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  • The "Y's" in need for You! We have a date night once a month on the 3rd friday night of every month. If you like doing crafts, swimming, watching movies and playing games.We are looking for people who could work out membership desk. We need you to greet our members, scan in cards and answer phonesContact for more information: Toni SzczepanskiVolunteer and Community Outreach CoordinatorWolverine World Wide Family YMCA6555 Jupiter Ave. Belmont, MI. 49306616.855.1451 direct 616.855.0180 fax I  grymca.org 
    Posted Jan 26, 2012, 10:49 AM by Caren Brown
  • Grace for Goodwill Store Volunteer: We always have opportunities at our various retail locations, sorting donations and keeping things organized on the floor.  Our recycling center in Grandville could use volunteers interested in identifying commodity types and taking apart goods and separating them (for example, metals are separated and sold by the ounce on the commodities market).  Additionally, we have opportunities in our programs. Clothing Volunteer: We have volunteer opportunities for those seeking to work directly with our program participants in our clothing room at our 455 Grand Avenue location.  This would involve helping participants select clothing that fits and is professional (many do not know what it means to dress professionally).  Mock Interview Facilitator: Another opportunity we have is a mock interview ...
    Posted Jan 26, 2012, 10:31 AM by Caren Brown
  • Opportunities at Museum Facilitator Volunteers:Friendly, outgoing volunteers are needed to help facilitate programs specifically related to FACING MARS temporary exhibit.  Volunteers will need to be able to assist patrons of all ages with activities in the exhibit, demonstrating various components, directing patrons, and answering questions.  Weekday and weekend shifts of 3 hours are available and one shift per week is required.Exhibit Interpreters:Interact with guests, explaining the exhibits and making them come alive.  Event Specialists: Greet and direct guests, assist with crafts and activities, and help Museum staff as needed. Weekend and evening shifts vary in time. Possible events include: Ethnic Heritage Festival, the July 4th Front Row for the Fireworks, Snowflake Break and Night at Your Museum, along with scout ...
    Posted Jan 26, 2012, 10:15 AM by Caren Brown
  • Outdoor Walking Opportunity Trail Patrol VolunteerDo you have a concern that the walking trails are well-maintained and safe. Are you willing to put in a little time as a trail volunteer. Then please sign-up as a member of the trail patrol program. Patrol members act as friends on the trail and are asked to report, not enforce any issues or problems they see on the trail.Interested persons are required to fill out an application and undergo a background check. They must also attend training.This opportunity is sponsored by: Kentwood Police DepartmentWe need volunteers who are free at these times Evenings, Weekends, Occasional, Weekly, WeekdaysContact Person:Leslie Montgomery, Volunteer Coordinator, (616) 656-6571
    Posted Dec 6, 2011, 9:08 AM by Caren Brown
  • Ronald McDonald- Housewarmers House Warmers are primarily responsible for ensuring a clean and comfortable environment for our guests. They are expected to interact with guest families in a warm and friendly manner and to refer guests with concerns to the appropriate staff member.Must complete an House orientation. All Housewarmers should be able to complete the following tasks:I am comfortable unloading and loading a dishwasher I am comfortable handling food I am comfortable performing light housekeeping tasks (vacuuming, dusting, moping) I am comfortable making a bed I am physically able to be on my feet for long periods of time I am physically able to lift up to 10 pounds I enjoy interacting with guests and look forward to hearing their stories ...
    Posted Dec 6, 2011, 8:53 AM by Caren Brown
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The "Y's" in need for You!

posted Jan 26, 2012, 10:49 AM by Caren Brown

We have a date night once a month on the 3rd friday night of every month. If you like doing crafts, swimming, watching movies and playing games.

We are looking for people who could work out membership desk. We need you to greet our members, scan in cards and answer phones

Contact for more information: 

new logo blue purple.jpgToni Szczepanski

Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator

Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA

6555 Jupiter Ave. Belmont, MI. 49306

616.855.1451 direct 616.855.0180 fax I  grymca.org

 

Grace for Goodwill

posted Jan 26, 2012, 10:31 AM by Caren Brown

Store Volunteer: We always have opportunities at our various retail locations, sorting donations and keeping things organized on the floor.  
Our recycling center in Grandville could use volunteers interested in identifying commodity types and taking apart goods and separating them 
(for example, metals are separated and sold by the ounce on the commodities market).  Additionally, we have opportunities in our programs. 

