A Directory of  Volunteer Opportunities In Our Community



“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?"

Matthew 25:37-39


                 God's Community Kitchen                       At St. Charles Church Greenville 

Location: St. Charles Church activity building Benton street entrance.
What:  Hot breakfast for anyone who needs one.  Meals are currently served take out.
When: 10 to 11 am on the third Saturday of every month Starting October 16, 2021.
To Serve: Volunteers are needed to work between 8:00 am and  noon to help set up, prepare, deliver meals and clean up.
To Donate: Donations to purchase supplies for the meals are welcomed.
For more information:
Email: faithserve3@gmail.com

Greenville Ecumenical Food Pantry

Location: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 9844 SW Greenville Rd., Greenville 48838 
What: This food pantry is sponsored and staffed by volunteers from several area churches, to help local citizens in need of food.
Pantry Hours: Beginning July 6 -- Tuesdays 10:00am to 12:00pm and Wednesdays 6:00 to 7:30 pm
To Serve: Volunteer to help at the food pantry, organize a food drive at your church business or organization, make a direct contribution.   St. Charles and St. Joseph-St. Mary parishioners are invited to contribute food and paper items to the donation box in the St. Charles Narthex (Gathering Space).
Contact: Nancy Lamere at: njlamere@gmail.com or faithserve3@gmail.com
Please include the name of the volunteer opportunity and your questions for more information.

St. Charles and St. Joseph-St. Mary Christmas Angel Programs

Location:  St. Charles Church 505 S. Lafayette, Greenville, MI 48838.
What: The Angel Program helps local needy families with their Christmas celebrations by providing Christmas dinner and gifts.
To Serve

  • Adopt a needy family or make a contribution to purchase Christmas dinner and gifts from family wish lists. Donated items are dropped off at St. Charles or St. Joseph, on a designated Friday  afternoon/evening prior to Christmas. 
  • At St. Charles volunteers are needed to coordinate the pick up/delivery. 
  • At St. Joseph, volunteers are needed for delivery to adopted families. 

Contact St. Charles: Tom Russell, K of C Council 2084 

Contacts St. Joseph-St. Mary:

  • Jennifer Feuerstein 
  • Leanne Feuerstein 

To adopt a family, make a contribution or volunteer to work contact faithserve3@gmail.com

Please include the name of the volunteer opportunity and your questions for more information. 

DÉGAGÉ Ministries

Location: 144 Division Ave. S Grand Rapids 49503

What: Dégagé offers help & hope to the homeless & disadvantaged.  

To Serve: Current on-site opportunities: 

  • Admin work in the ID Office to scan & file documents. 
  • A Dynamic Duo to lead bingo for the patrons in the dining room. 
  • Hygiene Desk volunteer to work with Floor Supervisor to assist patrons in using the facilities: showers, laundry, lockers, mail delivery etc. 
  • Licensed hair stylists to work in the Degage Life Enrichment Center  certified hair salon to provide haircuts to patrons. 

Website: https://www.degageministries.org/
Volunteer Connection: https://app.betterimpact.com/PublicOrganization/0fb529c7-42cc-4519-b2d2-0ea707314fe8/1

Contact: Nelson Koon


First Church of God 

Feeding America Food Truck

Location: 101 S. Franklin, Greenville 48838

What: Provides food assistance to disadvantaged families and individuals

When: Periodically

To Serve: Help distribute food from the truck at the church parking lot 

For more information: https://www.reallifegreenville.com

About Feeding America West Michigan: https://youtu.be/U4vYQYtdN2Q


Feeding America Food Truck 

Belding High School

Location: Belding High School lower parking lot, 850 Hall Street, Belding 48809

What: Distribute food to people as they drive through the school parking lot. This is a family friendly outdoor opportunity, all ages are welcome 

When: On the third Friday of every month from 3:30 - 5:30 pm. 

To Serve: Put food in cars. 

Contact: Alisha Hummel 

For more information: email: faithserve3@gmail.com

Please include the name of the volunteer opportunity and your questions for more information. 


