Join In: Local Opportunities to Volunteer and DonateMay 14, 2020 10:40AM ● By WLMagazine
Grand Rapids Area Mutual Aid Network
An organization has formed to help fill the gaps of need in the Grand Rapids community, called the Grand Rapids Area Mutual Aid Network. Volunteers are needed to help pick up groceries and deliver to people who are not able to safely leave their homes. They will be reimbursed for the purchase. Volunteers with a background in counseling or social work are needed to help with emotional support for community members who may need it during this time. If you’re not able to volunteer, donations are needed to continue to help providing the most vulnerable of the Grand Rapids community with groceries, supplies and financial support. Click here for more information.
In The Image
In The Image is a volunteer-run store supplying the community with clothes, furniture, and household items, free of charge, to those in need. In The Image is in need of laundered and clean clothing, personal hygiene products (unopened shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc), unopened cleaning supplies, basic necessities (toilet paper, hand sanitizer), and baby formula, diapers, and wipes. Click here to help.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth
Boys & Girls Clubs provides diverse activities that meet the interests of all youth. Their Core Programs engage young people in activities with adults, peers, and family members that enable them to develop self-esteem and to reach their full potential. Based on physical, emotional, cultural, and social needs and interests of girls and boys, and recognizing developmental principles. This organization is working to provide a hot dinner and snack to their kids 5 days a week, but they need help in order to continue to do so. They are asking for financial donations as well as household goods, board games, puzzles, and/or other indoor activities for the kids and their families. Click here to help
The mission of Family Promise of Grand Rapids is to end homelessness, one family at a time, by engaging faith-based and community organizations to provide emergency shelter and basic needs to families with children who are homeless and to provide additional programs to assist them in finding housing and sustaining their independence. The nonprofit reports an increase in need due to COVID-19 displacing families. While they have canceled all volunteer opportunities, they are still in need of donations in order to help families survive this crisis. Click here to help.
You can’t volunteer at Dégagé Ministries at this time, as they have canceled all volunteer opportunities through April 13 due to the pandemic; but you can still donate to the organization as it works hard to continue to serve our city’s most vulnerable population. You can donate a dollar amount or contribute to the organization’s Amazon Wishlist. Click here to help.