Clothing Volunteer: We have volunteer opportunities for those seeking to work directly with our program participants in our clothing room at our 
455 Grand Avenue location.  This would involve helping participants select clothing that fits and is professional (many do not know what it 
means to dress professionally).  

Mock Interview Facilitator: Another opportunity we have is a mock interview facilitator.  These volunteers conduct practice interviews 
with participants (all of our participants are required to go through multiple mock interviews) and provide them with constructive feedback 
as well as help with their resume and cover letter.  

Youth Program: Additionally we have opportunities for volunteers to share their stories (especially if
 they had to overcome any sort of adversity) with participants in our youth program.  Even practical advice such as how to apply for college, 
how to open a checking account, how to borrow money wisely (etc.) is helpful for these participants.

Mission for volunteers: Our main mission at Goodwill is Workforce Development and the stores help to fund out overarching goal of helping individuals obtain gainful
employment. 

Contact For More Information:

Tim Parker

Volunteer Coordinator/AmeriCorps Member

Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids Inc.

455 Grand Ave NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Office 616.451.8800 Ext.1244

Opportunities at Museum

posted Jan 26, 2012, 10:09 AM by Caren Brown   [ updated Jan 26, 2012, 10:15 AM ]

Facilitator Volunteers:
Friendly, outgoing volunteers are needed to help facilitate programs specifically related to FACING MARS temporary exhibit.  Volunteers will need to be able to assist patrons of all ages with activities in the exhibit, demonstrating various components, directing patrons, and answering questions.  
Weekday and weekend shifts of 3 hours are available and one shift per week is required.

Exhibit Interpreters:
Interact with guests, explaining the exhibits and making them come alive.  

Event Specialists: 
Greet and direct guests, assist with crafts and activities, and help Museum staff as needed. Weekend and evening shifts vary in time. Possible events include: Ethnic Heritage Festival, the July 4th Front Row for the Fireworks, Snowflake Break and Night at Your Museum, along with scout programs, summer camps and Art Prize.  

Guide Volunteers:
Work directly with students, present educational programs based upon the Museum’s permanent exhibits.  Many include “hands on” activities and all meet State of Michigan educational requirements.  Shifts are available weekday mornings and early afternoons.  Times and days vary according to teacher requests.  These positions provide an excellent opportunity to contribute to the education of children.


Call (616) 456-3977 and ask for the Volunteer Office for more information.

Outdoor Walking Opportunity

posted Dec 6, 2011, 9:08 AM by Caren Brown

Trail Patrol Volunteer
Do you have a concern that the walking trails are well-maintained and safe. Are you willing to put in a little time as a trail volunteer. Then please sign-up as a member of the trail patrol program. Patrol members act as friends on the trail and are asked to report, not enforce any issues or problems they see on the trail.

Interested persons are required to fill out an application and undergo a background check. They must also attend training.
This opportunity is sponsored by: Kentwood Police Department

We need volunteers who are free at these times
Evenings, Weekends, Occasional, Weekly, Weekdays

Contact Person:
Leslie Montgomery, Volunteer Coordinator, (616) 656-6571

Ronald McDonald- Housewarmers

posted Dec 6, 2011, 8:53 AM by Caren Brown


House Warmers are primarily responsible for ensuring a clean and comfortable environment for our guests. 
They are expected to interact with guest families in a warm and friendly manner and to refer guests with concerns to the appropriate staff member.

Must complete an House orientation. All Housewarmers should be able to complete the following tasks:
I am comfortable unloading and loading a dishwasher 
I am comfortable handling food 
I am comfortable performing light housekeeping tasks (vacuuming, dusting, moping) 
I am comfortable making a bed 
I am physically able to be on my feet for long periods of time 
I am physically able to lift up to 10 pounds 
I enjoy interacting with guests and look forward to hearing their stories 
I would be willing to give guest tours and show them the House 
I am comfortable folding laundry and would be willing to do multiple loads 
I am willing to restock a pantry and clean out a refrigerator 
I am willing to help with whatever house cleaning/organizing task that is asked of me 
 
We need volunteers who are free at these times
Weekdays & Weekends

Contact Person:
Megan Priester, Volunteer Manager, (616) 776-1300 ext. 5731

Volunteer Opportunity with Hospice for Healthcare Students

posted Dec 6, 2011, 8:31 AM by Caren Brown   [ updated Dec 6, 2011, 8:31 AM ]

We have a great new opportunity here at Spectrum Health Hospice that may very well interest you. One of the primary goals of our care team is to ensure that our patients and families are supported and comfortable 24/7. We want our patients and families to be confident that we are anticipating their every need and have a watchful eye out for them. To provide this reassurance for patients and their caregivers, we are beginning our volunteer Tuck In Program.

