Event Specific Volunteer Opportunities

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

November 2015

Ready for School - Zeeland Magical Christmas Parade

Monday, November 30, 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Come and join the Ready For School team, who will be walking in the parade!  Volunteers will arrive downtown Zeeland and dress up in our cool elf costumes (provided).  Once dressed up, volunteers will walk and pass out candy to the children along the parade route.  Please sign up to volunteer by November 29th.  For further information, contact Vanessa Gutierrez at vgutierrez@readyforschool.org or at (616) 834-0515.  Posted 11/20/15.

December 2015

Grand Rapids Junior Chamber (Jaycees) - Holiday Shopping Tour

Tuesday, December 1st 4:15 PM - 8:00 PM

The 59th annual Holiday Shopping Tour the Grand Rapid's Jaycees partner with local agencies and bring children to Cascade Meijer to shop for their families at Christmas. Children first shop with a volunteer, then go to the party room while their gift are being wrapped, to enjoy holiday festivities.

Volunteers needed for:
Shoppers - adults shop one-on-one with a child, they are given a list of suggested items for family members with a budget to spend. 
Wrapping room - wrap gifts for children to take home
Party room - monitor children in party room and activities (movies, coloring, games, etc.)
Runners - bring gifts from wrapping room to the party room

Sign up here, or for more information email Marybeth Schafer at mbsjaycee@gmail.com, or call 586-295-2453. Posted 10/14/2015.

Ready For School - Holland Parade of Lights

Tuesday, December 1, 2015; 6:00-8:00 pm

Come and join the Ready For School team! We will be walking with our banner in the Holland Parade of Lights. Volunteers will arrive in downtown Holland dressed up in our cool elf costumes (provided). Be able to walk and pass out candy to the children along the parade route. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Vanessa Gutierrez at 616-834-0515 or vgutierrez@readyforschool.org. Posted 11/18/2015.

Holiday Shop Hop 2015 Volunteer Call!

December 3 - 4pm - 6pm, December 3 - 6pm - 8pm, December 3 - 8pm - 10pm

Uptown Grand Rapids is proud to bring the Holiday Shop Hop to Eastown once again this year! But we need your help to make this a great event. We need volunteers to meet and greet at trolley stops throughout the Uptown area, in two or three hour shifts, and pass out maps to businesses. So please email us today to reserve a spot and help make our neighborhood holidays great! To volunteer or for more info, email Eastown Community Association info@eastown.org.

Holland Museum - Sinterklaas

Friday, December 4th 5:30 - 9:00 PM

The Holland Museum is celebrating the tradition of Sinterklaas this year with crafts and games, a processional through downtown Holland, and a meet-and-greet with Sinterklaas at the Holland Museum! The event starts with crafts at the Civic Center at 5:30PM, with the processional taking place at 7:00. Sinterklaas will greet the public at 7:30 in Centennial Park, and will then move into the Holland Museum for a meet-and-greet opportunity!  We are looking for volunteers to help in a couple different areas:
-Crafts and Games: We will have crafts and games available for kids before the parade. This will begin at 5:30PM at the Civic Center in Holland and will last until about 6:45PM. We are looking for volunteers to assist the kids in making the crafts and playing the games.
-Processional: The processional will begin at 7:00PM at the Civic Center and make its way through downtown Holland, ending at Centennial Park. We are looking for 6 volunteers to dress in piet (traditional Sinterklaas helpers) costumes, which we will provide, and hand out candy during the processional.
-Meet and Greet with Sinterklaas: We will be holding a meet and greet with Sinterklaas at the Holland Museum to begin at around 7:45/8:00PM. We are looking for a couple volunteers to assist in handing out hot chocolate and cookies and make sure that the line is moving smoothly.
Volunteers are welcome to sign up for all or any part of this event! It will run from about 5:30PM - 9:00PM. This is a great way to get service hours, as well as start the Christmas celebrations a little bit early!  The deadline to register is November 25.  We would love it if a group of students would be interested in helping out together. This is a great event for any groups or organizations that require service hours.  For further information please contact Rachel Syens at rsyens@hollandmuseum.org or at (616) 796-3324.  Posted 11/13/15.

Volunteer at UICA's Holiday Artists' Market

Friday, December 4, 2015 - UICA Member Preview: 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Public Welcome: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Saturday, December 5, 2015 - Public Welcome: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Calling all helpers! Join us for our annual Holiday Artists' Market! Volunteer positions: Greeters & Way-finders, Gift Wrapping Station, Floating Booth Assistant, and Holiday Artists' Market Mascot. Admission and parking are both FREE at this two-day event. Want to know more? Learn about the event on our website. Also, for more info contact Katherine Williams, katherinew@uica.orgPublished 11/19.

