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Volunteers Make It Happen
Volunteers are an integral part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids. Our volunteer’s skills and talents help us provide an engaging environment—allowing our kids to learn skills, grow relationships, and build hobbies that become lasting experiences. This is a volunteer opportunity with the potential to change lives.
As an individual or group, we have plenty of ways you can get involved—from simply assisting with homework, to high-energy, exciting ten-on-ten dodgeball. We are always open to new activities and ideas.
Our volunteers are crucial for the fun, stability, and growth of our Club members. We are looking for volunteers who are able to be with us for at least one hour a week for at least three months. This allows for growing strong relationships through consistent activity and fun with the kids. If this commitment is perfect for you, we would love to have you join our volunteer team.
INDIVIDUAL / SMALL GROUPS
Help out our staff on a regular basis in any way possible in the learning center, gym, games room, or art room.
Do you have a special skill like painting or boxing? Share your skill with our kids through a workshop or workshop series. 1+ volunteers. Scheduled monthly or quarterly.
Help lead our sports teams (basketball, football, cheer, soccer, etc.) Schedule dependent on sport in season.
PASSPORT TO MANHOOD
Passport to Manhood teaches responsibility to boys ages 11-14 with sessions that focus on a specific aspect of character and manhood through highly interactive activities.
SMART Girls provides health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement for girls ages 8 –17.
Help the youth plant and upkeep the club garden.
Teach young people financial responsibility and money management skills through a series of personal finance workshops. 1 to 3 volunteers. Can be scheduled anytime.
Help youth explore different careers and find their passion through a career presentation, job shadow, or guided tour of your workplace. 1 to 3 volunteers. Can be scheduled anytime.
BGC BUDDIES MENTORING
BGC Buddies mentors will be paired with a Club member to participate in activities inside and outside of the Club. Mentors are there to support and encourage their mentees, all while having fun and building positive relationships. Learn more
Help kids succeed in school. Tutor our youth after school at one of our Club sites in subjects like reading, math, science, and social studies. 1 – 3 volunteers. Can be scheduled anytime.
HIGH-YIELDING LEARNING ACTIVITIES
High-Yielding Learning Activities incorporate learning into fun activities like board games, pool, cards, and more. If your group can think it, our kids would love to play it! 3 – 7 volunteers. Can be scheduled anytime.
YOUTH OF THE YEAR
Volunteers can help prepare candidates for our annual Youth of the Year competition by mentoring candidates on interview and speaking skills. 3 – 5 volunteers. Available October – February.
SUMMER READING CLUB – DAY OF READING
Volunteers choose their favorite book to share with a club member. After reading to one of our kids, they can donate a book to our Club library or gift it to the club member. 1 – 10 volunteers.
THROW A PARTY!
Put on a party for one of our clubs! Plan some fun activities or stations, and bring toys, prizes, and treats. Our kids and your team will have a blast! Any volunteer group size. Can be scheduled anytime.
CLEAN / BEAUTIFY THE CLUB
Help us keep our Clubs clean and beautiful. Choose an outdoor or indoor project for a large group. Volunteers may need to provide basic cleaning supplies. 10 – 50 volunteers. Can be scheduled as needed.
Help us renovate a vital Club room like the Learning Center of Game Room by painting, cleaning, assembling furniture, etc. 15 – 20 volunteers. Can be scheduled anytime.
EQUIPMENT OR SUPPLY DRIVES
Provide hundreds of kids with valuable supplies for school and home — past drives have included backpacks, school supplies, personalizes hygiene supplies, healthy snacks, and summer supplies. All items collected must be new. 20+ volunteers. Can be scheduled anytime.
CREATE YOUR OWN
Use your creativity. Whether it’s playing kickball or building robots — share what you are passionate about with our kids. You decide how many volunteers you’ll need and when to do the project.