Have Mercy Bread of Life Food Pantry  

Location: Greenville Community Church, 6596 Vining Rd., Greenville 48838

Pantry Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 12 to 3 pm

To Serve: Help stock food pantry, unload food and assist clients with food. 

Website: https://havemercymi.org/bread-life

Contact: Susan Le Feve (Manager)

St. Joseph Belding Food Pantry

Location: St. Joseph Church, 409 Bridge St., Belding 48809

What: Pantry supported by St. Joseph-St. Mary parishioners to help those in need of food in the Beldin area.

Pantry Hours: Thursdays 2 to 3 pm (except holidays)

To Serve: Individuals and families can serve in positions requiring as little as one hour a month including pantry coordinators, ordering food, picking up food, unloading trucks, stocking shelves, inventorying food, staffing open hours, scheduling volunteers and writing thank you notes. 

Contact: Dan Feuerstein 

For more information: email: faithserve3@gmail.com

Please include the name of the volunteer opportunity and your questions for more information. 

IM Kids 3rd Meal

Location: H.O. Steele Education Center, 10260 S Sheridan Rd. Fenwick 48834

What: Provide meals to food insecure children in Ionia & Montcalm counties. 

To Serve: 

  • Assemble sack dinners—Volunteers, in groups of 5 - 10, assemble sack dinners. This can be a one time commitment or as frequent as monthly. 
  • Decorate brown lunch bags (use the bigger bags). This can be done at home by volunteers of all ages. 

Website:  http://www.imkids.org


St. Joseph Thursday Supper 

Location: St. Joseph Church (Gym/Kitchen), 409 Bridge St., Belding 48809

What: Simple and wholesome meals are prepared and served to anyone who needs one.  Meals are currently served take out.

When: 4 to 5 pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month.

To Serve: Teams work between 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm to prep, serve and/or clean up and may assist with shopping.  

Contact: Linda Brondige

For more information: email faithserve3@gmail.com 

Please include the name of the volunteer opportunity and your questions for more information. 

St. Paul's Greenville Food Kitchen

Meals have been paused for the summer. 
Resuming meals September 2021 

Location: St. Paul's Episcopal Church 305 S. Clay St, Greenville 48838

What: Preparing and serving take-out meals for disadvantaged families and individuals.

When: 3 to 5 pm Tuesday. Will pause for 2 months in summer 2021.

To Serve: No help is needed temporarily. After Covid restrictions are lifted they will need help with preparation, clean up, dishes, etc. 

Contact: Jan Drake 

For more information: http://www.stpauls-greenville.org/

Please include the name of the volunteer opportunity and your questions for more information. 




Locations: Ellis Elementary School, 100 W. Ellis Street, Belding, and

                     Woodview Elementary School, 450 Orchard St., Belding 48809

What: Collect donations for students in need of backpacks & for younger  students who have accidents at school and are in need of fresh underwear or come to school with no socks or worn out socks when it is cold outside. The school counselor distributes items based on need. 

To Donate: Needed items include backpacks, underwear, socks, shoes, snowsuits, heavy winter gloves to fit children ages 5-10 years & elastic waist pants, such as leggings & sweatpants, for girls & boys size 6-12.

Contacts: Jeff Carrel, Ellis School Counselor

   Chris Duryea, Woodview School Counselor 

For more information: email faithserve3@gmail.com 

Please include the name of the volunteer opportunity and your questions for more information. 


Location: Encounter Community Church - 1213 State St., Belding 48809

What: Pantry to help needy families with essential items for babies and children.  

Pantry Hours: 2nd Thursday 9 to 11 am and 5:30 to 7:30 pm

To Serve: Help sort and put out merchandise. Help with direct donations.

To Donate: Baby items such as diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, baby wash, shampoo, ointment and clothing are needed.
Contact Email:  hello@encountercommunitychurch.org 

Website: http://www.encountercommunitychurch.org/cares


Mel Trotter Ministries Thrift Store

Location: 363 E. State Street, Belding 48809

What: Mel Trotter Ministries (MTM) has a partnership with local churches called “Corners of Your Field”. Corners of Your Field encourages individuals to be intentional about selecting gently-used household items for donation to Mel Trotter Thrift Stores. This enables MTM Thrift to provide gift cards for our church based on a portion of the estimated sales value of the donations received. 

