 (5:30p-8:00p) ~ Visser Family YMCA

Volunteers are needed to make phone calls to previous Stong Kids donors. Volunteer hours will be 5:30p-8:00p every night, and 10 volunteers are needed each night. Pizza will be provided! For more information on this opportunity, contact Shaylee Vanderbaan at 616-885-5719 or vandesha@mail.gvsu.edu.


November 2011

Mel Trotter Ministries (CSLC Sponsored)
November 5, 2011 ~ 9:30a - 3:00p ~ Kirkhof Center Lobby
Alternative Breaks November Service Saturday will be with Mel Trotter Ministries in Downtown Grand Rapids. Mel Trotter Ministries provides shelter, food, clothing, and other resources to community members in need. Participants will meet in front of the Lobby Shop in Kirkhof Center at 9:30am and will carpool to the site. As always, bring a water bottle, pack a lunch, and dress for the weather! Register here. For more information on this opportunity, contact Jenna Brackett at ab.gv.community@gmail.com.

Senior Neighbors Twilight Shines
November 8, 2011 ~ 5:15p-9:30p ~ Senior Neighbors

Twilight Shines is one of the biggest fundraising events for Senior Neighbors. Volunteers are needed to assist with making guests feel comfortable by distributing food and beverages and supporting the Senior Neighbors staff to make the fundraising event a big success. For more information on this opportunity, contact Khalia Daniels at 616-233-0740 or kdaniels@seniorneighbors.org.

Spectrum Health Visiting Nurse Foundation Fundraising Letter Project
November 1-13, 2011 ~ 8:00a-5:00p
~ Spectrum Health Visiting Nurse Association
Spectrum Health Visiting Nurse Foundation charity fundraising project to support clients who do not have insurance or funds to pay medical costs. Opportunity begins on November 1, continuing through November 13th. Volunteers may schedule an appointment to work on project during this period. Volunteers must have neat and legible handwriting and be able to alphabetize. Volunteers will be addressing envelopes. For more information on this opportunity, contact Sondra Lienesch at 616-486-3956 or sondra.lienesch@spectrumhealth.org.

Service and Advocacy Week (CSLC Sponsored)
November 7-11, 2011 ~ 9:00a-6:00p ~ Kirkhof Center Lobby
Service & Advocacy student organizations host various programs designed to bring awareness to their causes. Members of S&A orgs may help plan- if interested they must contact the Service Initiatives Graduate Assistant. For more information on this opportunity, contact the Community Service Learning Center at 616-331-2468 or service@gvsu.edu.

Day of Lexiling
November 12, 2011 ~ 10:00a-2:00p ~ Shawmut Hills School, GRPS

Groups wanted! Volunteers are needed to help lexile all of the library books. You will be searching online to find the reading level equivalent of the library materials. For more information, contact Gloria Cangelosi at 616-819-5606 or CangelosiG@grps.k12.mi.us.

Spectrum Health Visiting Nurse Foundation Charity Fundraising Mailing
November 14-16, 2011 ~ 8:00a-5:00p ~ Spectrum Health Visiting Nurse Association
Spectrum Health Visiting Nurse Foundation fundraising letters--to raise funds for patients who do not have insurance or ability to pay medical costs. Flexible commitment-call to schedule volunteering anytime from 11/14-11/16 from 8am to 5pm (You may work as little as 1 hour or longer if available). Volunteers will fold and stuff up to 500 envelopes. Flexible time commitment-you may work as little as 1 hour or more if available, from 8am-5pm. Volunteering begins on 11/14 and continues through 11/16. For more information on this opportunity, contact Sondra Lienesch at 616-486-3956 or sondra.lienesch@spectrumhealth.org.

Nursery Supervisor
September 20-November 15, 2011 ~ Holy Spirit Parish
The moms of Holy Spirit Parish are looking for volunteers to supervise the nursery while they meet for a bible study on Tuesday nights from 9:00a-10:30a. There will be about 10 children in the nursery ranging from 18 months to 5 years old. Volunteers must complete a training class called Protecting God's Children at Holy Spirit Parish on September 7 at 6:30p and submit a background check. For more information on this opportunity, contact Kelly Clancy at 616-402-6752 or kelly.clancy@ymail.com.

Overnight Service Trip (CSLC Sponsored)
November 18-19, 2011 ~ 4:00p-4:00p ~ TBA
The Overnight Service Trip is an opportunity for GVSU students to come together for a 24 hour experience of service and fellowship. Each Winter Semester, 25 students head out into the community to make a difference. For more information on this opportunity, contact the Community Service Learning Center at 616-331-2468 or service@gvsu.edu.

Art Van Santa Parade
Saturday, November 19, 2011 ~ 6:30a-12:00p ~ Downtown Grand Rapids
Each year the Grand Rapids Jaycees welcomes the holiday season by hosting the Santa Parade in downtown Grand Rapids. Parade Marshals: Parade Marshals are responsible for keeping the crowd out of the street so the parade runs smoothly. Staging: Stagers are responsible for lining up parade entrants in the assigned order. The parade will be divided up into separate staging areas and volunteers will be assigned to a specific area. Volunteers will also be expected to walk with their entries during the parade to ensure entrants follow the rules & regulations. Destaging: Destagers ensure that entrants exit the parade route in a safe, orderly and efficient manner. Destaging will be located at the end of the parade behind Van Andel Arena. Banner Carriers: Banner Carriers carry banners for the Grand Rapids Jaycees and other parade entrants during the parade. Balloon Handlers: Balloon Handlers will help control the large balloon/floats in the parade. You will be trained beforehand on how to do it. For more information on this opportunity, contact Christie Lowe at 616-862-7052 or volunteer@santaparadegr.com.


December 2011

December Service Saturday (CSLC Sponsored)
December 3, 2011 ~ 9:45a-4:00p ~ Comprenew
Alternative Breaks' last Service Saturday for 2011 will be held at Comprenew. Volunteers will be dismantling and disassembling electronic waste (mostly computers) into individual parts to prevent them from ending up in landfill. Its a great way to hang out with friendly people, gain some service hours, and take out your aggression on inanimate objects! We will meet in front of the Kirkhof Center Lobby Shop, carpool to the site, and volunteer until around 4:00pm. Service will be indoors, and don't forget to pack a lunch and a reusable water bottle! For more information regarding this opportunity, contact Jenna Brackett at ab.gv.community@gmail.com. Register here to attend: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/J9GK5BM.

The Holiday Artists' Market
December 3, 2011 ~ 9:30a-9:00p ~ UICA

Volunteers are needed to be greeters, art runners, and help with concessions for this annual event. The Artists' Market offers handmade art, jewelry, and gifts created by 46 regional artists and artisans. This volunteer opportunity is located near a Rapid bus stop. For more information on this opportunity, contact Becca Schaub at 616-454-7000 or becca@uica.org.

Habitat for Humanity of Kent County
December 6-8, 2011 ~ 8:30a-4:00p ~ Habitat for Humanity

Habitat needs 5-7 volunteers who have carpentry experience (volunteer or home experience is sufficient) to help carefully deconstruct a house to remove items to be resold at ReStore. Volunteers will be removing countertops, fixtures, and other items in good shape that can be salvaged for resale. For more information regarding this opportunity, contact Joni Jessup at 616-588-5224 or jjessup@habitatkent.org.

Homestead Holiday Festival
December 10, 2011 ~ 12:00p-5:00p ~ Blandford Nature Center

Join Blandford Nature Center for their annual fundraiser festival, filled with fun family activities and pioneer themes. Volunteers are needed to bake cookies and bring them to the event. Volunteers are needed to assist with the nature craft-making stations, supervise the marshmallow roasting fire pit, help in the log cabins, guide visitors on and off wagon rides, lead snow games, assist in directing and parking cars, and assist at the refreshment table. For more information on this opportunity, contact Jessie Schulte at 616-735-6240 or jschulte@blandfordnaturecenter.org.

2011 Grand Rapids Jingle Bell Run
December 10, 2011 ~ 7:00a-12:00p ~ The Michigan Athletic Club
Set Up (7:00-9:00a) Volunteers are needed to unload boxes from cars, put up banners and signs, move and set up tables, put directional signs and water on the course as well as make sure the course is clear of debris.
Registration (7:00-11:00a) Pre-registration: Check in those participants that have pre-registered, collect donation envelopes, distribute T-shirts. Walk-In Registration: Have those who are registering complete a registration form, collect donations and present race materials (goodie bag, shirt and number).
Greeters (7:00-11:00a) Welcome participants and direct them to various event sites (you will be given all the information that you need to do this job).
Food Servers (7:30-11:00a) Set up and hand out food to racers (fruit needs to be halved, beverages poured, etc.), help set up and maintain the Chili Party Snowman-shuffle.
Course Marshals (7:45-10:00a) Stationed along the race course, you will make sure participants are running in the correct direction, cheer on participants, go directly to finish line to assist with handing out ribbons/goody bags.
Course Marshals (8:00-10:30a) Will make sure participants are running in the correct direction, encourage participants, help those that may need assistance, cheer!
Water Stop Volunteers (8:00-10:30a) Set up table, and then pre-pour a full table of water cups, hand out water to the participants as they go by, clean up all cups/debris on the street (trash bag provided), cheer!
Finish Line Volunteers (8:30-11:00a) Help finish line official set-up, bring out all bottled water assigned to go to the finish line, pass out water to runners that are crossing the finish line, direct participants inside for refreshments and chili!
Assist in Break Down of Finish Line Clean-up (9:00-11:30a) Carry boxes and load them into cars, break down empty boxes, take down banners and signs, take down and put away tables, walk the route to look for any participants that may still be walking and look for any debris on the route. For more information, contact Cindy Pogue at 800-968-3030 or cpogue@arthritis.org.

2011 Holiday Shopping Tour at Meijer in Cascade!
December 13, 2011 ~ 4:30p-9:30p ~ The Grand Rapids Jaycees
This annual event provides children from area agencies the opportunity to purchase gifts for loved ones and visit with Santa.  Our project is often the only way many families have gifts for the holidays. Volunteers are needed for assisting children with shopping, helping with crafts and games in the Santa room, wrapping gifts, and running gifts through the different areas for gifts to be wrapped and returned to the child.  Individuals are also needed to check-in agencies and volunteers. Shifts run from 4:15p-6:00p, 5:45p-7:45p, and 7:30p-9:00p. Please sign-up by clicking here so that you will be scheduled for your preferred area and shift. For additional questions, please contact grjayceesholidayshoppingtour@gmail.com.

32 Hour Bell Ringing
December 15-16, 2011 ~ 6:00a-2:00p ~ The Salvation Army
We are so excited about a NEW opportunity at The Salvation Army. We are going to ring bells for 32 hours straight, in front of the Van Andel Arena, starting December 15 at 6 AM, through December 16, at 2 PM. We are using this event to let our community know that we serve 24/7 and the need is 24/7. When one's heat, home, job or food is gone, or is in jeopardy....we are here, The Salvation Army, providing love and hope to those in need. We are recruiting individuals and groups to volunteer to ring bells to raise money for our programs and services with shifts of 2 hours at a time, starting at 6 AM. To sign up to volunteer for a shift, please contact Kris Palosaari at 616-459-3433 x1181 or email kris_palosaari@usc.salvationarmy.org.

Snowflake Break
December 17-31, 2011 ~ 11:45a-4:00p ~ Grand Rapids Public Museum
Snowflake Break at the Grand Rapids Public Museum provides a great opportunity for teens to earn volunteer hours. Snowflake Break is a family-oriented activity offered to customers during the holidays. Teen volunteers assist the families with crafts and seasonal activities. Volunteers need to be outgoing, friendly and able to work with customers of all ages. Free parking is provided. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 616-929-1737 or volunteer@grmuseum.org for information or to schedule.


January 2012

Ada Park Township - Volunteer Work Day
January 11, 2012 ~ 9:00a-12:00p
Volunteers are need to help move woody debris (branches, small logs) from woods to a chipper then move the chips out onto the trails. Volunteers will need to dress for working in the woods, sturdy shoes, warm clothes, etc. Ada Park Township has work gloves but feel free to bring your own. If you have any questions please contact Mark Fitzpatrick at 616-862-0584 or mfitzpatrick@adatownshipmi.com

Point in Time Homeless Count
January 25, 2012 ~ 2:00a-5:00a ~ Community Action House
The Point in Time count is a one-time count of homelessness in Michigan. Volunteers will be working in teams to go out to different areas of Ottawa County to count individuals who are homeless. The goal is to gather anecdotal information and numbers of homeless persons in the county. There will be a training beginning at 2:00am, the count will be conducted from 3:00-5:00am with a short briefing to follow. Volunteers will not be required to approach homeless persons, but count them and offer any donated items such as blankets, coats, etc. The deadline to sign up is January 24th. For more information or to sign up please contact Cara Zerbel at 616-738-1170 or email czerbel@communityactionhouse.org

Sibs and Kids Weekend
January 27 (4:00-6:00, 6:00-8:00, 8:00-10:00p) and January 28 (10:00-12:00, 1:00-3:00, 3:00-5:00, 5:00-7:00p), 2012 ~ Kirkhof Center
There are many volunteer opportunities for student organizations and individual students. You may help our entertainers/talents as they prepare their programs, serve as a "runner" for the talent, run the inflatable games, help with snacks and programs, and/or assist our guests at locating the various activities. Volunteers are allowed to work as many two-hour shifts as they would like. Snacks will be provided. For more information on this opportunity, contact Amanda Waldfogel at waldfoga@mail.gvsu.edu. with your name, your organization (if applicable), and the date(s) and time(s) you are available. RSVP is preferred but not required.


February 2012

Pass it Forward
February 24, 2012 ~ 8:00a-2:30p ~ GRCC Student Center
Do you like to make a difference in your community? Would you like to network with students from Davenport, Grand Rapids Community College, Aquinas College and others? Pass it Forward thrives off the idea of the domino effect. In this case, we hope one good deed could start a chain of others throughout the community. Just go out of your way to help someone out, and tell them to "pass it forward" to someone else. Now is your chance to give back! For more information on this opportunity, contact Tiffany Ewigleben at tfalconewigleben@grcc.edu or Leah Kicinski at lkicinski@grcc.edu. To sign up for this event, register here.

Kroc Family Fun Night (The Salvation Army)
February 24, 2012 ~ 5:45pm-8:30pm ~ The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
The Salvation Army needs six volunteers to help with their family fun night! Duties include working the registration table, being an obstacle runner where you would be responsible for helping children through an obstacle course, obstacle organizer, diaper and toddler derby organizer, and supplies support. For more information on this opportunity, contact Angela Devries at 616-459-3433 x1184 or angela_devries@usc.salvationarmy.org (please be sure to indicate the volunteer opportunity you are interested in helping with in your message).

February Service Saturday ~ CSLC Sponsored
February 25, 2012 ~ 9:15a-3:00p ~ Kirkhof Center Lobby Shop
Volunteers will be working at the Lamberton Lake preserve with the Land Conservancy of West Michigan, helping the organization prepare for a restoration project slated to begin this spring. Volunteers will be removing invasive buckthorn, clearing the property of brush and debris, and installing monitoring wells as time allows. Volunteers will meet in front of the Lobby Shop in Kirkhof Center and carpool to the site. Please pack a lunch and a reusable water bottle! For more information on this opportunity, contact Jenna Brackett at ab.gv.community@gmail.com. To sign up for this event, register here.

Dash Down Division 5K Race (The Salvation Army)
February 25, 2012 ~ 7:30a-12:30p ~ The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Korc Corps Community Center
40 volunteers are needed to help with The Kroc Center's first ever 5K Dash Down Division Race. For more information about the Dash Down Division, please visit our website. Volunteers are needed for parking lot and course supervision, traffic control, registration and distribution of race information, set-up & tear down of race venue, and greeting of participants entering the Kroc Center. For more information on this opportunity, contact Angela Devries at 616-459-3433 or angela_devries@usc.salvationarmy.org.


March 2012

Radon Booth at the West Michigan Home and Garden Show
March 2-3 (12p-3p, 3p-6p, 6p-9p), March 4 (3p-6p), 2012 ~ Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan
Volunteer at the Healthy Homes booth and get into the Home and Garden Show Free! Volunteers are needed for the Healthy Homes Booth at the West Michigan Home and Garden show, held at the DeVos Place. The shift times are posted above. This show is a great opportunity to provide materials and education about radon. Volunteers will be trained and given the information needed to work in pairs at the booth for 3-hour shifts. For more information contact Brittany Schlosser at 616-241-3300 or brittany@healthyhomescoalition.org.

Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament
March 3, 2012 ~ 7:30a-7:30p ~ Forest Hills Central High School
Volunteer judges are needed to represent East Grand Rapids Elementary School. Required training will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2012, from 5:00 to 8:30p at Forest Hills Central High School. For more information on this opportunity, visit http://www.miodyssey.net or contact Kirsten Del Vecchio at 616-406-4090 or kirstendel@gmail.com.

WGVC March Television Drive
March 3-6, 2012 ~ 5:45pm-11:00pm ~ WGVU Studios
Would you like to showcase your group or organization by receiving recognition on live television? Or are you an individual that would like to become more invested in the West Michigan community? WGVU-TV has several volunteer opportunities to answer phones and take pledges during our March Membership Drive in the WGVU-TV studios. WGVU is seeking people for the following dates/times during our March campaign: (5 people) March 3, 6:45-9p, BIG BAND VOCALISTS (not live); (5-6 people) March 4, 5:45-9:30p, GREAT PERFORMANCES: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA; (6 people) March 5, 7:45-11p, DR. WAYNE DYER: WISHES FULFILLED (not live); (4 people) March 6, 7:15-9:30p, NEWSHOUR YANNI LIVE AT SAN FELIPE DEL MORO. Training is provided prior to answering phones. For more information on this opportunity, contact Amanda Reader at 616-331-6780 or readera@gvsu.edu.

Volunteer to Read with The Salvation Army
March 16, 2012 ~ 8:00am-11:30pm ~ The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is inviting over 50 young professional and college student volunteers to visit classrooms around Grand Rapids for a fun-filled reading activity. Volunteers will meet at The Salvation Army for an orientation session. During the orientation, volunteers will have an opportunity to practice reading their assigned book, and will be taught how to administer a classroom activity related to their book. Volunteers will then transport themselves to their assigned school and read to a classroom with a volunteer partner. Volunteers will then help administer a classroom activity. Background check required. For more information on this opportunity, contact Angela Devries at 616-459-3433 x1184 or angela_devries@usc.salvationarmy.org. To sign up for this event, register here.

National Peer Review: Community Solutions Action Plan ~ Literacy Center of West Michigan
March 22, 2012 ~ 9:00am-5:00pm

Grant Writers and Educators: This is any opportunity to review, critique, and learn from national Community Solutions Action Plans submitted in application for the All America City Grade Level Reading Award. For more information on this event, contact Lindsay McHolme at 616-459-5151 or lmcholme@literacycenterwm.org.

Special Olympics State Basketball Tournament ~ Rockford Public Schools
March 23-24, 2012 ~ Grand Rapids Jaycees

The Grand Rapids Jaycees will be hosting the 2012 Special Olympics Michigan State Basketball Finals and Skills Competition on Friday, March 23, 2012 and Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Rockford High School, Rockford Freshmen Campus, and Rockford North Middle School. More than 500 athletes from across the state will travel to Rockford to participate in this event. To make this event a success for the athletes, we need your help. Various volunteer opportunities needed, see the registration form for a complete list. For more information on this opportunity, contact Emma Baranowski at volunteer4somi@gmail.com. To sign up for this event, register here.

March Service Saturday ~ CSLC Sponsored
March 24, 2012 ~ 8:00am-2:00pm ~ Kirkhof Center Lobby Shop

For our March Service Saturday, we will be working with Kent County Parks for their spring kick-off event by raking cleaning up a local golf course. We will be working outside, so make sure to dress appropriately. The site will be providing all the tools, as well as a cookout lunch for us. Please bring your water bottle and extra food if you have any dietary restrictions, and meet in front of the lobby shop on time. Only 20 people can register for this event! For more information on this event, contact Jenna Brackett at ab.gv.community@gmail.com. To attend the event, register here

Sugarbush Pancake Breakfast
March 24, 2012 ~ 8:00am-5:30pm ~ Blanford Nature Center

The Blandford Nature Center will be transformed into a day-long pancake breakfast party and they are recruiting volunteers to help with the breakfast and maple syrup celebration. There are a variety of opportunities: set up, servers, cleaners, grillers, greeters, kitchen crew, info table, kitchen runners, and cashiers. Theyre sure to find a spot that's right for you! Volunteers are served a pancake breakfast as a thank you! For more information and to sign up please contact Jessie Schulte at volunteer@blandfordnaturecenter.org or at 616-735-6240. See event flyer here!

Writers Workshop
March 24, 2012 ~ 1:00pm-2:30pm ~ Environmental Conservation Coalition

Are you a freelance writer? reporter? journalist? or maybe you have free time on your hands and happen to have decent writing skills, whatever your situation the Environmental Conservation Coalition could use your hand if you have writing/editing skills. Our website integrates the concept of news delivery pertaining to environmental news within the community, we need people who are passionate about writing and can give the time needed to report on all the latest environmental news in Grand Rapids. Join us for a workshop on March 24th at the East Grand Rapids Library to learn more about this opportunity and how to work our website. We are looking for writers to publish news articles on our website and maintain sections of the "Eco Center" section of our website. This position requires you to stay up to date on all environmental news in Grand Rapids and report accordingly to our website for our readers. For more information, please contact Paris Lara at 616-308-4956 or parislara@eccgr.co.cc.

National Peer Review ~ Literacy Center of West Michigan
March 27, 2012 ~ TBD

Volunteers are needed to be peer reviewers for the All-America City Award, an award given to communities that exemplify outstanding civic accomplishments through development of comprehensive, realistic, and sustainable plans to increase grade-level reading proficiency. Volunteers will systematically review action plans submitted by communities to produce 20 finalists, from which the national panel will select the winners. Qualifications: must be a graduate student with a degree in education, public and non-profit administration, or writing. For more information on this opportunity, contact Lindsay McHolme at 616-459-5151 or lmcholme@literacycenterwm.org by March 22. There is a max of 10 volunteers needed.

 


April 2012

Spring Break Children's Activities

April 2- 8, 2012 ~ The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center

Join us for a Spring Break staycation at the Kroc Center! Enjoy family-friendly activities and extended hours Monday-Easter Sunday, April 2-8.

Drop-In Art Helper Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 from 6:30pm to 7:45pm Supervisor: Kim Vandenberg, Instructor Description: Assist children and families with arts & crafts activities. Number of volunteers needed: 1. Volunteers will receive training at 6:30 before event starts.

Arts & Crafts Helper Date: Monday, April 2 through Saturday, April 7, 2012 from 2pm to 4pm daily Supervisor: Rosie Haugen Description: Assist children and families with arts and crafts activities. Gather supplies and help with set-up and clean up. Number of Volunteers needed: 2 per day Volunteers must complete a background check and receive Safe from Harm Training if volunteering for more than one shift (this is a brief online training course that prepares you to work with children. It takes approximately 30-40 minutes to complete).

Bounce House Attendant Date: Monday April 2 through Saturday, April 7, 2012 from 9:45am to noon daily Supervisor: Bram Roberts or Elizabeth Martinek Description: Supervise children entering/ exiting bounce houses. Perform crowd control and monitor for safety. Number of volunteers needed: 2 per day. Volunteers must complete a background check and receive Safe from Harm Training if volunteering for more than one shift (this is a brief online training course that prepares you to work with children. It takes approximately 30-40 minutes to complete). To qualify for any of these positions you must be 18 years or older. For more information, contact Angela Devries at 616-459-3433 or angela_devries@usc.salvationarmy.org.

Student Scholars Day ~ Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship
April 11th, 2012 ~ 9:00 AM-5:30 PM ~ Henry Hall Atrium & Kirkhof Center
Student Scholars Day (SSD) is held once each year to celebrate the scholarship and creative work performed by GVSU students. The day showcases faculty-mentored student work shared through many venues, including: oral presentations, discussion and panel sessions, fine arts exhibits and performances, and poster presentations. The Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship is proud to present and host the 17th Annual Student Scholars Day on Wednesday April 11, 2012. This event will showcase over 400 presentations by more than 600 student presenters. More than 100 volunteers are needed to make it happen. Volunteers will have the jobs of registration, session host, or greeter. Volunteers will also be expected to attend a volunteer orientation on Monday, April 9 at 5:00pm in 2215/2216 Kirkhof Center. The orientation will cover important information that will help volunteers understand their roles in SSD. If you are interested in volunteering but unable to attend the orientation session, please email Megan Shannahan at shanname@gvsu.edu to discuss alternative options. Please register at: http://www.gvsu.edu/ours/ssd/volunteer-for-student-scholars-day-20.htm. For more information, please contact Megan Shannahan at 616-331-8100 or shanname@gvsu.edu.

