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ART, HUMANITIES, AND RECREATION


ARTS, CULTURE, & HUMANITIES

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Frederik Meijer Gardens - Tranquility Zone Facilitator

Seeking student intern volunteers to interact with families and school groups, in a structured play environment that introduces Japanese garden elements. Facilitate discovery carts with families in a structured play environment to introduce Kangi, (Japanese character writing), ikebana (flower arranging), tea ceremony elements kimono dressing, insect discovery etc. For more information, please contact Jessica Hart at 616-974-5239 or jhart@meijergardens.org. Posted 8/31/2015

 


SPORTS & RECREATION

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Spartan Stores YMCA - Youth Soccer Coach

Make an Impact, Make a Difference. Soccer Coaches are needed for the Youth Fall Leagues at the Spartan Stores YMCA. The time commitment for a soccer coach is one 1 hour evening practice and a 1 hour game on Saturday mornings beginning the second week of September for seven weeks. Soccer Leagues are available for preschool, kindergarten and 1st/2nd grade. Please contact Carrie Shoemaker at 616-885-5525 or cshoemaker@grymca.org. Volunteer Applications are available online at www.grymca.orgPosted 8/31/2015

Spartan Stores YMCA - Youth Basketball Coach
Make an Impact, Make a Difference. Basketball Coaches are needed for the Youth Fall/Winter Leagues at the Spartan Stores YMCA.The time commitment for a basketball coach is one 1 hour evening practice and a 1 hour game on Saturday mornings beginning the third week of November, break for two weeks at the holidays and resume last week of January through March 19th. Basketball Leagues are available for Kindergarten, 1st/2nd, 3rd/4th, 5th/6th and 7th/8th. Please contact Carrie Shoemaker at 616-885-5525 or cshoemaker@grymca.org. Volunteer Applications are available online at www.grymca.org. Posted 8/31/2015

Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan - Buddy Up Tennis
Buddy Up Tennis is a high energy adaptive tennis and fitness program for children and adults with Down syndrome. Mentor children and young adults as the learn about tennis with 60 minutes of instruction time and 30 minutes of fitness conditioning. Tennis experience is helpful but not necessary. They prefer volunteers that can attend more than one Saturday, as part of this experience is the relationship with the mentor. The volunteer opportunity is at MVP Athletic Club on Saturdays from 1:30-3:00 pm. For more information contact Lacey Charboneau at GrandRapids@BuddyUpTennis.com or 616-956-3488. Posted 2 /17/2015

Pathways MI - Total Trek Quest
Total Trek Quest is a 9 week experiential learning program for boys in 3rd through 5th grades. It combines the physical activity of training for a 5K run with a curriculum that focuses on learning to make goals, building strong social bonds and making healthy choices. The training for the 5k includes strength and stretching exercises along with a program that gradually increases time spent running. The curriculum activities focus primarily on building relationships, setting goals, and making healthy choices. Teams meet after school twice a week for the 9 week season. Teams consist of 5-15 boys with at least 2 adult coaches. Coaches run the TTQ practices after school for 90 minutes. They need to attend one 4 hour coach training session, and may need to attend a CPR training session. For more information contact Vicki Kavanaugh at vkavanaugh@pathwaysmi.org or (616) 396-2301. Updated 1/08/2015

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EDUCATION

ADULT EDUCATION

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Literacy Center of West Michigan - Adult Tutoring Program
The Literacy Center of West Michigan sims to bring about a just and vibrant West Michigan through the power of literacy.  Volunteer tutors are needed in their Adult Tutoring Program to provide two hours of individualized, one-on-one instruction to a learner each week.  The pairs choose where and when they would like to meet based on shared availability.  No prior experience or training is required, simply a desire to share one's passion for literacy, education, and cultural diversity.  Prospective volunteers may attend an orientation sessions to get further information before committing to program.  Please contact Katy Payne at kpayne@literacycenterwm.org or at 616-459-5151 for more information.  Posted 8/19/2015.

Literacy Center of West Michigan ~ Family Activity Night
Family Activity Nights target specific literacy skills parents need to raise strong, successful readers. One of the greatest indicators of a child's future success is the reading level of their parents. Studies have definitively shown that families who read together can help children boost their vocabulary and school performance. Family Activity Night is all about literacy, but it's also about community--we eat together, learn together, and have fun doing it! Your time and effort will help bring literacy home. ***January Family Activity Nights*** "Tuesday, Jan. 20th Harrison Park Elementary "Wednesday, Jan. 21st Buchanan Elementary "Wednesday, Jan. 21st Dickinson Elementary "Thursday, Jan. 22nd Cesar Chavez Elementary "Tuesday, Jan. 27th Sibley Elementary "Tuesday, Jan. 27th Burton Elementary "Wednesday, Jan. 28th West Godwin Elementary. How Volunteers Can help: "5:45pm-6:00pm Set-up: Set up tables, chairs, literacy materials, and prepare food "6:00pm-6:30pm Sign-in and Dinner: Help families sign in; serve food and drinks; enjoy dinner; help clear tables "6:30pm-6:45pm Family Literacy Activity: Distribute literacy materials; oversee and participate in activity with families "6:45pm-7:15pm Literacy Presentation: Prepare literacy materials and activity stations "7:15pm-7:30pm Closing Remarks/Thank You: Collect leftover materials; fill out volunteer experience survey "7:30pm-8:00pm Clean-Up: Help put everything back where we found it. For more information contact Lauren Davis at 616-459-5151 or at ldavis@literacycenterwm.orgUpdated 1 /08/2015