UICA 27th Annual Holiday Artists' Market

Friday, December 4th 5:30PM - 9:00PM & Saturday, December 5th, 10:00AM - 7:00 PM

UICA'S HOLIDAY ARTISTS' MARKET IS BACK!  This free public event invites guests to shop for beautifully crafted gifts and goods from dozens of regional artists, including jewelry, home goods, fine art, holiday cards, accessories, and toys. Enjoy live music and local food and beverage vendors while you shop for incredible handmade gifts for your friends and family. Support regional artists by shopping locally this holiday season.  Admission and parking are both FREE at this two-day event.  This year the UICA Holiday Artists' Market is at the Steelcase Town Hall so we can bring you even more artists, more room to stroll, and more all-around holiday goodness.
Click here to sign up for volunteer shifts!  Volunteer descriptions are listed below:
Greeters will be stationed at the front doors of Steelcase Town Hall. Greeters will welcome our guests to the Holiday Artists' Market, answer any questions the visitor might have and move the visitors in the direction of the Market, Café, and Restrooms and encourage guest to participate in our photo booth. This position will also assist guests with navigating through the space and finding specific vendors, gift wrapping, restrooms, and more.
Gift Wrapping Station:
Volunteers will assist guests with gift wrapping. All proceeds from this booth will go to support ArtWorks, UICA's program for teens.
Floating Booth Assistant:
Individual volunteers will make rounds to each of the artists' booths, checking in on their sales, offering short breaks for the artists, and assisting with any other needs. Booth Assistants are not responsible or permitted to make sales while artists are taking a break.
Holiday Artists' Market Mascot:
These volunteers will dress up in festive attire to excite guests and ignite the holiday spirit! 

For further information, please contact Katherine Williams, at katherinew@uica.org or at (616) 454-7000.

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital - 4 Week Adaptive Fencing Series

Fridays, 12/4, 12/11, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is putting on a 4-Week Adaptive Fencing clinic, where those with disabilities can be instructed in the sport of Fencing.  Volunteers are needed as extra hands with participants, to assist with Fencing gear, and to help with cueing instruction from the clinic leader.  The class is on Fridays on the following dates - 11/20, 12/4, 12/11 and runs from 6 - 8pm on the 2nd floor of the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.  Deadline to volunteer is November 1st so sign up today, especially if you are interested in assisting people with a disability!  Contact Mike Burkhart for further information at (616) 840-8538 or michael.burkhart@maryfreebed.com.  Posted 10/15/15.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5K for Arthritis

Saturday, December 5th 6:30 AM - 11:30 AM

We are looking for volunteers to help with our 2015 Grand Rapids Jingle Bell Run/Walk. Grab your Santa hat and spend the day with fellow Arthritis Foundation supporters for a fun, festive 5K run/walk event. Volunteer jobs range from course marshals, water stop volunteers, registration volunteers, set up, clean up and many more. If interested, please contact Sue Arend at sarend@arthritis.org or 616-954-7649, or connect on FacebookPosted 10/26/2015.

Literacy Center of West Michigan - Family Activity Night "Help Bring Literacy Home"

Several Separate Events: Tuesday - December 8, Monday - December 14, Thursday - December 17 (all these events from 5:45PM - 8PM)

Also: Friday - December 18 (all these events from 4:30PM-7PM)

The Family Literacy Program provides FREE English language classes to parents whose children attend participating Grand Rapids and Godwin Heights Public Schools. Parents attend classes at their child’s school twice a week. In addition parents and their children are invited to monthly Family Activity Nights. These events target specific literacy skills that support parents in raising strong successful readers. Family Activity Night is all about literacy, but it's also about community--we eat together, learn together, and have fun doing it! Volunteers will be involved in all aspects of Family Activity Night; set up, tear down, distribution of materials, interacting with families, and the food and fun! For more information, please contact Claira Freeman at cfreeman@literacycenterwm.org or 616-459-5151 ext 14. Posted 10/22/2015. 

Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan - Holiday Toy Party

Thursday, December 10 5:30PM - 8:15PM 

Art Van Furniture on 28th St. hosts a dinner and craft night for patient families to join together from Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan. Santa is present and the families eat and do crafts and pick up toys donated by CLF.  Volunteers are needed to assist patient families with crafts, helping with pictures with Santa, general interaction with families and possible assistance in carrying gifts to cars.  For more information please contact Jennifer Bareno at jbareno@leukemiamichigan.org or at (616) 885-1830.

May 2016

Heritage Hill Association - Heritage Hill Weekend Tour of Homes

May 21 and 22, 2016; 11am - 5pm

Heritage Hill is hosting a tour of one of the country's largest urban historic districts in its spring bloom on May 21 and 22, 2016. The 47th annual Heritage Hill Tour opens doors to 8 private houses and 2 historic buildings. An array of architecture, colors, decorating styles, and great urban gardens await you. Tour hours are 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday; noon to 6 pm on Sunday. Volunteers will be providing scripted information for a specific room and general guiding of tourists through an assigned house. 3.5 hour shifts are available Saturday and Sunday. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Jan Earl at 616-459-8950 or at heritage@heritagehillweb.org. Posted 11/18/2015.

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

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