Accelerating the work of the Church.
As One West Michigan, our heart is to not only kick-start new initiatives to serve the city, but to celebrate and accelerate the wonderful ongoing work of the Church throughout West Michigan. In that vein, we want to encourage all who are participating in One West Michigan to explore ways to get involved in these existing service projects.
MAYOR BLISS' GRAND RIVER CLEAN UP
WMEAC is proud to host the 15th Annual Mayor’s Grand River Cleanup on September 8, 2018 from 9:00am-1:00pm at 6th Street Park in Grand Rapids, MI. There will be a light refreshments before the event and a light lunch after with a beer garden (must be 21+, ID required) supplied by Founders Brewery and live music by Dunegrass.
Small Acts make Grand Impact!
The Grand River is a vital part of the Grand Rapids community. We fish, play, and celebrate the Grand River all year. The river winds its’ way to Lake Michigan where we get our drinking water, use for recreation and enjoy the beauty of Lake Michigan. It takes only 15-30 minutes for trash around storm drains in Grand Rapids to find its way to the Grand River. Pollution in rivers affects the plants, fish, drinking water quality, beauty, and recreational value for our community. The waste that is removed at the 15th Annual Mayors’ Grand River Cleanup is a small act that makes a grand impact.
Register here: https://wmeac.org/mayors-grand-river-cleanup/
WCSG BACK TO SCHOOL SHOE DRIVE
WCSG is collecting NEW kid’s tennis shoes to help out local schools, social service agencies, refugee programs, and other organizations.
Stop by at our station located at 1159 E. Beltline Ave. NE in Grand Rapids, bring them with you when you attend a Fill It Up Friday Stop, or drop them off at one of our partnering Panera locations listed below! Your donation gives you a chance to *spin the prize wheel at Fill It Up Friday Stop!! We look forward to seeing you in your town and partnering with you to help out our local kids in need!
Back to School Shoe Drive Terms: New Items ONLY, tennis shoes, sneakers, school aged kids shoes
To see where we are headed to for stops in August, follow our “WCSG Remote Stops” group on Facebook!
For more information and location details visit http://wcsg.org/community-shoe-service-drive/
Calvary Church is ready to work on a manufactured home through an organization called Partners in Housing (a division under Family Promise). We need your help too! This is a tangible way to help with the current housing crises and we would love to have your church or organization partner with us. We are looking for groups of 6 to 8 people willing to work for 4 hours doing anything from, demolition, to painting, to staging the home before the owners move in.
If you are interested please contact Natalie Uecker at email@example.com.
Grand Rapids Dream Center
Event 1: Saturday SERVE | July 14, 2018 | 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Gerald R. Ford School at 851 Madison Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Event 2 | Saturday SERVE | August 11, 2018 | 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Gerald R. Ford School at 851 Madison Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
We will meet at the Gerald R Ford School to kick-off the day and then go out into the city to serve our community (building projects, community development, food deliveries, bed deliveries, community clean-up, etc.). This is an opportunity to pour into the inner-city communities of Grand Rapids with a team and meet practical needs while demonstrating the love of Jesus.
Contact for questions: Rebecca Taylor at 844-473-7326 xt. 709 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday evenings beginning April 10:
Community Outreach: Children's Ministry, Basketball/Soccer with the Youth, Community Dinner, Street Teams, Refugee Outreach
Location 1: Gerald R. Ford School at 851 Madison Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location 2: River City Scholars at 944 Evergreen, Grand Rapids, MI 49607 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location 3: Hope Academy at 240 Brown Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Bible Club Ministries
BCM International Western Michigan is a nondenominational mission committed to helping children in public elementary schools come to KNOW, LOVE, and OBEY God. Through Released Time and After School Bible Clubs we are focused on presenting the Gospel to the children of Kent, Ottawa, and Allegan counties. We also conduct teacher training workshops, Summer Five Day Bible Clubs, Vacation Bible Schools, as well as offering a Mailbox Bible Club follow up program for children who have recently trusted Christ as their Savior.
Contact: MaryLou Heyboer at email@example.com.
Kid’s Life Bible Clubs
Kids’ Life Bible Clubs (KLBC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3), non-denominational, Christian organization that brings the Good News of Jesus Christ to elementary school children in the West Michigan area through after-school Bible Clubs.
KLBC rents space in schools and equips volunteer teachers to conduct the Bible Clubs where children eagerly attend with their parent’s or guardian’s permission.
KLBC’s program is ready made for churches seeking a way to effectively reach out into their neighborhood. The primary door of opportunity for effectively reaching people with the Good News of Jesus Christ is during the pre-teen years.
