New This Week…

We’ve got 524(!) volunteer opportunities listed on our website right now, but here are the latest & greatest opportunities that have just been listed. Check out our super, searchable listing anytime at vk.volunteerkalamazoo.org!

Park Trades Center 30th Anniversary

We are looking for volunteers to help with many areas of our special 30th Anniversary program: “FREE Art Classes for Kids!”. Volunteer needs include: helping with kids’ activities such as sidewalk chalk and face painting, set-up and tear-down crews, participant registration and sign in, door greeters, way-finding assistants (for the folks who are very familiar with the building), volunteer station, and lunch organizing and distribution to the volunteers and artists.
Hours: Friday, Aug 17th [Noon-10pm] and Saturday, Aug 18th [8am-4pm].  Minimum age: 14

Sewing Circle at Ministry with Community

Join the MwC Sewing Circle! Groups of 6 people will work together to help make bags for our members out of donated t-shirts. Each group only needs one person who can sew for every 3 people. Other groups members will be cutting and turning the shirts inside out. Hours: Flexible. Minimum age:15

 

Relay for Life Prep Helper for American Cancer Society

We are looking for volunteers to come into the office and help prepare materials for Relay for Life events. Projects include rolling and tying t-shirts, mailings, making copies, etc. Perfect for high school students! Hours: Flexible, Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5pm. Minimum age: 15, or 13 with adult.

Bagels & Books for Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo

Come join us for a bagel and reading with Kalamazoo students this summer! Each K-5 student in summer school gets to choose a book to keep. Books and bagels have been generously provided by Kalamazoo Public Schools. Volunteers may also bring in their favorite book to share.
Locations: Northeastern Elementary (2433 Gertrude Street) and Milwood Elementary (3400 Lovers Lane)
Hours: July 12, 8:30-10am
For more information or to sign up for this event, contact:
Coco Cook or Linda Tomlinson at 269.337.1601 or email ccook@ciskalamazoo.org or ltomlinson@ciskalamazoo.org.

Senior Program Assistants for Covenant Senior Day Program

Please share your heart for seniors with us! We are looking for joyful, loving volunteers who are wanting to share their time and talents with vulnerable elders in need of kindness and fun. Volunteer Program Assistants work on crafts, music, gardening, cooking, and special event with our folks.
Hours: Flexible, 7:30-4:30 Mon-Fri
Minimum age: 16

Advocacy/Administrative Support for Michigan Immigrant Rights Center

Responsibilities:

  • Help coordinate external communications relating to immigration and immigrant rights in Michigan. Includes developing content for email correspondence, email marketing, website, and social networking media outlets.
  • Provide administrative and logistical support for office operations and capacity building, coalition building, and training activities.
  • Other tasks as determined by MIRC Advocacy Coordinator

Hours: Flexible, 2-3 days/week; 10-15 hrs/week. Minimum age: 18

Horse Sidewalker for True Vine Equestrian Center

We are looking for dependable people to assist with our special needs classes. Volunteers need to be comfortable around horses and those who have special physical, mental or emotional challenges. True Vine is a small, rural farm in Lawton that is centered around Biblical principles.  Volunteers should have some horse experience. Volunteers will also need to be able to stand, walk and jog for 40 minutes. Hours: Mon or Wed evenings. Minimum age: 16, or 12 with adult

Farm Help for True Vine Equestrian Center

True Vine is an equine therapeutic riding center located in Lawton. We have a need for volunteers who are able to perform barn duties ranging from mucking stalls to repairing fences. There will be some contact with horses, but it is not the main focus of this position.  Hard working, committed, self-motivated people will all be considered. Some knowledge of power tools, repair and maintenance of outbuildings is helpful but not required. Hours: Mon-Wed, Call for more information. Minumum age: 16, or 12 with adult

Kalamazoo Funk Fest for the Vine Neighborhood Association

Vine Neighborhood Association needs volunteers to: help set up the beverage tent, sell beverages during the festival, clean-up/breakdown after hours, organize volunteers as they come in, float (relieve volunteers who have been serving, giving them a break). Volunteers should have good communication skills, the ability to multi-task, a willingness to be part of a cohesive team, and adaptability. This is a great opportunity to meet and serve many wonderful Kalamazoo residents. Hours: June 29 & 30. Shifts [4-8:30pm] and/or [8:30pm-12:30am]. Volunteers can sign up for multiple shifts.
Minimum age: 21