Grand River GreenUp ~ West Michigan Environmental Action Council
April 21, 2012 ~ 9:00 AM-12:00 PM ~ Riverside County Park
West Michigan Environmental Action Council and the Grand Haven Area Jaycees will be hosting the 2nd Annual Grand River GreenUp on Saturday, April 21 at Riverside Park in Robinson Township from 9 a.m. to noon. Last year 300 volunteers came out to remove 5,820 lbs of trash and 940 lbs of recyclables from the Grand River near Riverside County Park in Robinson Township. Our hope is to expand this year's event to cover more riverfront, activate more volunteers, and clean up more trash. This year's Grand River GreenUp is expected to have the largest impact of Earth Day events in the Grand Haven area in recent memory. Refuse collected from the river and its banks during WMEAC's previous clean ups include plastic and glass bottles, plastic bags, tires, television sets, discarded clothing, shoes, roofing shingles, a discarded bed with mattress, fishing and camping equipment and many other assorted items. Individuals and organizations interested in taking part in the Grand River GreenUp as sponsors or volunteers should contact Daniel Schoonmaker at dschoonmaker@wmeac.org. Volunteers can also RSVP at www.grandrivergreenup.com.

Annual Spring Clean Millennium Park! Kent County Parks
April 21, 2012 ~ 10:00 AM-12:00 PM ~ Millennium Park

Volunteers are needed to assist with raking and cleaning up a park. All supplies and tools will be provided by the county parks. This is great way to help celebrate Earth Day! For more information and to sign up please contact Kent County Parks Volunteer Services at park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov or at 616-336-3884.

Party for The Planet ~ Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan
April 21, 2012 ~ 10:00 AM-3:00 PM ~ John Ball Zoo
Healthy Homes is looking for Volunteers to spread the word about what we do by handing out brochures, fliers, and newsletters. We will have a booth at John Ball Zoo's Party For the Planet celebration of Earth Day where volunteers will sit at the Healthy Homes booth and provide people with information about what our nonprofit organization does and how they can get involved! Volunteers get into the Zoo for free! For more information and to sign up contact Brittany Schlosser at Brittany@healthyhomescoalition.org or at 616-241-3300.

Global Youth Service Day Garden Project ~ Camp Fire USA
April 21, 2012 ~ 9:30 AM-3:30 PM ~ Kent Hills Elementary
Volunteers will be participating in a national day of service. Volunteers will be building raised garden beds and an educational space or kids. Expect to be helping with construction, painting, planting, and other activities. Lunch will be provided, and a speaker will be there! For more information on this opportunity, contact Ellen Hensel at ellen.hensel@campfireusawmc.org or 616-949-2500.

Dinning Out for Life ~ Red Project
April 26, 2012 ~ Grand Rapids Red Project
Red Project is in need of one-time volunteers to assist at their annual Dining Out for Life event. Grand Rapids Red Project is raising money for local HIV/AIDS service organizations. Volunteers are needed to act as "Ambassadors" at each restaurant by giving people information about Red Project, thanking them for coming, and encouraging them to donate. If your interested in volunteering fill out a volunteer application at http://www.diningoutforlife.com/grandrapids/volunteer or if you have questions contact Brittany Dernberger at dernbebr@gvsu.edu.

Reality Store ~ Allendale High School
April 27, 2012 ~ 7:15 AM-2:00 PM

Allendale High School is hosting a Reality Store which combines a carnival-like atmosphere with experiences of real-life choices. During the activity volunteers, two per table are needed to help the students budget and experience real life circumstances. For more information contact Jana Miseta at misetajan@allendale.k12.mi.us or at 616-892-5585.

Cedar Springs Earth Day 2012 ~ Cedar Springs
April 28, 2012 ~ 8:00 AM
If you are looking for an event to participate in on Earth Day this Saturday join the City of Cedar Springs for their Cedar Creek Cleanup! Volunteers are needed mainly for the Cedar Creek clean up, but the E-Waste Collection will be going on throughout the day. E-Waste Collection: 8:00am-3:00pm behind City Hall. People can bring electronic waste tho this location for disposal. Cedar Creek Clean Up: 10:00am at the trail staging area-W. Maple and Main. Volunteers will be cleaning up along Cedar Creek and the first 100 volunteers get a free t-shirt. For more information, contact Nichol DeMol at 231-557-6362 or ndemol@tu.org

 


May 2012

Kick off for Garlic Mustard Challenge ~ Kent County Parks
May 5, 2012 ~ Johnson and Seidman Park

This invasive species is growing in many of our County Parks and is taking over native plant species. The kickoff is scheduled for May 5th at Johnson Park and Seidman Park. The "Challenge" runs through May and early June. You may schedule a "pull" day and help is also needed at other parks including Palmer Park and Fallasburg Park. For more information or to register for any spring projects contact Ginny Sines at park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov

Derby Clean-up ~ Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding
May 6, 2012 ~ 12:00 PM-4:00 PM ~ Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding

The Equest Center is a therapeutic riding center serving 150 riders age 2-70 each week, year round. We will be holding a benefit at our facility on May 5th. We need many helping hands to help undo the event on Sunday May 6th. Taking down tables and chairs, staging, decorations, and putting our barn back together with supplies that we will need the following week for classes. Being a non-profit organization, we rely heavily on volunteer power! We hope you can join us to make a difference and put Equest back together! For more information, please contact Kelly Wujkowski at 616-866-3066 or kellywujkowski@att.net

Feeding America West Michigan - John Arnold Day of Service
May 19, 2012 8:00 AM~1:00 PM

In memory of John Arnolds life and work, we invite you to a Day of Service on May 19. Stop by the food bank from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to sort donations in the warehouse, share memories with Johns family and friends, and enjoy some good food with the staff. On the same day, the John Arnold Memorial Bike Ride will depart from the Food Bank at 12:30. The 15-mile trip to Rockford and back along the White Pine Trail includes a stop for lunch at Arnies. Email Andrew Steiner at andrews@feedingamericawestmichigan.org to sign up.

Millennium Park Spring Planting
May 23, 2012 ~ Times are flexible

Join volunteers for a flower and tree planting day at Millennium Park! Times are flexible and all supplies are provided! To find out more or to register for this project, contact Virginia Sines, Volunteer Services Coordinator- Kent County Parks Department at park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov or 616-336-3884.

 


June 2012

The Salvation Army Donut Day
June 1st, 9:00am-4:00pm

Join The Salvation Army Action Group as we travel throughout the community distributing Krispy Kreme doughnuts to those in need and those in the community who could use a little appreciation. We need your help in personally delivering donuts and bringing a smile to those who make our community what it is today. Volunteers will meet at Aquinas College and carpool to visit over 40 Donut Day locations, including the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. A pizza lunch will be provided to all volunteers. We are running two volunteer shifts, one from 9am to 12:30pm, and the second from 12:30pm to 4:00pm. Volunteers can sign up online at http://bit.ly/donutvolunteer or contact Angela DeVries at 616-459-3433x1184, or email angela_devries@usc.salvationarmy.org to sign up.  

National Trails Day ~ Kent County Parks
June 2, 2012 ~ Knapp Valley Forest
Be part of a trail building team at Knapp Valley Forest in celebration of National Trails Day! For more information or to register for any spring projects contact Ginny Sines at park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov

Youth Connect ~ Ottawa Area Housing Coalition
June 7, 2012 ~ 12:00pm - 4:00pm

The Youth Connect is an event that will provide services and resources to youth who are currently or at risk of experiencing homelessness. Youth will have the opportunity to connect with representatives from DHS, Arbor Circle, and Webster House Youth Services, they will be provided with personal care kits, as well as lunch- among many other things. Volunteers are needed to help with a number of functions: mingle with youth and encourage them to take advantage of the services provided, serve lunch, and "street performers" i.e.  people who can juggle, do magic tricks, etc. For more information, please contact Cara Zerbel at 616-738-1170 or czerbel@communityactionhouse.org

Dwelling Place (The Market, presented by Avenue for the Arts)
June 9th, 2012 ~ 11:00:00am - 9:00:00pm

The market events have been designed to showcase the positive developments in our business district and provide a community based event. We feature local and regional artisans and performers as well as businesses and restaurants along South Division. This is a celebration of creativity and community, involvement is key! If you have ideas and want to get involved please let us know! Volunteers act as a host to the event, a smiling face to welcome and guide event guests. Other duties include assisting artists with set-up at the beginning of the event, break-down at the end, and watching artist booths when they need a bathroom break. Volunteers can also help promote by distributing flyers prior to the actual event. Contact Jenn Schaub at avenueforthearts@gmail.com or 616-450-9114 to register as a volunteer or if you have any questions! Website: www.avenueforthearts.com

TRIO ETS Summer Camp
June 11-15 and June 18-20,  M-W-F 11:30-4:45 T-Th 8:30-4:45

TRiO ETS Summer camp at the GVSU Pew Campus, 8 days of fun with creative writing, fitness activities, college campus visits and The John Ball Zoo. Volunteers will be working with approximately 20 high school age students grades 9-11 and assisting instructors with classroom, physical and trip activities. For more information please contact Tanya McDonald (mcdonalt@gvsu.edu) or call 616-331-7110.

Visser Family YMCA - Donations for Strong Kids FISH Event
June 11-14, 5:00pm-7:00pm

We are looking for a group of volunteers that are willing to come in a make some calls to a customers/members we have asking for a donation for the Strong Kids FISH event, which is campaign that funds giving swimming lessons to local children that cannot afford lessons. Our goal is send 100 kids to swimming lessons. It costs $35 to give a child swimming lessons. We need 10 volunteers on the nights of June 11-June 14 from 5-7pm. We have 10 phones and a script set up for the volunteers. They will be given a list of names to call. Contact Dixie Dreyer at ddreyer@grymca.org or 616-530-9199.

SAL Basketball Camp Volunteers ~ The Salvation Army
June 18-22 (5:00 PM-8:00 PM), June 23, 2012 (10:00 AM)
Throughout the week, kindergarden-6th grade child will be working on improving fundamental skills of basketball. These skills include footwork, ball handling and dribbling, shooting, passing and receiving, defense, and rebounding. We will also be hosting Saturday scrimmages for all participants! Join us in the fun! We have several volunteer tasks available to help run our basketball camp. Camp Volunteers- needed each day to help with snacks, water brakes, to act as hall monitors, and can help one-time or each day as schedules allow. Coaches- experienced basketball players or coaches who will coach our teams each evening during the camp. Coaches will need to be present every evening, as well as on Saturday. Referees- referees are needed on Saturday to help monitor scrimmages at the end of our camp. Qualifications/ training: 16 years or older. All volunteers must complete our volunteer paperwork. Coaches and referees must attend a special training session prior to the volunteer opportunity. For more information, contact Angela DeVries at 616-459-3433 or (angela_devries@usc.salvationarmy.org).

PROOF Mentoring Organization - Mentor Awareness Walk
June 22nd, 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Serve at the registration table, as crossing guards, along the route, and pass out water/snacks at the finish line. 12 volunteers needed. Contact Marianne Diedrich at mariannediedrich@comcast.net or 616-366-8300.

Mustard Seed Ministries Scrap Metal Drive
June 22-24, 2012 ~ 9:00am - 9:00pm

We will be hosting a scrap metal drive all weekend, June 22-24th ... we are advertising locally and have known these events to bring in old refrigerators, grills, treadmills, toasters. We will be sorting metals all weekend. And perhaps going to locations to pick up items. We are looking for any volunteers to help unload cars and trucks and even dismantle items like an electric grill or treadmill. We are also seeking volunteers who may be able to lift heavy items or work some machinery. Training on site. Contact Darcey Nawrocki at darcnawrocki@comcast.net or 616-375-3857.

2012 MDA Summer Camp
June 23-30, 2012 ~ YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin
The Muscular Dystrophy Association of Grand Rapids is hosting a summer camp that builds bridges and knocks down barriers, fostering a sense of self-worth in young people with disabilities and greater understanding in able-bodied counselors. The volunteers duties would include giving program leaders support during activities, offering enthusiasm and ideas to help make the activities successful; maintaining and orderly, safe and respectful environment in the cabin; helping with cabin clean-up; remaining with your camper at all times; meeting the needs of your camper with sensitivity and care; maintaining a high level of respect for the privacy of campers and keeping medical information confidential; maintaining an orderly, safe and respectful environment in the cabin, and have FUN! For more information on this opportunity, contact Jessica Budzynski-Stotts at 616-459-4331 or JBudzynskistotts@mdausa.org.

The Salvation Army - Bike Helmet Giveaway
June 30, 2012 ~ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Volunteer parking lot attendants are needed during our free Bike Helmet Giveaway event, in partnership with Ada Bike Shop. Parking lot attendants will help people cross the street with their kids to get to the event. In addition, parking lot attendants will help to control traffic, and guide guests to different activities. Contact Angela Devries at 616-459-3433x1184.

 


July 2012

Grand Rapids Art Museum - GRAM on the Green
July 6th - August 17th (Friday Nights)
5:00pm to 7:00pm or 7:00pm to 9:00pm shifts
We will need volunteers to help our guests during each of the seven Friday night concerts from July 6th to August 17th, with sketching, playing giant games (featuring Chess, Jenga, and Pictionary), and signing up for our weekly GRAM Membership giveaway, as well as interacting with our guests and answering their questions. If you would like to be a part of this exciting concert series, please email me at volunteer@artmuseumgr.org. Shifts for the evenings are 5:00 to 7:00pm, and 7:00 to 9:00pm. Please feel free to sign up for as many evenings or shifts as you like! Contact Katrina Peshka at volunteer@artmuseumgr.org or 616-831-2933.

Grand Rapids Symphony D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops
Thursday & Friday Nights, July 12 - August 3 (5:00pm-10:00pm)
Over 100 volunteers are needed each Thursday and Friday night July 12 thru August 3 to make this special concert series possible. All volunteers are required to attend an orientation out at Cannonsburg on July 11th at 6:30 pm. This orientation is mandatory and if you are unable to attend you must schedule an orientation at the Grand Rapids Symphony Office prior to the concert you are volunteering at. Also if you volunteer you will need to purchase a volunteer shirt. Shirts are $5.00 for all volunteers. We require most volunteers to stay through the end of the concert to assist with clean up. Volunteers must be 13 or older. All volunteers receive free admission to the concert and a free meal. In exchange we ask that volunteers work before and after the concert and in some cases during the concert. Volunteers assist before, during and after the concert but in most positions have special access to the concert and time to sit and enjoy the musical programming. To volunteer, contact Annamarie for more information. Once you have selected the concerts and nights you would like to assist you will be mailed a confirmation packet with manuals, parking passes, and directions for the event. If interested in filling any of these positions please contact Annamarie Buller at abuller@grsymphony.org or 616-454-9451 ext 149.  

Grand Rapids Art Museum ~ GRAM on the Green
July 6-August 17, 2012 (Friday Nights) 5:00pm to 7:00pm or 7:00pm to 9:00pm shifts
Volunteers to help guests during each of the seven Friday night concerts from July 6th to August 17th, with sketching, playing giant games (featuring Chess, Jenga, and Pictionary), and signing up for our weekly GRAM Membership giveaway, as well as interacting with our guests and answering their questions. If you would like to be a part of this exciting concert series, please email Katrina Peshka at volunteer@artmuseumgr.org or call 616-831-2933. Shifts for the evenings are 5:00 to 7:00pm, and 7:00 to 9:00pm. Please feel free to sign up for as many evenings or shifts as you like! 

 


August 2012

WGVU - Kid's Day At The Zoo
August 3rd ~ 7:00am - 6:00pm

Kid's Day At The Zoo is an event at John Ball Zoo Society where everyone enjoys $1 admission and has a chance to visit various booths from local organizations and businesses throughout the Grand Rapids area. Volunteers are needed for set-up and tear-down at the beginning and end of the day. During Zoo hours, volunteers are needed to distribute information and speak with families about the importance and value of education, as well as the resources that exist to help children succeed. Contact Mallory Patterson at pattemal@mail.gvsu.edu or 616-516-6186.

 


September 2012

City of East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation ~ Rhoades McKee Reeds Lake Triathlon/Duathlon
September 8, 2012 ~ 6:00 AM-10:30 AM
The City of East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation is holding their annual Rhoades McKee Reeds Lake Triathlon/Duathlon for 1,200 participants. They are looking for volunteers to work along the bike and run routes to ensure the safety of the athletes during the race, educate motorists and cheer athletes on during the race. They are also looking for certified lifeguards for the water portion of the Triathlon. This event will be held at the John Collins Park. For more information on this opportunity, contact Pam Slater at (616) 949-1750 or pslater@eastgr.org by Friday, September 7, 2012.

Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited ~ Zerbe Property
September 14, 2012 ~ All day (lunch provided)
September 15, 2012 ~ 9:00 AM-12:00 PM (lunch provided)
September 19, 2012 ~ 1:30 PM-4:30 PM

Four to six volunteers are needed to install timer and stone into Pratt Drain on the Zerbe property. Volunteers need to bring waders and gloves. For more information on this opportunity, contact Pete Miller at (517) 420-4003 or petermiller9@gmail.com.  Posted 9/10/2012

West Michigan Environmental Action Council ~ Mayor's 9th Annual Grand River Cleanup
September 15, 2012 ~ 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
West Michigan Environmental Action Council and Grand Rapids Young Professionals are partnering with the cities of Grand Rapids, Wyoming, Walker, and Grandville to host the Eighth Annual Grand River Clean Up at the Sixth Street Bridge Park. An estimated 450 volunteers are needed to collectively cover over 12 miles of riverbank. Volunteers are needed to help pick up trash along the riverbank at Sixth Street Bridge Park. For more information on this opportunity, contact Dan Schoonmaker at (616) 451-3051 or dschoonmaker@wmeac.org.

Alliance for the Great Lakes
September 15, 2012 ~ 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Alliance for the Great Lakes are looking for volunteers for their September "Adopt-A-Beach" event in the Great Lakes Beach areas. Here are two ways you can participate: 1. Volunteer: Volunteers will receive instructions and supplies to participate when they arrive at the event. To register, visit greatlakesadopt.org. 2. Become a team leader: Team leaders recruit and organize volunteers to carry out the event. The Alliance will provide you with step-by-step instructions and supplies including marketing materials, gloves, data collection cards, pencils and trash bags. After the event, team leaders enter their results into the online system. For more information on this opportunity, contact Nicole Kirksey at (616) 850-0745 x13 or nkirksey@greatlakes.org.

Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited ~ Bear Creek
September 11 & 19, 2012 ~ 9:00 AM-mid-afternoon
September 25, 2012 ~ 4:00 PM-dark

Four to six volunteers are needed to do in-stream work on Bear Creek. Volunteers need to bring waders and gloves for the work project. Also, bring a lunch on the 11th and 19th! Water and snacks will be provided on all work dates. For more information on this opportunity, contact Pete Miller at (517) 420-4003 or petermiller9@gmail.com.

Art Prize 2012 UICA Exhibitions
September 19-October 7, 2012
UICA is an ArtPrize Exhibition Center and needs help with greeting patrons, registering ArtPrize voters, monitoring gallery spaces and selling concessions. For more information on this opportunity, contact Becca Guyette at (616) 454-7000 or becca@uica.org.

Art Prize at the GRAM!
September 19-October 7, 2012
Experience the bustle of ArtPrize through the eyes of the GRAM! There are many evening and weekend times available to accommodate all schedules. Volunteers will greet and assist patrons in the museum, work on the computer to register and activate a potential ArtPrize voter, assist guests in shopping in the museum store, and pick up/clean the common areas. To learn more and to sign up, go to artmuseumgr.org and click on the Volunteer for ArtPrize link. For more information on this opportunity, contact Kris Shannon at (616) 831-2933 or volunteer@artmuseumgr.org.

Walker Transit Rally - Disability Advocates of Kent County
September 26, 2012 ~ 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
There is a potential proposal to eliminate public transit in Walker. Discontinuing bus lines could isolate many people with and without disabilities. Volunteers are needed to advocate equal access, help with refreshments, help with locating specific volunteers for their Go Bus! pick up. For more information on this opportunity, contact Eva Jenson at (616) 949-1100 or eva.j@dakc.us.

Kids ArtFest - Grand Rapids Children's Museum
September 30, 2012 ~ 12:00 PM-5:00 PM
Volunteers are needed to help set up, clean up, play, and facilitate fun during Kids ArtFest. Volunteers will be helping out at Veterans Park and Sheldon Street. For more information on this opportunity, contact Julie Atherton at (616) 235-4726 or jatheron@grcm.org.


October 2012

Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore ~ Mission Sisterhood Program Facilitator
October 1, 2012 ~ 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
This is a leadership building program for high school girls held two times a week (during the girls' lunch time in October). Volunteers will develop and facilitate two lunch time sessions weekly during October at Ionia High School (Ionia County), resources supplied. Two volunteers are needed to deliver this program. Volunteers must have reliable transportation. Online training provided and overview given by supervising staff member. For more information on this opportunity, contact Kim Dyer at (866) 566-7434 or kdyer@gsmists.org.

Pickerel Lake Autumn Olive Removal Project ~ Kent County Parks
October 6, 2012

Kent MSU Extension Master Naturalist Program volunteers will be removing invasive Autumn Olive that is threatening the natural habitats at Pickerel Lake Park Fred Meijer Nature Preserve. We need extra hands! Both morning and afternoon project sessions are available. For more information on this opportunity, contact KCP Volunteer Services at (616) 336-3884 or park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov.

American Heart Association ~ Grand Rapids Heart Walk
October 12, 2012 ~ 12:00 PM-4:00 PM
October 13, 2012 ~ 7:00 AM-11:30 AM

Volunteers are needed for the Heart Walk set up at Aw Nab Awen park in front of the Gerald Ford museum and to help with handing out information and route direction.  For more information on this opportunity, contact Ciciley Moore at (616) 482-1503 or ciciley.moore@heart.org

ACCESS County Wide Food Drive ~ South End Community Outreach Ministries
October 13, 2012 ~ 8:30 AM-2:00 PM
Access of West Michigan has facilitated the County Wide Food Drive for many years and in that time has reached a collection of up to 100 tons of food annually for over 60 Kent County food pantries. Every month, these pantries provide over 20,000 food services to individuals who find themselves with no other place to turn for help. The County Wide Food Drive is an effort to accomplish that goal. As one of the twelve key resource pantries in Kent County, SECOM is serving as both a distribution center for the food drive, as well as a beneficiary. Volunteers will help SECOM staff collect food as it is delivered, sort and organize it, and prepare food for transport to other food pantries. For more information on this opportunity, contact Stefanie Hosford at (616) 452-7684 or development@secomministries.orgPosted 9/18/2012

Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited ~ Insect Monitoring Event
October 13, 2012 ~ 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

For information on this opportunity, contact Nichol De Mol, Project Manager, Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative at (231) 557-6362 or ndemol@tu.org.

13th Annual Bailey’s Doggie Dash ~ Kent County Parks
October 20, 2012
County Parks Foundation will be hosting the 13th Annual Doggie Dash where dogs and dog owners can take part in a 5K Run/Walk. The event will be held at Wabasis Park in Rockford. For more information on this opportunity contact, KCP Volunteer Services at (616) 336-3884 or park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov.

GVSU Zero Waste Football Game ~ GVSU Sustainability Initiative
October 20, 2012
The Sustainability Initiative of Grand Valley is seeking 100 volunteers for the university's first zero waste football game. On Saturday October 20, the Lakers play Northwood and students are signing on to minimize the waste from this game.  Volunteers will work in the parking lots and in the stadium to educate the fans while facilitating, sorting, and transporting as much recycling and composting as possible. If you or your organization are interested in making a difference by volunteering at this event, please e-mail Bart Bartels at bartelba@gvsu.edu.

 

Primary & Presidential Elections ~ City of Grand Rapids
August 7–November 6, 2012 ~ various precincts in the city
Work at a precinct on election day assisting and processing voters, working with setup of equipment and various other assigned duties. Bilingual skills are a plus to assist Spanish Speaking voters. For more information contact Kathleen Black at 616-456-3004 or at kblack@grcity.us.

Kent County Park Annual Fall Clean ~ Kent County Parks 
October, 2012 
Volunteer individuals or groups are invited to help clean up our County Parks and Trails for the 2012 Annual Fall Clean! Projects include invasive species removal, raking green spaces, trail building and clean up, and special projects. Park locations and times can be scheduled according to volunteer interest and the needs of the parks. Great for families, school groups, community organizations and corporate groups! For more information on this opportunity, contact KCP Volunteer Services at (616) 336-3884 or at park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov.

Visser YMCA ~ Strong Kids Campaign 
Week of October 29, 2012 ~ 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
Week of November 5, 2012 ~ 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
The YMCA needs volunteers to make phone calls for them the week of Oct. 29th and Nov. 5. These are calls made to their Y members who have given in the past.  The money raised helps kids get bussed to their IMPACT after school program for underprivileged kids. The kids come from area schools, picked by the principle. These kids have a safe place to go after school instead of being home alone.  For more information on this opportunity, contact Dixie Dreyer at (616) 885-5727 or at ddreyer@grymca.org.

Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank 
October 29, 2012 ~ 1:30 PM–4:30 PM 
October 31, 2012 ~ 1:30 PM–4:30 PM

The food bank desperately needs able bodied volunteers to help sort weekly donations coming in from area retail stores!! These hours are flexible. For more information contact Dena Rogers at (616) 389-6251 or at DenaR@FeedingAmericaWestMichigan.org.


November 2012

United Way ~ Rake A Difference

November 10, 2012 ~ 9:00 AM1:00 PM
In honor of Veterans Day, United Way is hosting it's annual Rake A Difference Event in November.  They are looking for volunteers to help rake yards for Veterans, seniors, and disable citizens in the Holland and Grand Haven area.  This opportunity is great for families, student groups, and anyone interested in lending a helping hand to those in need.  For more information on this opportunity, contact Shanon at (616) 396-7811 or at smorton@ottawaunitedway.org.

Family Futures ~ Playing & Creating with Kids
November 14, 2012 ~ 7:00 AM–10:00 AM

Volunteers will check in the parents with their kids, make fun and creative crafts with the older kids, help check-out parents at the end of the event with their contributions to Family Futures, play or read books to children, while having fun!  Meet with Family Futures (on a date to be determined) to discuss who will care for what group of children and what they will be doing during the hour they have at the event "Why Volunteer?" Make a difference in the lives of children and families in Kent County.  Bring smiles to those faces that are constantly bringing smiles to others.  Know that you are part of a team working to prevent child abuse and neglect.  For more information on this opportunity contact Heather Carmer at (616) 454-4673 or at hcarmer@familyfutures.net

Art Van Santa Parade Presented by the Grand Rapids Jaycees ~ Grand Rapids Jaycees
November 16, 2012 ~ 7:00 AM–12:00 PM

The Grand Rapids Jaycees Santa Parade is a West Michigan tradition of more than 100 years. The parade serves as the kickoff to the holiday season in our community.
Parade Marshals: responsible for walking with Parade entrants to ensure that the crowds are kept safe and entertained.
Stagers/Destagers: responsible for lining up entrants before the Parade and helping them exit the route afterward.
Banner Carriers: carry banners recognizing the contributions of various Parade entrants.
Band Assistants: in charge of stopping the parade at various intervals to bands to perform for the spectators. 
Photos with Santa: assist with line control as well as being Santas Helper.
Production Assistant: Wood TV will be broadcasting the parade live on Wood TV, and have asked for a couple of helpers to assist them during the live broadcast.
Sponsor Hospitality Tent: We need a couple of people to greet our VIP Sponsors and assist in there as needed.
For more information on this opportunity, contact Emma Baranowski at 616-437-3682 or at emmaski01@gmail.com.


January 2013
 

GVSU's Sibs & Kids Weekend
January 25, 2013 ~ 4:00 PM-12:00 AM

Students and Siblings (or any loved ones) spend the weekend together, enjoying various activities and creating memories! There are all sorts of activities that need overseeing, from arts and crafts, to bounce houses, bingo, and so much more!  For more information on this opportunity contact Chelsea Pulice at (616) 331-2737 or pulicech@gvsu.edu.  Posted 11/28/12

MLK Jr. Day of Service Donations

Now-January 21, 2013 ~ Anytime

Students, faculty, staff and community members will come together to engage in a wide variety of “up-cycling” crafts. Up-cycling is turning used items into something else, which eliminates waste by keeping items out of landfills. We need your help to donate the items we need for "up-cycling," such as used/new lanyards, used/new pillowcases, used/new t-shirts, used/new flannel, used/new fleece, fabric markers/fabric paint. yarn, pop-can tops/tabs, thread, buttons, trim, and ribbons. All donations can go to either WGS in 227 LOH or OMA in 1204 KC before January 21 or you can just bring it with you on January 21. For more information contact Julia Mason at masonja@gvsu.eduPosted 11/14/13

Lake Michigan Academy-Moving Computers
AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

Dates and times for this event are flexible.  Lake Michigan Academy is looking for 3-5 students that can move 20 desktops downstairs to the lobby for a Comprenew pick up.  There are a few additional pieces of equipment to move.  They are looking for this to be done as soon as possible!  For more information on this opportunity contact Rebecca Rop at (616) 464-3330 or rrop@mylma.org.  


 

February 2013

Dash Down Division 5k Run/Walk Event and Fun Run ~ The Salvation Army
February 23, 2013 ~ 7:30AM-12:00PM
The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to help with the Dash Down Division 5k Run/Walk Event and Mini Dash Children's Fun Run. Approximately 40 volunteers are needed for to direct cars, greet guests, maintain traffic control, guiding runners, registration, serving food, and setup/tear down. Volunteers who work outside should be dressed appropriately for February weather. Food and beverages supplied to the runners will also be available to volunteers. For more information about the Dash Down Division, please visit www.dashdowndivision.com. For further questions, please contact Angela DeVries at 616-459-3433 ext.1184 or angela_devries@usc.salvationarmy.org. Posted on 02/15/2013

Food Pantry Commodities Delivery ~ The Salvation Army
February 28, 2013 ~ 2:15PM-4:45PM
The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to provide assistance in unloading and organizing products for the Food Pantry. Specific tasks include unloading and stocking food products onto shelves and into a freezer/refrigerator, disposing trash and cardboard boxes, and assisting the food pantry caseworker as needed. If interested in participating more, other dates include Thursday May 30, August 29, and Monday November 25, 2013 from 2:15-4:45PM. For further questions, please contact Angela DeVries at 616-459-3433 ext.1184 or angela_devries@usc.salvationarmy.org. Posted on 02/15/2013

Healthy Homes Coalition ~ Home & Garden Show
February 28- March 3, 2013 
Healthy Homes needs volunteers to spread the word about environmental health issues at the West MI Home and Garden Show!  Volunteers will host the Healthy Homes Coalition's booth and talk to attendees about radon (the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer) and how people can test their homes for this deadly gas. All volunteers will receive the necessary training and information needed to help out. They will also be able to attend the show for free with their volunteer name badge. For more information on this opportunity contact Courtney Myers-Keaton at 616-241-3300 or courtney@healthyhomescoalition.org. Posted 2/21/2013

March 2013

 

Sugarbush Festival ~ Blandford Nature Center
March 9, 2013 ~ 8:30AM-5:30PM
Blandford Nature Center is looking for volunteers for various tasks during their Annual Sugarbush Festival. Opportunities include serving and cooking pancakes, trail guiding, Sugarbush operations, fire tending,and historical interpretation. No experience is required and every hour counts. Training dates are on February 23 and February 28. For more information, please contact Jessie Schulte at 616-735-6240 or jessie@blandfordnaturecenter.org. Posted on 02/11/2013

Mother Son Date Night ~ The Salvation Army 
March 9 ~ 4:00PM-6:00PM
The Mother Son Date Night will be a first time ever event! Mothers and sons will get to share a fun night of sports, magic show, balloon animals, face painting, photo booth and more. 5 volunteers are needed to help out with check in, food, activities, and clean up.  For more information, contact Angela DeVries at 616-459-3433 x1184 or Angela_devries@usc.salvationarmy.org

Blood Drive ~ American Red Cross
March 21, 2013 ~ 11:30AM-5:30PM
The American Red Cross will be partnering with Circle K International on GVSU's Allendale campus for their monthly blood drive. They are in need of fourteen volunteers to help throughout the blood drive. For more information, you can contact Megan Boundy at boundym@mail.gvsu.eduPosted on 03/15/2013

Grand Rapids Jaycees State Basketball Finals and Skills Competition
March 22-March 23 ~ Shift times vary
Since 1982, the Grand Rapids Jaycees have organized and operated the Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) State Basketball Tournament. This multi-day event will be held March 22 and 23 in Rockford, Michigan. Hundreds of athletes from around the state come to participate in this event and we need lots of volunteers to help us out with arts and crafts, awards, credentials checkers, the movie room, scorekeeping, timekeeping, and volunteer registration. Registration is simple so sign up for a shift here: Friday Volunteer Schedule Saturday Volunteer Schedule. For more information, contact Mary Ouellette, at Volunteer4SOMI@gmail.com

Kroc Center Family Fun Nights ~ The Salvation Army
March 22, 2013 ~ 5:30PM-8:30PM
The Salvation Army's Kroc Center is looking for volunteers during their Kroc Family Fun Nights that feature theme related activities and a movie. Volunteers will be assigned to help with registration, facilitating family activities, helping with crafts, and other various tasks. Other dates include Friday, April 26 and May 24, 2013 from 5:30-8:30pm. For more information, please contact Angela DeVries at 616-459-3433 ext.1184 or angela_devries@usc.salvationarmy.org. Posted on 02/15/2013

Movin' On In ~ Michigan Campaign to End Homelessness
March 22, 2013 ~ 6:30PM-10:00PM
Movin’ on In will promote efforts to end homelessness and raise awareness of local challenges in attaining affordable housing. It provides participants with a hands-on opportunity to broaden understandings of homelessness and housing through a housing simulation. The housing simulation allows participants to play the role of a homeless individual in need of housing. Each role includes circumstantial details and participants attempt to attain housing during four simulated days. After the simulation, a debriefing session lead by a housing specialist will provide opportunities for discussion. Afterwards, participants will assemble “new home starter kits” in laundry baskets for newly housed families. We will conclude with a speaker from our Michigan's Campaign to End Homelessness AmeriCorps program who will share about how members are serving their community.
 
The event happens March 22nd from 6:30pm to 10:00pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (250 Commerce Avenue Southwest Grand Rapids, MI 49503).

To Register: http://movinonin-estw.eventbrite.com/
To Donate: http://www.gofundme.com/movin-on-in
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/212257868920998/?fref=ts

For additional information, please contact Michelle Adams at (phc@mihomelessorg) or by phone at (517-853-3887). Posted on 03/07/2013
 
5k Stampede to Read Run/Walk 
March 23, 2013 ~ 8:00AM-12:00PM
Students from MGT 345 have organized a 5k run/walk whose proceeds will go towards the purchase of a leveled reading program for Hope Academy of West Michigan. They are looking for volunteers to help with registration, refreshment tables, monitoring the course, timing, start line, lead off biker, finish line, raffle, and to give awards. For more information, you can contact Karmen Konynenbelt at konynenk@mail.gvsu.edu or at 616-834-2601 Posted on 03/15/13
 
Grand Rapids Parks ~ Arbor Day Tree Planting
March 26
Join Friends of Grand Rapids Parks in planting trees in Riverside Park to protect the Grand River watershed and increase our city's tree canopy. You can learn more about the important role that trees play in our city at www.urbanforestproject.com.  No previous tree planting experience necessary!  For more information, contact Heather Kaweck at heather.kaweck@friendsofgrparks.org.
 
GVx ~ Grand Valley Admissions Office
March 29, 2013 ~ 10:45AM-12:15PM

GVX is an Admissions event ot help promote Grand Valley's campus to prospective students thinking about attending GVSU. They are looking for student volunteers to give campus tours. The tours will last about 45 minutes to 1 hour. For more information, you can contact Astin Martin at martasti@gvsu.edu or at 616-331-8820.
Posted on 03/15/13

April 2013

Reading Corps Tutors Sought!
Are you passionate about education? Ever considered serving a year with AmeriCorps? The Michigan Reading Corps (MiRC) is seeking Reading Corps members statewide to provide essential literacy intervention for K-3 students during the 2013-2014 school year!  Learn more about this opportunity and make sure to apply by April 1, 2013! 

Whitecaps Community Foundation 50/50 Raffle ~ Whitecaps Community Foundation
April 4, 2013 ~ 6:00PM-End of game
More opportunities available in May, June, July, & August

The Whitecaps Community Foundation is the non-profit arm of the West Michigan Whitecaps that will be hosting 25 "50/50" raffles throughout the 2013 season. The Whitecaps Community Foundation is actively seeking volunteers to sell raffle tickets for these events. Volunteers will work the game selling tickets electronically around the ballpark. All volunteers will receive 4 undated tickets as well as a WCF t-shirt. Volunteers will also be entered to win 4 box seats to a Detroit Tigers game as well as other raffle prizes! All volunteers must be 18 years of age and able to work the length of a baseball game. The registration deadline is one week prior to the event! For more information, contact Jessica Muzevuca at 616-726-7065 or jmuzevuca@whitecapsbaseball.comPosted 03/21/13

Eastown Service Days ~ Eastown Community Association
April 6, 2013 ~ 10:00AM-5:00PM

Eastown Community Association is devoting April 6th to service projects in Eastown. They invite residents, business owners, and students to participate in building raised garden beds for the ECA garden, assisting with spring clean-up of Eastown Community gardens, and helping residents with light yard and house work. Eastown Cafe will provide refreshments. For more information, contact Lindsey Ruffin at 616-451-3025 or lindsey@eastown.org. Updated 03/25/13

Stream Insect Monitoring ~ MI Trout Unlimited
April 6, 2013 ~ 9:00AM-1:00PM

Trout Unlimited Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative and the MI Trout Unlimited River Stewards Program is looking for volunteers for their Stream Insect Monitoring event. Volunteers will be assigned to a monitoring group with a team leader. Each group will collect and identify insects from different stream sites. No experience is needed and all ages are welcome. Lunch will be provided for all volunteers. For more information, you can contact Nichol De Mol at 231-557-6362 or ndemol@tu.org. Posted on 02/22/13

Annual Spring Clean Kick Off at L.E. Kaufman Golf Course! ~ Kent County Parks 
April 6, 2013 ~ 10:00AM-1:00PM
Kent County Parks wants volunteers to come out and join them to “rake up the greens” and then join us at the Clubhouse for a free grill out lunch! Volunteers will be helping clean up a golf course. Great for golfers, families, individual volunteers or groups! For more information, contact park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov or call Volunteer Services at 616-336-3884. Posted on 03/25/13

Student Scholars Day ~ GVSU Allendale Campus (Kirkhof/Henry)
April 10, 2013 ~ 
8:30am- 5:30pm 
SSD is a day that celebrates student research and creative endeavors. Throughout the day, poster presentations, oral presentations, creative displays and dance performances will showcase the many forms of scholarship that students have done over the course of the year. Volunteers are needed for set-up, registration, session host, and greeter/floater.
Set-Up: Set-up consists of putting up easels, setting up registration tables, and general set-up under the direction of committee members during the early morning volunteer time. (Done by GVSU Rowers: Rent-a-Rower) 
Registration: The headquarters for the day is the registration table. As a registration volunteer, you will register students, give out name tags, distribute schedules, etc. You will be one of the first persons to welcome the presenters, faculty, guests, hosts and greeters to the Student Scholars Day. This position keeps the day running smoothly. 
Session Host: Throughout the day the classrooms will be used for the oral presentations. You will be in the classroom to welcome and introduce the student presenters just before they give their 20-minute presentations. In order to keep the presentations running smoothly, you'll have cue cards on hand to let the presenters know when it's time to wind down their talk. At the end of each presentation, you'll thank the audience and presenter for attending the event. This position supports the student presenters. 
Greeter/Floater: This position provides ongoing welcome and support to our guests. Throughout the day there will be many people coming and going throughout Henry Hall and Kirkhof Center. Your job will be to welcome and direct guests. In the event equipment is needed you will be the 'runner' that lets the registration table know assistance is needed. Your job will be to assist wherever needed, and you may fill in as Session Hosts if necessary.
For more information, contact Callista L. Cook at  616-331-8100 or at cookcal@gvsu.eduPosted 03/29/13

Art.Downtown ~ Dwelling Place
April 12, 2013 ~ 6:00 PM-11:00 PM

Fun, energetic, outgoing art enthusiasts wanted! On April 12th, over 300 artists will be taking over Grand Rapids, in the yearly event Art.Downtown. Dwelling Place is looking for 75 Street Team volunteers to welcome and direct guests to ensure that everyone has an amazing experience. There are 3 shifts to choose from (5:45-7:45 PM, 7:45-9:45 PM, 9:45-11 PM). Orientation will be held twice. For more information and to register to volunteer, please click here.If you have any further questions, please contact Jessica Hacker at 616-450-9114 or avenueforthearts@gmail.com with Volunteer/Art.Downtown in the subject line. Posted on 02/14/2013

Baila Conmigo ~ Sabrosisimo: GV's Latin Dance Crew
April 13, 2013 ~ 10:00PM-12:00AM

Volunteer services needed for the tear-down of our event, Baila Conmigo (which is happening from 5:30pm - 10:00pm) in the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena. Our event consists of a showcase of different performing arts groups, free dinner and an open dance of Latin music at the end. For more information, contact Adriana Berent at 734-560-4798 or berenta@mail.gvsu.eduPosted on 04/10/2013

Army of Readers ~ The Salvation Army
April 19, 2013 ~ 8:00AM-11:30AM
The Salvation Army is inviting over 50 young professional and college student volunteers to visit classrooms around Grand Rapids for a fun-filled reading activity. Volunteers will meet at 8:00am for an orientation session. During the orientation, volunteers will have an opportunity to practice reading their assigned book, and will be taught how to administer a classroom activity related to their book. Volunteers will then transport themselves to their assigned school and read to a classroom with a volunteer partner. Volunteers will then help administer a classroom activity. Overall, we are hoping to spread the joy of reading to over 1,000 children in Grand Rapids area schools. For more information and to sign up, please visit http://bit.ly/armyofreaders. If you have any questions, please contact Angela DeVries at angela_devries@usc.salvationarmy.org or call 616.459.3433 ext: 1184.

Eastown Clean-up ~ Eastown Community Association
April 20, 2013 ~ 9:00AM-11:00AM

In honor of Earth Day on April 22nd, the Eastown Community Association will be cleaning up the Eastown neighborhoods and business district. The event will start off at the Eastown Community Association with a story time for kids. We will finish up at Connie's Cakes who will provide treats. Volunteers are needed to clean , pick up trash, and eat cupcakes! For more information, contact Lindsey Ruffin at 616-451-3025 or at lindsey@eastown.orgPosted on 04/11/2013

Third Annual Grand River Green Up on Earth Day ~ West Michigan Environmental Action Council and the Grand Haven Area Jaycees
April 20, 2013 ~ 9:00AM

Around 400 volunteers are needed to help clean up the Grand River as part of West Michigan's largest Earth Day service event. The Green Up to date has pulled nearly 20,000 pounds of refuse from waterways in Grand Haven and Allendale townships. Check-in and breakfast at Harbor Island fairgrounds at 9 a.m. Buses and walking groups depart for clean up sites at 9:30 a.m. and return at noon. T-shirt and lunch will be provided. For more information and registration, check out their website HERE! Posted 03/26/2013

Millennium Park Spring Clean! ~ Kent County Parks
April 20, 2013 ~ 10:00AM-12:00PM

Kent County Parks would like for volunteers to help get the Beach House area ready for opening day by spreading fresh mulch around the landscaped sections in the park! Great for all ages! For more information, contact park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov or call Volunteer Services at 616-336-3884. Posted on 03/11/2013

Electronics Recycling for Earth Day ~ Comprenew Environmental
April 20, 2013 ~ 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Comprenew is holding a Kent County wide electronics recycling competition event that is coordinated with 52 Kent County schools. They are looking for volunteers to help unload electronic donations at their Ionia location, 28th St store, and at the North Kent Landfill in Rockford. For more information, please contact Holly Aungst at 616-531-9102 or haungst@comprenew.orgPosted on 02/01/2013

GVSU Project Donation ~ GVSU Facilities Services and Housing
April 26, 2013 ~ 5:00 PM-8:00 PM
Project Donation is a collaborative effort between Facilities Services and Housing to give students the opportunity to donate items they no longer want or will use to non-profit organizations in the West Michigan area. They are in need of volunteers to assist with loading and unloading donated items from on campus living centers onto a truck and into conference rooms. Volunteers must have own transportation between living centers. Need volunteers for at least one hour blocks of time. For more information contact Raven McClinon at 616-331-3849 or mcclinra@gvsu.eduPosted on 04/04/2013

Garlic Mustard Challenge Pull ~ Kent County Parks
April 27, 2013 ~ 10:00AM-12:00PM & 1:00PM-3:00PM

Volunteers of all ages are invited to help make a difference by pulling the invasive species, Garlic Mustard, from the beautiful natural habitats of Seidman Park and/or Fallasburg Park. This event will be at Seidman Park from 10:00AM-12:00Pm and at Fallasburg Park from 1:00PM-3:00PM. For more information, contact park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov or call Volunteer Services at 616-336-3884. Posted on 03/11/2013  

Walk for Autism Awareness ~ Autism Support of Kent County
April 28, 2013 ~ 11:00AM-3:00PM

Walk for Autism Awareness is a non competitive 2.5k walk around the campus of Kuyper college. They are looking for volunteers to help set up balloons around the walk path, moving chairs, work the registration table, and distributing items. They are also looking for volunteers to help with a Silent Auction and their Resource Fair. They welcome students to walk and/or cheer on the walking families, teams, organizations, and community members. For more information, contact Carol Lippert at 616-301-7219 or lippert_carol@yahoo.comPosted on 04/08/2013  
 
GVSU Project Donation ~ GVSU Facilities Services and Housing
April 29, 2013 ~ 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Project Donation is a collaborative effort between Facilities Services and Housing to give students the opportunity to donate items they no longer want or will use to non-profit organizations in the West Michigan area. They are looking for volunteers to sort through donated items, record weight of donated items, and re-bag items to place food in boxes. For more information contact Raven McClinon at 616-331-3849 or mcclinra@gvsu.eduPosted on 04/04/2013

May 2013

Wahlfield Park Mulching ~ Kent County Parks
May, 2013

A volunteer group is needed at Wahlfield Park (Alpine Township) to help spread mulch around the playground areas. If your business or organization would like to spend a couple hours outdoors, contact Volunteer Services at 616-336-3884 or VolunteerMail@volgistics.comPosted on 04/25/2013

Millennium Park Landscape Project ~ Kent County Parks
May, 2013

Each spring, our ‘gardener” volunteers help design and plant the beautiful landscaped entrance and Beach House sections at Millennium Park! Times can be arranged to fit your schedule! For more information, contact Volunteer Services at 616-336-3884 or VolunteerMail@volgistics.com to arrange a time that would work best for your group! Posted on 04/25/2013

Kent County Push Forward 2013 Youth Summit ~ Kent County Prevention Coalition
May 3, 2013 ~ 7:45 AM-7:00 AM

The Kent County Prevention Coalition is hosting their 2nd Annual Above the Influence - Kent County Push Forward 2013 Youth Summit. This summit is designed to equip middle and high school youth to think critically about personal choices and future ambitions, emerging community health and wellness trends related to underage substance use/misuse, and the power community teens have individually and collectively to impact their communities by making a personal commitment to live "Above the Influence". They are looking for volunteers to serve on the pre-conference loading team, flip camera interviews, registration, greeters, resource fair organizations, power rest team, volunteer logistics team, concierge team, and many more positions. For more information, contact Michele Slitt at 616-855-5298 or kcpreventioncoalition@gmail.comPosted 01/24/2013

"Underwater Adventure"~ Glenwood Elementary School
May 3, 2013 ~ 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Glenwood Elementary School is looking for volunteers to help during the Glenwood Elementary School "Underwater Adventure" Carnival. Volunteer opportunities include running the carnival games, taking tickets, face painting, and helping with food sales. They hope to recruit college students to volunteer to allow the parents the opportunity to enjoy the games with their children. For more information contact Yalonda Jones at 616-915-4557 or yjones@carepointbenefits.comPosted 04/17/2013
 
Community Canvassing ~ Alger Heights Collaborative
May 04, 2013 ~ 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
The Alger Heights Collaborative is looking for volunteers to visit houses and conduct interviews for their Community Canvassing project. The purpose of the canvassing is to get a better idea of resident's hopes and dreams for the neighborhood and what concerns there might be. The community coordinator will gather the information obtained from the interviews and then, in the coming months, organize residents around common themes of interest for discussion and action. Sweet Mellisa's cupcakes and coffee will be provided for all volunteers. For more information, contact Jennifer Reidsma at 616-988-9268 or jenn@tabernaclecommunity.orgPosted on 04/26/2013
 
Whitecaps Community Foundation 50/50 Raffle ~ Whitecaps Community Foundation
May 4 & 28, 2013 ~ 6:00PM-End of game
May 19, 2013 ~ 12:15PM-End of game

More opportunities available in June, July, & August
The Whitecaps Community Foundation is the non-profit arm of the West Michigan Whitecaps that will be hosting 25 "50/50" raffles throughout the 2013 season. The Whitecaps Community Foundation is actively seeking volunteers to sell raffle tickets for these events. Volunteers will work the game selling tickets electronically around the ballpark. All volunteers will receive 4 undated tickets as well as a WCF t-shirt. Volunteers will also be entered to win 4 box seats to a Detroit Tigers game as well as other raffle prizes! All volunteers must be 18 years of age and able to work the length of a baseball game. The registration deadline is one week prior to the event! For more information, contact Jessica Muzevuca at 616-726-7065 or jmuzevuca@whitecapsbaseball.comPosted 03/21/2013

