ServeGR connects you with meaningful volunteer opportunities.

With ServeGR, you can:

  1. Search

    Search local volunteer opportunities matching your unique combination of strengths, passion, and availability.

  2. Discover

    Discover real "on the ground" information about current volunteer opportunities throughout the greater Grand Rapids area.

  3. Connect

    Connect with a real human who will help you find the perfect volunteer opportunity for you.

With ServeGR, you’re invited to play to your strengths, use your passions, and find the time. We’ve all got something to offer, and sometimes it’s just a matter of knowing where to begin.

Filter to find opportunities that:

Play to your Strengths Use your unique combination of skills.

Not sure which strength to choose? Check out Discover your Strengths.

Use your Passion Connect with a cause you care about.

Fit your Schedule Volunteer at times that work for you.

66 opportunities total

  1. Zoo Ambassador
    John Ball Zoo

    Zoo Ambassador

    1-2 hours/week for 3+ months

    Welcome guests to interactive animal exhibits, answer questions, and help guests connect with the animals by using props and biofacts from the zoo’s Discover Carts.

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  2. Clean Works Educator
    Grand Rapids Red Project

    Clean Works Educator

    2-5 hours/week for 6+ months

    Provide safer-sex and safer-shot supplies and education and introduce new clients to The Red Project’s services.

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  3. Community Journalist
    The Rapidian

    Community Journalist

    one article per month

    Pitch and write local stories to be published for The Rapidian, a hyperlocal online news source. Writers of all backgrounds and experience levels welcome.

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  4. Cosmetologist or Barber
    Hospice of Michigan

    Cosmetologist or Barber

    2-4 hours/month; flexible schedule

    Provide haircuts to hospice patients in their home or a care facility to help them feel clean, comfortable, and like themselves during a difficult season.

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  5. Court-Appointed Child Advocate
    CASA of Kent County

    Court-Appointed Child Advocate

    10-20 hours/month for about 18 months

    Walk with a child through the foster care system by being their voice in court and an advocate they can count on.

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  6. Creative Writing Workshop Assistant
    Creative Youth Center

    Creative Writing Workshop Assistant

    1.5 hours after school for the school year

    Encourage the creative writing skills of GRPS students, showing them how to use their imagination to build confidence and become an official CYC-published author.

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  7. Cultural Mentor
    Samaritas

    Cultural Mentor

    1 hour/week for 3 months

    Partner with a newly resettled refugee family by helping with daily life, like grocery shopping, visiting parks, using the library, speaking English, etc.

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  8. Disaster Action Team
    American Red Cross

    Disaster Action Team

    On-call shifts 7 days/month

    Meet with people in the immediate aftermath of a disaster (like a house fire) to connect them with Red Cross’s services.

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  9. Donation Pick-Up Driver
    Alternatives in Motion

    Donation Pick-Up Driver

    1-2 times/week

    Pick up donated mobility equipment, such as wheelchairs, and deliver to AIM’s headquarters near the Belknap Lookout for mechanical repair and future donation to those in need.

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  10. Family Rehousing Partner
    The Salvation Army Social Services

    Family Rehousing Partner

    3-5 hours per month for approximately 6 months

    Build a relationship with a family who has recently experienced homelessness and is now in permanent housing.

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  11. Farmers' Market Gleaner
    Heartside Gleaning Initiative

    Farmers' Market Gleaner

    3 hours on summer Saturday afternoons

    Meet at local farmers’ markets to gather excess produce, then redistribute the free produce to Heartside neighbors (and maybe even swap recipes!).

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