Kids Food Basket

Kids Food Basket is a hunger relief program for kids that currently provides a sack supper to approximately 640 elementary school children in Greater Grand Rapids; these children who have been identified by school officials as being nutritionally at-risk and would not otherwise be receiving an evening meal. Kids Food Basket is the only hunger relief program working with the school systems to assist undernourished children.
watch the video about Kid’s Food Basket

1203 Butterworth SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

*If you’d like to be a packer and sandwich maker, contact Kathie at

Mel Trotter Ministries

•  Individuals or volunteer groups of 5 people can sign up to work a dinner shift in our kitchen.
•  Volunteers can help out at any of our four Retail locations.
•  Sort through donations at our warehouse at 555 28th St.
•  We badly need skilled volunteers to help us with everything from mentoring to remodeling.
•  Serve as a mechanic in our Vehicle Donation Program.

From serving hot meals to helping out with your professional skills, there are lots of ways you can help the disadvantaged of Grand Rapids. Call us for details at (616) 454-8249.

Volunteer Coordinator
225 Commerce Ave. SW
Grand Rapids MI 49503
(616) 454-8249

Guiding Light Missions

Guiding light has a number of volunteer opportunities which to suit all levels of education and experience. There is truly a way for everyone to serve at GLM. These opportunities range from professional services such as legal aid and financial counseling, to other tasks such as working in the kitchen and making beds. Located below are several links to more information on specific volunteer opportunities.

Participate in mailers, thank our donors, and help organize data! Office work helps GLM run smoothly.

Professional volunteers provide our patrons with the services that would otherwise be inaccessible. Let us put your training to use!

Chapel and Kitchen
Chapel and Kitchen volunteers help cook meals,serve food, and spread the word of God.

Walk with one of our men as they go through important life changes.

Contact Darla Davis, Volunteer Manager, for more on volunteer opportunities. Download the individual volunteer application or group volunteer application here. Parents, please sign and submit the minor volunteer waiver prior to your child volunteering at Guiding Light Mission.

255 S. Division Ave
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 451-0236

Servants Center

Servants Center was organized in 1993 as a result of concern about the drift of churches away from direct relationship based ministry among the poor.  Servants Center works to enhance the reputation of our Lord Jesus Christ through the provision of high quality, relationship based street outreach and ongoing support services to mentally ill poor and homeless people in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition to direct service to the homeless, we also provide educational events related to our work throughout Michigan each year.  These events include Sunday preaching, training seminars, and consulting services to help churches develop effective ministries among the poor in their own community – urban, suburban, or rural.

Servants Center is funded through contributions from churches, individuals, corporations, and foundations. Read the stories of those we’ve helped.

Volunteers are needed to assist our professional staff with routine, but important, tasks that help the formerly homeless people we serve. Volunteers typically serve in conjunction with their local church.

If you would like to know more about getting involved with Servants Center, call us at (616) 456-8512. 1

Servants Center
P.O. Box 3682
Grand Rapids, MI 49501
(616) 456-8512

Well House

Well House Seeks to help provide the transition between emergency and permanent shelter for homeless women and families, and to provide activities that foster new directions and goals.

We are non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. The way we receive our emergency shelter residents is through the Salvation Army Homeless Assistance Program. The expectation at Well House is that residents are serious about getting their life together. The household is structured informally with cleaning and cooking shared between the residents. Much of Well House’s existence is dependant on charitable contributions. Contributions come not only in dollars, but also as volunteer services and in-kind donations.

There are a variety of opportunities including child care, office work, as well as house cleaning and maintenance. Click here to download a Volunteer Application

601 Cass SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Kathy Fitzpatrick, Assistant Director (616)245-3910
Email Us at

God’s Kitchen

Volunteers provide a priceless gift to Catholic Charities West Michigan – their time! There are many varied opportunities for individuals, families and groups (schools, service organizations, business volunteer corps) to provide help and create hope for those in need.

If you have a special talent, and time to give, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator (Vickie Delands-Kochans) by phone (616) 551-5666 or by email

Click HERE to view our volunteer application.
Click HERE for a list of current and ongoing volunteer opportunities. 

303 Division Ave. South
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 454-4110

→ Volunteers needed for donations, sorting, shelf stocking, lunch servers and preparers

Dégagé Ministries

Dégagé Ministries relies on the faithful support of over 1,200 volunteers annually. Volunteer positions range from weekly to monthly commitments and are open to individuals and groups.

Volunteer Opportunities (but not limited too):
Monday Foodie – Each Monday Degage receives a large donation of food from a local caterer.  A volunteer is needed to creatively turn this food into meals to be served in the dining room.  This would ideally happen between 12:00 and 2:00 on Monday afternoons.  If you enjoy working with food, this may be the role for you!
Morning Kitchen Volunteers – A low-cost breakfast is served in Degage’s dining room each morning.  Volunteers assist by preparing the food, running the cash register, and serving the food.  We currently need a weekly volunteer for Tuesday mornings from 8:30-11:30.
Evening Dining Room Servers – A low-cost meal is served in Degage’s dining room each evening.  Serving on a monthly basis is a great way to become familiar with Degage and the residents of the Heartside neighborhood over time.

Please call Dégagé at (616) 454-1661, or email Bonnie Mulder at bonnie@degageministries for more information on volunteering.

144 Division Ave. South
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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