The main focus is to ensure that each patient is indeed “tucked in” for the weekend and have everything they need. We are proud to have wonderful staff available during the night and on weekends to meet any unanticipated needs in a timely manner; however, our goal is always to prevent crisis and assure our families that we will do everything we can to avoid any urgent situation. Our Tuck In volunteers can help us touch base with every single patient we serve to assure them that we are there for them, working deliberately to ensure their comfort.

We are currently actively recruiting health care and social work students that might be interested in participating.  
Our winter volunteer training session consisting of five consecutive sessions that will be held Tuesdays from 9:00am to noon on January 31, February 7, 14, 21 and 28 at Spectrum Health Hospice office, 4500 Breton Rd, Kentwood, MI 49508 to prepare the volunteers to work in the program.

For more information, please contact Marcia Good or Yvonne Elliot at 616.391.4240 or email at hospice.volunteers@spectrumhealth.org.

YMCA-Great Opportunities for Professional Development

posted Dec 6, 2011, 7:54 AM by Caren Brown   [ updated Dec 6, 2011, 8:01 AM ]

Kid Zone:
Date Night volunteer  December 16th  6:00 pm-10:00pm
    Duties include: playing with kids ages 12 weeks to 12 years old; may include swimming, doing crafts
Parents Morning Out: December 23  8:45a-12:45p
    Duties include: playing with kids ages 12 weeks to 10 years old
Kid zone volunteers: December 7th from 5-7pm. 
    Duties include: playing with kids ages 12 weeks to 10 years old

Membership Desk Assistant: 
Monday, Wed-Fri in the am 9-11 am; Tues, Thurs, Fri pm 5-8 pm; Saturday and Sunday
    Duties include: scanning membership cards; giving simple building directions; assisting member service desk staff

Maintenance Assistant:
Monday-Friday during the day; Saturday and Sunday
    Duties include: laundry, light cleaning

Contact Information:
Toni Szczepanski
Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator
Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA
6555 Jupiter Ave. Belmont, MI. 49306
616.855.1451 direct I 616.855.0180 fax I  grymca.org

 


Volunteers needed for hospice care!

posted Jul 5, 2011, 7:49 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Aug 30, 2011, 10:33 AM ]

You can make a difference in a patient’s life in one hour per week. Spectrum health is currently seeking volunteers to make regular visits to the Hospice Care Center in Kentwood, MI.  Volunteers play a vital role in supporting the patient by providing, such services as:
  • Friendly visits
  • Caregiver assistance
  • Music (Musicians and vocalists are highly needed)
  • Life story review
  • Haircuts/styles and much more
The Spectrum Health Hospice Fall volunteer training session will be held for 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6pm – 9pm at:
Rockford Reformed Church
4890 Eleven Mile Road
Rockford, MI 49341

The dates for the trainings are September 27, October 4, 11, 18 and 25.
In the event the summer training session is not going to work with your schedule; please note that we are planning our fall training session to be held on Tuesday evenings in late September thru October in the Rockford area.

For more information or application materials, please contact Yvonne Elliott at 616-391-4240 or via email Yvonne.elliott@spectrumhealth.org.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters seek mentors

posted May 16, 2011, 8:12 AM by Unknown user

Are you in the Grand Rapids area this summer and looking for a fantastic opportunity? Please consider being a mentor to a child with an incarcerated parent. The Big Brothers Big Sisters Amachi Program will provide you with an opportunity to gain experience working with a child and also give you a new friend! The commitment is 1-3 hours per week, doing child-friendly activities. Some activity ideas could include going to the zoo, baking cookies, picking up books at the library or playing sports. It's really unlimited!

If you had the chance to change a child's life, would you? Here's your chance!

Contact:  Lisa Puente (616) 774-4310 or lpuente@dablodgett.org

posted Feb 22, 2011, 10:25 AM by Unknown user   [ updated May 16, 2011, 8:15 AM ]


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