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
May 4, 2013 

With Spring right around the corner, it's time to Think Pink! Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is quickly approaching, and we want to make this year our biggest and best year ever! Come celebrate our breast cancer survivors or walk to raise awareness with us downtown Grand Rapids on May 4! Walk as a team, family, friends, or as an individual. You can register here: www.makingstrideswalk.org/grandrapidsmi and stay tuned to event updates here: www.facebook.com/MakingStridesGR. You can can also pick up a Team Leader Kit at Flo's on March 23 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm (1259 Post Drive, Belmont, MI 49306). for more information, contact Darlene Draisma at darlene.draisma@cancer.org. Posted 03/20/2013

Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity ~ Women's Build
May 4-11, 2013 

Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity is hosting their 6th Annual National Women Build Week Event!  No construction experience necessary! Morning, afternoon, and evening opportunities are available.  Sign up in groups of 5-15, or as an individual to join a group & lunch will be provided!! Help make a difference in your community! For more information, contact Lindsay Terhaar at 616-393-8001 ext. 103 or volunteer@lakeshorehabitat.orgPosted 02/28/2013

TEDxGrandRapids/education livestream ~ TEDxGrandRapids - Education Live stream
May 9, 2013 7:00AM-4:00PM

Inspired by the power of ideas to transform education, the Livestream for Education will return in 2013. Our goal is to bring the power of TEDxGR to educators to help motivate, inspire, and thank them for their many important contributions to our communities. All educators, mentors, coaches, support staff, administrators and thought leaders are invited, and each guest can register to bring up to ten students who are in the 10th grade or above. Multiple volunteers needed depending on the available shifts. Volunteers will support breakout sessions, assist with registration and traffic control of students, support lunch, support load in and take down activities. An senior member of TEDxGR/Education will always be with any group and all assignments. For more information, contact Dalin Clark at 616-361-8292 or Dalin@tedxgrandrapids.orgPosted on 04/11/2013

Fifth Third River Bank Run ~ Gilda's Club Grand Rapids
May 11, 2013 ~  5:30 AM
Gilda's Club Grand Rapids is looking for volunteers for the 2013 Fifth Third River Bank Run. Volunteers will be located in the aid station to serve both the 5k/10k races and the 5k walk. Each volunteer will receive a Fifth Third River Bank Run t-shirt and a lunch/ beverage ticket to the Post Race Party on Calder Plaza downtown. For more information, contact Ashley Owen at ataowen@gildasclubgr.org or 616-748-8187. Posted 03/28/2013

Discover! Millennium Park’s Hansen Nature Trail ~ Kent County Parks
May 18, 2013 ~ 10:00AM-3:00PM

This free and fun discovery program is for adventurers of all ages and includes a trail walk with nature stations, a scavenger hunt, trolley transportation and more! Volunteers are needed to help with the trolley stations and as a “trolley tour guide” for Millennium Park – or to help with set up, information table hosting, or event support. Great for students or anyone who loves nature events! For more information, contact Volunteer Services at 616-336-3884 or VolunteerMail@volgistics.comPosted on 04/25/2013

5K Celebration ~ Kent County Girls on the Run
May 18, 2013 ~ 9:00AM-2:00PM

Volunteers are needed for Kent County Girls on the Run 5K! This year is their 10 year anniversary and they will be joined by Girls on the Run founder Molly Barker. They need help in a number of areas: morning of the race set up, packet pick-up, course marshals, refreshments, field security and clean up among other things. For more information, contact Brittnie Finkbeiner at 989-390-1560 or program.kcgotr@gmail.comPosted on 04/15/2013

Picnic in the Parks ~ Eastown Community Association
May 18, 2013 ~ 9:00AM-5:00PM

Eastown Community Association hosts this annual event, Picnic in the Parks, at Wilcox and Sigsbee park. The first part of the day is a park clean-up followed by food, kid's activities and entertainment. Volunteers are needed to help with park cleanup and lead kid's activities, such as chalk drawing and face painting. For more information, contact Lindsey Ruffin at 616-451-3025 or lindsey@eastown.orgPosted 02/28/2013

Office of the Vice Provost for Health ~ GVSU
Early May, 2013 (dates to come)

The Office of the Vice Provost for Health is seeking volunteers from the campus community to donate time during a mock disaster planned at the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences. GVSU’s Emergency Preparedness Team, county and local officials will use CHS as an alternate care site to Spectrum Health during the mock disaster. Volunteers of all skill levels would be needed.  Students who would like to volunteer are asked to register online with the Michigan Volunteer Registry, www.mivolunteerregistry.org.  For more information, contact Katie Branch at 616-331-2729 or branchka@gvsu.edu
Posted 02/14/2013

June 2013

Dumpster Day ~ Eastown Community Organization
June1, 2013 ~ 8:00am-12:00pm

Eastown Community Organization is hosting Dumpster Day from 8am until noon in the parking lot at 420 Ethel, Grand Rapids. We are looking for volunteers to help guide traffic, load up the dumpsters, and help with separating recyclable items. You can earn GR recycling points by volunteering for this event! Contact Lindsey Ruffin at info@eastown.org for more information or to sign up as a volunteer.

Fill-up Fuller Tree Planting Project ~ Friends of Grand Rapids Parks
June 1, 2013 ~ 9:00am-1:00pm

Join Friends of Grand Rapids Park, in partnership with the City of Grand Rapids, as we plant 50 trees along Fuller Avenue (between Michigan and Fulton) to replace trees devastated by the Emerald Ash Borer. Friends of Grand Rapids Parks will provide the tools, trees, and training. Youll want to bring clothes that can get dirty, closed-toe shoes, and maybe water and snacks. By participating and signing up via the Volunteer Center, you can earn 500 myGRcitypoints. Visit www.friendsofgrparks.org/volunteercenter or contact Kyle Van Strien (kyle.vanstrien@friendsofgrparks.org) to learn more.

Knapp Valley Forest Trail Building Project ~ Kent County Parks
June 1, 2013

Celebrate National Trails Day by joining a team of trail builders at Knapp Valley Forest Park! Trails are being re-routed and built to not only enhance the trail system, but to also help prevent erosion throughout this beautiful, forested County Park. Great for individual volunteers or groups, this project includes trail building training, supplies and tools, and a water station. For more information, contact Volunteer Services at 616-336-3884 or VolunteerMail@volgistics.com. Posted on 04/25/2013

Donut Day ~ The Salvation Army
June 7, 2013 ~ 9:00am-4:00pm

Join The Salvation Army Action Group of young professionals as we travel throughout the community distributing Krispy Kreme doughnuts to those in need and those in the community who could use a little appreciation. We need your help in personally delivering donuts and bringing a smile to those who make our community what it is today. Volunteers will meet at Cornerstone University (1001 East Beltline Ave NE) and carpool to visit over 40 Donut Day locations, including the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. A lunch will be provided to all volunteers. We are running two volunteer shifts, one from 9am to 12:30pm, and the second from 12:30pm to 4:00pm. Volunteers can sign up online at http://bit.ly/donutvolunteer or contact Angela DeVries at 616-459-3433 x1184, or email kentcounty_volunteers@usc.salvationarmy.org to sign up. Posted 05/29/2013

Rogue River Clean Up ~ Wolverine World Wide
June 8th, 2013 ~ 9:00am - 12:00pm

Join Wolverine and Rockford Footwear Depot for a day of cleaning up the Rogue River on Saturday, June 8 at 9:00am! Following the clean up all volunteers are welcome to come for lunch, live music, and fishing/conservation demos. The day of the cleanup, volunteers will be assigned to a team with a project leader and be provided supplies for the day's river clean up.  Volunteers should bring comfortable shoes (that can get wet/dirty), layered clothing, bug spray, refillable water bottles. There is a need for a few volunteers to wear waders in order to get debris that is in the river, if you have them and you are willing to get in the river please bring them! Wolverine will be providing t-shirts and gloves for volunteers. All volunteers will be eligible for coupons and giveaways from Rockford businesses. Register online at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6654571001 to sign up as a volunteer. Form more information, please contact Tessa Talsma at tessa.talsma@wwwinc.com.

Avenue for the Arts Presents the Market ~ Avenue for the Arts
June 8th, 2013 ~ 12:00pm - 8:00pm

Looking for an out of the box volunteer opportunity? Then come checkout Avenue for the Arts Annual Market and help us out! This event serves as a great way to get out and experience the community of South Division between Fulton and Cherry through a creative light. It operates as an open air market and will be showcasing local artists, entertainers, and businesses! The Market always invites new crowds, good vibes, and a variety of beautifully crafted handmade goods. We would love some help assisting vendors with set up and check in, booth-sitting for vendor breaks, and with event tear down. Please take a look at the following times and let us know if you are interested in taking a shift or two!  To sign up go to the Market website! http://avenueforthearts.com/streetmarket/volunteer We would love to see you spend some time with the event--we couldn't do them without you! This year's Market coordinators, Jess Hacker and Taylor Greenfield, will be hosting a Volunteer Orientation for this event from 6:00-7:00PM on June 6th location at 106 Sheldon St. Those who attend will get some free goodies- pizza and a T-shirt! Thank you, and we look forward to working with you! Posted 5/29/2013

Whitecaps Community Foundation 50/50 Raffle ~ Whitecaps Community Foundation
June 6-8, 14, 26, & 28, 2013 ~ 6:00pm - End of game
June 16, 2013 ~ 12:15pm - End of game
(Additional opportunities available in July & August)

The Whitecaps Community Foundation is the non-profit arm of the West Michigan Whitecaps that will be hosting 25 "50/50" raffles throughout the 2013 season. The Whitecaps Community Foundation is actively seeking volunteers to sell raffle tickets for these events. Volunteers will work the game selling tickets electronically around the ballpark. All volunteers will receive 4 undated tickets as well as a WCF t-shirt. Volunteers will also be entered to win 4 box seats to a Detroit Tigers game as well as other raffle prizes! All volunteers must be 18 years of age and able to work the length of a baseball game. The registration deadline is one week prior to the event! For more information, contact Jessica Muzevuca at 616-726-7065 or jmuzevuca@whitecapsbaseball.com. Posted 03/21/2013

Muskegon County's South Campus Complex Landscaping ~ Muskegon County Dept. of Public Works / Sustainability Office
Weeks of June 10th and 17th

The Muskegon County Sustainability Office is looking for volunteers to help with landscape improvements for the Muskegon County South Campus Complex on the corner of E. Apple and Pine St. in downtown Muskegon during the weeks of June 10th and June 17th. Volunteers are needed to help rake, pull weeds, and lay bark. Tools and supplies will be provided, all they need is your TIME and MUSCLE! This is a great service opportunity for groups or individuals! For more information, please contact Sara Damm , Sustainability Coordinator: (DammSa@co.muskegon.mi.us / 231.724.8846). Posted 06/05/2013

Eastown Business District Clean-Up ~ Eastown Community Association
June 21, 2013 ~ 1:00PM-4:00PM

The Eastown Business District is looking for volunteers to spend their afternoon cleaning up the Eastown business district. This will be in preparation before their big event the following day, Biz/Baz at 1-4PM. For further information, please contact Lindsey Ruffin at lindsey@eastown.org or 616-451-3026. Posted 03/19/2013

Graduation Photographer ~ Steepletown Neighborhood Services
June 26, 2013 ~ 4:00pm-7:00pm

Hello my name is Melanierose Straub. I am the Education Coordinator at Steepletown Neighborhood Services. I work with our The Honoring Our Youth program through Steepletown Neighborhood Services assists area youth (ages 16-24) to obtain their GED credential in hopes of obtaining better employment. I am contacting you about a unique photography opportunity. We are hosting a graduation ceremony on June 26th, 2013 at 6:00. We love celebrating this achievement with our graduates and their families. We hope that this memory could be captured and available for the students throughout their lives. What better way than photographs? If you would be interested in volunteering as a photographer for the ceremony, please contact Melanierose Straub, Education Coordinator at melanie@steepletown.org or (616) 451- 4215 ext. 113. Posted 5/29/2013

July 2013

Whitecaps Community Foundation 50/50 Raffle ~ Whitecaps Community Foundation
July 5, 10, 13, 15, 26, & 30, 2013 ~ 6:00PM-End of game
July 14, 2013 ~ 12:15PM-End of game
More opportunities available in August

The Whitecaps Community Foundation is the non-profit arm of the West Michigan Whitecaps that will be hosting 25 "50/50" raffles throughout the 2013 season. The Whitecaps Community Foundation is actively seeking volunteers to sell raffle tickets for these events. Volunteers will work the game selling tickets electronically around the ballpark. All volunteers will receive 4 undated tickets as well as a WCF t-shirt. Volunteers will also be entered to win 4 box seats to a Detroit Tigers game as well as other raffle prizes! All volunteers must be 18 years of age and able to work the length of a baseball game. The registration deadline is one week prior to the event! For more information, contact Jessica Muzevuca at 616-726-7065 or jmuzevuca@whitecapsbaseball.com. Posted 03/21/2013

The Market ~ Dwelling Place
July 13, 2013 ~ 12:00pm to 8:00pm
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  After a wonderful first outing this past June 8th, Avenue for the Arts encourages you to look forward to the next Market, taking place on July 13th from 12pm to 8pm. The Market serves as a great way to get out and experience the community of South Division between Fulton and Cherry through a creative and vibrant light. The Market will be showcasing a street market with local artists, live entertainment and open gallery spaces. We would love for all musicians, performers, and vendors who are interested to apply! To request an application please email: avenueforthearts@gmail.com. The Market offers a great street style market atmosphere and a variety of beautifully crafted, unique handmade goods. Artists keep prices affordable and are always excited to explain their practice. From repurposed retro and bowties to collage kitsch and buttons galore, shoppers are sure to find an instant favorite. This event gives Grand Rapids artists and the community a chance to support one another, as well as network, learn and become involved. Some featured attendees we are excited to have in the July 13th event are new local artists Woosah and music from Jake Stilson! The Market presented by Avenue for the Arts is a program facilitated by the Dwelling Place and Supported by the Downtown Development Authority. Pictures are available by request: avenueforthearts@gmail.com
Website: www.avenueforthearts.com

Blandford Nature Center
July 27, 2013 ~ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
We invite you to help us protect Blandford Nature Centers native communities by joining Land Stewardship Volunteer Coordinator, Jessie Schulte, for a rewarding day of eradicating harmful plants from ecologically sensitive areas using loppers and foldable hand-saws. Earn Service Hours Build field skills Work in Nature Restore Habitat Preserve ecological diversity Autumn olive, oriental bittersweet, honeysuckle and other invasive shrubs threaten many habitats throughout this widely used property. Help remove shrubs that threaten to fill in ecological diversity. Removing invasive shrubs from the Nature Center property will allow the native grasses and wildflowers to thrive. We need your help! Where? Meet in the Blandford Nature Center Parking Lot at 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504. We are just north off Leonard Road NW. When? Runs on SATURDAYS. We have twice monthly stewardship work days, call us to find out about weekday activities. What to wear? Please be prepared to work outside, wear clothing and shoes that can get dirty. If you have loppers and gloves you should bring those as well. If you don't own a pair, no worries, we can provide. CANNOT MAKE THE DATES. CALL US AND WE CAN SET UP A DAY THAT WILL WORK FOR YOU. We are grateful for your interest. The second greatest threat to our wild places is invasive species. Come stop these invaders from taking over.  Join the team off the trail cutting and treating the invasive plants, cut the stumps using foldable hand saws, loppers and pruners (all provided). The day will begin with a lesson on plant identification although everything is well marked with flagging tape. Learn about nature and enjoy the outdoors. For more information, contact Jessie Schulte at jessie@blandfordnaturecenter.org or visit http://blandfordnaturecenter.org/volunteer.

Holland Museum
The Holland Museum is looking for energetic volunteers for our historic houses, the Cappon House and Settlers House. Anyone can become a museum volunteer! Our volunteers share their time, talents, and knowledge with others to improve the quality of community life. You can help make history and contribute greatly to your community. Volunteers are needed to give tours and to help out at special events and educational programs. Docents greet visitors and give tours of the galleries and house museums. According to their level of training, they may merely orient visitors or give in-depth tours. Education Docents give tours to school children and adults on a variety of topics.  For more information, contact Taylor Wise-Harthorn at twiseharthorn@hollandmuseum.org or at 616-796-2080. Posted 7/25/2013

August 2013

Blandford Nature Center
August 3, 2013 ~ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
We invite you to help us protect Blandford Nature Centers native communities by joining Land Stewardship Volunteer Coordinator, Jessie Schulte, for a rewarding day of eradicating harmful plants from ecologically sensitive areas using loppers and foldable hand-saws. Earn Service Hours Build field skills Work in Nature Restore Habitat Preserve ecological diversity Autumn olive, oriental bittersweet, honeysuckle and other invasive shrubs threaten many habitats throughout this widely used property. Help remove shrubs that threaten to fill in ecological diversity. Removing invasive shrubs from the Nature Center property will allow the native grasses and wildflowers to thrive. We need your help! Where? Meet in the Blandford Nature Center Parking Lot at 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504. We are just north off Leonard Road NW. When? Runs on SATURDAYS. We have twice monthly stewardship work days, call us to find out about weekday activities. What to wear? Please be prepared to work outside, wear clothing and shoes that can get dirty. If you have loppers and gloves you should bring those as well. If you don't own a pair, no worries, we can provide. CANNOT MAKE THE DATES. CALL US AND WE CAN SET UP A DAY THAT WILL WORK FOR YOU. We are grateful for your interest. The second greatest threat to our wild places is invasive species. Come stop these invaders from taking over.  Join the team off the trail cutting and treating the invasive plants, cut the stumps using foldable hand saws, loppers and pruners (all provided). The day will begin with a lesson on plant identification although everything is well marked with flagging tape. Learn about nature and enjoy the outdoors. For more information, contact Jessie Schulte at jessie@blandfordnaturecenter.org or visit http://blandfordnaturecenter.org/volunteer.

Back to School Shopping Spree
August 7, 2013 ~ 8 am - 11 am

The Salvation Army and Target are helping a total of 12,000 K-12 students across the country gear up for the upcoming academic year and get ready to succeed in school with the Target School Spree on Wednesday, August 7 from 8am to 11am. Each child, selected by The Salvation Army, will be awarded an $80 Target gift card to purchase much-needed back-to-school supplies. Each child will be paired with a volunteer chaperone for their fun day of back-to-school shopping. The Action Group is looking for volunteers to serve as chaperones for the shopping spree!
Volunteers are paired in groups with another volunteer and 2-4 children. Volunteers are responsible for helping children pick out appropriate back to school items and keeping track of the total amount in the children's carts. Volunteers help children check out at the end of the shopping spree. For more information, contact Angela DeVries at angela_devries@usc.salvationarmy.org or visit www.sawmni.org.

Camp Tuhsmeheta ~ Michigan Department of Ed-Low Incident Outreach Summer Camp
August 4-7 & 7-10, 2013

Camp Tuhsmeheta is hosting a 4 day residential camp program for students who are blind or have low vision. They are looking for counselors to supervise and help facilitate camp programming. Counselors would be expected to live at the camp for the duration of the experience. Counselors would also be expected to attend a pre-service orientation and training which may include, based on needs of the camp, a Lifeguard training course and/or a American Heart Association Basic Cardiac Life Support course free of charge. For more information, contact Jereme Vanden Heuvel at vandenheuvelj1@michigan.gov or at 517-515-2543. Updated 03/26/2013

Camp Quality of Michigan 
August 11-17, 2013

Camp Quality is a one week long camp for children ages 4-17 who have cancer that takes place in Lake Ann, MI. Volunteers are needed to be a companion of a camper. We provide a unique one on one ratio of companion to camper, for a week where kids with cancer are able to just be kids. The role of a companion is to facilitate fun for a week! It is the companion’s job to make sure their camper is getting the most out of their week at camp. Volunteers will need to complete an online application (http://www.campqualityusa.org/mi/GetInvolved/Volunteer.aspx), fill out three reference forms, and have an informal in person interview so we can effectively pair you with a camper. There is also a mandatory training that must be completed either June 2 (in Freeland) or June 22nd (in Fenton) to become a companion as well. For more information, contact Sara Wyman at sara.wyman@campqualityusa.orgPosted 03/26/2013

Grandwich/Kids Food Basket Top 10 Event! 
August 16, 2013 ~ 11AM - 1PM

Volunteer at the Grandwich Judging Event benefiting Kids Food Basket!  
Click here for more Volunteer Details!

Adopt-a-Beach 
August 21, 2013 6pm- 7:30pm 

The event  is part of a partnership between Barefoot & Bubbly Wine and the Alliance's Adopt-a-Beach" Program to help clean up Great Lakes beaches and shorelines. After the clean-up volunteers 21 and older will be invited to an after celebration at a local venue. Volunteers will receive instructions and supplies to participate when they arrive at the event. To register visit greatlakesadopt.org. For more information, contact Nicole Kirksey at nkirksey@greatlakes.org. 

Holland Museum ~ Vintage Holland Boat Show 
Sunday, August 25, 10:00am-4:00pm

Volunteers are needed at the Holland Museum's Vintage Holland Boat Show. Event takes place outside on 10th Street in front of the Holland Museum. They need assistance selling tickets and giving event information! Multiple shifts available!! Interested students will need to fill out a volunteer application. For more information, contact Taylor Wise-Harthorn at 616-796-2080 or volunteer@hollandmuseum.org.  Posted 8/19/2013.

Whitecaps Community Foundation 50/50 Raffle ~ Whitecaps Community Foundation
August 4, 2013 ~ 12:15PM-End of game
August 6, 14, 15, 26, 28, & 29, 2013 ~ 6:00PM-End of game

The Whitecaps Community Foundation is the non-profit arm of the West Michigan Whitecaps that will be hosting 25 "50/50" raffles throughout the 2013 season. The Whitecaps Community Foundation is actively seeking volunteers to sell raffle tickets for these events. Volunteers will work the game selling tickets electronically around the ballpark. All volunteers will receive 4 undated tickets as well as a WCF t-shirt. Volunteers will also be entered to win 4 box seats to a Detroit Tigers game as well as other raffle prizes! All volunteers must be 18 years of age and able to work the length of a baseball game. The registration deadline is one week prior to the event! For more information, contact Jessica Muzevuca at 616-726-7065 or jmuzevuca@whitecapsbaseball.comPosted 03/21/2013

September 2013

Blanford Nature Center ~  Trail Guide Orientation 
Wednesday, September 4, 6:00pm- 7:30pm 
Blanford Nature Center is seeking volunteers to sign up to become trail guides. They will be hosting an orientation and from there, students can decide if they want to sign up to learn the specific programs they would teach this fall. Students will need to apply to be a volunteer if they decide this opportunity is a good fit for them. For more information, contact Maura Davis at 616-735-6240 x18. Posted 8/26/13. 

Celebration on the Grand
Friday and Saturday, September 6 and 7, 11:00am - 12:00am
This event is an annual occurrence and it is a festival that is to celebrate the city of Grand Rapids! It is family friendly and is free to all participants. Bands from around the Michigan area will be performing and the restaurants from downtown Grand Rapids will be selling food as well! Friday night there are also fireworks that will be shot over the Grand River!
Volunteers will be placed anywhere from park security/firework security, ticket sales, floater, greeter and set up/tear down.  For more information, contact Erika Noth at 810-919-7761 or cotgintern@gmail.comPosted 8/29/2013.

Rogue River Clean-Up ~ Trout Unlimited and the Kent Conservation District
Saturday, September 7 ~ 9:30am - 12:30pm

Trout Unlimited and the Kent Conservation District are seeking volunteers to join in cleaning up the Rogue River! They will meet at Richardson Sowerby Park in Rockford. This park is along the Rogue River just downstream from the Rockford Dam and is easily accessible from the White Pine State Trail or off Main Street behind the Rogue Valley Towers. Volunteers will canoe, kayak, or walk along riverbanks above and below the dam cleaning up the river. A free lunch will be provided for all volunteers. The Kent Conservation District will screen drinking water samples during lunch for nitrates. Please contact Nichol De Mol if you would like your water sampled. For more information, contact Nichol at 231-557-6362 or at ndemol@tu.orgPosted 8/27/13

Holland Museum ~ Civil War Muster
September 7 & 8, 2013 ~ 9am - 6pm

Holland Museum announces its 5th annual Civil War reenactment on the weekend of September 7 & 8, 2013 at the historic Van Raalte Farm in Holland, MI. Historic Van Raalte Farm again hosts the Museum's annual re-enactment extravaganza. This year's FREE event features two days worth of music, impressions of historical figures, performances, medical scenarios, period-style vendors, and (of course) battle. This year's event is shaping up to be an exciting time and we are looking for volunteers to help with the festivities! We are looking for people to help out with registration, traffic control, special events, ticket sales, and much more! For more information, contact Taylor Wise-Harthorn at 616-796-2080 or volunteer@hollandmuseum.orgPosted 8/19/13.

Salvation Army ~ 9/11 Memorial Scout Salute
September 11, 2013 ~ 2pm-8pm 
The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to help serve beverages and snacks from their EDS mobile kitchen to the attendees of this memorial. There are open shifts throughout the day from 2pm to 8pm on September 11. For more information, contact Angela DeVries at 616-459-3433 ext:1184 or angela_devries@usc.salvationarmy.org .