Word~ESL- English Tutors
Tutors are needed to assist teaching English to Second Language Learners. This is one-on-one instruction with one student once a week. Ten students and their tutors meet at the same time each week to enjoy companionship in a welcoming and safe environment. Lots of resources are available and the director is on site for each class. Training will be provided on Wednesday, Sept. 9th at 6:30 pm. Greatest need is for Tuesday and Thursday evening classes. If interested, please contact Sr. Carmen Rostar at scresl@att.netPosted 9/2/2015.

 

CHILDREN & YOUTH EDUCATION

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United Way Schools of Hope- Become a Volunteer Reading Tutor
The Schools of Hope Reading Program pairs students in grades 1-3 that are behind in reading skills with volunteers who work one-on-one with the same student once a week for 30 minutes during the school day. No advance preparation is needed. School Coordinators prepare all materials. Volunteers are required to attend one 2 hour training session. Register for training at www.hwmuw.org/soh. A valid driver's license or other photo I.D. is required to complete the training. Shawmut Hills has a high need for additional volunteers and is located near the GVSU Allendale and downtown campuses (on the Rapid 50 route). Contact Kim Zoller at kzoller@hwmuw.org or at 616-752-8612 for further information. Posted 2/3 /2015.

 


EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

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LITERACY

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Literacy Center of West Michigan ~ Family Activity Night
Family Activity Nights target specific literacy skills parents need to raise strong, successful readers. One of the greatest indicators of a child's future success is the reading level of their parents. Studies have definitively shown that families who read together can help children boost their vocabulary and school performance. Family Activity Night is all about literacy, but it's also about community--we eat together, learn together, and have fun doing it! Your time and effort will help bring literacy home. ***January Family Activity Nights*** "Tuesday, Jan. 20th Harrison Park Elementary "Wednesday, Jan. 21st Buchanan Elementary "Wednesday, Jan. 21st Dickinson Elementary "Thursday, Jan. 22nd Cesar Chavez Elementary "Tuesday, Jan. 27th Sibley Elementary "Tuesday, Jan. 27th Burton Elementary "Wednesday, Jan. 28th West Godwin Elementary. How Volunteers Can help: "5:45pm-6:00pm Set-up: Set up tables, chairs, literacy materials, and prepare food "6:00pm-6:30pm Sign-in and Dinner: Help families sign in; serve food and drinks; enjoy dinner; help clear tables "6:30pm-6:45pm Family Literacy Activity: Distribute literacy materials; oversee and participate in activity with families "6:45pm-7:15pm Literacy Presentation: Prepare literacy materials and activity stations "7:15pm-7:30pm Closing Remarks/Thank You: Collect leftover materials; fill out volunteer experience survey "7:30pm-8:00pm Clean-Up: Help put everything back where we found it. For more information contact Lauren Davis at 616-459-5151 or at ldavis@literacycenterwm.org. Updated 1 /08/2015

 

SCHOOLS

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ENVIRONMENTAL AND WILDLIFE


ANIMAL WELFARE

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Carol's Ferals - Adoption Team Volunteers
Carol's Ferals is a local cat shelter that specializes in TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return). However, some cats cannot be returned to their area due to illness, injury, or unsafe environments. This is where the Adoption Team Volunteers help! Carol's is in need of volunteers everyday for AM (9:00am-11:00am) or PM shifts (6:00pm-8:00pm). The volunteers help with cleaning, brushing, socializing, and playing with all of the cats and kittens in the shelter! For more information contact the shelter at volunteer@carolsferals.orgPosted 2/11/2015


ENVIRONMENTAL WELFARE

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SUSTAINABILITY

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Comprenew - E-Waste and Recycling Opportunities
Comprenew offers a variety of volunteer opportunities to assist staff with e-waste recycling. Volunteer hours are available the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 9am-12pm. Volunteers will de-construct computers and other electronic equipment for recycling. They will use small hand tools. Training will be provided and prior knowledge is not required. For more information on this opportunity, contact Holly Aungst at 616-988-8291 or at haungst@comprenew.orgUpdated 1/16/15

For similar opportunities, see Computers & Technology.

