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!


Volunteer Opportunities:

The Thespian

From the actors on stage and the crew working behind the scenes to the costume sewers, set builders, technicians, event planners, and even the Board of Directors—everywhere you look at Circle Theatre, you find committed volunteers.
Take action: Sign up at www.circletheatre.org/GetInvolved.html.

The Bebopper

Have fun and get a free GRandJazzFest t-shirt and plenty of cold bottled water, all while enjoying West Michigan’s awesome jazz festival. Volunteers are needed to help at the merchandise tent, set up and others duties.
Take action: Register at www.grandjazzfest.org/volunteers.

The Scholarly Sidekick

Work alongside an adult learner in our community as they improve their reading, writing, and English language skills. Start out by attending a volunteer tutor orientation this month at The Literacy Center during a time and date that works best for you.
Take action: Visit www.literacycenterwm.org/volunteer.

The GRAMbassador

The position of Guest Services volunteer at the Grand Rapids Art Museum is well suited for friendly, welcoming personalities. You’ll be maintaining a presence while greeting and assisting guests and helping to enrich their gallery experience. Training provided.
Take action: Apply at www.artmuseumgr.org/support/volunteer.

The Teenage Guide

Volunteer opportunities to engage with visitors and share knowledge with crowds of people are available for 12-15 years olds at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.
Take action: Apply at www.grpm.org/volunteers-12-15-years-old.

The Advocate

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteers are needed to advocate for children removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. CASA screens, trains, and assigns volunteers 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.
Take action: Contact Jen at (616) 632-5311 or Jennifer.webb@kentcountymi.gov.

The Handy Helper

Pitch in to help seniors who do not have the support systems or resources to accomplish minor home repairs. Senior Neighbors welcomes your suggestions for ideas that utilize your specific skills.
Take action: Call (616) 233-0745 or visit www.seniorneighbors.org/volunteer.

The Docent

Docents are trained volunteers enthusiastic about helping visitors engage with UICA and the artwork in the galleries. The collaboration between docents, education, and curatorial staff provide for dynamic and welcoming experiences for visitors and tours.
Take action: Learn more by contacting Katherine Williams at katherinew@uica.org or (616) 454 7000 x27.

The Urban Farmer

From planting to harvest, weeding to watering, many hands are needed to grow the food that comprises 25 percent of the food that comes to the table at Wellhouse.
Take action: Call (616) 245-3910 or contact@wellhousegr.org

The Art Sherpa

There are plenty of ways for you to be right dab in the middle of the ArtPrize excitement. Join the nearly 1,000 annual volunteers that welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to our city. Volunteers are needed in leadership positions, hospitality, events and educational programs.
Take action: Visit www.artprize.org/for-volunteers/details.




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