Salvation Army ~ Pass, Punt and Kick Event 
September 11, 2013 ~ 5:00pm - 7:30pm 
The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers at the Kroc Center to help with check in, retrieving balls, measuring punts, and keeping score at this fun event. For more information, contact Angela DeVries at 616-459-3433 ext:1184 or angela_devries@usc.salvationarmy.org .

Well Come Home ~ Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness 
September 14, 2013 ~ 10am - 3pm
 
The Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness is seeking volunteers to help fix up transition houses for the homeless. It will take place downtown Grand Rapids and lunch is provided! The event is also within walking distance from The Rapid bus stop. Volunteers will register at http://wellcomehome.eventbrite.com/. For more information, contact Eric Hufnagel at 517-853-3885 or ehufnagel@mihomeless.orgPosted 9/11/13

Kent County Parks ~ Annual Thornapple River Clean Up 
Saturday, September 14 
Kent County Parks is looking for volunteers to help at 
Chief Hazy Cloud Park to assist canoeists at a drop off station and to help clean up this county park's green spaces and river edge. The start time depends on site volunteers choose. For more information, contact  Ginny Sines at 616-336-3884 or park.volunteers@kentcountymi.govPosted 9/4/13

Blandford Nature Center - Brandywine Creek Clean-Up
Saturday, September 14, 9:30am - 12:30pm

Join Blandford Nature Center as we take part in the Mayor's annual Grand River Clean-Up. We will be working on the stretch of the Brandywine that runs through our property, before it meets up with the Grand. Volunteers will get right in the thick of things, pulling trash and debris from the creek and surrounding areas. The clean up is even more important this year because of the historic floods we experienced this spring.
Volunteers are asked to wear clothes that they don't mind getting dirty, as well as close-toed shoes. Please also bring a water bottle. Volunteers 12 years old and over are welcome, anyone 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. If you have any questions regarding this event, or would like to RSVP,  please call 616.735.6240.  Posted 09/03/2013.

Gilda's Club ~ Annual Cottage Bar Chili Cook Off
Saturday, September 14, 8:30am - 5:30pm

Gilda's Club is looking for approximately 60 volunteers to help cover three shifts of this fun and tasty event! Shifts run from 8:30 - 11:00 am for set up and ticket sales; 11:00-2:00 pm for ticket sales; and 2:00-5:30 pm for ticket sales and clean up.  For more information, contact Ashley Owen at 616-453-8300 x 120 or aowen@gildasclubgr.orgPosted 8/29/2013.

Salvation Army ~ Clay Shoot 
September 18, 11am- 5:30pm 
The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to help pull the clays, guide participants around the course, and help with registration during this fundraiser. They are looking for 20 volunteers so this would be perfect for a group or individuals! For more information, contact Angela DeVries at 616-459-3433 ext:1184 or angela_devries@usc.salvationarmy.org Posted 9/9/13

St. Jude ~ 2013 Michigan Iron Warrior Dash
September 21, 7am - 8pm
Join St. Jude as they celebrate their Warriors! The Iron Warrior Dash is a 15-20 mile assault of ruthless terrain and best in class obstacles. Volunteers are needed to assisted with registration, collect on-site donations, assist with bag checks, and ensure amenities are replenished. For more information, contact Laura Thero at Laura.Thero@stjude.orgPosted 9/11/13

Adopt-A-Beach
September 21, 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. The event is schedules for September 21, dates and times may vary. Volunteers who participate in the event not only remove debris, they also record their findings. Last year in Michigan, 2,2012 volunteers removed 5,092 pounds of trash from 109 sites during our September Adopt-a-Beach Event.
Here are two ways you can participate
: 1. Volunteer: There are many designated locations that welcome volunteers. Volunteers will receive instructions and supplies to participate when they arrive at the event. To register visit greatlakesadopt.org. 2. Become a team leader: Team leaders recruit and organize volunteers to carry out the event. The Alliance will provide you with step-by-step instructions and supplies including marketing materials, gloves, data collection cards, pencils and trash bags. After the event, team leaders enter their results into the online system. If interested contact: Nicole Kirksey at nkirksey@greatlakes.org.

Oktoberfest Race ~ Volunteers
September 27, 2pm-8:30pm 
Oktoberfest is in need of volunteers for the Kids Race. All proceeds from these races benefit the Faith Marie Losee fund which is a component fund of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation. This fund provides neonatal equipment to local area hospitals. This fund was generated in memory of Faith Marie, Todd and Diane Losee's daughter who was born stillborn in 2006. Different shifts are available during this time frame. Volunteers are needed for merchant expo set up, finish line chute and course set up, late registration and packet pick up, and Kids Race set up and course help. All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt, free lunch on Saturday at Old Boys Brewhouse and the satisfaction of helping an athlete achieve their goals and feeling good about their accomplishments. If you are interested in signing up to volunteer, please contact Diane Losee at (231) 638-0730. Posted 9/17/13

The Family Hope Foundation ~ Special Families Fun Fest
September 28th, 9:30am-4:30pm

Special Families Fun Fest is an event dedicated to individuals with special needs and their families. This event provides amenities and activities that allow individuals with special needs to enjoy a fun filled day. This event will have over 50 attractions including: games, arts, crafts, a sensory room, petting zoo and bike course! Volunteers are needed in many areas including: assistance with games and activities, door security, help in the sensory room, and face painting. For more information, please contact April DeWitt at (616)364-9000 or april@deltaplex.comPosted 9/20/13

Oktoberfest Race ~ Volunteers
September 28, 5:30am-4pm
Oktoberfest is in need of volunteers for the Marathon, Half Marathon,and 5K. All proceeds from these races benefit the Faith Marie Losee fund which is a component fund of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation. This fund provides neonatal equipment to local area hospitals. This fund was generated in memory of Faith Marie, Todd and Diane Losee's daughter who was born stillborn in 2006.Different shifts are available during this time frame. Volunteers are needed for late registration and packet pick up, parking attendants, half marathon/marathon course aid stations, half marathon/marathon course helpers, 5K course helpers, finish line, and tear down. All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt, free lunch on Saturday at Old Boys Brewhouse and the satisfaction of helping an athlete achieve their goals and feeling good about their accomplishments. If you are interested in signing up to volunteer, please contact Diane Losee at (231) 638-0730 by Friday, September 27. Posted 9/17/13

Blandford Nature Center ~ Public Lands day
September 28, 9:30am-12:30pm
Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. In 2013, join volunteers of all ages for NPLD's 20th Anniversary. Celebrate with volunteers in your community at Blandford by helping to control invasive shrubs. As always, wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty and close-toed shoes. Please come prepared to work off the trail with sturdy shoes that can get dirty and possibly wet. They can provide gloves and hand tools. For more information, please contact Jessie Schulte at 735-6240x22 or jschulte@blandfordnaturecenter.org. Posted on 9/11/2013

Susan G. Komen West Michigan Race for the Cure 
September 28, Shifts Vary

The Susan G. Komen West Michigan Race for the Cure is one of the largest 5k run/fitness walks in the world. They need LOTS of volunteers to make this Race for a Cure a success. Many hands make light work. If you are a part of an organization/group or know of an organization/group that would like to send a group of volunteers to help, they would appreciate it! With your help they can raise even more funds this year to save even more lives. Volunteer opportunities consist of helping with registration, event setup and teardown, passing out food and water, directing runners, and much more. Shifts and positions vary. For more information, visit the registration page or contact Travis Mix at 616-752-8262 ext. 2011 or tmix@komenwestmichigan.orgPosted 8/26/13.

Kids Art Fest - Family Futures
September 29, 11am - 5pm
Family Futures is participating in the Grand Rapids Children's Museum's Kid's Art Fest that takes place during Art Prize. We will be leading a simple art activity for children of all ages and will also have a table with information about our organization and programs.
Volunteers will be needed with the set-up and clean-up and will also be needed throughout the event at both of the tables. Volunteers will need to help facilitate the art project and assist the children that are participating. Volunteers will also be needed to help distribute information on our organization and programs.  For more information, contact Bryan Hopkins at 616-855-5461 or familyfutures.net.  Posted 9/9/2013

Roselle Park River Festival
September 28, 10am - 4pm

Roselle Park River Festival is an annual event that is free to the public and will include live music, good food, family games and crafts, horseback rides, hiking and biking, live birds of prey presented by the Outdoor Discovery Center, a Monarch butterfly release presented by Michigan Butterflies, and exhibits by many conservation & river stewardship organizations. The Grand River Run will also be a part of the Festival this year. Roselle Park is located at 1010 Grand River Drive, Ada. Student volunteers are needed to help with set up/take down, parking, hospitality, the Nature Discovery Center, and family games and crafts (including face painting, pumpkin painting, building boats & more). Volunteers provide a positive, knowledgeable presence by assisting Festival attendees in finding activity locations and facilitating crafts, games, parking and other activities as needed.  For more information, contact Linda Gary at 616-676-0520 or lgary@adatownshipmi.com.  Posted 8/26/2013.

Kent County Parks ~ Wabasis Lake Park and Campground Clean Up
September, 2013 
Kent County Parks is seeking volunteers to assist with projects at Wabasis Lake Park! Help is needed to stain and paint the Wabasis Lake Boat house, plant White Pine trees and rake around the cabins. Dates and times can be scheduled according to your availability. For more information, contact Ginny Sines at 616- 336- 3884 or  park.volunteers@kentcountymi.govPosted 9/4/13

October 2013

ArtPrize
September 18 - October 6
ArtPrize runs from Sept. 18-Oct. 6 this year and we will be offering group volunteering opportunities during the event. Please send Brooke Hotchkiss an email at volunteer@artprize.org if this is an opportunity you would like more details about!
We utilize our group volunteers as Wayfinders, who are ArtPrize ambassadors that are stationed around the ArtPrize neighborhoods providing visitors with directions and information!

Grand Rapids Art Museum ~ ArtPrize
September 18 - October 6

Here's a unique way to get involved with ArtPrize! Volunteer at the GRAM! The Grand Rapids Art Museum is seeking volunteers to help during this year's ArtPrize Competition. They have hundreds of slots to fill! The event dates are Wednesday, September 18 through Sunday, October 6, 2013. There are volunteer shifts available in the morning, afternoon, and evening. They have several choices of areas to work in and Grand Rapids Art Museum staff will provide training if necessary. Jobs range from helping Guest Services to Voter Registration to helping in the Education Studio with art-making activities. For more information, contact Kris Shannon at 616-831-2933, or volunteer@artmuseumgr.orgPosted 9/18/13

Kent County Parks ~ Pickerel Lake Autumn Olive Control Project
October 5, 9am - 11:30am or 12:30pm - 3pm

Autumn Olive is threatening the natural habitats at Pickerel Lake! Kent County Parks is looking for volunteers to join a team this year to protect Pickerel Lake Preserve. Orientation is included and all tools are supplied. For more information, contact Ginny Sines at 616-336-3884 or park.volunteers@kentcountymi.govPosted 9/4/13

Kirkhof Festival ~ GVSU Family Weekend
October 5, 10am - 2pm
Family Weekend is fast approaching and is happening October 4-6 this coming Fall! Please consider volunteering for Family Weekend at the Kirkhof Festival on Saturday from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Your org would be helping with a game, crafts, or decorating in the Kirkhof lobby. You may promote your student org as well! If you are at all interested or someone else in your groups is, please contact Chelby Wondergem via email at familyweekend@gvsu.edu! Posted 9/13/13

25th Annual MISHRM Conference ~ Volunteers
October 6 - October 9
This year's Michigan Council of SHRM Conference is in Grand Rapids. They need your help to make this another successful year. HR professionals from all over Michigan will be attending this four day conference. Volunteer opportunities include programs, registration, directional guidance, food and beverage, greeter, and activities. There are different shifts available across all four days. They are looking for volunteers on Sunday, 10/6 to cover various shifts from 8am-6pm. On Monday, 10/7, there are various shifts from 10am-4:30pm. Tuesday, 10/8, has different shifts available between the times of 9:30am-5:15pm. The last day of the conference, Wednesday 10/9, has shifts available from 10:30am-12:30pm. There is a mandatory training on Saturday, October 5 at 3pm where volunteers will receive their free T-shirts. If you are not able to attend an entire shift or the training, please don't let that stop you from volunteering altogether. There is some flexibility for shifts. For more information or to sign up, please contact Katie Vellucci at vellucck@mail.gvsu.edu or at (734) 536-3421. Posted 9/26/13

County Wide Food Drive ~ The Salvation Army 
October 12, 9am - 4pm
Each year, Access of West Michigan organizes a County Wide Food Drive to benefit all of the area food pantries. Last year with our participation we received 132 boxes of assorted food product, and 22-23 boxes of personal care items into our Food Pantry! Access of West Michigan facilitates this, and pantries and congregations assist. Over 60 pantries in Kent County can receive the food and personal care products received.  
Click here for more Volunteer Details! Posted 9/10/13

Action Group Camp Clean Up ~ The Salvation Army
October 12, 9am - 12pm
The Salvation Army Action Group of Young Professionals is hosting a family-friendly volunteer day at Little Pine Island Camp on Saturday, October 12! This is a great opportunity for young adults and young families to get involved and spend a morning helping out a great cause. We will have tasks available for all ages, everything from weeding and picking up sticks, to tree removal, swimming area clean up, and moving equipment into winter storage. Afterwards, to celebrate our accomplishments, we will be hosting a picnic lunch and bon fire from noon to 1pm. Please RSVP to Angela DeVries for lunch so we can prepare enough food. For more information, contact Angela DeVries at 616-459-3433 or at KentCounty_Volunteers@usc.salvationarmy.orgPosted 9/10/13

Feeding America
Send Food During Shutdown
Friday, October 17th
Due to the partial government shutdown, hundreds of elderly Kent County residents are at risk of going without food. This Friday, the Food Bank is stepping in to make sure the meals keep moving. They are in need of volunteers to direct traffic, conduct intake processes, and distribute food boxes as clients drive through a guided parking lot. Shifts are available 7:30 am – 4:30 pm.
Cheer on Local Marathoners
Sunday, October 20 
They’re looking for at least 20 volunteers to hand out water and refreshments to runners during the Grand Rapids Marathon. In return, Feeding America West Michigan will receive a $500 gift in kind, which could enable us to distribute as many as 2,000 meals! Shifts available 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.
For more information, contact Dena Rogers at 616-389-6351  or DenaR@FeedingAmericaWestMichigan.orgPosted 10/15/13

Family Futures ~ Books for Bedtime
October 17, 1pm - 5pm
The Literacy Center of West Michigan needs volunteers to help count and sort donated books. Family Futures has been selected as a recipient of donated books and will distribute the books to families enrolled in our Healthy Start program. If youre interested in donating new and gently used childrens books, donations will be collected at any Macatawa Bank branch in Kent County or at the Macys in Rivertown Crossings Mall starting September 16th through October 4th, 2013. For more information, contact Bryana Hopkins 616-855-5461 or bhopkins@familyfutures.netPosted 9/13/13

Kent County Parks ~ 14th Annual Bailey's Doggie Dash 5K Run/Walk 
October 19, 7:30am
Kent County Parks Foundation is hosting the 14th Annual Bailey's Doggie Dash 5K Run/Walk at Wabasis Lake Park. They are in need of volunteers in the morning to help with set up and event support. For more information, contact Ginny Sines at 616-336-3884 or park.volunteers@kentcountymi.govPosted 9/4/13

Bell Ringer Recruitment ~ The Salvation Army
October 19, 7am - 5pm
Volunteers are needed to help recruit volunteers to sign up to ring bells at an information table at several Biggby locations and Papa's Dogs and More. Volunteers will work in 2 hour shifts during the time frame listed above. For more information, contact Sandi Howland at 616-459-3433 or at kentcounty_volunteers@usc.salvationarmy.orgPosted 9/10/13

Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank ~ Grand Rapids Marathon Aid Station
October 20, 6am - 1pm

Feeding America West Michigan needs at least 20 volunteers to 
pass out water, fruit, electrolyte packets, etc to marathon participants. In return, Feeding America West Michigan will receive a $500 in-kind gift. This donation will enable us to provide 2,000 meals! For more information, contact Dena Rogers at 616-389-6351 or DenaR@FeedingAmericaWestMichigan.orgPosted 10/9/13

Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance ~ Calling All Colors
October 22, 9am - 11:30am
Calling All Colors fosters inclusive school communities through a year-long program that features two conferences, creates a safe place to talk about race, and provides tools for increasing positive racial impacts for middle and high school students. LEDA needs volunteers for each of three upcoming Calling All Colors conferences. Volunteers (in pairs) will facilitate an activity with about twenty students, then encourage dialogue and reflection afterward. All materials will be provided, and attending a pre-conference training is required for all volunteers. For more information, contact Khayree Williams at 616-846-9074 or youth@ethicdiversity.orgPosted 9/25/13

Bell Ringer Recruitment ~ The Salvation Army
October 25, 11am - 9pm
Volunteers are needed to help recruit volunteers to sign up to ring bells at an information table at several Biggby locations and Papa's Dogs and More. Volunteers will work in 2 hour shifts during the time frame listed above. For more information, contact Sandi Howland at 616-459-3433 or at kentcounty_volunteers@usc.salvationarmy.orgPosted 9/10/13

Eastown Community Association ~ Fall Clean-up
October 26th, 10am

ECA needs your help! They are looking for some handy volunteers to help us get the ECA office and apartment in tip top shape before winter. The clean up involves updating the apartment above their office (hanging cabinets, painting, cleaning, etc.), finishing up the bathroom in the office, sorting though and getting rid of clutter, and general clean-up of the inside and outside of the building including the basement. For more information, contact ECA at 616-451-3025 or info@eastown.orgPosted 10/16/13

Binder Park Zoo ~ Zoo Boo
October 11 - October 27
The Great Zoo Boo 2013 Theme: Halloween Its that time of year again! The Great Zoo Boo is coming to transform Binder Park Zoo into a festive, Halloween celebration. This merry-not-scary community event has become the largest Halloween attraction in the area, offering families a fun and safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating. Not only does the Great Zoo Boo offer an opportunity for families to spend an exciting evening together in a festive environment, it also serves as the largest Zoo fundraiser of the year. The funds raised provide food and care for our animals through the winter months when the Zoo is closed. From October 11 - 27, Binder Park Zoo needs volunteers ages 15 and older from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday - Fridays, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. AND from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Volunteers will be placed in a number of locations including helping with the BooVille Carnival, hay rides, haunted Africa area and other areas as needed. Up to 28 volunteers are needed each night, groups are welcome. Please call or email to secure your spot to participate in The Great Zoo Boo 2013! Remember to dress for the weather, feel free to wear merry and not scary costumes arrive on time for your shift, and have fun! For more information, contact Kristi Pawlowski at (269) 979-1351 or kpawlowski@binderparkzoo.orgPosted 9/23/13

Campus Ministry @ GVSU ~ Spring Break Mission Trip Sign-Up
October 31, 7am - 3pm
Sign-ups will begin from 7:00am in the chapel and continue until 3pm in the CM office! It will be an exciting morning and a chance to meet other students you may be spending spring break with! We will be handing out numbered wristbands in the COOK DEWITT CENTER Each person can get a wristband for themselves and one extra for another person if necessary. WHILE YOU WAIT for your number to be called... Hang out and get to know some other students who may be traveling on a spring break trip with you! For more information, call 616-331-3261 or click herePosted 10/29/13

Kent County Parks ~ Seed Harvesting and Planting
Mid to late October
Are you interested in supporting native Prairie and Butterfly Habitat areas at Kent County Parks? Join Kent County Parks for a seed harvesting and planting event at Millennium Park, Townsend Park or Luton Park. This is a fun project for all ages and multiple times can be planned throughout October. For more information, contact Ginny Sines at 616-336-3884 or park.volunteers@kentcountymi.govPosted 9/4/13

November 2013

Dwelling Place "Avenue for the Arts" ~ Volunteer/Free Radical
November 01, 6pm - 10pm
Looking for a volunteer experience like no other. Do you want a deeper tie to your community? On Friday Nov 1st from 6pm-10pm Avenue for the Arts is hosting an event called Free Radical showcasing local artists along Division.
Volunteers are Free Radical experts, welcoming and directing guests to ensure that everyone has an amazing experience. Volunteers duties will include standing outside, wearing the awesome volunteer swag, and handing out flyers or other informational brochures. There are 3 volunteer shifts to choose from and volunteer orientation will be held twice in October to empower you before your shift.  For more information, contact Mariah Smith at 313-433-4387 or avenueforthearts@gmail.com.  Posted 9/19/13

Camp O'Malley Fall Leaf Clean Up
November 9, 9am-12:30pm
We are in need of individuals and groups to help us clean up many of the leaves that fall throughout the autumn season. We have an organized event on Saturday, November 9th but we welcome groups anytime. Please contact us. Lunch is provided on Saturday, November 9th, so please RSVP. Volunteers will help clean up the leaves on our beautiful 40 acre property. We welcome volunteers to bring rakes, and leaf blowers, but we have many for volunteers to use. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Amanda Alters at 616-233-9370 or amanda@campomalley.orgPosted 10/1/13

Sigma Lambda Beta ~ Annual Community Clean Up and Cookout
November 9, 10:30am - 3pm

Join the brothers of Sigma Lambda Beta in service & celebration as they rally the community to clean the neighborhood of Grandville Ave. This is the fourth year that this chapter of Sigma Lambda Beta has hosted this event. Last year, they received over 100 volunteers and hope to do even better this year. They will be working alongside many other organizations to make a difference in the community. To celebrate the wonderful service and the volunteers, they will end the event with a COOKOUT!!! Volunteers will be traveling from all across Michigan and other states. Volunteers will be raking and doing other basic yardwork/maintenance for the elderly or disabled in the community. Some groups will also be cleaning up trash in the street/alleyways, covering graffiti, painting or volunteering around the Hispanic Center. To register, click here.For more information, contact Mario Gelano at galenom@mail.gvsu.edu or 616-566-0103. Posted 11/1/13

Gilda's LaughFest ~ LaughFest Launch Distribution
November 12, 1pm - 5pm
Gilda's is in need of some help (5-10 people) for distribution of LaughFest materials after the line-up announcement! Areas include downtown restaurants & businesses. They also need for volunteers to bring posters and smiles back to GVSU for distribution! Volunteers will deliver promotional T-shirts to participating restaurant and promotional 16x16 posters, 8x8 smiles, and ticket package brochures to local businesses and both GVSU campuses. For more information, contact Annete Nepomuceno at 616-453-8300 or anepomuceno@laughfestgr.orgPosted 11/4/13

Family Futures ~ Hope Circle Volunteers
November 12, 9:30am - 11:30am
Every year, Family Futures hosts a luncheon fundraising event. In order to pull this event off, they will need the help of a number of wonderful volunteers! They will need volunteers to welcome and register guests, assist with the processing of donations, and help with the set-up and clean-up of the event. For more information, contact Bryana Hopkins at 616-855-5461 or bhopkins@familyfutures.netPosted 11/4/13

Extra Life Fundraiser
The GVSU School of Social Work team is on a mission to save kids through video games,board game and lawn games, and they need your help. Each team member has chosen the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital where thousands of children are treated each year, regardless of their family's ability to pay. These kids are facing scary stuff like cancer, cystic fibrosis, and injuries from accidents to name just a few. On November 16th, 2013, they'll be part of a huge international celebration of the social impact of gamers with Extra Life and it's their sincere hope that you'll find it in your heart to support them with a monthly pledge or one-time gift that will go directly to that team member's chosen hospital. Join them for a day of fun and games to help them reach their goal. If you are interested please contact Sean Bain at bainse@gvsu.eduPosted 11/5/13

Family Futures ~ Connections Circle Volunteers
November 19
This year Family Futures' Connections Circle fundraising event will take place at the Grand Rapids Childrens Museum! Volunteers with childcare experience and an up-to-date background check on file will be needed to PLAY and help keep the children of participants busy and safe. This is an after-hours event and a light dinner will be provided. For more information, contact Bryana Hopkins at 616-855-5461 or bhopkins@familyfutures.netPosted 11/4/13

Family Futures ~ End of Year Appeal Mailing Campaign
November 11 - 22
One of Family Futures' largest fundraising mailings is coming up and they need a lot of help from wonderful volunteers! If you have legible handwriting and are interested in a take home opportunity, they could use your help hand addressing envelopes. They will also need all hands on deck for November 22nd, the actual day of the mailing. For more information, contact Bryana Hopkins at 616-855-5461 or bhopkins@familyfutures.netPosted 11/4/13

Muskegon Museum of Art ~ Festival of Trees
November 21 - December 1, 10am - 5pm
This popular annual community event takes place Nov. 21 - Dec. 1, 2013 and features display of themed trees decorated by professional designers to be auctioned to benefit the MMA. Other seasonal décor will also be on display for purchase. Special events include the Party in the Pines cocktail party, Teddy Bear Breakfast, and Senior Day. On-going attractions include gingerbread village, music, holiday shopping, raffles, and Santa on Saturdays.
Volunteers will greet festival visitors November 21 until December 1, 2013.  Various weekday and weekend shifts available.  For more information please contact Marguerite Gawron at 231-720-2574 or mgawron@mpsk12.net.  Posted 10/7/13.

