Voluntary Re:Action

Welcome to our volunteer column sponsored by Grand Rapids Community Foundation. Discover which volunteer position best describes you. Pick a cause and react voluntarily!


The Big Brother Big Sister

Big Brothers Big Sisters is one of D.A. Blodgett- St. John’s mentoring opportunities. Currently, there are roughly 250 children waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister mentor.
Opportunity: Mentor
Sign Up: www.dabsj.org/what-we-do/mentoring/big-brothers-big-sisters

The Environmentalist

West Michigan Environmental Action Council relies on caring volunteers to carry out it’s mission of leading environmental protection.
Opportunity: Rain barrel prep, catch basin champions, event committee, women and environmental planning committee
Sign Up: www.wmeac.org/volunteer

The Grand Giver

The Grand River Water Festival needs your help to make this year’s event a sustainable success.
Opportunity: Set up, take down, merchandise tent, volunteer station, water station, story tent, parking
Sign Up: www.grandriverwaterfestival.org/volunteer

The Health Buff

Help people learn more about their health. Volunteers are needed to lead Diabetes self-management classes. No experience necessary. Free training provided through Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan. Volunteers must attend four days of training.
Opportunities: Diabetes workshop leader
Signup: Contact Barb at healthyaging@aaawm.org or call (616) 588-2580

The Resume Assistant

Assist women by helping them create a resume that showcases their skills and talents at the Women’s Resource Center. This service is offered on a drop in basis during posted times.
Opportunities: Resume assistant
Sign Up: www.grwrc.org/Supporters/Volunteers/VolunteerOpportunities.aspx

The GED Tutor

Work one on one with students on assigned curriculum, help distribute and put away supplies, and encourage an atmosphere that is respectful and edifying as a GED Tutor at Heartside Ministries.
Opportunity: GED tutor
Sign Up: www.heartside.org/about/volunteer

The Pal of the Park 

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks needs your help to achieve their goal of protecting, enhancing and expanding our community parks and public spaces. Drop in to help out when it works for you to help with photography, office work, or tree mapping!
Opportunity: Photography, office work, tree mapping
Sign Up: www.friendsofgrparks.org/events/volunteer

Lady of Literacy

One in eight adults that you meet in our West Michigan community are struggling with low literacy. There are many ways you can make a difference! The Literacy Center offers a variety of volunteer opportunities including office work, support for Family Activity Nights, and adult tutors.
Opportunity: Office assistant, event assistant, adult tutor
Sign Up: www.literacycenterwm.org/volunteer




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