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!


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The Organizador de Fiestas

The Hispanic Festival, held September 11-13 at Calder Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids, is the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan’s premier annual celebration of the rich heritage of the community. Volunteers are needed to assist in making the 2015 Hispanic Festival the most vibrant and celebratory yet.
Opportunity: Information tent, beer tent, ticket sales, entertainment help, set-up and tear-down
Sign Up: www.hispanic-center.org/hispanic-festival/

The Prized Volunteer

ArtPrize 2015 is right around the corner! Did you know ArtPrize relies on over 1,000 volunteers each year to make the event happen? There are so many ways to get involved.
Opportunity: HUB hospitality, voter registration, wayfinders, education programs
Sign Up: www.artprize.org/for-volunteers/details#volunteers-volunteer-opportunities

The Packer, The Gleaner and The Clerk

Feeding America provides food to 492,100 people in need each year. To do that, they rely on volunteers like you who decide they want to take part in the effort to solve hunger in West Michigan.
Opportunity: Prepacking and sorting food in the warehouse, gleaning in the fields, clerical work
Sign Up: www.feedingamericawestmichigan.org/volunteer/

The Mentor

Women’s Resource Center is looking for volunteers for its New Beginnings program, which provides mentoring services to women at Kent County Jail. This program offers employability assessments coupled with individual employment development plans, life skills workshops, job placement, and retention assistance among many other services critical to successful community reentry.
Opportunity: New beginnings mentor
Sign Up: Call the New Beginnings program directly at (616) 458-5443.

The Event Expert

Would you like to volunteer, but cannot commit more than a few days per year? Do you enjoy creating a lasting experience? What about having fun and making kids smile? Become an event specialist at the Grand Rapids Public Museum!
Opportunity: Event specialist
Sign Up: www.grpm.org/volunteers-18

The Committee Devotee

GROW is seeking a volunteer with business law experience for a two-year commitment on its Loan Review Committee. Members of the Loan Review Committee perform a valuable and difficult job, balancing the promise of job creating against the viability of companies that many not be entirely credit worthy.
Opportunity: Loan reviewer
Sign Up: Contact Jamaal Ewig at (616) 458-3404

The Reading Rainbow

SLD Read has been making reading possible since 1974. When you get involved with SLD Read, you make reading possible too.
Opportunity: Child or adult tutor, office support, event assistant
Sign Up: Contact Amy at abarto@sldRead.org or call (616) 361-1182


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