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HEALTH SERVICES

 

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

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The Day Center of Evergreen - Teacher Aide
The Day Center of Evergreen is an important community resource for older adults, and a branch of the senior center, The Commons of Evergreen. We offer outstanding assisted care for older adults each weekday. This care during the day allows people to live in their choice of residence as long as possible, while allowing their caregivers some much deserved respite. Participants engage in meaningful and therapeutic activities that help to meet their social, emotional and physical needs. We depend heavily on volunteers to assist our staff in offering our activities. There is a two hour orientation before starting. We are always able to be flexible, but we find that volunteers and participants have the best experience when volunteers can make a commitment to volunteer regularly. Volunteers help us as teacher aides, keeping games and activities going and helping the participants to join in. Over the lunch hours, volunteers facilitate and serve and then enjoy a complementary meal while socializing with participants. Volunteers can also share their talents by leading activities. Looking for compassionate, responsible individuals. Experience working with older adults and people with dementia or Alzheimer's is a plus. Contact Cori Pierce at (616) 355-5133 or piercec@evergreencommons.org for more details. Posted 1/12/2015.

Heart to Heart Hospice
At Heart to Heart Hospice their mission is to make a difference by providing compassionate care from their heart to enhance the quality of life for those with life limiting illness and their loved ones. We welcome an array of disciplines to join our team including (but not limited to) those seeking degrees in spiritual care, social work, counseling, healthcare, marketing, and administration. Every student is valued! There is a need for volunteers that possess different skills and talents for patient care and administrative/outreach support to our interdisciplinary team. Tasks may include providing comfort care to patients nearing end-of-life, handling administrative work in the office, providing bereavement/emotional support, or providing professional services. Volunteers must complete background clearances, a TB test, and a 3 hour orientation. For more information please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Kate Wert at 616.250.8536 or kwert@htohh.com. Posted 1/08/2015

 

HIV/AIDS

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INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES/MENTAL HEALTH

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Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan - Buddy Up Tennis
Buddy Up Tennis is a high energy adaptive tennis and fitness program for children and adults with Down syndrome. Mentor children and young adults as the learn about tennis with 60 minutes of instruction time and 30 minutes of fitness conditioning. Tennis experience is helpful but not necessary. They prefer volunteers that can attend more than one Saturday, as part of this experience is the relationship with the mentor.The volunteer opportunity is at MVP Athletic Club on Saturdays from 1:30-3:00 pm. For more information contact Lacey Charboneau at GrandRapids@BuddyUpTennis.com or 616-956-3488. Posted 2 /17/2015

Alternative Pathways ~ Home Care
Alternative Pathways is an organization that provides day to day assistance to individuals with disabilities. Currently, they have several homes that are in need of light repair and painting. Volunteers can be expected to assist with painting, replacing smoke detectors, replacing broken door knobs other similar light repairs. Most days are available for assisting them and they would love to have you volunteer with them! For more information contact Jane Griffith at 616-481-7436 or at jgriffithap@gmail.com. Posted 12/3/2014

 


SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION

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HUMAN RIGHTS


LGBT

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DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

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PEACEMAKING & NONVIOLENCE

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HUMAN SERVICES

 

DISASTER & EMERGENCY PREPARATION & SERVICES

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

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FAMILY SERVICES

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Family Futures - General Volunteer
We are in need of volunteers for a range of different tasks. We need people who are willing to commit their time to data entry and also stuffing envelopes and preparing them to be mailed out. We also need people capable of restocking items in the volunteer room that are low. Volunteers hours are available Monday through Friday 8:30am-5:00pm. For more information on this opportunity, please contact Bryana Hopkins at 616-855-5461 or bhopkins@familyfutures.net. Posted 1/16/15.

 


HUNGER

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IMMIGRANT & REFUGEE SERVICES

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Bethany Christian Services - Thrift Store
Volunteers are needed to help at Bethany's Thrift Store! Volunteers are needed to help one or two times a week for 2-4 hours. The thrift store hours are Monday - Friday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Volunteers will help in a variety of roles such as sorting donations, greeting customers, stocking, preparing clothes and organizing merchandise displays. For more information, Kristen Kremer at kkremer@bethany.org or 616-224-7470. Updated 1/16/15

Bethany Christian Services - Refugee Tutoring Group
Tutors are needed to help Refugee teenagers with homework as well as their English language in an after school tutoring group. The tutoring group is at Bethany's 901 Eastern Ave NE campus on Wednesdays from 3-4:30pm. Tutoring will start for this semester on January 21st and will meet every Wednesday. Tutors are especially needed to help with Algebra, Biology and Chemistry. For more information, Kristen Kremer at kkremer@bethany.org or 616-224-7470. Updated 1/16/15

 

MILITARY & VETERAN SERVICES

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POVERTY & HOMELESSNESS

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SENIOR SERVICES

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WOMEN'S SERVICES

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YOUTH & CHILDREN SERVICES

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OTHER


COMPUTER & TECHNOLOGY

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PUBLIC AND SOCIETAL BENEFIT


CIVIC AND COMMUNITY

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE

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GOVERNMENT

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PUBLIC & LEGAL SERVICES

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

You can check for additional Volunteer Opportunities at these sites:

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

 

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