Through Bible Clubs, churches are able to minister to the students and their families, many of whom are unchurched. Every opportunity is taken in the lessons to show them the the love, acceptance and value they have in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Contact: Christy Ham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit their website kidslifebibleclubs.org.
Juvenile Diabetes research foundation
JDRF One Walk has one goal: to create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). We know you want to make a cure a reality too—and we can't wait for you to join us!
When you participate in your local JDRF One Walk, the money you raise supports life–changing breakthroughs that give hope to everyone impacted by this disease. And, you'll have a great time doing it! That's because you'll walk with a committed community that is passionate about doing whatever it takes to help turn Type One into Type None.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle—and it's serious and stressful to manage. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D and there is currently no cure. But there is something you can do to help. Please register to walk with us today. We can't do it without you.
The walk will take place Saturday September 8, 2018 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids. Check-in begins at 8:30am and the race begins at 9:30am. The walk will be 1.5 miles.
To run the race, register here : http://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR?fr_id=7445&pg=entry
To become a volunteer, register here: https://jdrfdiabetesconference.wufoo.com/forms/k14lqsd91o1rsrb/
For more information contact Jillian Breneman at email@example.com
Church Partnership with Kent County Foster Care Agencies
We are looking for churches to partner with the local foster care agencies to help with recruitment and support/retention efforts of both foster care workers and foster/adoptive families, with the ultimate goal of improving outcomes for kids in foster care. There are many ways to get involved, from short-term projects to long-term partnerships! Contact Jodi Lewis if your church is interested in exploring specific ways churches can get involved at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Love in the Name of Christ
Our mission is to mobilize local churches to transform lives and communities in the name of Christ.
For over 30 years, Love in the Name of Christ of SE Ottawa County serving the Hudsonville, Jenison and Grandville area has been mobilizing area churches with the intent of supporting the church in its Biblical mandate to care for the poor in our midst. Through our partnership with local churches and their dedicated volunteers, we are able to provide many of the basic necessities to those coming to us for assistance. We coordinate over 50 different ministries and offer a Life Skills Program that empowers individuals toward authentic life transformation.
Volunteering at Love In the Name of Christ is more than taking responsibility to a task. Our volunteers are united in the mission of manifesting the kingdom of God here on earth by utilizing their gifts in serving others. Love INC volunteers are disciple makers either directly as a mentor or one of the many serving areas on our campus. Each volunteer’s heart beats to serve those in our community. Serve once a week in a wide variety of areas including our Life Skills Program.
To sign up to volunteer or for more information visit http://www.loveinthenameofchrist.org/volunteer/
To take a tour and learn more, email email@example.com or call 616.662.3300 ext. 127.
Bridge Street House of Prayer
Staffed by a small army of volunteers, the Pavilion coffee shop is a safe place in our neighborhood. Here we serve free coffee and baked goods, welcoming the young and old, rich and poor, into a safe place where all are loved just the way they are. The Pavilion is a great place to get involved. A volunteer position just takes 3 hours per week for a minimum of one semester. Volunteers make and serve coffee, build relationships with neighbors that come in, sharing the gospel when possible, and keep things clean. No prior experience required.
We serve a very diverse population. We have elementary age students all the way to senior adults frequent on a given day. Our main focus is discipling middle school to post high school through a number of programs that run within the space of the coffee shop. It’s also diverse economically, we have some neighbors that come by for coffee that are professionals working downtown, college students, individuals that are homeless, and individuals facing poverty.
Contact Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved. Visit https://bshop.org/community-development/pavilion/ for more information
Food Pantry of Dutton
Join Redeemer Covenant Church house the food pantry of Community Services of Dutton. This food pantry serves portions of Kentwood, Caledonia, and all of Dutton.
The Dutton Food Pantry will be open 3 days per month.
| 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM | on the second Saturday of the month
| 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM | on the second Monday of the month
| 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM | on the second Tuesday of the month
The pantry needs help in these specific areas:
- Someone to do data entry, has experience with Microsoft Excel and Word to keep client list up to date.
- A licensed social worker who can volunteer once a month to help clients connect with services.
- A website developer who can help us reach families in need of food pantry services.
- A volunteers who is adept at communicating via Twitter, Facebook (Caledonia Chatter/Babble, etc.), and other social media outlets.
- A volunteer who can lift and move heavy boxes.
- An accountant/CPA to audit the books.
- Volunteers on pantry days to set up, clean up, and serve clients.
Contact Beth Ernest at email@example.com if interested.
lIFElINE COMMUNITY CHURCH
Summer Block Party! Churches in and around the City of Wyoming: LifeLine Community Church would love to have your help loving on the people of Wyoming. Each month throughout the summer LifeLine Community Church host a Summer Bock Party throughout the Rogers Lane neighborhood. Dinner is FREE, Games for adults and kids is FREE and the conversation and meeting new friends is FREE! Don't miss out on the fun...if it rains they just move the party inside!
