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Special Olympics Michigan. On Saturday August 15, 2015 we will be hosting our annual Southwest Regional Softball Tournament in Rockford at the Art Van Sports Complex.  Competition will be running from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on six fields.  We are in need of volunteers for the following positions throughout the day: Umpires, Field Managers, Medical, Catcher Assistance, Scorekeepers, Skills Competition, Lunch Help and Awards.  We are offering both all day (9am – 4pm) and half day (8:30 am – 12:30 pm or 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm) shifts.  All volunteers will receive an event t-shirt as well as a free lunch. 

All interested volunteers can contact myself directly to sign up at


The First United Methodist Church of Grand Rapids (FUMC) is looking for volunteer reading tutors for its Tutoring Center at Martin Luther King Leadership Academy (645 Logan St. SE-one block south of Wealthy St. Bakery).  The school is part of GRPS and it serves the neighborhood students; 99% of the student population is considered at poverty level. The FUMC Tutoring Center works with children in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades. The program runs from the first week of October through the 1st week of May. Training and supplies are provided to all volunteers. No experience is required to become a part of our program, but all volunteers must pass a background check in order to volunteer with our students.

  • From October to May, tutors are paired with the same students on the same day each week.  
  • Each tutor meets with 2 students for a half hour each, back to back, totaling an hour.
  •  With prep time included, the total volunteering time commitment is approximately 90 minutes per week.

Feel free to email ( or call (616-819-1745 FUMC Tutoring Center) with questions.

The Tutoring Center is open 9am-2pm M-W and 9-12 Thursday from the end of August until June 1.         

Maryann Warren – Volunteer Coordinator    


The Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan is looking for volunteers for our Buddy Up Tennis program.  Buddy Up Tennis is a high energy adaptive tennis program for children and young adults with Down syndrome.  Buddy Up Tennis is a weekly 90 minute program including 60 minutes of tennis instruction and 30 minutes of fitness conditioning.  Buddy volunteers are partnered with athletes to maximize the experience.  No tennis experience is required. 

Buddy Up Tennis is located at MVP Athletic Club at 115 Crahen Ave, and meets from 1:30-3pm on Saturday afternoons each week.  If you are interested in volunteering, please email for more information.


Community Family Partnership is looking for volunteers and paid positions at $10 per hour for child care a couple of evenings per month. Some of the children could have special needs or mental health issues, so any experience with special needs, behavioral issues, or mental health needs is highly recommended. Most are siblings of a youth with mental health or behavioral concerns. Arts and Craft items , sensory games and snacks will be provided to plan activities for the time the children are here. Background checks will be done and mental health first aid training will be provided to you as well. Referrals are required. Great opportunity for those going into Special Education or Teaching positions. Serious inquiries can contact Barb Flowers at 616.301.0598 or email Check out our website for more background information on who we are. or on facebook at


West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT) is a non-profit organization in downtown Grand Rapids that offers after school and summer programs for urban area teens. These programs are designed to help students find their own voice and give them the opportunity to use professional technology and learn from professional artists.   WMCAT is looking for tutors for this fall's after school program. They would like to have tutors available from 2:30-5:00PM, Monday-Thursday starting September 29th.   For additional information, please contact Brooke Warner at


The New Covenant Community Church Summer Academy and Vacation Bible School is looking for student volunteer(s) to assist with our Summer Academy and Vacation Bible School. It's a neighborhood outreach program we're offering to elementary and middle school students on Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 29, 2014 - August 28, 2014 from 10:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. with lunch served at noon.
We are looking for students who would like to experience in a Christian setting, by:

  • tutoring young adolescents in math and English
  • supervising recreation time
  • leading young people in low-impact exercises and non-competitive games
  • coaching small groups in moving to music a la praise dance or line dancing and/or
  • serve as tech and sound aides

While it would be nice for volunteers to spend the whole time with us, if coming only for the morning academic session, the noon athletics, or the afternoon arts would be more convenient, we'd be glad to consider those volunteers as well.
Volunteers will need to provide a copy of their Criminal History Check and DHS Clearance.
For more information, contact:
Anna J. Small Roseboro, Director


Grand Rapids Public’s Burton K-8 School. Burton is looking for individuals to help run the library during the school day- currently there is only one on staff, available only on Mondays. This means, Mondays are the only days children have regular access to the school library. Additional details and information on expressing interest in the opportunity can be found here:

Katelyn Kovalik Michigan Nonprofit Association Civic Engagement AmeriCorps*VISTA Volunteer Center Heart of West Michigan United Way 118 Commerce Ave SW Grand Rapids, MI 49503 p. 616-459-6281 x 669 f. 616-459-8460