Join your community. There are a number of ways you can help us celebrate our centennial year - from assisting with our college and community-wide events to donating your time to one of our 100 Ways to Give projects. Fill out the form below and tell us how you want to be a part of the excitement - from standing out in the crowd, to outstanding work behind the scenes - we’ll find the right place for you.
100 Ways to Give Projects
We are giving back to the community that has supported us for 100 years. Here is a list of the 100 Ways to Give activities that students, employees and the community are invited to participate in.
When you get involved, don’t forget to tell us about it on social media by using #GRCC100years and #100waystogive on Twitter and Instagram, and “Grand Rapids Community College” on Facebook.
- Care package items for foster children at the D. A. Blodgett-St. John's Home, with Grants Development in July 2014.
- 100 bags of school supplies for Coit Elementary students, with the Counseling & Career Center in August 2014.
- Care package items for GRCC students in need, with the Older Learner Center, Diversity Learning Center and Equity Affairs in August 2014.
- 100 new or gently used children's books for The Literacy Center of West Michigan's "Books for Bedtime" project with the members of GRCC ESP from Sept. 9 to Oct. 15, 2014.
- 100 bottles of HE detergent for Ronald McDonald House, with Admissions and the Enrollment Center in September 2014.
- 100 books for the GRCC Preschool Laboratory, with the English Department in September 2014.
- 200 new or used paperback books to inmates of the Kent County Correctional Facility, with the Library & Learning Commons in September and October 2014.
- 100 pounds of wish list items to the local YWCA Crisis Center, with Legal Counsel in October 2014.
- 100 wish list items for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, with Student Records in November 2014.
- 100 pounds of food to the GRCC food bank, with the Counseling and Career Center in November 2014.
- 100 care packages for Veterans, with the Mathematics Department in December 2014.
- Toys for Tots, with Student Life in December 2014.
- 100 hats, 100 gloves, and 100 socks for elementary students, with Upward Bound in December 2014 and January 2015.
- Sign up to be an organ donor during College Advancement’s drive for the Fred & Lena Meijer Heart Center in February 2015.
- 100 children's books to Safe Haven Ministries, with the Academic Support and Testing centers in March 2015.
- 100 literacy kits for families or child care providers in West Michigan, with Child Development & Education in April 2015.
- 100 children’s books for elementary schools in Ottawa County, with the Lakeshore Campus and Academic Outreach in May 2015.
- In The Image, with Financial Services and Campus Police, and help them meet thier goal of 100 pairs of children’s shoes in August 2014.
- The Mary J. Szczepanski "Never Give Up" MS Scholarship Foundation at the 6th annual Bowl for MS event on Saturaday, Oct. 18, 2014 from 2-6 p.m. at Lincoln Lanes, as you bowl with GRCC Adult Education to raise $100.
- Music therapy patients at the Franciscan Life Process Center at "Afternoon with the Arts 2015: An American Experience," on Saturday, March 15 from 1-3 p.m. at Grand Rapids' Downtown Market. Join the Music Department as they showcase the best in American music. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door.
Volunteer your free time at:
- God's Kitchen with Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse staff in October 2014.
- Habitat for Humanity with Training Solutions in October 2014.
- Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding with the Athletics department in October 2014.
- GRCC to create and distribute 100 seed bombs for parks in Grand Rapids with Biological Science in November 2014 and April 2015.
- Degage Ministries with Financial Services in February and April 2015.
- GRCC Service Learning in on-campus and off-campus service activities over one week in April 2015.
Story Van Volunteers
Thank you for volunteering to collect GRCC stories from communities accross West Michigan. When you arrive to the agreed upon location, the van will be set up for you; someone from the Media team will show you how to start and stop each recording.
Actively recruit passers by. Most people who have a GRCC story are willing to share it - but they won't just walk up and offer - you have to approach them and ask, and make it sound simple and painless. They can talk as long or as short as they like.
Please have everyone say three things to the camera: their name, "happy birthday GRCC" or "happy 100th," and then they can tell their story. When they are done, ask them to sign the release form. People are intimidated if they see you holding the clipboard with the form beforehand - they think you're going to ask them to sign a petition or a survey.
When recording, you don't have to be in the tent with them - but can if you would like you to.
When you are done make sure the next volunteer has the key. If you are the last volunteer please put the tent into the van, lay the camera down, and lock the van. If you are driving the van back to campus, please let someone from the Media team know when you get back so we can get the key from you.