Community Involvement

From the creation of Grand Rapids’ 12,000-seat Van Andel Arena to Muskegon’s multi-million-dollar Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center to the $1.1 million beginning of a multi-county trailway connector in Lowell, West Michigan leads the pack with its culture of giving and an unparalleled record for public/private partnerships.

Philanthropy, the desire to make a difference for the greater community, has become a way of life, for a new generation of up-and-coming philanthropists. West Michigan residents are driven to do more, to put our money where the need is, to continue building on philanthropic projects of the past.

West Michigan also has a heritage of bringing competing industries, entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations and government agencies together at one table to leverage the talents and combined resources of all for the betterment of a city, the region and even the state is a feat not seen in other areas of the country.

In West Michigan, working together is how we get things done. It’s why there’s been $3 billion of investment in life sciences in Grand Rapids, millions more invested in innovations that convert landfills and farm waste into viable alternative energy, and why Holland’s Hope College has a state-of-the-art soccer stadium.

Visit the United Way’s website to view the latest volunteer opportunities in the Grand Haven area.

The Johnson Center for Philanthropy offers a non-profit directory.

Feeding America West Michigan exists to ensure good food is available to the hungry in the community. By saving good surplus food from going to landfills, they can distribute that reclaimed food to pantries, shelters, and other local anti-hunger organizations in West Michigan counties.

The Center for Women in Transition exists to respond to, reduce, and prevent domestic and sexual violence against women. This is achieved through education, collaboration, and advocacy, with crisis and supportive services to victims and survivors.

Goodwill Industries of West Michigan provides work opportunities, skill development, and family strengthening resources in several West Michigan communities.

American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies. Local ARC volunteers provide critical (and often unseen) services in West Michigan every day. Volunteer applications are always welcome.

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The Volunteer Center at Heart of West Michigan United Way is an online portal helps connect individuals, students, families and employers with organizations and programs that match their talents and interests. If you’re looking to volunteer, but don’t know where to start, they can help.

ServeGR is an online portal that connects prospective volunteers with volunteer opportunities based on interests, skills, and availability.

Heart of West Michigan United Way exists to provide quality education that leads to a stable job, help all households achieve financial stability, and give people access to good health at every stage of life. They also link Grand Rapids residents to volunteer opportunities throughout the community.

The Johnson Center for Philanthropy offers a non-profit directory.

The Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids has three locations in the city providing a place for young children to go after school, as well as Camp O’Malley in Alto, MI

The Boy Scouts builds character and strong communities.

The Salvation Army runs many programs in the area at their new, state-of-the-art Kroc Center in Grand Rapids. They also hold church serivces in the area.

Michigan Blood is an independent blood bank providing blood products to hospitals throughout Michigan. You can give back to your community by donating at their Grand Rapids location or one of the many blood drives going on in the community.

Criminal Justice Chaplaincy provides those whose lives have been affected by crime to experience justice, mercy and healing. They have many volunteer opportunities available including a mentoring program.

Feeding America West Michigan
exists to ensure good food is available to the hungry in the community. By saving good surplus food from going to landfills, they can distribute that reclaimed food to pantries, shelters, and other local anti-hunger organizations in West Michigan counties.

The Women’s Resource Center helps women prepare for and secure meaningful employment. Using a combination of professional staff and carefully trained volunteers, they mentor participants though customized programs to assist them in securing a sustainable job.

Goodwill Industries of West Michigan provides work opportunities, skill development, and family strengthening resources in several West Michigan communities.

Catholic Charities West Michigan‘s programs and services focus on four distinct areas: community outreach, behavioral health, foster care and adoption, and family support.

American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies. Local ARC volunteers provide critical (and often unseen) services in West Michigan every day. Volunteer applications are always welcome.

The Arthritis Foundation of West Michigan strives to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases. By volunteering, you’ll be making a difference in the lives of 50 million adults and the nearly 300,000 children living with arthritis.

Susan G. Komen West Michigan is the largest grassroots non-profit organization in the world. The mission is to save lives and end breast cancer forever. Hundreds of volunteers help make our race for the cure happen as well as events throughout the year.

The Grand Rapids Junior Chamber helps young professionals develop their skills as leaders by tackling civic problems. All of their events are run by their members, who have full-time jobs, but who are dedicated to improving their city.

At the Creative Youth Center, kids become published authors, leading to a strong sense of identity and an enthusiasm for learning. Programs are free for all students attending Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Greater Grand Rapids 100 Women Who Care is a streamlined way to give back. All it takes is 1 hour of your time 4 times a years and a $100 donation to 1 of 3 charitable organizations chosen for support.

The City of Holland lists up-to-date volunteer opportunities on its website.

Visit Greater Ottawa County United Way’s website to view volunteer opportunities.

Feeding America West Michigan exists to ensure good food is available to the hungry in the community. By saving good surplus food from going to landfills, they can distribute that reclaimed food to pantries, shelters, and other local anti-hunger organizations in West Michigan counties.

The Johnson Center for Philanthropy offers a non-profit directory
The Center for Women in Transition exists to respond to, reduce, and prevent domestic and sexual violence against women. This is achieved through education, collaboration, and advocacy, with crisis and supportive services to victims and survivors.

Goodwill Industries of West Michigan provides work opportunities, skill development, and family strengthening resources in several West Michigan communities.

Catholic Charities West Michigan‘s programs and services focus on four distinct areas: community outreach, behavioral health, foster care and adoption, and family support.

American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies. Local ARC volunteers provide critical (and often unseen) services in West Michigan every day. Volunteer applications are always welcome.

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With so much good happening in West Michigan, it’s easy to make your mark. If you want to make a real impact in the community you live in, we are the place to be. As a region, we rank above the national average in hours spent volunteering, and rank second in the nation in philanthropic giving.

The Johnson Center for Philanthropy offers a non-profit directory.

Feeding America West Michigan exists to ensure good food is available to the hungry in the community. By saving good surplus food from going to landfills, they can distribute that reclaimed food to pantries, shelters, and other local anti-hunger organizations in West Michigan counties.

Goodwill Industries of West Michigan provides work opportunities, skill development, and family strengthening resources in several West Michigan communities.

Muskegon Jaycees encourages young professionals ages 21-40 through business development and community involvement.

Catholic Charities West Michigan‘s programs and services focus on four distinct areas: community outreach, behavioral health, foster care and adoption, and family support.

American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies. Local ARC volunteers provide critical (and often unseen) services in West Michigan every day. Volunteer applications are always welcome.