Pressing Needs

With more than 830 volunteer opportunities listed on our website, there is always something to do. Here are some urgent or pressing needs that have come through lately….can you help?

Kalamazoo Color Splash Run

Color RunStrategic Solutions is hosting a 5K Color Splash Fun Run/Walk and Toddler Trot in order to raise money to help support college advancement for youth. All profits will be donated to the college scholarship fund.

We need a variety of volunteer help for the following roles: Trail Guides, Parking Attendants, First Aid Attendants, Popsicle and Water attendants, Squirt Gun Distribution, Late Registration Clerks, Race Clean up Crew Volunteers must be willing to work for a great cause and have fun at the same time. Positive attitude,energetic and is able to take direction.
Hours: Sat, Jul 13 [8am-12:30pm]
Location: Comstock High School Cross Country Trail, 2107 N 26th St, Kalamazoo
Contact Raquel Wells, (269) 998-4627, via email.

Moving Supplies for Greater Kalamazoo Girls On the Run

GOTR is moving a large amount of supplies in their office at 157 S Kalamazoo Mall, Ste 70 on Tues, Jul 16 from 9-3. Contact Leslie M., 269.491.6865, via email.

Food Bank Volunteer for Comstock Community Center

Comstock Community Center needs a volunteer for our food pantry on Thursdays from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. The volunteer will assist clients in selecting food items.  They will be working with an experienced pantry volunteer.
Contact Sheri Ritchie, (269) 345-8556, via email.

Kalamazoo County Fair Volunteers

Numerous volunteer opportunities are available at the Kalamazoo County Fair! Duties include, but are not limited to, parking, entertainment hospitality, helping with entertainment events during the fair, keeping the grounds free of trash, front office information, providing information to vendors, collecting admission fees at gate and more!

Prior volunteer experience at other events is welcome, but not necessary. Hours: Aug 5-10, 2013; 4-6 hr shifts one day or each day of the Fair depending on your availability. Minimum age: 18, or 10 with adult. Click here for the volunteer application

Greening for Downtown Festivals Festival Greening Team

Help green one of downtown Kalamazoo biggest festival’s. Green Team volunteers will work pod systems educating festival attendee’s about what goes where, and ensuring waste streams remain pure. Volunteering with the green team is a great way to make sure your favorite festival is sustainable! Great opportunity for groups, families, and individuals. Email with any questions. View all of the festivals and shifts here:

Taste (and Brew!) of Kalamazoo


Move-In Aide for WMU Office of Sustainability

Volunteers will be stationed at one or more residence halls to assist with collection and preparation of cardboard boxes and styrofoam for recycling. There will also be opportunities to discuss recycling with incoming students and their families.

Each volunteers should be prepared to be outdoors and be able to handle a small pocket knife for flattening boxes. If signature is required for volunteer service or court-ordered service, paperwork must be provided at end of shift.

Hours: Aug 27 [10am-8pm], Aug 28 [8am-8pm], and Aug 30, [9am-7pm]. We can accommodate any schedules within these timeframes.

Exchange StudentsExchange Student Host Families

Two organizations have a huge need for host families for foreign exchange students this year, arriving at the end of August. Can you help Colleagues International or Cultural Homestay International with this need?

Host families have the opportunity to experience another culture and learn a great deal during their service. Hosting is also a great way to expose children to different cultures and teach them about the world. Can you help fill this pressing need?

Bring the world to your home

Volunteering can have many benefits, but how many volunteers can say they’ve learned about other cultures and experienced the world while serving? Two great local organizations are looking for host families to host foreign exchange students arriving in late August. This is a huge pressing need in the Southwest Michigan area and these two organizations are still seeking homes for these great students!

Can you help?

Exchange StudentsHost Families for Exchange Students for Colleagues International

Do you know someone that would be a good host for a high school exchange student? Colleagues International (SW Michigan) and World Learning (Washington D.C.) need home hosts – families and individuals – for students from former Soviet Union countries. Our group of 12 last year were really great kids and we are expecting the same caliber this year. They are on scholarship through the U.S. Department of State’s Future Leaders Exchange Program.

Contact Jennifer Lang for more details, (269) 341-9494, via email.

