Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

On behalf of the Alumni Association and the Community Service Learning Center, there are several (over 50) volunteer opportunities that are open to faculty, staff, students and alumni. This is all happening during the week of March 21-26 and we have titled it "Community Outreach Week". To view and sign up to volunteer please go to www.gvsu.edu/cow

Please take this opportunity to get involved in the community and volunteer with other fellow Lakers!


Schools of Hope represents the Heart of West Michigan United Ways Literacy Strategy to close the reading achievement gap between 3rd grade students in Grand Rapids Public Schools and in Kent County's high scoring districts.

Be a volunteer and sign up as a reading tutor. The commitment is only 30 minutes per week. With supervisor approval, no vacation or personal time will be lost to participate. Each first time tutor is required to undergo one two hour training program. To register, visit www.gvsu.edu/sprout. For more information contact Sue Sloop at sloops@gvsu.edu.

**Tutors Still Needed** Schools of Hope is seeking to recruit 750 tutors to work on reading with 1st-3rd grade students. Tutors are especially needed for the newest districts: Cedar Springs, Godfrey Lee and Godwin Heights.

For more information please visit www.hwmuw.org

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Heart of West Michigan United Way Volunteer Center

There is nothing inherently new about volunteers donating professional expertise, but in the past year a variety of summits and action campaigns have examined the potential of intentionally and strategically applying business talents to the nonprofit world. Skilled or skills-based volunteering is the practice of using work-related knowledge and expertise in a volunteer opportunity. In other words, skills normally used to generate income are provided free of charge to a nonprofit organization.

To learn more about skilled and non-skilled volunteer opportunities in west Michigan, visit the United Way Volunteer Center at http://connect.volunteercentergr.org/

You can also view the Heart of West Michigan's United Way Newsletter to learn you can lend a helping hand:

HandsOn Connect features many opportunities for connecting with projects and programs that serve our littlest community members.

Childcare Center Volunteer - Baxter Community Center

Volunteer Attorney or Business Planning Volunteer - Family Futures

Healthy Homes Volunteer - Healthy Homes Coalition

Or, volunteer at a neighborhood preschool - you'd be a good fit if you can provide ample verbal and cognitive stimulation, are sensitive and responsive, and give children generous amounts of attention and support.

Explore your future through volunteering! Connect and contribute to your community! Help nonprofits build capacity through your energy and expertise!

YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin

YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin is looking for volunteers to work with our Day Camps for Individual with Special Needs. Come spend a week outdoors assisting campers to experience the excitement of summer camp. Campers participate in arts and crafts, archery,nature hikes, swimming, boating, scavenger hunts, and much more.

Our mission at Camp is to "Build Better People" and you can help!

For more information: please call Karin at 888-909-2267, ext. 9224 or by e-mail at kdenman@grymca.org

Help Fill Our Opportunity Calendar

Here at the Volunteer Center, we have a great problem on our hands: there is a consistent need for group volunteer projects.

In a community as civically minded as Grand Rapids, it's no surprise that companies and groups contact us on a regular basis looking for ways to serve.

To help meet the requests for group projects, we're asking all our agency friends to help us fill our HandsOn Connect Opportunity Calendar with one-time projects. It's a great way for you to spread your mission, establish new relationships and recruit on-going volunteers.

Opportunities You'll Fall in Love With:

Fall is the perfect season to gather friends, family and co-workers and contribute time and talent to the community. Here's a few volunteer projects we think you'll love:

Adopt a Family

More than a third of Kent County families do not earn enough money to meet their basic needs, which can make the holiday season very stressful. But there's a way your group can make this holiday a joyful one for families who need a helping hand.For the past 20 years, United Way's 2-1-1 and the Volunteer Center have worked to support families in need through our Adopt-a-Family program. This wonderful holiday tradition brings together businesses, groups and individuals to provide donations of food, clothing and gifts to bring holiday cheer to local families. Learn more and sign your group up today!

Collecting Holiday and Seasonal Opportunities

It's that time of year again! Please post your holiday and seasonal volunteer needs on HandsOnConnect. This is the perfect time of year to engage new volunteers while supporting your holiday programs!

Not registered on our free HandsOn Website? No problem! We'd love to have you join us. Learn more here.