To Donate: Donations to Mel Trotter Thrift Stores may be made at Jenison, Sparta, Lowell, Belding or at any one of the donation boxes located throughout West Michigan. Include with your donation your name, phone number, email address and church name. This will permit the return of a receipt by email. Gift cards that we receive from Mel Trotter are handed out to those in need through the parish office and the St. Joseph Food Pantry. 

Drop off hours: Monday to Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

A donation box is available for after hours

Store Hours: Monday to Saturday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

Website: https://www.meltrotter.org/givehelp/volunteer


I ask everyone to continue to pay special attention to this most important issue of respect for human life from the moment of conception...safeguarding every 

human being from the very first moment of his or her existence." Pope Francis


40 Days for Life

What: This group participates in the 40 Days for Life, a community-based  campaign that takes a determined, peaceful approach to showing local communities the consequences of abortion.  

To Serve: Parishioners are invited to sign up to pray for an hour on our assigned day at the abortion clinic in Grand Rapids. 

Contact: Polly Rewa

For more information: email: faithserve3@gmail.com 

Please include the name of the volunteer opportunity and your questions for more information. 


Alpha Family Services  

Location: 705 N Hillcrest St., Greenville

What: Alpha Family Services is a faith-based pregnancy resource center dedicated to helping those in Montcalm County and surrounding communities with practical assistance & parent education.
Contact: Karen Marsman

To serve:  

  • Mentor Clients:  Males and females are needed to mentor clients 3 to 4 hours per week. Training and all materials are provided. Mentors must be at least 18 years old and demonstrate a growing relationship with Jesus. 
  • Material Donations Assistant: Sorting, mending, or laundering  donated clothing to make sure they are in good condition for our clients. Keep the storage space organized. Help once a week or as needed.
  • General Assistance: Assist Executive Director and other staff members with various tasks which may include mailings, packaging, organizing, helping prepare for events and various office tasks.
  • Development Team: Creative individuals and those with public relations and/or marketing skills to help with planning special events and promotion of the Center.  Team meets monthly.
  • Event Team: Individuals who are willing to help with 1, 2 or more events a year.  Time commitment depends on the event.  
  • Skills/Trade: Volunteers with special skills such as plumbing, carpentry, decorating, gardening, lawn mowing, snow plowing etc. willing to help with a specific, one time need or on an on-going basis. 
  • Alpha Ambassador: An individual or group of people to help promote Alpha and inform their church of upcoming events, such as Walk, Run, Ride for Life, our Celebrate Life banquet fundraiser, Concert for Life etc. 
  • Church Showers/Donation Drives/A Pew for Alpha: Groups to collect baby clothing, diapers, baby food, etc. and items for our clients. For more information or current needs please call or email.

To Donate: Parishioners can donate items to support young families in the collection box in the St. Charles Narthex (Gathering Space). 

Website: https://www.alphafamilyservices.org/

Contact: Karen Marsman 


March for Life in Washington

What: High school and college age students attend the March for Life in Washington, DC. and other prolife activities throughout the year,    leading up to the March, are serving at the Flat River Right to Life dinner, and praying at the abortion clinic throughout the year. 

Contact: Jake & Melanie Schmiedicke 

For more information: email faithserve3@gmail.com 

Please include the name of the volunteer opportunity and your questions for more information. 


Respect for Life  

What: The group educates the parish community of St. Charles and St. Joseph-St. Mary about Catholic teachings on the sanctity of life.  Special events are held throughout the year to promote respect for life and to support local and state efforts.  The group provides   literature, hosts annual benefit dinners, holds a prayer service on Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, honors mothers and fathers on their special days, participates in the annual Life Chain and Ionia Free Fair Respect Life booth.

Contact: Chris & Polly Rewa 

For more information: email faithserve3@gmailcom 

Please include the name of the volunteer opportunity and your questions for more information. 


