Welcome to our volunteer column sponsored by Grand Rapids Community Foundation. Discover which volunteer position best describes you. Pick a cause and react voluntarily.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteers are needed to advocate for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. Volunteers are screened, trained, and assigned to one family of children while they are wards of the Family Court system. The volunteer’s role is to investigate, facilitate, advocate, monitor, and report to the court. Attend the next informational meeting on June 28 at 12:00 p.m.
Opportunities: Child advocate
Sign up: contact Jen at (616) 632-5311 or Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org
The Over (The Edge) Achiever
Over the Edge, an organization that helps participants raise donations for non-profits in exchange for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rappel Over the Edge of a local high-rise building is in need of volunteers for their upcoming event in Grand Rapids. Funds raised at this event will benefit Easter Seals Michigan.
Opportunity: Rope volunteer, check in assistance
Sign up: www.overtheedgewestmi.com/volunteer.cfm
The Clothing Consultant
Are you a business fashionista? Serve as a personal shopper to women visiting the Women’s Resource Center Clothing Closet. Help select business attire for their job search, as well as manage the clothing inventory.
Opportunity: Clothing consultant
Sign up: www.grwrc.org/Supporters/Volunteers/VolunteerOpportunities.aspx
The New Neighbor
Help a refugee family feel at home in the U.S. by volunteering for the New Neighbor Program through Bethany Christian Services. Volunteers in this program provide friendship and advice and serve as a cultural bridge for adult refugees who are dealing with questions of how to live in the U.S.
Opportunity: New neighbor volunteer
Sign up: www.bethany.org/other-services/refugee-services/resettlement
The Family Fun Facilitator
Looking to get more involved in the Boys and Girls Club community? As a Family Night Volunteer, you can assist staff with preparation, implementation, and cleanup of the Family Night Events held on the last Wednesday of every month.
Opportunity: Event assistance
Sign up: www.bgcgrandrapids.org/volunteer
The Watershed Wonder
Do you enjoy hanging out with kids in the great outdoors? West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) needs your help. Teach for the Watershed (T4W) is building the next generation of Great Lakes Advocates through watershed education. The program is an interactive watershed education program based on Michigan Science Curriculum Standards. Get involved today!
Sign up: www.wmeac.org/volunteer