Growing Community Garden for Sunnyside United Methodist Church

Growing Community Garden is a 5000 square foot garden boarding Gull Road (near Borgess) that exists to create opportunities to engage in relationship with neighbors while growing food to feed the community. Produce will be primarily distributed to low-income families in the community through the Loaves & Fishes Pantry and Free Store of Kalamazoo, both located on the same property. Those helping during harvest time are also invited to share in the bounty of the harvest. Additional garden activities include weeding, watering, mulching, planting, composting and helping complete the placement of a timber weed barrier.
Hours: Mondays [6:30-7:30pm], Fridays [12-1pm], Saturdays [10am-12pm]; Longer work days will occur the last Saturday of June and July. Volunteers are also welcome to schedule an opportunity to come work in the garden without the manager present. Direction/communication could occur prior to your arrival. Minimum age: 16, or 5 with adult

2nd Annual Fun Run at Woods Lake Elementary

We are going to be holding our 2nd Annual Fun Run! We need several volunteers to help keep the kids organized while running, pass out water at the water stations, hand out ribbons, escort children to and from the field, etc.
Location: Woods Lake Elementary, 3215 Oakland Drive, Kalamazoo
Volunteers are required to stand for an extended period of time and be able to work with children, K-5.
Hours: Friday, September 21 [11am-3pm]. Minimum age: 18

Purple Community-100% Hope Event for Van Andel Institute

Host a Purple Community Event!
Purple Community-100% Hope events are about you and your passion to help fight cancer or Parkinson’s. It’s about making it personal – an event built around specific interests, perhaps held in honor of a loved one. The possibilities are endless: dinners, walk-a-thons, motorcycle rallies, car washes, sporting events…the list goes on. Choose the event! Then make it purple! This is an opportunity to be creative and express the spirit of your school or community and 100% of the proceeds go to Van Andel Institute labs for disease research. Van Andel Institute has the tools to assist you in planning the event!

 

New this month…

It’s been awhile since we’ve highlighted newly posted opportunities. Rest assured, we’re adding things almost every week! Here are some of the freshest, newest, shiniest opportunities to serve!

Guardian Finance and Advocacy Services

Mother’s Day Flower Project – Flower Delivery  Deliver potted flowering plants to Guardian’s female clients who are residing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult foster care homes, and who are living independently. Many of these women do not have family or friends to honor them on this special occasion (Mother’s Day). Your smiling faces with a plant and a special card will brighten their day.    Volunteers are needed to deliver plants to clients in Kalamazoo, Portage, Schoolcraft, Vicksburg, Galesburg, Plainwell and additional areas.    Flowers and a list of places to deliver can be picked up at the Goodwill office on Alcott Street on Friday, May 11th during the day.    Children must be accompanied by an adult; adults must have a vehicle to deliver flowers.     Hours:  Friday daytime hours flexible. Special arrangements can be made on Saturday if necessary       Minimum age:   16, or 4 with adult
Contact Information: Monika Trahe, director@kalamazooinbloom.org, (269) 381-2977
Address: 420 E. Alcott, Kalamazoo · http://www.guardian-inc.org

Fair Food Matters

Douglass Farmers’ Market Assistant  We are looking for volunteers to help with general operations of the Douglass Farmers’ Market. This usually includes helping vendors set up and take down their booths, collecting market data such as customer counts and surveys, and concessions sales.    Skills or Requirements:We prefer to work with mature, responsible, open-minded, and fun people    Hours: The Douglass Farmers’ Market operates each Tuesday from 2:30-6:30pm from June 5 – August 28.   Location: 1000 West Paterson St, Kalamazoo (Douglass Community Association)    Minimum age: 16, or 12 with adult
Contact Information: Erica Barajas, erica@fairfoodmatters.org, (269) 492-1270
Address: 323 N Burdick St, Kalamazoo · http://www.fairfoodmatters.org

Can-Do Kitchen Gadget Garage Sale Help  The Can-Do Kitchen is having a kitchen gadget garage sale on May 12 from 9am-1pm. We are looking for volunteers to help us organize, sell, and clean-up our items. Volunteers will be handling money.     Hours: Sat, May 12, 2012 [9am-1pm]    Minimum age: 18
Contact Information: Sheena Foster, sheena@fairfoodmatters.org, (269) 492-1270
Address: 323 N Burdick St, Kalamazoo · http://www.fairfoodmatters.org

