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 Spotlight: Kristin Revere, Volunteer Coordinator at GROW

“Working at GROW is a great way to give back to the community and to people who are starting new businesses. I’m a small business owner, and I used GROW services. They were so helpful to us. I’m all about supporting women in business and making a change as far as entrepreneurship goes. When I sit down with GROW clients and coaches, I am able to learn a lot about different businesses and industries. [The days are] ever-changing; there are so many different roles that I have here. With nonprofits, we wear so many hats, so nothing is ever the same.”

The Gift Wrap Guru

The Girls Choral Academy will be hosting a bookfair and present-wrapping table at Barnes & Noble December 16 to raise money for the organization. All donationsa will go toward traveling expenses for the Academy. Take shifts wrapping gifts for customers as they exit the store with their holiday purchases.

Take Action: Contact the Girls Choral Academy at (616) 361-6111.

The Sleigh Driver

The Santa Claus Girls organization is bringing Christmas joy to the children of Kent County this holiday season and are looking for volunteers to drive the van. Help deliver gifts and winter necessities to children in need.

Take Action: To be a driver, call the driver line at (616) 957-7342 or email the organization at drivers@santaclausgirls.org.

The Wreath Bearer

Help Wreaths Across America honor our service men and women this season. Volunteers are encouraged to place a wreath on a veteran’s grave and take a moment to thank them for their service to our country. This small act goes a long way toward keeping the memory of our veterans alive.

Take Action: Enter your zip code to find a location you would like to help at wreathsacrossamerica.org/get-involved (click the volunteer box). You can also add your local cemetery if it’s not already listed.

The Party Planner

The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum wants to make sure 2017 goes out with a bang. On December 31, GRCM will host a New Years Eve party, which is open to everyone in the community. Help ring in the new year by volunteering at the food station, supervising arts and crafts or setting up games.

Take Action: Contact the GRCM at (616) 235-4726. Must apply by December 22.

The Book Worm

Connect with fellow book lovers at the Afterschool Adventure Book Club at the Creative Youth Center. As a volunteer tutor, you’ll have a chance to develop a one-on-one relationship with a student while encouraging creativity and fine-tuning their reading comprehension skills.

Take Action: Contact Mel Trotter Ministries at (616) 454-8249.

The Spielberg

Once a month, the West Michigan Environmental Action Council screens a new documentary or full length movie that is relevant to environmental and sustainability themes and brings in a professional to speak about it. As a Film Series volunteer, you’ll have a chance to research and identify relevant documentaries, reach out to potential speakers and promote the film on WMEAC social media sites and help run the check in table on the day of the event.

Take Action: Contact WMEAC at volunteer@wmeac.org.

The Listening Ear 

WYCE radio station is looking for open-minded music enthusiasts to review pre-released albums from WYCE’s Music Director. After carefully listening to all of the songs on each album, Music Reviewer volunteers will be asked to mark down any FCC violations as well as compose a brief summary of their overall impressions of the album and highlighted tracks.

Take Action: Contact Cassie at cassie@grcmc.org.



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