Show ‘Em Some Love

We have around 700 volunteer opportunities listed on our website at any given time, but here are some opportunities that might need a little love. They don’t get a lot of publicity. They’re not often in the spotlight. But that doesn’t make them any less important. Can you help? Click on the job titles to sign-up!

Greater Kalamazoo Skating Association

2013 Midwestern/Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Championships

January 23 – 26, 2013 at Wings Stadium
This four day championship event is the largest U.S. Figure Skating event in the country in terms of the numbers of skaters (Approx. 3000). Athletes from as far away as California participate in this event. The winners of this competition qualify for the national championships!
Volunteer positions include:
Gate Monitors:  Opening and closing Ice skating rink doors for teams entering and exiting the rink.

Guard Runners:  Moving the protectors that are worn on skates from one side of the rink to the other.

Test Results Runner:  Move results from competition judges to the accountant and then to the posting table.

Table Supervisors:  Sell programs, pins and results, Hand out medals to teams who have placed, etc.

Music Players:  Play music CDs for the teams who are practicing on the rinks.

Door Monitors:  Supervise exterior doors to the stadium.

All training provided during first 15 minute during your shift and/or by video training. These positions require no skating knowledge or skill.
Wednesday, January 23th: 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm (3 hour shifts)
Thursday, January 24th: 5:30 am – 9:00 pm (3 hour shifts)
Friday, January 25th: 5:30 am – 9:00 pm (3 hour shifts)
Saturday, January 26th: 5:30 am – 9:00 pm (3 hour shifts)
Sunday: January 27th: 5:30 am – 6:00 pm (3 hour shifts)
Minimum age: 12, or 6 with adult

Grace Hospice

Companion Grace Hospice is Looking for a caring person to provide companionship to a patient and family.

The contributions of volunteers are essential to the important work provided by our hospice team. If you are interested, there are several different ways you can become involved with Grace Hospice:

  • Offering companionship and support to our patients and their family members
  • Providing assistance with clerical duties in our office
  • Assisting in our bereavement dept.
  • Running errands for patients or their caregivers
  • Massage Volunteers (must be licensed), Pet Therapy Volunteers (will need pet registered), other skills
  • Supporting special projects behind the scenes
All volunteers receive training to ensure they are comfortable with their assigned tasks. Volunteers must be willing to submit character references, documentation, and receive (at no charge to them) a drug screen and a background screen. Youth volunteers must be at least 14 years of age and can only provide assistance within the office. Minimum age: 18. Hours: Flexible

Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan

Oakland Centre Adult Day Services-Various Opportunities Assist with lunch and activities for guests, provide companionship, share a hobby or talent, or help with clerical duties and special events. Qualifications include having a passion for working with the elderly and acceptance of older adults with health or cognitive impairments. Hours: Flexible, Mon-Fri [8:30am-5:30pm]. Minimum age: 18.

Kalamazoo Ballet

Hauler Volunteers haul stage sets and costumes to out of town locations for one-day performances. Volunteers must be available to attend two performances before out-of-town events. Transportation will be provided, must have current driver’s license and good driving record. Must be dependable, timely, a nonsmoker, energetic and ready to work. Personal references will be required. For more information call 343-3027. If there is no answer please leave your name and phone number so we may return your call. Hours: Vary. Call for more information. Minimum age: 18

Seamstress Are you a talented seamstress with time to give? Individuals with varying levels of expertise are needed to sew for a variety of ballet performances. Sewing must be done on location and volunteers will be called as needed. For information please call 343-3027, and leave your name and phone number if there is no answer. Hours: To be arranged. Call for more information. Minimum age: 16

Kalamazoo Collective Housing

Board Member Looking for an individual to support KCH by attending monthly meetings and participating in focus committees. Experience in fundraising, human resources, law and real estate, property maintenance or finance are helpful. Hours: 4 hrs/month. Minimum age: 21

Kalamazoo County

Advisory Boards & Commissions

The Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners regularly seeks area residents interested in serving on county-wide boards and commissions.

The following are current vacancies. Interested volunteers can contact Tina Baker at or by phone at 269-384-8111.

Animal Services & Enforcement Advisory Board – This board meets as needed when we receive a request for an appeal from our Sanitary Code typically in regards to our sewage regulations
Appeals Board Provides advice on animal control issues to the Animal Control Department and Board of Commissioners. Meetings are once a year on the second Tuesday of February at 7:30pm at Animal Services & Enforcement.
Board of Public Works – The Board of Public Works meets on the first Friday after the first Tuesday of each month at 1:30pm in room 207A of the County Administration Building. The Board of Public Works deals with public infrastructure review and development. Appointments are made for a three-year-terms of office.
Community Action Tripartite Advisory Board – The Community Action Tripartite Advisory Board (CATAB) meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 12pm in room 207 A of the County Administration Building. CATAB consists of three sectors mandated by the Federal government: private sector, consumer sector and public official sector. The Board of Commissioners appoints five public sector representatives and five private official sector representatives and approves five consumer sector representatives.
The CATAB  shall advise the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners and advise the Health and Community Services Department on the implementation and coordination of a comprehensive Community Action program. The CATAB will assist the Governing Board by and through the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department by serving as the advocate for the reduction of the causes, conditions and effects of poverty and shall assist in the provision of social and economic opportunities that foster self-sufficiency for low income residents. Applications will be accepted for one Consumer slot.
Community Mental Health Board – The Community Mental Health Board meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 418 W Kalamazoo at 6pm. The Community Mental Health Board deals with provision of mental health services; membership categories are: general public, providers of mental health services, recipients and consumers of mental health services, and agencies and occupations having a working involvement with mental health services. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Applications will be accepted for a *Primary Consumer slot.
*Primary Consumer Slot is defined as an individual who has received or is receiving services from the private sector equivalent to those offered by the Department of a community mental health service program.

Older Adult Services Advisory Council – The Older Adult Services Advisory Council’s primary function is to act in an advisory capacity to the County Board of Commissioners through the Human Services Department related to the provision of services to the senior population of the Kalamazoo community. Membership requirements state that half the members must be age 60 or over, and other members will represent a nutrition provider, social service provider, a local elected official and general public. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at 3:30pm at the Nazareth Complex.
Metropolitan County Planning Commission – The Kalamazoo Metropolitan County Planning Commission (KMCPC) meets the first Thursday of every month at 7pm in room 207 A of the County Administration Building. The KMCPC deals with planning and zoning issues within Kalamazoo County. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office.
Soil Erosion & Sedimentation Control Board of Appeals – This Board will hear appeals from decisions made by the County Soil Erosion & Sedimentation Control Program. Members must have a current and valid Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Training Certificate. Meetings will be held on a quarterly or “as needed” basis.
Kalamazoo County Transportation Authority – The purpose of the Kalamazoo County Transportation Authority is to plan, promote, finance, acquire, improve, enlarge, extent, own, construct, operate, maintain, replace, and contract for public transportation service by means of one or more public transportation systems and public transportation facilities within the jurisdictional boundaries of the County of Kalamazoo. Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 5:30pm (starting times can vary) at the County Administration Building.
Applications and further information regarding all of the county’s boards and commissions can be found online at


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