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Volunteer Opportunities

There are many opportunities to get involved in the greater Kalamazoo area.

If you are looking to volunteer as an individual, whether for a long term or one-time opportunity, a great place to start is Volunteer Kalamazoo. To start looking for the right volunteering opportunity, follow this link and click on the “get involved” button on the upper right hand corner.

If you are looking to find a volunteer opportunity for a RSO or any student group, contact Jesus Romero directly and he will assist you with finding a good match.

Interested in service learning?

Check out the WMU Office of Service-Learning. They can assist you with identifying service-learning courses, finding or developing service-learning opportunities, and coaching for service-related leadership. The office also offers support for collaborations among students, faculty, and community partners, as well as providing reflection to help you frame your experiences.

Current Opportunities

20th Annual Be a Lifesaver Campaign

When: April 10, 11, and 12 from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. (2 hour shifts)
Where: Various businesses throughout the community
Volunteer Project: During this weekend of Child Abuse Prevention Month, volunteers work 2 hour shifts receiving monetary donations in exchange for a lifesaver candy and information about child abuse. Volunteers are provided a t-shirt (to keep) and a bright blue apron identifying them as volunteers for our non-profit agency. They receive an orientation before reporting to their assigned site. We accommodate volunteers' time requests and encourage volunteers to work with a partner. Verification of hours worked is provided immediately, if needed. This is a fun, easy way to help keep kids safe from abuse and neglect!

For any questions, please contact Karen Hayter at info@kalamazoocan.com or (269) 551-4430.


Hand Hygiene Auditor

Where: Bronson Methodist Hospital
Volunteer Project: Flexible hours (minimum of 3-4 hours per week) Hands-on experience to learn the principles of preventing infections and hospital acquired infections.

Apply by sending your resume to colleyt@bronsonhg.org or call (269) 341-7223


Kalamazoo Color Run

When: April 10-11, 2015 (see link below for various times)
Volunteer Project: Ever wonder how The Happiest 5k on the Planet is achieved city after city? We'll share our secret with you - it's our amazing volunteers! We couldn't do it without 'em. Whether it's handing out water, assisting with check-in, revving up the crowd at the finish festival, tossing color or cleaning up confetti, our volunteers are indispensable. Become the newest member of The Color Run™ family by signing up to volunteer in Kalamazoo! You'll forever be a hero!

For more information please visit here or contact Cody Potter at cody.b.potter@wmich.edu


Kalamazoo Marathon

When: Sunday, May 2, 2015, 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Volunteer Project: WMU is looking for a large group of volunteers that will help that morning with a water/aid station and excitement zones located on main campus. Volunteers will meet at the entrance to campus by the Bronco statue in front of the Rec Center at 7:30 a.m. and the first runners hit campus by 8 a.m.. You will be done and on your way home by 9:30 a.m.. We invite you to join us that morning for this incredible experience in welcoming the Kalamazoo Marathoners as they run through our campus. Volunteers will be supplied with WMU t-shirts and will be joined by Buster and the Cheer and Dance Teams. We cheer the runners on and provide them with water at our water station.

If you are interested in volunteer hours for that morning, please contact Donna Marks at 269-387-2072 or donna.marks@wmich.edu by March 23, 2015.


Girls on the Run

When: March 9, 2015 - May 4, 2015
Volunteer Project: Girls on the Run is looking for coaches. Coaches must be at least 18 years old and are provided with training, CPR/First Aid certification, a comprehensive, well-researched curriculum, and teaching materials. The program begins March 9, 2015 and runs for 10 weeks with a 5K celebration event on May 30, 2015.

For more information please contact Julie Bos at Julie.bos@girlsontherun.org or (269) 621-3143 ext. 371.


After School Program

When: Monday - Friday
Where: Salvation Army
Volunteer Project: The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to assist with their After School Program that tutors students in kindergarten to 6th grade.

For more information please contact Iesha at Iesha_Patterson@usc.salvationarmy.org or (269) 743-0831.