TEDxGrandRapidsWomen ~ Volunteer
December 5, 11:30am - 9:30pm
The Grand Valley Honors College class Social Impact through Community Engagement  is showing a live stream of the TEDx Women talks happening in California in the Multi-purpose Room of the Mary Idema Pew Library. There will also be live music performances and guest speakers. TEDWomen 2013 will celebrate invention in all its forms. Not just technology and things, but also solutions to poverty; approaches to peacemaking; expressions of art, and, at times, our own lives. Volunteers are needed to help people sign in/register for the event, general event set up, and direct people through the library. For more information, contact Erin Erickson at erickser@mail.gvsu.edu Posted 10/25/13

Eastown Community Association ~ Shop Hop Volunteer
December 5, 4pm - 10pm

Eastown participates in the annual Uptown Shop Hop. They are looking for volunteers to help keep the residents and visitors safe by acting as crossing guards throughout the evening. Vests will be provided. For more information, contact info@eastown.orgPosted 11/25/13

Blandford Nature Center ~ Invasive Species Control
December 7, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Blandford will open with a lesson on tree and shrub id then the group will head off the trail to remove invasive species and improve habitat for native species. This is a great way to build up some volunteer hours while having a ton of fun. Blandford will provide gloves and hand tools. Please wear close-toed shoes, long pants, and bring a water bottle. For more information, contact Jessie Schulte at 616-735-6240 or jessie@blandfordnaturecenter.orgPosted 11/25/13

Kent County Parks
Fall, 2013
Kent County Parks has the following volunteer opportunities available for groups! 
Seidman Park Trail Building - A group of 5 to 10 adult volunteers is needed to build a connector trail section at Seidman Park. Trail building training and all equipment is included.
Making Native Seed Balls - This is a great project for students and young volunteers! Harvested native seeds are rolled into clay/soil mix and - once dried - can be used throughout the County Parks to support native species growth. 
Autumn Olive Removal - Unfortunately, Pickerel Lake Preserve is not the only County Park that has Autumn Olive growth. If you would like to encourage native species growth and help remove this invasive, an Autumn Olive Control Project can be scheduled at Millennium Park or Cooper Creek Park anytime in the upcoming fall months.
For more information, contact Ginney sines at 616-336-3884 or park.volunteers@kentcountymi.govPosted 9/4/13

Grand Rapids Jaycees ~ Holiday Shopping Tour
December 10, 5:30pm - 9pm

The Grand Rapids Jaycees will be sponsoring the 57th Annual Holiday Shopping tour in collaboration with the Grand Rapids Jaycees Foundation, Cascade Meijer, and ITC Holdings. Through this collaboration, the Jaycees are able to provide over 100 children with an opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts for family members as well as get to visit with Santa. For many of these children, this is the first opportunity they have had to do both activities. Volunteers are needed for assisting children with shopping, helping with crafts and games in the Santa Room, wrapping gifts, and running gifts through the different areas for gifts to be wrapped and returned to the child. For more information, contact the Grand Rapids Jaycees' Volunteer Coordinators, Amy Demott or Nina Perko, at grjayceesholidayshoppingtour@gmail.com or sign up herePosted 10/30/13

Eastown Community Association ~ Ice Skating Rink Build
January 15, 2pm-5pm
We are still looking for a few more volunteers to help with the build tomorrow (1/15) at 2pm At 1449 Wilcox Park Drive SE. The work will take 2-3 hours depending on how many volunteers we have. ITEMS TO BRING (IF YOU HAVE THEM): snow shovel, cordless drill, & sledge hammer. Contact Lindsey with questions at (616) 451-3025.

Blandford Nature Center ~ Eco-Stewardship Invasive Species Control
January 20, 9:30am-4pm

Join BNC's Volunteer Coordinator, Jessie, for an introduction in the main visitor center auditorium from 9:30-10am and then from 1-1:20pm. 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 a shift: 9:30-12pm / 1-4pm or the full day. For more information, contact Jessie Schulte at 616-735-6240 or jschulte@blandfordnaturecenter.orgPosted 1/13/14

Business Leaders Linked to Encourage New Directions ~ MLK Day of Service at SECOM!
January 20, 12pm-5pm

BL²END is partnering with South End Community Outreach Ministries (SECOM) needs your help! SECOM is a local non-profit that helps with immediate needs and builds hope for tomorrow through an emphasis on healthy living and education. Volunteers will assist the staff in creating a clean environment for SECOM visitors by cleaning and painting the interior. Please wear comfortable clothes you don't mind getting dirty. All activities will be inside. For more information, contact Darius Jordan at 313-570-8384 or jordand@mail.gvsu.eduPosted 1/13/14

Honoring Our Youth ~ Photographer Needed
January 23, 4pm-7pm
The Honoring Our Youth program through Steepletown Neighborhood Services assists area youth (ages 16-24) to obtain their GED credential in hopes of obtaining better employment. They are hosting a graduation ceremony that is in need of a photographer. They hope that this memory could be captured and available for the students throughout their lives. If you would be interested in volunteering as a photographer for their ceremony, please contact Melanierose Straub at (616) 451- 4215 ext.113 or by email at Melanie@steepletown.org. Posted 12/3/13

Sibs & Kids Weekend ~ Friday Events
January 24, 3:45pm-10pm

During Sibs & Kids Weekend, Grand Valley State University students and their siblings spend the weekend enjoying laughter, activities, friendship, and the creation of great GVSU memories! The Laker Traditions Team needs volunteers to help with registration, carnival lobby snacks, and various activities including Reptile Man, Caricature, Tattoos, Funny T's, Obstacle Courses, and Boxing Blow up. Various shifts are available. For more information, head to the Laker Traditions Team's OrgSync pagePosted 1/14/14

Sibs & Kids Weekend ~ Saturday Events
January 25, 9am-7pm

During Sibs & Kids Weekend, Grand Valley State University students and their siblings spend the weekend enjoying laughter, activities, friendship, and the creation of great GVSU memories! The Laker Traditions Team needs volunteers to help with registration, set-up, breakfast, and activities such as the climbing center, sports events, and the bounce house. Various shifts are available. For more information, head to the Laker Traditions Team's OrgSync pagePosted 1/14/14

Allendale Charter Township ~ Winter Festival
January 25, 10am-4pm

Volunteers are needed for the 2nd annual Allendale Winter Festival. Volunteers will assist with various activities throughout the day, such as Kid's Snowmobile Races, Hole in One Competition, Turkey bowling, and much more! For more information, contact Jerry Alkema at 616-895-6295 or jerryalkema@allendale-twp.orgPosted 1/16/14

Lakeshore Housing Alliance ~ Tracking Homelessness in Ottawa County
January 29, 2:30am-5am

The Lakeshore Housing Alliance is conducting a one night count of all homeless persons in Ottawa County. They are seeking volunteers to help identify homeless people and families in Ottawa County. 20-30 volunteers are needed to drive to specific locations in Holland and Grand Haven to look for the homeless and document numbers. For more information, contact Lyn Raymond at 616-396-7811 or lakeshorehousingalliance@gmail.comPosted 1/9/14

February 2014

Blandford Nature Center ~ Eco-Stewardship Invasive Species Control
February 1, 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 1/13/14

Salvation Army ~ Daddy Daughter Date Night
February 8, 3:15pm-8:30pm
The Salvation Army  hosts a Daddy Daughter Date Night as a night for dads and their special girls to enjoy dinner and dancing. They need 8 volunteers to help act as greeters, servers, activity leaders, registration, clearing tables and clean up. For more information, contact Sandi Howland at 616-459-3433 or kentcounty_volunteers@usc.salvationarmy.orgPosted 1/13/14

Meijer State Games of Michigan - Winter Games

February 14-16, 8:00am-12:00am
The Meijer State Games of Michigan is the signature event of the West Michigan Sports Commission. It is a multi-sport, Olympic-style event that welcomes athletes regardless of age or ability. The Games embody the values of participation, sportsmanship and healthy living among residents of the state of Michigan. The philosophy of the Meijer State Games of Michigan is that everyone participates regardless of age or ability; everyone is welcome and everyone plays.  New this year is the Inaugural Winter Games which will take place on February 14-16, 2014. In order to make these Games a success we are looking for outstanding students that would like to gain experience in the sports management field helping coordinate volunteers for five specific tournaments and help other areas of the Winter Games. Volunteers will play an important role in the development and the success of the inaugural 2014 Winter Games.
The different opportunities are as follows: Lead volunteer positions: " Adult hockey volunteer coordinator " Fatbike volunteer coordinator " Rowing volunteer coordinator " Snowshoe/ Trail run volunteer coordinator " Snowball softball volunteer coordinator Other volunteer opportunities include: " Venue coordinators " Sports specific coordinators " Volunteer meals delivery " Opening ceremonies " Scorers / Time keepers. Our Volunteers will receive inaugural Winter Games gear, a chance to take on a leadership role, networking opportunities, hands on experience and a resume builder opportunity.  For more information, contact Larissa Karimwabo at 616-233-3563 or lkarimwabo@westmisports.com.  Posted 2/5/14.

Blandford Nature Center ~ Eco-Stewardship Invasive Species Control
February 15, 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 1/13/14

West Michigan Environmental Action Council ~ Phone Banking
February 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Are you passionate about building our Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency standards? WMEAC and Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs (MEMJ) need phone banking help at the WMEAC office. Food and scripts provided. For more information, contact Aaron at volunteer@wmeac.orgPosted 2/13/14

Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids ~ Packet Assembly
February, 8am-4:30pm
Goodwill is looking for volunteers to help with copying, organizing, and assembling participant handbooks for one of Goodwills youth programs. Volunteers are welcome to come anytime during office hours. Deadline: February 21th. This opportunity will provide students with basic office administrative experience which could be helpful in building résumés. For more information, contact Karissa Kresge at 616-451-8800 or volunteer@goodwillgr.org.Posted 2/13/14

Kent County Parks ~ Frog Watch USA Volunteer
February 20, 6pm-8pm
This exciting program provides opportunities to learn about Michigan frogs and toads while collecting and reporting information to help stop the decline of these important species. You do not have to be a frog or toad expert to be a Frog Watch USA Volunteer! All you need is an interest in frogs and toads, a willingness to participate in the volunteer training sessions, and a commitment to monitor a specific Kent County Park's wetland site for a few minutes multiple evenings throughout the breeding season. If this project sounds interesting, you can register for the 2014 Frog Watch USA Volunteer Training Session at John Ball Zoo on Thursday, February 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The second part of the training will be held outdoors at Millennium Park on Thursday, March 13, at 6 p.m. Reservations are required and seats for the February 20th session are limited, so please register by February 10. For more information, contact Virginia Sines at 616-632-7842 or park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov. Posted 1/30/14

The Children's Assessment Center ~ WANNA Volunteers
February 22, 10am-2pm
WANNA will be carpooling to Grand Rapids to volunteer with the Children's Assessment Center. The volunteers will get a tour of our center, learn about our mission and the services that we provide, and have an opportunity to work on some projects to further our mission. These projects include painting a small room, counting presentation materials for our Kidz Have Rights program, and counting and stuffing outreach materials. More projects may be available depending on response. Fore more information, contact Angie Kowalczyk at 616-336-5164 or akowalczyk@cac-kent.orgPosted 2/13/14

Better Business Bureau serving Western Michigan - Videographer Needed
February 25, 9am
The BBB Center for Character Ethics needs a volunteer videographer who can film a short 2 - 3 minute testimonial video in Grand Rapids, to be submitted for a national award. If able to provide, please contact Lynne Pope at (616) 234-0568 or email at lynne@wm.bbb.org. Posted 1/17/2014.

Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids ~ Data Entry
February, 8am-4:30pm
Goodwill is in need of volunteers to help input participant and program information into Goodwills data tracking system. Volunteers are welcome to come anytime during office hours. Deadline: February 28th. This opportunity will provide students with basic office administrative experience which could be helpful in building résumés. For more information, contact Karissa Kresge at 616-451-8800 or volunteer@goodwillgr.org.Posted 2/13/14

Grand Rapids Children's Museum ~ Exhibit Fabrication
February, 9:30am-4pm

The Grand Rapids Children's Museum is
 looking for volunteers to help assemble parts for their new Forts exhibit coming in March. They have flexible hours and are willing to work with your schedule. For more information, contact Juli Atherton at 616-235-4726 or jatherton@grcm.orgPosted 2/7/14

March 2014

Blandford Nature Center ~ Eco-Stewardship Invasive Species Control
March 1, 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 2/10/14

West Michigan Environmental Action Council ~ Home and Garden Show
March 6-9
WMEAC will be at the West Michigan Home and Garden Show at the DeVos Place from March 6 - March 9. Shift needs include:
Thursday, March 6th from 3pm - 6pm
Thursday, March 6th from 6pm - 9pm
All Friday, March 7th anytime from 12pm - 9:00pm
Saturday, March 8th 4pm - 7pm
Saturday, March 8th 6pm - 9pm  
Over the last few years volunteers have worked with staff to help with rain barrel workshops for 100 Rain Barrels and 'person' the WMEAC table in the downtime. Volunteering with WMEAC will gain access to the Home and Garden show free of admission! For more information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 616-451-3051 ext. 26 or volunteer@wmeac.orgUpdated 2/25/14

Salvation Army ~ Mother Son Date Night
March 8, 3:15pm-8:30pm
The Salvation Army  hosts a Mother Son Date Night as a night for moms and their sons to enjoy dinner and dancing. They need 8 volunteers to help act as greeters, servers, activity leaders, registration, clearing tables and clean up. For more information, contact Sandi Howland at 616-459-3433 or kentcounty_volunteers@usc.salvationarmy.orgPosted 1/13/14

Gilda's LaughFest ~ LaughFest Retail Lead
March 6th - 16th, 6pm-8pm
Gildas LaughFest has quickly become one of the nations must attend festivals, celebrating laughter for the health of it! This major 10-day Midwest festival is based in Grand Rapids and has events throughout West Michigan. LaughFest features laughter in all its forms from comedy, performance and improv to film and a variety of seriously funny stuff. Volunteers are needed as Retail Leads train, to oversee and guide Retail volunteers at various festival events. Retail Leads conduct all sales of merchandise and tickets (at specific events) via iPad point of sale system. Willingness to work multiple shows over the 10 day festival is desired. For more information, contact Annete Nepomuceno at 616-735-4242 or anepomuceno@laughfestgr.orgPosted 1/16/14

Gilda's LaughFest ~ Back of House
March 6th - 16th, 6pm-8pm
Gildas LaughFest has quickly become one of the nations must attend festivals, celebrating laughter for the health of it! This major 10-day Midwest festival is based in Grand Rapids and has events throughout West Michigan. LaughFest features laughter in all its forms from comedy, performance and improv to film and a variety of seriously funny stuff. Volunteers are needed as Back of House volunteers, who are instrumental in putting on events. Some of the roles require specific backstage technical experience (spotlights, sound system, video cameras), while others deal with event set up, venue reset, tear down, and security. For more information, contact Annete Nepomuceno at 616-735-4242 or anepomuceno@laughfestgr.org, or register herePosted 1/16/14

Gilda's LaughFest ~ Front of House
March 6th - 16th, 6pm-8pm
Gildas LaughFest has quickly become one of the nations must attend festivals, celebrating laughter for the health of it! This major 10-day Midwest festival is based in Grand Rapids and has events throughout West Michigan. LaughFest features laughter in all its forms from comedy, performance and improv to film and a variety of seriously funny stuff. Volunteers are needed as Front of House volunteers, you will be a face of LaughFest to many festival guests. The Front of House Team will be responsible for greeting and directing guests at various LaughFest venues and events. This may include greeting and directing, coat check, door guard, ushering, and ticket-taking. Recommended skills and experience for this position include: customer service, hospitality, and special event work. For more information, contact Annete Nepomuceno at 616-735-4242 or anepomuceno@laughfestgr.org, or register herePosted 1/16/14

UICA ~ Ping Pong Tournament
March 7,8,9,15 Various Shifts

UICA will be hosting a Ping Pong Tournament as part of the 3rd Annual LaughFest, and they would love your help with both the tournament as well as drop-in play. Various shifts are available for the dates listed above. To sign up, click here. For more information, contact Taylor Greenfield at 616-454-7000 ext. 18 or taylor@uica.orgPosted 2/27/14

Challenger PTC ~ Challenger School Carnival
March 14, 6:30pm-8:45pm

A Volunteer driven event for students and their families, with many different activities occurring simultaneously in various classrooms. It is more for family involvement than a fundraiser. There is a lot of interaction with young children who are with their parent. Volunteers are expected to run activities, and help clean up after the event. For more information, contact Amanda Rogowski at 616-698-2524 or amanda.rogowski@hotmail.comPosted 3/13/14

Blandford Nature Center ~ Eco-Stewardship Invasive Species Control
March 15, 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 3/13/14

Crafting with Alpha Sigma Alpha
March 18, 7pm-8pm (Kirkhof 2270)
Join the sisters of Alpha Sigma Alpha to learn about their philanthropies and help make crafts for Girls on the Run and the Special Olympics athletes. This counts for one volunteer hour!
Volunteers will be decorating posters for eight girls on a local Girls on the Run team, decorating water bottles for Girls on the Run and making good luck cards to athletes competing in the Special Olympics. Volunteers can come and go as they please.  For more information, contact Michelle Croad at croadm@mail.gvsu.edu. Posted 2/21/14

Family Futures - Kent County Resource Fair
March 18, 8:00am-3:00pm

The fair will be held at the Paul I Phillips Boys & Girls Club from 10 am to 2 pm. We will need help with set up as early as 8 am and with tear down from 2 to 3 pm as well as with various projects throughout the event (registration, food tables, etc.). For more information on this event, please contact Bryana Hopkins at 616-855-5461 or bhopkins@familyfutures.net.  Posted 2/28/2014.

Blandford Nature Center ~ Sugarbush Festival and Pancake Breakfast
March 22, 8am-5pm
For the Sugarbush Fundraiser 2014 "Tapping into History to Solve a Mystery" Chris Cakes Inc will be providing a pancake breakfast. Kids, parents, and grandparents will have a great time watching these talented pancake flippers flipping hundreds of pancakes. After you fill your bellies, its time to visit the SUGARBUSH! From start to finish visitors learn about the sugaring process and visit Blandford's Sugarhouse to taste test the final product. Volunteers are needed for multiple shifts (3 to 4 hours am and pm shifts) with several different ways to serve. Blandford will need help with the pancake breakfast, cleanup and breakdown of the festival, help greet visitors at the entrance gates, and assist at the ticket booth and trail guide stations. For more information, contact Jessie Schulte at 616-735-6240 or volunteer@blandfordnaturecenter.orgPosted 2/27/14

Blandford Nature Center ~ Weekend Sap Collectors
Weekends in March

Come out for a hike through the beautiful Blandford woods. You or your group will pick ONE weekend day, where you'll scour the woods looking for sap buckets and dump them into our large blue barrels at the end of the trail for Monday transport. You will be helping Blandford with a bountiful harvest. Funds created from selling the maple syrup and products will keep Blandford thriving. It only takes an hour or two to empty many buckets as each volunteer can dump multiple. Join Blandford for a fun time outside, gain exercise and participate in this year's annual sugarbush. For more information, contact Jessie Schulte at 616-735-6240 or jschulte@blandfordnaturecenter.orgPosted 2/10/14.

GVSU Admissions Ambassador - Grand Valley Experience Day
March 28, 10:45am-12:15pm

Each semester Grand Valley welcomes a large number of prospective families on campus during its Grand Valley Experience days. Throughout the morning students and their families will be able to connect with departments, and learn about the opportunities and benefits of attending Grand Valley. We will also offer tours for families between the hours of 10:45am and 12:15pm. Tours will leave every several minutes and a majority of the visitors will sign up for one. This is where we need your help! We need volunteers to give campus tours to visiting families and future Lakers!!  For more information on how you can volunteer, please contact Astin Martin at 616-331-8820 or martasti@gvsu.edu. Posted 03/12/2014.

Blandford Nature Center ~ Eco-Stewardship Invasive Species Control
March 29, 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 3/13/14

JDRF ~ Diabetes Summit
March 29, 9am-1pm

JDRF works to improve lives, curing type one diabetes. They are hosting a mini-conference for children, adults, and families living with type one diabetes at the GVSU Seidman Center and need 10 volunteers to assist with KIDS CAMP from 10a -1p and 6 volunteers to help with REGISTRATION from 9-10:30a. For more information, contact Denise Pentescu at 517-899-2251 or dpentescu@jdrf.orgPosted 2/25/14

West Michigan Environmental Action Council ~ Phone Banking 
April 1, 5:30pm-7:30pm
WMEAC is hosting an information session and volunteer call night for renewable energy in Michigan. WMEAC and Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs coalition will provide insight into Michigan's past, present, and future renewable energy status. The phone banking will focus on solar energy during this session and it is a great opportunity to learn more and get involved with this great initiative! They have an online pledge card you can fill out as well. And, of course, you know there will be food too! For more information, contact wmeac.policy@gmail.comPosted 3/24/14.

Gentiva Hospice - Hospice Aid Training
April 6, 4pm-6pm
We are holding a group training session for Hospice companionship aides. This training is a wonderful opportunity to share your time with those needing visits. Volunteer application packets will be available for completion during the training. Makeup session will be held April 13th at GVSU. Light dinner provided. Like to listen to music? Read? Knit? Chat about current events? We need volunteers to meet from 2x-3x a month with patients. You determine your own schedule-and we match you with a patient close to your location. Please RSVP to marrilee.chamberlain@gentiva.com. Posted 4/4/14.

Kent County Parks ~ L.E. Kaufman Golf Course Spring Clean & Grill Out!

TBD
Kent County Parks is looking for volunteers to help rake and clean up golf course areas at the L.E. Kaufman Golf Course. All supplies and tools will be provided by the county parks and a grill out lunch will be provided to volunteers by L. E. Kaufman Golf Course staff! Note: This event is hoping for April 5 or April 12, but with this snow cover they can't be sure when they will see the greens! Please contact volunteer services to be put on the call list. For more information, contact Virginia Sines at 616-632-7842 or park.volunteers@kentcountymi.govPosted 2/25/14

Grand Rapids Downtown Market ~ Flavors of the World: Kids Spring Break Camp
April 8-10, 9:30am-2:30pm

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is hosting Flavors of the World Spring Break Camp for children ages 6-11 to "visit" three thrilling spring break destinations. Come cook, garden, and participate in tourist activities from Japan, Italy, and Australia. Volunteers will assist Camp Instructor, chef and greenhouse coordinator in daily activities with children and assist in clean-up after camp. Volunteer must be responsible, organized and able to follow direction well. Volunteers must enjoy working with children and participate in daily activities with enthusiasm! For more information, contact Alexandra Steenson at 616-805-5308 or alexandra@downtownmarketgr.comPosted 2/25/14

Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship ~ Student Scholars Day
April 9, 8:30am-6pm

Student Scholars Day (SSD) is an annual celebration of the scholarship and creative work performed by GVSU undergraduate and graduate students. The day-long showcase features faculty-mentored student work through an array of venues, including oral presentations, discussion and panel sessions, fine arts exhibits and performances, and poster presentations. Volunteers will be responsible for helping to ensure the event runs smoothly. Volunteers generally sign up for 2-hour slots, and help with an array of tasks. Three of the primary duties include participant registration, venue greeters and floaters, and venue leaders. All volunteers help to ensure researchers have the materials needed and that their venue requirements have been met. For more information, contact Tara Aday at adayta@gvsu.edu or visit the OURS website: www.gvsu.edu/ours/ssd. Posted 1/14/14

Kutsche Office of Local History ~ 5th Annual Local History Roundtable
April 11, 8:30am-3:30pm

The Annual Local History Roundtable is a day long event focusing on local History with the topic this year being Immigration and Civil Rights in West Michigan. There will be a keynote speaker, two panel discussions, and networking tables focusing on many history and genealogy topics. Volunteers are need to help with registration and make sure everything is set throughout the day and work with our staff to ensure a successful event. For more information, contact Courtney Sherwood at 616-331-8099 or sherwoco@gvsu.eduPosted 3/31/14

Frederick Meijer Honors College ~ Bring the Green
April 12, 12pm-6pm

To celebrate the end of an excruciating winter and promote sustainability, wellness, and community involvement within the Greater Grand Rapids area, a group of students from Grand Valley State Universitys Honors College are planning an event to jump into spring. On Saturday, April 12th between 12pm and 6pm join the community at Heartside Park to bring the green to Grand Rapids. These students are working with an array of local businesses such as the Helen DeVos Childrens Hospital, Friends of GR Parks, the Downtown Market, and more to provide activities that encourage a healthy, active lifestyle. This includes Zumba classes from a large stage, yoga classes throughout the park, kids activities, and more! Volunteers may be asked to assist with park set up and clean up before the event in the morning, organize and/or participate in activities throughout the day, or help with take down and clean up after the event in the evening. For more information, contact Brad Mueller at muellebr@mail.gvsu.eduPosted 3/18/14

Gazelle Girl Half Marathon
April 13, 6am-12pm

The Gazelle Girl Half Marathon is a 5K and half marathon race downtown Grand Rapids that promotes a healthy lifestyle and empowers women to compete in running events. We are attempting to set an example by hosting a sustainable and zero waste sporting event in West Michigan.
Gazelle Girl is looking for members to be on the Gazelle Girl Green Team! Members of the team will help race organizers with the zero waste component of the event. Duties may include sorting waste into recycling receptacles, picking up discarded clothing from the course, breaking down materials to be sent to waste management companies, and helping inform participants and spectators about all zero waste efforts. If you are interested please register at http://gazellegirlhalfmarathon.com/volunteer. For more information, contact Chelsea Brehm at 269-838-1523 or brehmch@gvsu.edu. Posted 2/5/14.