Right to Life Ecumenical 

What: As a subsidiary of Flat River Right to Life, we strive to educate the local religious and secular communities about the Dignity of Human Life from conception to natural death. Along with raising awareness on Life issues, our necessary fundraising includes the annual Focus on Life Dinner, and hosting a Knights of Columbus Spaghetti Dinner. We participate in the annual Life Chain, and support both spring and fall campaigns for 40 Days for Life, along with the on-going efforts of Right to Life of Michigan to create an awareness of the Dignity of Human Life in our social and political culture.

To Serve: Participate in the various events: 

  • Annual Focus on Life Dinner
  • Annual Knights of Columbus Spaghetti Dinner 
  • Annual Life Chain
  • 40 Days for Life spring and fall campaigns
  • Right to Life of Michigan events

Contact: Candy Schmiedicke 

For more information: email faithserve3@gmail.com 

Please include the name of the volunteer opportunity and your questions for more information. 




What: Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities of Ionia, Kent and Montcalm counties. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Periodically individuals, church, business and other organization groups,  participate in local builds and light construction projects like repairs and handicap ramps.  

To Serve:

  • Office Support Volunteers to answer phones, assist with mailings, filing & data entry. 
  • Construction Volunteers for framing, insulating, siding, painting, landscaping. Construction experience is helpful.  
  • LEARN MORE HERE:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=2n5U5NHFEWM
  • Restore Volunteers for loading & unloading, cleaning, testing & repairing donated items and helping customers 
  • A Brush With Kindness Volunteers Designed to benefit low income or handicapped residents, senior citizens, and veterans with "critical needs" like exterior home repair or painting, access ramps, bush removal, etc. 

Websites & Contact Info:

∙ Ionia County Habitat for Humanity website:  http://www.ioniahabitat.org/

∙ Kent County Habitat for Humanity website: www.habitatkent.org 

∙ Montcalm County Habitat for Humanity website: www.montcalmhabitat.com 

  Contact: Mike Adams



Location: 1015 E Washington St., Greenville 48838

What: Since 2011, Have Mercy has assisted individuals and families in Montcalm and Ionia counties that are homeless or are in jeopardy of becoming homeless. They may assist clients obtain emergency shelter, obtain a permanent source of income or qualify with social agencies.  

Office Hours: Monday to Friday 1-5 pm.

To Serve: Volunteer at homeless facilities in Greenville, help with cleaning, help repair structures and miscellaneous needs. On the job training is provided.

To Donate: Donations may be made to the Washington St. address.  A donation box is also available inside the St. Charles main entrance  

Website: https://www.havemercymi.org 

Contact: Kim Cain 




What: This ministry offers spiritual nourishment for inmates at prisons & jails within the Grand Rapids Diocese, including Carson City and Ionia. Recalling Jesus’ commission to visit the prisoners (Matthew 25:42-43), you are invited to send notes of encouragement and prayer to prisoners. Currently all in-person Catholic services in our prisons & jails have been suspended. Before the pandemic, Communion Services & other spiritual programs were offered. 

To Serve (In-person visits currently suspended)

  • Writing Letters to the Incarcerated 
  • Are you willing to visit the imprisoned through writing a letter? A simple note of encouragement and prayer is a very special gift to one who is incarcerated. People in prison have little or no contact with people on the outside in normal circumstances but during this pandemic they have none. Receiving a letter is something to treasure for the incarcerated.
  • To write letters to the men who attend our Catholic services in prison, please mail them to Attn: Tricia Worrell, 360 Division Ave. South, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Do not include your name on the letter, sign it as a Catholic brother/sister in Christ. The Prison and Jail Ministry office will then forward it to the prison chaplains for them to distribute to those who attended our Catholic services.
  •  Weekly Rosary—Will you join us in praying a weekly rosary for our incarcerated brothers and sisters and their families during this pandemic? We pray our rosary Friday mornings, but pray yours at a time that works well for you. If you have particular intentions you would like us to pray for, please send us those by Thursday afternoon and we will be sure to include them in our weekly rosary. 