June Art Hop at Can-Do Kitchen  We are looking for excited volunteers to help make seed balls at the Can-Do Kitchen for the June 1st Art Hop! We will have a "native plants" theme and will be making plantable seed balls with and for the community at our art hop event. Want to help us?    You must not mind getting your hands dirty!    Hours:  June 1, 2012 [5-8pm]     Minimum age:  18, or 15 with adult
Contact Information: Sheena Foster, sheena@fairfoodmatters.org, (269) 492-1270
Address: 323 N Burdick St, Kalamazoo · http://www.fairfoodmatters.org

100 Mile Market Helping Hand  The 100 Mile Market is a Farmers’ Market that takes place every Wednesday starting May 2nd through October 31st in the People’s Food Co-op parking lot. Fair Food Matters’ Can-Do Kitchen has a table at this market and is looking for help with tear-down every week. We need someone capable of helping disassemble a tent and move tables from 7-8pm every Wednesday through October.    If you are able to participate on multiple Wednesdays, that would be great!    Some medium lifting is involved.    Hours:  Every Wed through October, 2012 [7-8pm]
Contact Information: Sheena Foster, sheena@fairfoodmatters.org, (269) 492-1270
Address: 323 N Burdick St, Kalamazoo · http://www.fairfoodmatters.org

Harry Stout Foundation

Harry’s Fun Fest Volunteers  Volunteers are needed for an assortment of positions at our annual fundraiser. Duties include food preparation and packaging, money handling, supervision of children’s rides, face painting, blowing balloons with helium tanks, wearing children’s costumes, trash pickup, etc. It really is a fun time for a great cause!    No specific skills needed.    Hours: Sat, Jun 2, 2012 [10am-9pm]. Flexible shifts as little as 2-hours. Groups welcome.    Minimum age: 15, or 12 with adult
Contact Information: Meryl Stout, meryl@harrystout.org, (269) 217-9490
Address: 726 Bayberry Ln, Otsego · http://harrystout.org

Kalamazoo County

Advisory Boards & Commissions

Read more about a variety of boards and commissions that need your help here.  Boards include: Animal Services, Public Works, Community Action Tripartite Advisory Board, Community Mental Health Board, Older Adult Services Advisory Council, Metropolitan County Planning Commission, Soil Erosion & Sedimentation Control Board of Appeals, Kalamazoo County Transportation Authority.
Contact Information: Tina Becker, tmbeck@kalcounty.com, (269) 384-8111
Address: 201 West Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo · http://www.kalcounty.com/

Tabitha Farm Urban Homestead & Community Garden

Tabitha Farm Urban Homestead & Community Garden Open House  Volunteers are needed for an open house: before, during and after! Before, volunteers are needed for set-up. During the event, volunteers are needed to help with the kids craft table, washing dishes and general making people feel comfortable. Help to clean up after the event.     The only requirement? Just have a great shiny attitude.     Hours:  Monday, May21, Set-Up [2-4pm], Event [4-8pm], Clean-up [8-9pm]    Minimum age: 18, or 12 with adult.
Contact Information: Katie Pearson, ksunshine6@hotmail.com, 269-290-9060
Address: 111 Dixie Ave, Kalamazoo

Thrill The World Kalamazoo

Event Coordinators  Thrill The World Kalamazoo will dance again this year to raise awareness and funds for  The LADY Program . The LADY Program is a nonprofit organization working to improve safety for women and girls in the greater Kalamazoo area. The event is the afternoon of October 27, 2012 (Thrill Day), the Saturday before Halloween.    Event Coordinator Volunteers are being sought. No experience necessary; just a sincere willingness to help.    Dancers are also needed. Registration is open and Flash Mobs are being planned to promote Thrill Day. Dance workshops will be held or dancers can learn the choreography online. Register as an individual or as a team.       Skills or Requirements:    Outgoing, Personable, Commitment to follow-through and see tasks to their successful completion. Fun Loving. No prior experience necessary. Email communication is a must.      Learn more at   ThrillTheWorldKalamazoo.com

Hours:   Meeting times are flexible and often you can make your own hours. Event date is Oct 27, 2012        Minimum age:   17
Contact Information: Julie Frederick, ttwkalamazoo@gmail.com, 269-327-2252
Address: http://thrilltheworldkalamazoo.com

True Vine Equestrian Center

Office Assistant  Volunteer needed to assist with various office duties. Computer knowledge is required in addition to a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation. Filing, data entry, running errands, and inventory are some of the duties of this position.    Hours: Approximately 5 hrs/wk, Tue & Thu mornings    Minimum age: 16
Contact Information: Sheri Gansen, sssmg91-truevine@yahoo.com, 269-501-0529
Address: 72861 28th St., Lawton · http://truevineequestrian.org