Join In: Local Opportunities To Volunteer And Donate
HQ Runaway and Homeless Youth Drop-In Center
HQ provides space and support services to homeless and runaway youth in Grand Rapids. While their offerings are currently limited due to COVID-19, they continue to support this vulnerable populations. Currently, they are seeking donations of hair brushes, bath towels, natural hair care products, and white or black t-shirts (all sizes). For more information on how to donate, email [email protected] or call 616-406-3945.
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.
Mel Trotter Ministries
Mel Trotter Ministries is now accepting volunteers to assist in their programming that supports our city’s vulnerable homeless and transient population. Programming includes job readiness, addition recovery, housing readiness and aftercare. Volunteers are required to undergo COVID-19 training. visit meltrotter.org/givehelp/volunteer.
Literacy Center of West Michigan
The Literally Center of West Michigan provides 1-on-1 support for adults in our community who face barriers due to low literacy. Volunteer tutors are only required to read and write English. While tutors and learners meet 1-on-1 (virtually), the Literacy Center provides robust support for both parties to order to make for a successful outcome. Volunteer orientations are current taking place online. Visit literacycenterwm.org/volunteer-resources.
Meals on Wheels Western Michigan
Meals on Wheels Western Michigan provides home-delivered nutritious meals to seniors across Kent and Allegan counties. In 2018 alone, they serviced more than 2,900 seniors by providing more than 500,000 meals. During COVID-19, they are in need of volunteers to assist with delivery, packing meals and helping out at their pantry. For those who cannot volunteer in person, they are accepting donations of funds and PPE. For more information, visit mealsonwheelswesternmichigan.org.