Website: https://grdiocese.org/ministries/prison-and-jail-ministry/

Contact: Tricia Worrell, Program Director



 Versiti Michigan Blood

Location:  1036 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 

What: Be a beacon of hope to those in medical need. The need for blood, organs, tissue, or bone marrow is precious and vital. 

To Serve: Volunteer at canteen service during blood drives, distribute posters around town, serve as a delivery driver.  On the job training is provided.

To Donate: Give blood

Website: https://www.versiti.org/ways-to-give/our-communities/michigan

Contact: Sharon Bouck (for Greenville volunteers)

For more information: email: faithserve3@gmail.com

Please include the name of the volunteer opportunity and your questions for more information. 

 "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.' 

Matthew 25:40 


Big Brothers Big Sisters 


  • Ionia County: Big Brother Big Sister Michigan Capital Region   

  7200 W. Saginaw Hwy, Suite 1, Lansing 48917

  • Montcalm County: Big Brother Big Sister Mid-Michigan 

          109 N. Lafayette St., Suite 8, Greenville 48838

What: Adult volunteers serve as a one-on-one mentor community youth in need. Adults are personally matched with a “Little” in their community and can share in the kinds of activities they already like to do.

To Serve: Be a mentor to a youth aged 5 to 15 years. Mentored youth can stay in the program until they are 18. Meet with youth on outings to develop a supportive encouraging friendship. Adults are encouraged to meet 2 to 4 times per month (currently either in-person or online). 

Requirements: Be at least 18 years old.  Some training required as well as background checks. 

Websites & Contact Info: 

Contact: Randy Posthumus


Clay Street Center


Location:  913 S. Clay St., Greenville 48838

What: An Adult Day Center to help seniors continue to live at home, remain as independent as possible and have full, meaningful lives. 

To Serve: Usually work with members one day per week assisting them as they participate in activities. Scheduling of volunteers is flexible. Other volunteers can: 

  • Perform music
  • Lead exercise
  • Be a walking buddy on the trail
  • Help with gardening
  • Socializing & visiting

Requirement: Training and background check are required

Website: www.claystreetcenter.org

To Volunteer: https://www.claystreetcenter.org/volunteer
Contact Info:  Sally Fox Bolek 


Montcalm Commission on Aging

Location:   613 N. State St.  Stanton 48888

What: Provide Senior Citizens and their families with necessary assistance and information to maintain health, dignity, independence and well-being. 

To Serve: 

  • Friendly Visitor
  • Yarn Stitch Group
  • Office Volunteers
  • Kitchen Volunteers
  • Driving Volunteers

Website:  http://www.montcalm.org/departments_services/health_and_human_services/commission_on_aging.php

Contact: Lauri Czarnecki 

DA Blodgett - St. Johns

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Two Campuses  

D.A. Blodgett - St. John's has two campuses, only three miles apart, where our programs and services take place.
The Knapp Street Campus is widely regarded by experts as one of the most beautiful residential facilities in the nation. The KidsFirst emergency shelter and residential homes actually look like homes! Situated on 22 wooded acres, the Knapp Street property is beautiful year-round. 

What: Helping Families

Sometimes parents need help raising their kids. We provide a variety of counseling and mentoring services that help families remain stable and healthy.

What: Helping Children

Sometimes, for their own safety, children cannot live with their parents. We help children who have experienced abuse or neglect with emergency shelter and healing therapy. We find them stable families through our foster care and adoption programs. 

To Serve: 
D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s could not exist without the selfless, unwavering support of an army of volunteers. Hundreds of caring individuals give their time every year. Their work allows us to create a future of hope for thousands of children, and we couldn’t do what we do without them. 

Campus Beautification Projects

We have several volunteer opportunities throughout the year to help keep our 25-acre Knapp Campus looking sharp! Opportunities include landscaping, painting, carpentry, cleaning, and more!    


Micro Projects

Micro projects are short one hour projects for all ages, donation drives, and more! Projects include:  Cutting Icon Awards, Birthday Boxes, #SocialWorkMonth Champion, Bedroom in a Box, Care Bag Drive, MedKits

Email: info@dabsj.org

Website:  https://dabsj.org/be-involved/volunteer
Contact:   volunteers@dabsj.org 

Grateful Hearted

Location: 817 East Summit St., Greenville 48838

What:  Provide veterans with bags filled with items that the veterans need or want but are not within the budget or are not being provided by the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. This is done several times a year.  

