One highly sought after skill set among volunteers is graphic design. Nonprofit organizations often need to have professional looking materials (much like any other business would) but lack the resources to pay a professional or staff person to create these logos, materials, websites, etc.
If you have a knack for graphic design and would like to help an organization while building up your portfolio, consider contacting one of the below organizations. There are likely other small to medium-sized organizations that could also use your help, but you won’t know unless you ask. Approach an organization that you support and see if they need assistance.
Adventure Centre at Pretty Lake
9497 West Q Ave., Mattawan · www.AdventureCentre.org
Mission: The mission of The Adventure Centre is to inspire people of all ages to be more connected with themselves and the world around them. Through challenge, adventure, reflection and dialog, we provide powerful opportunities for self-discovery, compassion and collaboration.
Graphic Design/Marketing Assistant Volunteer needed to assist with creating written materials (pamphlets, etc), graphic design and other marketing tasks. Great opportunity for student interested in writing, journalism, or graphic design work! Hours: Flexible. Minimum age: 17
Contact Information: Wallace Tatara, 269-375-1664, via email
Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society
2206 Parkview, Kalamazoo · www.smbhs.org
Mission: To research and document the history of African Americans in Southwest Michigan; To educate the community, through exhibitions, workshops, seminars, and publications; To establish resources for genealogical and historical studies.
Graphic Design Design and develop brochure and marketing materials. Skills in graphic design with some experience preferred. Hours: Flexible. Minimum age: 18
Contact Information: Donna Odom, 269-383-5989, via email
Battle Creek VA Medical Center
5500 Armstrong Rd, Battle Creek · www.battlecreek.va.gov
Mission: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans.
Graphic Design Artist – We are looking for a graphic artist who might be willing to help Michigan Council of Directors of Volunteer Service (MCDVS) on logo development/branding. We are considering a possible name change to MHVRP (Michigan Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals) to better match the national organization and highlight our mission more clearly. Our president has taken a shot using free software (attached); but I am sure a graphic designer would be better especially if they are willing to help free or low cost for the organization.
Contact Information: Brian Pegouske, 269-223-5497, via email