Volunteer Process

Volunteering for Boys & Girls Clubs is a rewarding experience that positively impacts the lives of young individuals in our community. When you join our team of dedicated volunteers, you become a mentor, a friend, and a source of inspiration for kids who are looking for guidance and support. Whether you have a special skill to share or simply want to make a difference, your time and commitment can play a crucial role in shaping the future of these young minds.

The Registration & Background Check

Prospective volunteers complete the volunteer portal registration online or email Zoe Willoughby-Barker at , zwilloughby@bgcgrandrapids.org. Please upload a copy of your driver’s license or photo ID along with the completed and signed background check form for processing. Every volunteer is required to undergo a background check prior to volunteering.

Are you interested in setting up a group volunteer experience? Please click here for our group volunteer form.

Handbook & Orientation

Once registered through the VolunteerMatters portal, volunteers will need to schedule a virtual volunteer orientation session in the Project Catalog or by emailing our Community Engagement Coordinator. Volunteers will virtually meet with the Community Engagement Coordinator to go over the Volunteer Handbook and discuss proper practices while in the Club.

Placement & Tour

Next, schedule an in person tour of the Club placement discussed during the virtual orientation through the VolunteerMatters portal Project Catalog. On your tour day, you will first meet with the Community Engagement Coordinator for a tour of the location, staff introductions, and a final walkthrough of policies and expectations.

Getting Started

After completion of background check, volunteer orientation, and tour, you are an official volunteer! You are now welcome to sign up for volunteer shifts through the portal and get started!

Become a Donor

Every child deserves a fair chance in life. Your donation helps Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids make a difference for youth around our community.