To Serve: When Covid restrictions are lifted this group meets to make cards and put together bags for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. 

To Donate: Monetary donations/ donations of items can be sent to 817 East Summit St., Greenville 48838

Ionia County Literacy Council 

Location: 301 W. Main Street, Ionia 48846 

What: Volunteer tutors are trained to teach adult learners how to read or improve their reading skills, improve their basic math skills, and/or learn English as a second language. 

To Serve: Tutoring is offered on an individual or small-group basis. Individual tutoring takes place in a public location -- generally a community library. Small group reading and math classes can be offered with a literacy council tutor at the Michigan Works 

Requirements: Attend 8 to 10 hour training over three evenings. 

Website: https://www.ioniacountyliteracycouncil.org/


Montcalm Alano Club

Location:  117 E. Montcalm St. Greenville 48838

What: Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings are hosted on a daily basis. 

To Serve: Volunteers are needed to meet and greet walk-ins and to perform cleaning and office work. 

Contact: On Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/montcalmalanoclub


Montcalm Area Reading Council (MARC)

Location: 124 W. Grove St., Greenville 

What: Work with adults to increase literacy skills and learn English so they can find employment, read to their children, get a driver’s license or vote. 

To Serve: Volunteers are asked to work 1 to 2 hours with their student.  Students and volunteers meet in a public place. MARC has easy to use programs to help you help your student. 

Requirements: 6 month commitment, 18 & older; high school diploma

Website: http://montcalmareareadingcouncil.com


Rave - Relief Against Violent Encounters

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 93, Ionia 48846

What: Provides temporary shelter and programs for women and children who are experiencing abuse. The purpose is to eliminate the crimes of domestic and sexual violence through programs that support appropriate change.   

To Serve:  

  • Kids Club – Help set up, assist with activities and cleanup
  • Tutoring Tuesdays – Tutor children in the shelter
  • Share the Care Volunteers- Help with children, so that moms can attend support groups
  • Drop in Play Time Volunteers - Help when necessary
  • Drop in Skill Volunteers - Volunteers with skills in nutrition, budgeting, cooking, Yoga or fitness to lead classes.  Other volunteers can spend time listening and chatting with women at the shelter.  

Requirements: Most volunteer positions require 4-5 hours of training

Website: www.raveim.org

Contact:  Tammy Mc Cracken 


American Red Cross

Location: 1050 Fuller Ave NE Grand Rapids 49503

What:  The American Red Cross prevents & alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers & the generosity of donors.  

To Serve: Volunteers are needed, behind the scenes, in disaster relief across the area & the country, to work with clients, for communications & outreach, for finance and fundraising, for IT work & as instructors and presenters.     
Requirements: Must take training for all volunteer positions 

Website:   www.redcross.org/local/michigan/about-us/locations.html 


The Hat Rack

Location: 124 W. Grove St. Suite C, Greenville48838

What: Women’s Area Network (WAN) provides wigs for people who have lost their hair due to medical treatments. 

When: Open on Mondays from 11 am to 2 pm

To Serve: Assist clients in finding a head cover that makes them feel comfortable after encountering hair loss due to medical treatments. 

Requirements: Some training required

Website: http://www.womensaction.net/what-we-do/the-hatrack/ 

Contact: Caryl Wood (Director)


United Way of 

Montcalm and Ionia Counties

Location: 302 S. Bridge St., Belding 48809

What: Volunteer for many local organizations. The volunteer link below or the volunteer center tab on the website will take you to a screen where you can see all of the United Way volunteer opportunities currently available. 

To Serve: Multiple on-going opportunities for all ages and abilities 

Requirements: Training done by the various organizations as needed 

Website:   https://www.liveunitedm-i.org
Volunteer Information:  https://www.liveunitedm-i.org/volunteer

Contact:  Jeffrey Puehler