West Michigan Environmental Action Council ~ 2104 Grand River GreenUp
April 19, 9am-1pm
Join WMEAC and Grand Haven Area Jaycees on Saturday, April 19th for the 4th Annual Grand River GreenUp. Register to help with hundreds of other volunteers to pick up thousands of pounds of refuse from the watershed. The GreenUp is one of the biggest Earth Day events on the lakeshore! Anyone who can safely and responsibly navigate riverbank terrain is welcome to participate. Friends, families, schools, scouts, coworkers, clubs, and organizations can volunteer together! Food, refreshments, and t-shirts will be provided. For more information or to register, click herePosted 3/24/14

Grand Rapids Ellington Academy of Arts and Technology - Kaboom! Playground at Ellington Academy
April 21, 9am-6pm
Students love playtime! Student-artists are excited about their "Dream Playground". Join us ... It's a community affair. Please follow these steps to become a team member:Sign up for an account at the top, right hand corner of any ourdreamplayground.kaboom.org page. By signing up, you will gain special access to important information and resources to help you get started. You'll have to create a user name and a password. Visit our project's page. Click the Volunteer button. Select the "Join" option on the right. The RSVP option is for those who wish to only volunteer for one day, the actual day of the playground build. Select the team you would like to join and then describe why you would be a good fit for that team.
There is no experience necessary! Whether you're piecing together playground equipment, mixing concrete, hauling mulch, or painting benches, all you need to build a Dream Playground is a smile and a can-do spirit. There are two ways to get involved. You can RSVP if you're interested in showing up on Build Day and lending a hand for an unforgettable day of community service. Or, if you want to play a key role in the months leading up to Build Day, you can ask to join a planning committee team.  For more information please contact Israel Ausua Jr. at ausuais@greaat.com or 616-241-6300. Posted 4/22/14.

West Michigan Environmental Action Council ~ Earth Day Brewery Challenge
April 22, 3pm-10pm
Harmony Brewery and Brewery Vivant will be facing off in an Earth Challenge of epic proportions! Visit both Harmony and Brewery Vivant to submit your Earth Day pledge through EarthDay.org/takeaction. Volunteers needed in shifts to help manage the pledges and promote Earth Day pledges at the breweries. For more information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@wmeac.orgPosted 3/24/14

Salvation Army ~ Army Readers
April 25, 8am-2:15pm
Volunteer to Read with The Salvation Army Friday, April 25, 2014 Shift 1: 8:00am to 11:15am or Shift 2: 12:00pm to 2:15pm or All Day: 8:00am to 2:15pm. Join The Salvation Army Action Group of young professionals for their third annual Army of Readers event and celebrate reading in area schools. On Friday, April 25th, The Salvation Army is inviting over 60 volunteers to visit classrooms around Grand Rapids for a fun-filled reading activity. For more information and to sign up, please visit http://bit.ly/armyofreaders. If you have any questions, please contact Angela DeVries, Assistant Divisional Development Director, at angela_devries@usc.salvationarmy.org, or call 616.459.3433 ext: 1184.Posted 1/13/14

Kent County Parks ~ The Garlic Mustard Challenge!
April 26 - 10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm
Kent County Parks is looking for volunteers to help stamp out the invasive Garlic Mustard plants and contribute to supporting the natural habitats of the Kent County parks. If you cant make it to the April 26th pull, a Garlic Mustard pull date can be scheduled for individuals or group volunteers anytime throughout April, May and June at various parks in the county. For more information or to schedule your group, contact Virginia Sines at 616-632-7842 or park.volunteers@kentcountymi.govPosted 2/25/14

Rivertown Races- Grandville Marathon : The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
April 26, 7:30am- 12pm
This volunteer opportunity is through The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Team in Training. We will be working to help cheer on participants in the River Races Marathon.  Volunteers will be present at the Team in Training aid station and will hand out snacks, water, and encouragement! There will be fun music and the volunteers will all receive a t-shirt!  For more information, please contact Staci Peterson at 616-957-1840 or Staci.peterson@lls.org. Posted 4/4/14.

West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center ~ Converging Paths Conference
April 28, 7:30am-5pm
The West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center is hosting the inaugural Converging Paths conference, an event hosting 250 educators and other staff working with refugee students in different capacities. The event will feature workshops in each of four pertinent pillars of the refugee student experience: 1) In the Classroom 2) in the Home 3) In the Community and 4) Cultural Background. The workshops will be delivered by experts on the various topics. They are looking for volunteers to help for several tasks on the day. Here are a few of the needs. Set up and Registration: 7 30am-9am Room Assistants: 9am-3pm (in 45 minute to one hour shifts- anytime you can make it during that time) Food Servers: 11 30-1pm Tear Down: 3 30pm-4 30pm. For more information, contact Shingi Mavima at 616-247-9611 or shingi@westmirefugee.orgPosted 4/14/14

Burton Elementary School ~ Host a Game Drive!
March - May 1
Burton Elementary School is looking for board games and card decks to play with during indoor recess! Have games around the house that you outgrew years ago? Want to purchase a game for local students? Help kids have fun on the days the weather does not allow them to play outside! Hosts will manage this opportunity by: 1) Promoting the game drive, 2) Collecting games and card decks, and 3) Communicating with volunteer coordinator, Katelyn Kovalik. If you just want to donate, that's great too! **New & slightly used games are accepted. If used, please be sure all necessary pieces of the game are included. For more information, please contact Katelyn Kovalik at 616-459-6281 or email at kkovalik@hwmuw.orgPosted 2/4/2014.

Kent County Prevention Coalition ~ 2014 KCPC Above the Influence-Kent County Youth Summit
May 2, 7am-3pm

The Above the Influence-Kent County Youth Summit is a Generation Y and Z-driven conference powered by the Kent County Prevention Coalition. Birthed out of a vision to empower community youth, The Summit is designed to equip middle and high school youth to think critically about personal choices and future ambitions, emerging community health and wellness trends related to underage substance use/misuse, and the power community teens have individually and collectively to impact peers, family and community norms and the world by making a personal commitment to live Above the Influence. Volunteers are needed for the following: Pre-Loading/ Set up Team - Flip Cam Interviewer - Registration - Greeters/Directional Guides - Youth Breakout Chaperones - Security Team - Help Desk - Tear Down Team. To register, click here. For more information, contact Michele Stitt at 616-350-9874 or michele.keren.stitt@gmail.comPosted 2/27/14

Camp O'Malley ~ Spring Clean Up
May 3, 9am-1pm
Camp O'Malley is looking for volunteers to help us get the camp ready for the summer by raking leaves, painting, building projects, cleaning etc. Summer will be here before you know it and they need your help!! Free lunch will be served at noon! Fore more information, contact Amanda Alters at 616-233-9370 or amanda@campomalley.orgPosted 4/7/14 

Arthritis Foundation, Michigan Walk to Cure Arthritis, Grand Rapids
May 9, 7:30am-1:00pm
The Walk to Cure Arthritis raises funds and awareness to fight the nation's leading cause of disability. We aren't just helping the millions of people who live with arthritis pain, we're funding research that's getting us closer to a cure. The event features a three-mile and one-mile course, with arthritis information and activities for the entire family.
Different Volunteer Jobs are: Set Up which includes helping the Arthritis Foundation staff unload boxes from cars, putting up banners and signs, moving and setting up tables, putting directional signs and water on the course as well as making sure the course is clear of debris. Registration which includes helping with pre-registration, checking in those participants that have pre-registered, collecting donation envelopes, and distributing t-shirts to those who have raised $100. Walk-In Registration which includes helping those who are registering at the walk by having them complete a registration form and collecting donations. Clean Up which includes helping Arthritis Foundation staff carry boxes and load them into cars, break down empty boxes, take down banners and signs, take down and put away tables, walk the route to look for any participants that may still be walking, and look for any debris on the route. For more information on this opportunity, please contact Cindy Pogue at 248-530-5020 or cpogue@arthritis.org.  Posted 4/9/2014.

Conductive Learning Center ~ Fifth Third River Bank Run
May 10, 6:30am-12pm

CLC is in need of 35 individuals (age 18 and up) to volunteer on our behalf for the Fifth Third River Bank. A group of 35 or more will earn CLC $350 to put toward student scholarships. The CLC group is assigned to a Runner Safety Station near Johnson Park from 6:30am to 12pm. Runner Safety volunteers are stationed along the race course to help direct participants, ensuring that they do not leave the official race route. Some assignments will require volunteers to assist participant transition through critical course locations. Volunteers also must manage spectators and keep them off the course. This position requires volunteers to be at least 18 years of age and be able to speak clearly, loudly and assertively and also listen to direction provided by police and security staff if needed. You will be required to stay for full time of your volunteer shift.Volunteers should be registered by March 31 in order to guarantee a t-shirt and free lunch will be available, however, names will still be accepted after this date. For more information, contact Erin Quackenbush at 616-575-0575 or equackenbush@conductivelearningcenter.orgPosted 3/10/14

The Children's Assessment Center - Spirit Station Competition at The River Bank Run
May 10, 8am-11:30am
The Children's Assessment Center is sponsoring a Spirit Station Competition to motivate and inspire those who are running the River Bank Run! Volunteers are needed to encourage the runners of the River Bank Run. This might include singing, dancing, laughing, break dancing, or whatever it takes to motivate the runners! The CAC Spirit Station is at the corner of Butterworth at Maynard (approx. at 9.75 miles into the race.) Please turn onto Butterworth off Wilson (28th/M-11) and follow Butterworth. Look for a sign marked “Spirit Station” to help you find your spot. Please plan on arriving at your Spirit Station prior to 8am, as the roads start to close shortly after that. Parking is limited so car pool as much as possible. After the road is open, you are free to leave. For more information on this fun opportunity, please contact Angie Kowalczyk at akowalczyk@cac-kent.org or 616-336-5164. Posted 4/22/14.

Michigan Disability Sports Alliance ~ Michigan Victory Games
May 14, 8pm-10pm 
Michigan Victory Games is a 5-day statewide athletic competition for individuals with physical disabilities. Event runs from May 14 to May 18, 2014. We have over 100 athletes participate and have an additional three teams participating this year. We are also hosting the National Boccia Tournament during our competition this year.
Volunteers will assist with transporting equipment, recording times/distances, assisting athletes, and with set up/tear down of venues. Volunteers staying overnight to work also receive room and board. For more information on this event, please contact Stella Husch at 248-922-1236 or Shusch@striveonline.org. Posted 2/28/2014.

Eastown Community Association ~ Picnic in the Park
May 17, 9am-3pm

ECA is hosting a park clean-up, followed by a community picnic, free for all to enjoy! The park clean-up will begin at 9am and go until about 11am. A community picnic will follow at noon and go until 3ish. They will have food, kids activities, face painting, a bounce house, a visit from the GRFD, bands, and more! This is a great time to celebrate Eastown with your neighbors and enjoy a community celebration provided by the ECA. They are looking for college students to help with this event! They need help with the park clean-up at 9am and also volunteers to help with setting up the picnic, serving food, and leading kid's activities. For more information, contact Lindsey Ruffin at 616-451-3025 or lindsey@eastown.orgPosted 3/27/14

Kent County Parks Discover! Millennium Parks Hansen Nature Trail Event
May 17 - 10am-3pm
Kent County Parks is looking for volunteers to help with a free and fun discovery program for kids of all ages! The program also participants to come for a nature experience, learning about Millennium Park and its history while visiting docent nature stations along the Hansen Trail. Volunteers are needed to help run the event. For more information, contact Virginia Sines at 616-632-7842 or park.volunteers@kentcountymi.govPosted 2/25/14

NCAA Division II Men’s & Women’s Track & Field National Championships
May 22-24
GVSU has partnered with the West Michigan Sports Commission to host NCAA Division II Men’s & Women’s Track & Field National Championships May 22-24th, 2014.They are in need of many volunteers to make this event the best it can be for our own GVSU student-athletes and the other 700+ Division II student-athletes from across the country.
It’s simple to sign up. Just go to http://www.westmisports.com/wmsc-events/grchampionshipcity/volunteer for details of every volunteer position. There are multiple time slots and position choices to fit any schedule. Any amount of time is appreciated and you need not have any track/athletic experience to help. For more information please contact Chelsea Brehm at brehmch@gvsu.eduPosted 4/22/14.

Girls on the Run ~ Parking Lot Volunteer
May 30, 3pm-8pm

The GVSU Women's Center is coordinating the Girls on the Run 5k and needs your help. 5,000 to 7,000 people are expected and Volunteers are needed the day of the race to help with parking lot control. The 5k will take place on the GVSU Allendale Campus. For more information, or to register click here. When registering, remember to select "GVSU parking lot volunteer. Posted 3/14/14

Blandford Nature Center ~ Eco-Stewardship Invasive Species Control
May 31, 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 5/5/14

Kent County Parks ~ Kent Trails Clean Up
May 31, 10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm

Volunteers are invited to help clean up the trail head and walk or bike the trails to check for trash and branches. Team leaders will be available to hand out gloves, tools, maps and other supplies for the projects. This event will have two shift, 10am to noon, or 1pm to 3pm. Come for one or both! For more information, or to register, contact Virginia Sines at 616-632-7842 or park.volunteers@kentcountymi.govPosted 5/12/14

West Michigan Environmental Action Council ~ Rain Barrels
June 3, 3pm-6pm
Rain Barrel Season demands prepped Rain Barrels! Hang out with WMEAC's most extroverted employee, Becky, and her interns for some fun in the sun drilling rain barrels in preparation for the upcoming Rain Barrel Workshops. Come out and responsibly play with power drills and organize barrel bags. Drilling rain barrels has never been more fun! For more information, contact Becky Brown at bbrown@wmeac.orgPosted 5/29/14

Home Builders Association - 2014 Spring Parade of Homes
May 23-June 7, 1pm-9pm
The annual Spring Parade of Homes will feature homes within 19 different West Michigan communities. Throughout the end of May and the beginning of June, builders of these homes will be showcasing the latest trends in custom detail, using green practices, the latest wall treatments, and landscaping. 
The Parade of Homes has 72 new construction homes for 2014, and these homes need to be staffed by volunteers during the days of the event! Volunteers will staff the homes during the Parade of Home hours of 1pm-9pm, conduct ticket sales and keep a tally of visitors and sales. The dates that the Spring Parade of Home will occur are as followed:

  • May 23
  • May 24
  • May 26
  • May 28
  • May 30
  • May 31
  • June 4
  • June 6
  • June 7

For more information on this opportunity, please contact Priscilla Lyon at 616-281-2012 or parade@hbaggr.com.  Posted 5/13/2014.

Blandford Nature Center ~ Eco-Stewardship Invasive Species Control
June 7, 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 5/5/14

Kent County Parks ~ Lepard Park Preserve Trail Building and Clean Up
June 7, 10am-12pm

In celebration of National Trails Day, a trail building and cleanup project is scheduled for Lepard Park Preserve in Caledonia. For more information, or to register, contact Virginia Sines at 616-632-7842 or park.volunteers@kentcountymi.govPosted 5/12/14

Allendale Little League Association ~ Concession Stand
April 28 - June 14 Monday - Friday, 5:30pm-9:30pm

The Allendale Little League Association is looking for groups of 5 or more to help at the concession stand each weeknight during games. Games are Monday through Friday. the hours you must work are 5:30pm to 9:30pm and can be split into two shifts (5:30pm to 7:30 and 7:30 to 9:30pm), but you must have 5 volunteers at all times. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Sign up for as many dates as you can get volunteers to work, but once you have committed to date or dates, then you are responsible for having enough volunteers for said night. As a bonus, 10% of the proceeds will be donated to your organization! For more information, or to sign up for dates, contact Bill Bird at spartan0692@gmail.com. If you are signing up for dates, please include the following information in your email: Organization Name, Contact Name, Contact Number, Dates. Posted 5/12/14

West Michigan Environmental Action Council ~ Rock the Block Booth
June 14, 11am-6pm

WMEAC will join dozens of Grand Rapids organizations to celebrate LINC's 4th Annual Rock the Block Street Festival. This is an opportunity to provide residents with a chance to come together to celebrate life, summer, community, and a chance to talk about WMEAC! Volunteers are asked to fill a two-hour shift and help represent WMEAC at this fun, family-friendly event. There will be food vendors, music, and thousands of neighbors to celebrate the day! For more information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@wmeac.orgPosted 5/29/14

Kent County Parks Annual Spring Clean Wabasis Lake Campground/Millennium Park/Other
Spring - Open Dates
Kent County Parks is looking for volunteers to help rake and clean up campground and cabin sites and do other various special projects at Wabasis Lake Park, Millenium Park, and the many other parks in Kent County. For more information or to schedule your group, contact Virginia Sines at 616-632-7842 or park.volunteers@kentcountymi.govPosted 2/25/14

West Michigan Environmental Action Council ~ Roof Gardens
June 18, 9:30am
If you enjoy working with soil, think green roofs are nifty, and want to learn tricks of the trade from the WMEAC garden guru Denise, please join them for a day of garden beautification. Tools will be provided--all you need is some sunblock, yourself, and a smile! For more information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@wmeac.orgPosted 6/16/14

Meijer State Games ~ Opening Ceremonies/Athlete Village/5k
June 20-22, 8am-10pm (Shifts Vary)

The signature event of the West Michigan Sports Commission, the Meijer State Games of Michigan is a multi-sport, Olympic-style event that welcomes athletes regardless of age or ability. The Games embody the values of participation, sportsmanship and healthy living among residents of the state of Michigan. The Meijer State Games of Michigan is truly a grassroots organization that relies on the dedication of thousands of volunteers and the support of corporate partners. Volunteers are needed for the following shifts: 

  • Athlete Village Set-Up 8:00am-12:00pm
  • Athlete Village General 12:00pm-4:00pm
  • Athlete Village Greeter 12:00pm-4:00pm
  • Athlete Check-In 2:00pm-6:00pm
  • Fifth Third Ballpark 5k Check-In 2:00pm-5:30pm
  • Athlete Meal Clean-Up 4:00pm-6:30pm
  • Athlete Meal Distribution 4:00pm-6:00pm
  • Athlete Meal Ticket Collector 4:00pm-6:00pm
  • Athlete Village General Assistance 4:00pm-7:00pm
  • Athlete Village Greeter 4:00pm-7:00pm
  • Fifth Third Ballpark 5k Aid Station 5:00-6:30pm
  • Fifth Third Ballpark 5k Course Marshal 5:00pm-6:30pm
  • Fifth Third Ballpark 5k Finish Line 5:00pm-6:30pm
  • Opening Ceremonies After-Hours 8:00pm-10:00pm

For more information, contact Zach Robinson at 616-914-0009 or zrobinson@westmisports.comPosted 5/28/14

Heart of West Michigan United Way ~ Day of Action
June 21, 10am-4pm

Show kids that reading is FUN while helping them to retain their grade level reading skills over the summer. Join United Way, the Grand Rapids Public Library, and Kent District Library as they promote summer reading on the longest day of the year, Saturday, June 21. The event will encourage students to read and make frequent trips to the library. The benefit will be that children will read for 400 minutes over the summer to retain their grade level reading skill and go back to school ready to succeed! Volunteer sessions are in 3-hour shifts and consist of the following opportunities: 
1) BOOK BUDDY * Wear the costume of your profession (police officer,doctor, etc.) or dress up as another character. *Listen to a child read for 10 minutes as they rotate through their favorite characters. *Be the listening ear and welcoming presence that shows kids reading is fun, and everyone in our community reads!
2)AMBASSADOR * Greet families enthusiastically as they enter the library. * Find out if they have a library card and are signed up for the Library's Summer Reading Program. * Share your love of reading as you direct families to personnel or the start of the reading event.
3) TIME KEEPER * Time the reading minutes of kids with their listeners. * Move the lines along so that everyone gets to participate. * Give breaks to volunteer listeners to keep them energized.
4) RECORDER * Man the check-out station as families leave the reading event. * Help kids record the number of minutes they read to their favorite characters. * Distribute a fun prize to remind kids to keep reading throughout the summer!
For more information, contact Katelyn 
Kovalik at 616-459-6281 or kkovalik@hwmuw.org, or register herePosted 5/12/14

Grand Rapids Downtown Market ~ Simmer Camp
June 24-August 28, Tues-Thurs 10am-2pm
Simmer Camp kids join the Grand Rapids Downtown Market for the 10-week summer camp and explore adventurous weekly themes. From discoveries in the Greenhouse to hands-on cooking in the Teaching Kitchen, Simmer Camp cultivates growth and bakes up excitement! Each activity and recipe will pair with the inspiring weekly theme and stimulate inventive imagination and creativity. The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is looking for volunteers to assist with Simmer Camp. Volunteer duties include assisting in preparation and set-up for kids camp, assisting Camp Instructor, chef, and greenhouse coordinator in daily activities with children, and assisting in clean-up after camp. Volunteer must be responsible, organized and able to follow direction well. Volunteers must enjoy working with children and participate in daily activities with enthusiasm! For more information, contact Alexandra Steenson at 616-805-5308 or alexandra@downtownmarketgr.comPosted 5/19/14

Blandford Nature Center ~ Eco-Stewardship Invasive Species Control
June 28, 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 6/9/14

MSU Gran Fondo
June 28, 8am-3pm

Gran Fondos are long distance, mass participation cycling events - not a race but timed - that are becoming wildly popular. What sets a Gran Fondo apart from any other ride is an incredible course, amazing food and a post-ride celebration with live music to create a truly unique cycling experience. The second annual MSU Gran Fondo will be ready to roll once again on Saturday, June 28, 2014. The MSU Gran Fondo starts and ends at The B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan and offers multiple distances to accommodate varying skill levels of riders. The outdoor after-party (open to the public) will offer craft brews and wines, a grand feast and live music. Volunteers are needed to assist at the many volunteer "stations" including food service, goodie bag hand-out, on the course, etc. For more information, contact Laura Melendez at 616-560-1767 or lada480@yahoo.comPosted 5/20/14

Eastown Community Association ~ Eastown Bizarre Bazaar
June 28, 6:30am-6pm

The Eastown Community Association along with the Eastown Business Association are hosting their annual Bizarre Bazaar, a staple event in the Eastown community. This year’s event will be held along Wealthy Street on June 28 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Bizarre Bazaar celebrates art, entertainment, and the unique Eastown culture.
Bizarre Bazaar 2014 will feature more food, fun and entertainment than previous years. The area along Wealthy Street between Atlas Avenue and Lake Drive will be filled with artists, potters, and craftspeople. There will be local music performances, food, and places to sit and relax at the new and improved Wealthy Street Hub Lot. The entertainment starts at 11 a.m. and continues throughout the day.
Many volunteers will be needed to make sure the event runs smoothly, so if you are interested in helping out please call (616) 451-3025  for more information!