Exchange Student Host Families for Cultural Homestay International

Cultural Homestay International, a non-profit organization, is in need of host families for high school exchange students between 15-18 years of age to attend your local high school. Students come from around the world and will be arriving in late August.
These students make great mentors to younger children and can be a positive influence on your family, school and community!

By opening your home to the world, the world will become your home!

Host Families consist of all make-ups such as single parent families, singles, couples with or without children, retirees, empty nesters, etc.

Host Families provide:
– A bed for the student (students can share a room),
– Meals at home (students pay for their school lunch)
– Loving, caring, environment.

Students come with:
– The ability to speak English at a high school level
– Health insurance
– Spending money for anything they need (including hygiene items, school supplies, clothes, long distance phone calls, etc)
– An open mind about their American experience

This is a 5 or 10 month commitment with a foreign exchange student living in your home.

Contact Tamra Diamond, 415-459-5397, via email.

Show ’em Some Love

We have nearly 500 volunteer opportunities listed on our website at any given time, but here are some opportunities (from the “A” part of the alphabet) 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!


Foreign Exchange Student Host Family Host high school-age foreign exchange students studying in the US for a full school year. Share your home, family, and culture with a teenager from another country. Help bridge global differences one person at a time! Full-time. Minimum age: 21

Air Zoo, The

Docent Volunteers in this area are the Museum’s teachers and tour guides. Volunteers will participate in and successfully complete the Docent Training course so that they are able to educate guests about the Museum’s collection of aircraft and artifacts. Hours: Flexible. Minimum age: 18.

Alliance Senior Day Services

Musicians for Sing-Along Musician to lead sing-along for elders with cognitive impairments (dementia, developmental disability). Volunteers must be able to sing or play guitar or piano. Additionally, volunteers will require background check (provided by agency) and will be given brief orientation.  Hours: 45 minute session, weekly or monthly between the hours of [10am-3pm]  Minimum age:18

American Cancer Society, Kalamazoo

Reach To Recovery Women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and are one year out of treatment are trained to provide support and share experiences with diagnosed patients. Hours: Patients are matched with volunteers. Patient and volunteer determine hours. who are then responsible for setting up contacts. Minimum age: 18.

Road to Recovery Drivers Having cancer is hard. Finding help shouldn’t be. The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers who can use their own vehicles to drive patients who are undergoing cancer treatment to and from appointments. These drivers also provide encouragement and support. Drivers must have a valid driver’s license for the state where they live. They must also have a safe, reliable vehicle and proof of automobile insurance. Volunteer drivers must have a good driving history and be in good health. Also, successful completion of Road to Recovery volunteer training/orientation. Interested volunteers can call 269.349.8719 to find out more about this important program and how they can get involved. By giving a little of your time, you can help save lives while fulfilling your own. Hours: This is a very flexible volunteer activity, with no specific time requirements. You are not tied down to any set schedule, but may tell us how often and where you are willing to drive. Many volunteers transport patients weekly, but assignments will vary according to the volume and nature of the ride requests that are received. Min age: 18

Speakers Bureau and Health Fairs Volunteer Become an American Cancer Society representative to educate groups on specific cancer related topics and the ACS. You will be well trained on a variety of subjects relating to cancer and general wellness. Hours: Flexible. Minimum age: 18.

American Red Cross, Greater Kalamazoo

Community Disaster Education Presenter Help educate community organizations and agencies to prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Partner with us in educating our youth to be disaster-ready! Specific duties include: willingness to support Red Cross mission, promote and conduct disaster education presentations in the community, reporting and evaluating presentation, continue training and learning, and attending relevant CDE meetings. Hours: Flexible. Minimum age: 17, or 15 with adult

Service to Armed Forces Volunteers Help our service members! Actively reach out to military families in the community in order to make them aware of the programs and services the American Red Cross offers before they actually need them. Specific duties include: familiarizing military units about Red Cross services, present information to groups, follow-up with military families and solicit support for the program from other community partners. Hours: Flexible. Minimum age: 18

Transportation Team Member Put your joy of driving to use and join the Transportation Team at the Red Cross! As a Transportation Team Member you can: help veterans make their hospital appointments, drive donated blood to a central storage site, and run Driver’s Errands for the Red Cross! All drivers must pass a DMV background check. Hours: Flexible. Minimum age: 21