Graduate Student Association ~ 5050 Raffle
July 2, 5pm-10pm
GSA is looking for 18 volunteers (age 18+) to help run a 5050 Raffle at the Whitecaps baseball game in Grand Rapids. Proceeds from this raffle will support the Huntington's Disease Society of America - its a super EASY way to make a HUGE impact! Volunteers are asked to sell raffle tickets during the game. Most people will sell raffle tickets in pairs - so try recruiting a friend if you like! Volunteers are expected to to arrive between 5:00pm-6:00pm and stay through the 7th inning, and the time will fly right by! For more information, contact Chelsea Rink at boersc@mail.gvsu.eduPosted 6/24/14

Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank ~ Donation Sorting
July 12, 9am-12pm
Thanks to the annual Letter Carrier Food Drive, Feeding America had a HUGE assortment of donations. Help is needed as items need to be checked for quality, dates, and dents. Feeding America would love to thank it's volunteers by offering a cookout during the work day. Hot dogs and chips will be provided. You just bring enthusiasm and reading glasses if necessary. Please register for this event by July 9th. For more information, contact Dena Rogers at 616-389-6351 or denar@feedingamericawestmichigan.orgPosted 6/30/14

Blandford Nature Center ~ Eco-Stewardship Invasive Species Control
July 12, 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 6/9/14

Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan ~ iCan Bike
July 13-18, Shifts Vary

iCan Shine is a non-profit organization that teaches individuals with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle through its iCan Bike program. iCan Bike uses a fleet of adapted bicycles, a specialized instructional program and a trained staff to teach individuals with Down syndrome how to ride a bike. Riders attend the same 75 minute session each day for five consecutive days (M-F), whereby they are physically assisted and encouraged by two volunteer spotters. Over the course of the 5-day camp, the adapted bike is adjusted to gradually introduce more instability in an effort to challenge riders at their own individual pace. Walk/jog/run alongside the same rider for each of the 5 days and experience the thrill of giving the gift of riding a bike! 75 invigorating minutes per day& it just may be the most rewarding exercise and emotional experience youve ever had! You will provide encouragement and physical support, as needed. Volunteers should be prepared to run/walk up to 3 miles per session. Please note that we ask you to commit to working all five days during the camp for the session(s) you select. Varied shifts available. For visual examples of the opportunity, click here. For more information, contact Tori Schreur at volunteer@dsawm.orgPosted 6/24/14

West Michigan Sports Commission ~ Tri del Sol
July 19th, 7am-4pm

Tri del Sol is a requisite summer event held on the beautiful grounds of YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin located in Middleville, Michigan. Often quoted as a "fantastic and fun event", they strive not only to give you the best professional triathlon experience, but also to have fun while doing it. As an event volunteer, you'll feel like you made a valuable contribution to the success of the race. Volunteer duties include water safety, registration, course direction, refreshment, and other race duties. For more information, contact Zach Robinson at zrobinson@westmisports.comPosted 6/16/14

West Michigan Sports Commission ~ Glow in the Park
July 26, 6:30pm-11pm
Glow in the Park is a fun and exciting 5K in which participants are given glow in the dark accessories for their run. There are also stations along the course in which participants experience various glow in the dark activities, such as foam, water, or dust. The 5K ends in a dance party at the finish line. Volunteers are needed to assist with registration, course direction, and helping with the various glow in the dark stations along the course. For more information, contact Zach Robinson at zrobinson@westmisports.comPosted 6/16/14

Blandford Nature Center ~ Eco-Stewardship Invasive Species Control
July 26, 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 6/30/14

Grand Rapids Symphony ~ D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops Concert Series
July 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 & August 1, 4:15pm-10pm
Looking for a unique summer experience? Volunteer at the Grand Rapids Symphonys D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops concerts held at Cannonsburg Ski Area. You'll meet and work with a great group of volunteers while helping guests enjoy fun musical nights of Classics, The Beatles, Summertime Pop and The Eagles. Most of the current volunteer openings are in these areas: Family Fun (work with children/families on trying out instruments, face painting, crafts); Flag Ambassadors (greeting and assisting guests parking in the handicapped parking lot by flagging down a cart driver); and on the Pedestrian Walkway (guiding and directing guests parking in the outer lots safely and smoothly along the designated walk ways to the gate). These are important and fun areas to work. You'll have the chance to work with other volunteers and guests. All volunteers receive a complimentary dinner and are able to enjoy the concert when they have finished their assignment. For more information, contact Nancy Hopkins at 616-454-9451 x149 or nhopkins@grsymphony.orgPosted 6/24/14

Gilda's Club Grand Rapids ~ 12th Annual World's Largest Dog Wash
August 3, 9am-3pm

Held in conjunction with "Bring Your Dog to the Park Day," we are washing dogs and raising funds to support Gilda's Club Grand Rapids. 40 Volunteers Needed to greet dogs, wash dogs, and have fun! For more information, contact Linden Becker at lbecker@gildasclubgr.orgPosted 7/21/14

Chemistry Department ~ Biennial Conference on Chemical Education
August 3-7, 8am-9pm

The Biennial Conference on Chemical Education is the largest gathering of chemical educators in the world. The educational focus of the 2014 BCCE is Empowering Chemical Educators for a Greener Tomorrow. The conference will highlight efforts in bringing sustainable chemistry to the classroom via special symposia and workshops. Volunteer for the largest conference hosted at GVSU! A variety of volunteer duties as well as days and times are available. Volunteer duties include monitoring sessions, placing signage, providing directions, acting as greeters, and many others. Please sign up on OrgsyncPosted 7/21/14

Eastown Community Association ~ Feeding America Truck
July 23 & August 13, 3:30pm-6pm

ECA are hosting a mobile food pantry from Feeding America West Michigan. They are looking for volunteers to assist with food distribution from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. For more information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at info@eastown.orgPosted 6/16/14

Housing & Residence Life ~ Helping Hands
August 18-20, 8am-4pm (Shifts Vary)
For first year students, research indicates that the first six weeks at college are critical to retention and student satisfaction; the first few days being the most important. To make the beginning of the fall semester a positive and inclusive experience for GVSU students, a strong faculty/staff presence during housing move-in is necessary. Volunteers are need to assist students with the following during move-in week: directing traffic, carrying supplies from cars to student rooms, assisting new students with check-in, and welcoming students and their families to campus. For more information, or to register, click herePosted 5/27/14

West Michigan Environmental Action Council ~ Climate Ride Event
August 19, 3:30pm-8:30pm

WMEAC is teaming up with Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition, Healthy Homes, Local First, Spoke Folks, and Well House for food and drinks on the lawn of Mangiamo's. Food trucks from around the city will be featured! Help them in the quest to raise funds for their fearless non-profit riders. In September these local non-profits will participate in the first annual Climate Ride Midwest Challenge, a four day bike excursion from Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago, IL. Climate Ride encompasses passion for cycling, green energy, combating climate change, and promoting sustainability.WMEAC is in need of volunteers to help take tickets, set up, and tear down our Climate Ride event at Mangiamo's. For more information, contact the volunteer coordinator at volunteer@wmeac.orgPosted 8/11/14

Kent County Parks ~ Garlic Mustard Pulls
Spring/Summer - Open Dates
This invasive weed grows in many of our County Parks and threatens the native species and natural habitats. Volunteer individuals or groups are needed to help pull and bag this weed! For more information, or to register, contact Virginia Sines at 616-632-7842 or park.volunteers@kentcountymi.govPosted 5/12/14

Heart of West Michigan United Way ~ KinderCamp!
August 20 & 21, 8:30am-11:30am
KinderCamp is designed to help prepare children and families for kindergarten. During KinderCamp, parents will receive tips on successful school communications, home organizers, parenting books, and contacts for other parents. Help get these kids and families off to a great school start! Volunteers are needed at Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Academy on Wednesday, August 20 and Thursday, August 21 from 8:30-11:30am to assist in parenting classes. Volunteers may help out one or both days. For more information, contact Katelyn Kovalik at 616-459-6281 or kkovalik@hwmuw.orgPosted 8/11/14

September 2014

Susan G. Komen West Michigan ~ Race 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

 

United Way ~ Day of Caring

September 12, 9:00am-12:00pm
Work alongside volunteers from Fifth Third bank coming to Eastown as part of United Way's Day of Caring.  Volunteers will focus on helping to clean up the Eastown business district in preparation for Streetfair.  If interested, please be at the ECA at 9:00am.  Gloves and trash bags are provided.  Posted 9/8/14

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.orgPosted 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.orgPosted 6/30/14

Blandford Nature Center ~ Jeans and Jewels Fundraiser Evening 
September 18, 9:00pm-10:00pm
Enjoy an evening of candlelit trails, cool fall breezes, live music and some natural fun as you discover Blandford Nature Center, a jewel in our midst! During our 3rd Annual Jeans & Jewels Fall Fundraiser, well have our birds of prey greeting our guests, a Blandford mission moment and Blandford Maple Amber Ale on tap (made from Blandfords very own Sugarbush!). Plan to bring your friends to this years fundraiser under the stars! and help them . As this is Blandfords main fundraising event, all of the money raised from this event supports Blandford Nature Center (Blandford is a 501C3 non-profit) and our mission to educate, engage and empower our community to become stewards of the natural world that sustains us. Volunteers are needed for after the event to help break down all the decorations and chairs etc. Roll up the power extensions and bring everything into the visitor center. Volunteers are welcome to stay for S'mores and marshmellow roasting by the fire after helping with breakdown.  For more information, contact Jessie Schulte at 616-735-6240 or volunteer@blandfordnaturecenter.orgPosted 7/29/14

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 websitePosted 5/29/14

St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital ~ Warrior Dash
September 20th 6am-7pm
Want to help the chidlren of St. Jude's? Come volunteer at this year's Warrior Dash in Walker! They are looking for volunteers to help in the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital tent
 during the run. Race participants that fundraise for St. Jude will have the opportunity to visit the St. Jude tent, get a warm shower and pick up prizes! If you are interested in getting more involved, please sign up below. You can sign up for multiple shifts as well. More details will be emailed out the week before the event. Contact Mike Hull at 248-546-8086 or Michael.Hull@stjude.org with questions or comments.

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.orgPosted 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.orgPosted 7/30/14

ArtPrize
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.orgPosted 7/21/14

ArtPrize ~ ArtPrize at GRAM
September 24-October 12
Experience the bustle of ArtPrize through the eyes of the GRAM! Volunteer shifts are generally two hours in length and the many areas to choose from are: 1 - Guest Services (greeting/assisting/directing guests, and helping with item check - available all days) 2 - Outside Greeter (greeting and directing guests as they enter the line outside of GRAM - available all days) 3 - Voter Registration (registering people to vote during ArtPrize - available Sept. 24th through Oct. 9th, simple data entry skills are needed). 4 - Elevator Attendant (greeting and running the large elevator for guests during weekends and busy times) 5 - Art Education Days (assisting school children with art-making activities - available Sept 30th and Oct. 2nd, 7th and 9th) 6 - Member Terrace (Greeting and helping members check in through the Member Terrace outside - available all days) 7 - Group Tour Greeter (greeting group tours as they arrive, giving a brief introduction to the GRAM - these shifts are available only at 10 am M-F) 8 - Museum Store (greeting shoppers, restocking, maintaining displays, etc. - available all Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays of ArtPrize) 9 - Facilities (Helping to maintain the building during this busy event). Groups of up to 13 volunteers can be accommodated per shift. Click here for the volunteer application. For more information or for help scheduling volunteering for a group/organization, contact Kris Shannon at volunteer@artmuseumgr.org or 616-831-2933. Posted 9/04/14

ArtPrize ~ AscentCare
September 25th 10:00am-10:00pm
Ascentcare is teaming up with Artprize to provide an accessible route and voting lounge for people in wheelchairs and/or with disabilities. We will be providing transportation to and from our office to Gerald R. Ford museum. We will also be providing drinks, snacks, and charging stations in our lounge. The lounge is also a place people can vote. They are looking for volunteers to help transport, guide, and help out with everything going on in the louge, and help the individuals have a fantastic time! For more information contact Kayla Hall at KH@ascentcare.org or at (616) 773-1773. Posted 9/18/14
 

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.orgPosted 8/18/14

Grand Rapids Color Vibe 5K
September 27 7:00am-1:00pm

Come get C R A Z Y with us!!! The Color Vibe is coming to Grand Rapids on September 27 and wants you to experience the most #VIBErant 5k of all time! Most volunteers will be assisting in throwing color on the participants. You could also volunteer at the water station, registration tent, finish line and clean up after the event.  Visit the event page here or contact  Lindsey Kehoe at kehoel@mail.gvsu.edu or 989-751-3719 for further information.  Posted 9/17/14

Ada Parks and Recreation Department ~ Roselle Park River Festival & Grand River Run
September 27th, 7:00am-4:00pm (Shifts Vary)
This is the 3rd annual Roselle Park River Festival and Grand River Run and they need your help! Come help with the run for set up, water distrubution, take down, and more. Then at the Roselle Park River Festival directly after the Grand River Run they need volunteers to help managing exhibits, work activities and booths, as well as set up and take down. For more information contact Linda Gary at lgary@adatownshipmi.com or visit www.grandriver-run.com/get-involved/Posted 9/3/2014

Trout Unlimited ~ Rogue River Clean Up
September 27th, 8:00am-12:00pm
Join Wolverine and Rockford Footwear Depot and help keep the Rogue River beautiful!  Wolverine Brand and Rockford Footwear Depot are sponsoring a community effort to keep the Rogue River banks free of trash and other debris.  Check in will begin at 8:00am with directions and send off at 8:30am at the Rockfod Footwear Depot (235 N Main St, Rockford, MI.)  To register, visit http://rogueriverproject.eventbrite.com For more information contact Nichol De Mol at ndemol@tu.org.  Posted 9/8/14

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society ~ Light the Night
September 27th, 1:00pm-9:00pm (Shifts Vary)

L
ight The Night Walk is a fundraising campaign which brings together families and communities to honor blood cancer survivors, as well as those lost to the diseases, and shine a light on the importance of finding cures and providing access to treatments for blood cancer patients. Volunteers would assist with set-up, clean-up, balloon tents, bounce house, bone marrow tent, food tent, registration, and more! For more information contact Caylie Peet at caylie.peet@lls.org, and to register, click herePosted 8/28/2014

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

Allendale High School Fine Arts Center ~ Veggie Tales Live! Tour
October 2, 8:30am-10:00pm (Shifts Vary)
Allendale High School is bringing in a touring production of Veggie Tales Live! for a show the evening of Oct. 2. They are looking for volunteers for load-in and set up in the morning and early afternoon, and load-out in the evening. Must be at least 18, and must wear closed toe shoes. Merchandise sellers must be dressed appropriately. For more information contact Jim Crawley at (609)356-6586 or at jcrawley@els.eduPosted 9/19/14

SowHope ~ Photo Exhibit Fundraiser
October 3, 7:00pm-10:00pm

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

Ready for School ~ Zeeland Pumpkinfest  
October 4, 2:00pm-4:15pm
Ready for School will be participating in this year's Fall Pumpkinfest in Zeeland, Saturday, October 4th. Helpers are needed to walk beside the float to hand out Ready for School materials. Younger children are welcome to be part of this festivity as they can sit on the float during the parade. Share Ready For School's mission statement Smile and have fun talking to the children involved/attending in the parade. For more information, contact Vanessa Gutierrez at 616-848-0515 or vgutierrez@readyforschool.orgPosted 9/16/14

Trout Unlimited ~ Stream Insect Monitoring 
October 4, 9:00am-1:00pm

Trout Unlimited will be holding a Stream Insect Monitoring Event at the Rockford Community Cabin (220 N Monroe Street, Rockford, MI).  Volunteers will be assigned to a monitoring group with a team leader.  Each group will collect and identify insects from different stream sites in the Rogue River and Bear Creek watersheds.  You don't need any experience with stream insects to participate and all ages are welcome.  Please bring waders if you have them and dress for the weather conditions.  RSVP to Nichol De Mol at 231-557-6362 or ndemol@tu.org if you would like to attend.  Posted 9/8/14

Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan ~ Step Up For Down Syndrome
October 11, 8:00am-12:30pm

The Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk is a 1 mile walk and community celebration for our friends, family, and neighbors with Down syndrome. It is the largest annual fundraiser for the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan. There are almost a hundred volunteer opportunities with varied shifts times and responsibilities.  Check out Volunteer Spot for a complete listing, click hereFor more information, contact Meredith Lange at 616-956-3488 or meredith@dsawm.org.  Posted 8/27/14

Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids ~ Day For Kids Event
October 11, 10:00am-3:00pm
Help the Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids host a Day For Kids Event at the Seidman Boys & Girls Club. This free public event is for families in the community to get involved at The local Boys & Girls Clubs and to have fun! Families will enter drawings for free prizes, enjoy free food and participate in a variety of Carnival Games. As a volunteer, help with some set up and tear down, facilitating many of our carnival games, serving food, handing out tickets, etc. For more information, contact Amanda Alters at 616-233-9370 ext. 106 or amanda@campomalley.orgPosted 9/9/14 

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation ~ Thunderfest Wheelchair Rugby Tournament
October 11-12, 8:00am-5:00pm (Shifts Vary)

The Thunderfest Wheelchair Rugby Tournament is hosted by the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Wheelchair and Adapative Sports Department. This event is held for individuals who live with physical disabilities, specifically quadrapilegia. Volunteers would be needed to keep score, maintain the penalty box, clean the courts, moving equipment, food preparation, and run clock shots. Available shifts are 8am-12pm, 12pm-4pm, and 4pm-7pm. Contact Jordyn Lawton at (989)494-3853 or at lawtonj@mail.gvsu.eduPosted 9/15/14

SECOM ~ Committee Informational Meeting

October 22, 11:30am-1:00pm
SECOM will be hosting a SECOM Committee Informational session.  At the session, you will learn how SECOM gives help and hope to more than 10,000 people each year, experience SECOM through a walking tour, and learn more about ways you can serve as a sturdy branch of hope to SECOM's neighbors. For more information contact Stefanie Snyder at 616-452-7684 ext. 3010 or development@secomministries.orgPosted 10/2/2014

The Children’s Assessment Center ~ Scraping and Painting

October 24, 3 hours
The Children’s Assessment Center’s mission is to assess. support, and assist child victims of suspected sexual assault. There are currently many Grand Valley students working with this Center as social work support. The Children’s Assessment Center needs 5 student volunteers to scrape old paint off the walls and repaint with a fresh coat. It should only take about 3 hours. To register or for more information, contact Angie Kowalczyk at 616-336-5164 or akowalczyk@cac-kent.org. Posted 10/14/14

Camp O'Malley - Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids ~ Fall Clean Up
October 25, 9:00am-12:30pm
Camp O'Malley is a program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids. It is a summer camp that serves youth from Grand Rapids. The property is located on 40 acres in Alto, just 25 minutes outside of Grand Rapids. We are looking for volunteers to help us clean the many leaves that have fallen over the fall months. Volunteers will get the chance to help clear leaves, clean, and paint. A warm lunch will be served at 12:30pm. Bring rakes (if you have them) work gloves, and leaf blowers. If interested, please RSVP to Amanda Alters at 616-233-9370 ext.106 or amanda@campomalley.org Posted 9/11/14 

West Michigan Bridal Association ~ October Bridal Show
October 25th-26th, 8:00am-6:00pm (Shifts Vary)

Interested in gaining event experience? The West Michigan Wedding Association is looking for volunteers for the Oct. 25th & 26th Bridal Show! You'll gain wonderful experience, have the opportunity to get your foot in the door with some of the best vendors in the wedding industry, and there is even potential for you to become a WMWA intern in the future! Voluntters can be expected to assist in setting up, registration, helping vendors, and more! For more information contact Alexanderia Steiner at steinera@mail.gvsu.edu or 616-717-2560. Posted 10/10/2014

Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics ~ Halloween Invitational Swim Meet
October 25th-26th, Shifts Available (8:30am-1:00pm, 1:30pm-6:00pm)
Join in the festive fun and help out at this two day swim invitational! Volunteer positions for Timers are available at the MLA hosted swim meet at the Holland Community Aquatic Center.  No prior experience timing is required as volunteers will recieve all training on site, promptly at the start time of each shift.  To register, click here.  For any questions, please email Theresa Asselin at (616) 393-7595 or servicehours@iswimmla.org. Posted 10/6/14 

Binder Park Zoo ~ The Great ZooBoo
October 15-30, 4:30pm-8:30pm (Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays), 12:00pm-5:00pm and 4:30pm-8:30pm

Its that time of year again! Community events like The Great Zoo Boo are perfect for local individuals, businesses and groups to get involved and make a difference in the lives of the thousands of children who walk the one of a kind Trick-or-Treat Trail, go for a hay ride and play fun games at the BooVille Carnival. Not only does the Great Zoo Boo offer an opportunity for families to spend an exciting evening together in a festive and safe environment, it also serves as the largest Zoo fundraiser of the year. The funds raised provide food and care for our animals through the winter months when the Zoo is closed.  The Zoo is closed Mondays and Tuesdays Times: Wednesday-Thursday-Friday: 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm (Gates close at 8:00 pm; volunteers are dismissed when last guest clears the volunteers area) Saturdays and Sundays: 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm First Shift 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm Second Shift (Gates close at 8:00 pm; volunteers are dismissed when last guest clears the volunteers area).  Min Volunteers/ Max Volunteers: 15-35. The number of volunteers needed varies per night; groups may be split up to cover all areas. Please call or email to Chris Tobin at (269) 979-1351 or at ctobin@binderparkzoo.org secure your spot to participate in The Great Zoo Boo 2014! Posted 9/17/14

November 2014

 

South End Community Outreach Ministries ~ Tree Planting 
November 1st, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Join South End Community Outreach Ministries and Friends of Grand Rapids parks to help beautify our city.  Volunteers will help plant shade trees around the Little Steps at SECOM Preschool playground and elsewhere on SECOM's grounds, as well as assist with additional landscaping projects if time allows.  A short training will be provided on site.  No special skills or equipment are required, but volunteers are encouraged to dress for the weather.  For more information, please contact Stefanie Snyder at (616) 452-7684 or development@seccomministries.org.  Posted 10/13/14

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation ~ Junior and Adult Pacers Wheelchair Basketball Tournament
November 8th-9th, 8am-4pm (Shifts Vary)
The Junior and Adult Pacers Wheelchair Basketball Tournament is hosted by the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Wheelchair andAdaptive Sports Department. The Junior and Adult Pacers is a competitive sports program for full- or part-time wheelchair users; most participants have amputations, cerebral palsy, or spina bifida. Volunteers are needed at the East Rockford Middle School to assist in running the silent auction, keep score, work the concession stands, assist with the raffle, and run the clock shots. Volunteers can sign up for shifts: 10am-2:30pm or 2pm-6:30pm. Contact Jordyn Lawton at (989)-494-3853 or at lawtonj@mail.gvsu.eduPosted 9/15/14

United Way ~ Rake A Difference 
November 7th-8th, 8:00am - 12:00pm

Join the United Way as they host this event to support veterans, seniors, and individuals with disabilities or financial hardships with yard cleanup. Volunteers can register individually or as a group and can participate either day. If you or someone you know needs help with raking or if you wish to register for the event, contact Shannon Morton, Director of Volunteerism at United Way, 396-7811 or email smorton@ottawaunitedway.org. Helpers and those needing help will be matched up and will receive their assignments by November 6. Posted 10/21/14

Enroll America ~ Mercy Health Community Walk 
November 8th, 9:00am - 2:00pm

Join Enroll America for a community walk to promote Mercy Health services directly to the community. Volunteers will walk in target neighborhoods leaving literature detailing assistance programs for obtaining health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. For more information contact Callie Melton at 616-443-4744 or cmelton@enrollamerica.orgPosted 11/4/14

Literacy Center of West Michigan ~ Family Activity Night
November 11th 5:45pm-8:00pm
The Family Literacy Program provides a free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to parents whose children attend participating Grand Rapids and Godwin Heights Public Schools. Volunteers will be needed to provide parents and children the best service in order to raise successful readers and learners! Volunteers can expect to help with sign in, prepare serve dinner, oversee and participate in activities, and prepare literacy materials. For more information contact Lauren Davis at ldavis@literacycenterwm.org or at 616-459-5151. Posted 10/9/2014

Gilda's Club ~ Glida's LaughFest
November 11th-13th 2:00pm-5:00pm
Help us spread the word that ticket packages are on sale!  We need people to help distribute ticket package brochures, yellow smiles, and (for specific businesses) swag bags.  You'll be helping us spread smiles across West Michigan!  Volunteers will pick up materials at Gilda's Club and deliver them throughout the Grand Rapids area!  A vehicle to transport volunteers would be helpful.  Contact Annete Nepomuceno at (616)453-8300 or at anepomuceno@laughfestgr.org.  Posted 9/29/14

Holland Green Team ~ America Recycles Day
November 15th 9:00am-1:00pm (Shifts Vary)
The Holland Green Team is a collaboration between Grand Valley State University, Meijer Campus in Holland MI & Chef Container / Westshore Recycling with the purpose of delivering information to the residents of Western Michigan about recycling clothes, electronics, and pharmaceuticals! This event will need between 6 and 8 volunteers to help direct traffic and assist with sorting materials. T-shirts will be provided! For more information contact Kellie Pnacek-Carter at pnacek-k@gvsu.eduPosted 10/24/2014

All Hands Volunteers ~ Project Detroit Flood Response 
November 29th 8:00am-4:30pm 

AHV's initial efforts have focused on helping the State of Michigan organize a central Recovery Coordination Center and establish one main database for flood assistance requests across southeast Michigan. Now, they are ramping up their traditional response, putting volunteers into the field to help owners salvage belongings, gut out damaged basements, and whatever else can be done to help get these communities back on their feet. Volunteers can be expected to be gutting, mucking, and sanitizing basements destroyed by flood water, and have fun!  For more information contact Annelie Marcilese at ProjectDetroit@hands.org or at 586-200-7958. Posted 11/10/2014

GVSU University Development ~ Toast with T. Haas
December 1st 5:30pm-8:30pm
Toast with T. Haas is an event held each semester in the Eberhard Center for graduating students to celebrate and take pictures. Volunteer duties include running check-in, greeting guests, passing out commemorative champagne flutes, and coat check - with a few things in between. While volunteers are welcome to work the full 3 hour time slot, shifts have been made as well. Sign up by contacting Liz Collver at 616-331-5626 or collverl@gvsu.edu. Posted 10/28/2014

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