Our block Parties this summer are going to be on Wednesday's from 5:30-7:30PM. Set up starts at 4:45 and we are cleaned up and gone before 8:00PM.
- Wednesday, June 27 - 5:30-7:30PM - Location Lifeline Church - 2929 Rogers Lane
- Wednesday, July 25 - 5:30-7:30PM - Location -TBD
- Wednesday, August 22 - 5:30-7:30PM - Location -TBD
LAKE SHORE HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity is a partnership, home building & home repair Christian ministry serving Ottawa and part of Allegan Counties that has served more than 150 families and 800 individuals since 1990.
It is based on the principal that all God's people deserve a decent place to live and that our community is a better place when that occurs. When Habitat families move from poverty housing into their own homes, they report better health, increased stability in the family, and children who do better in school.
Habitat for Humanity has always been a strong proponent of 'a hand up rather than a hand out.' Houses are sold to qualified homeowners without profit, using affordable mortgages. Homeowners also complete "sweat equity" or volunteer hours as part of the partnership. Homeowners are able to re-pay their mortgages over the course of 20-25 years. Payment will be less than 30% of the monthly income and usually under 30 years.
These payments, together with donations, grants, and sales from our ReStore create a sustainable revenue model that supports the construction of more homes for future Habitat partners.
We now offer home repair services at various levels so that we can serve more families and impact more communities. These repairs are mainly external, including siding, window replacement, insulation, roof repair, etc.
The exciting aspect of this is our collaboration with other agencies and ministries to accomplish a great deal more together. We are excited to see what the future brings!
Habitat Lake Shore currently is working on builds for three families! Read the family bios below. To get involved contact Trevor at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.lakeshorehabitat.org/sign-up
Family Stories (Click to read):
Holland Rescue Mission
Holland Rescue Mission is a shelter that seeks to meet the needs of homeless men, women, and children in the West Michigan area. We offer a wide range of Christ-driven services that address the root issues of homelessness to help restore and transform lives.
At Holland Rescue Mission, it’s our desire to see homelessness end for each person who walks through our doors. We do this by offering them a hand up, not a handout. In accordance with Federal Fair Housing Law, Holland Rescue Mission does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.
Current Volunteer Needs for Individuals:
- Donation Greeter: Greet donors and help them unload their vehicle (Monday-Saturday between 9 AM and 5 PM; typically a rotation consisting of 2-3 hours weekly)
- Facilities/Maintenance Volunteer: Family Hope Ministry Center is looking for adults (preferably women) who can help with light maintenance projects around the building and in residents’ rooms (Monday-Friday between 8 AM and 5 PM; requesting 2-8 hours weekly)
- Pricing Hard Good: The Gateway Center thrift store is looking for individuals who would like to serve 1-3 days a week and who would be interested in being trained to price and bring out hard goods into the thrift store.
- ROCK Camp: For those who like working with kids, we are requesting help for volunteers in the youth ministry department of our women and children’s shelter (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 8 and 5, summer only)
- Auto detailing: Help prepare donated cars to be sold to the public; help our auto sales manager by providing rides to/from the mechanic as well (Monday-Friday, 2-hour shift/as needed)
Current Volunteer Needs for Groups:
- Serving meals: Groups of 4-5 adults can help prepare and serve meals in one of our shelter kitchens (lunch: 11:30-1:00; dinner: 4:30-6:00, Monday-Friday)
- Sorting donations: Groups of up to 12 can help in our Gateway Center warehouse; tasks would include sorting and hanging clothing, sorting shoes, baling items to be exported, and sorting books.
- Making sick packs: For anyone interested in putting together sick packs for residents who are ill, they can email me and I will provide them with the shopping list and instructions.
For any of the above opportunities, potential volunteers would first need to complete and online application: https://hollandrescue.org/volunteer/.
New City Kids
New City Kids offers after school programming for local low-income youth. Children and teens get a chance to explore music and academics in a creative and fun environment. Though there are many challenges of urban life, especially for youth, these programs give children a safe place to feel and hear that they are valued and loved. New City Kids aims to draw children into hope by developing in them skills, talents, and desires for their future. By surrounding them with a community of love and development, we strive to set youth on a path of transformation that will carry them forward for the rest of their lives.
- Tutor elementary children from 4 - 6pm starting September 5. Contact email@example.com.
- Tutor teens on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6-8pm during the fall. Tutoring begins September 5. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Teach bass, drum, piano teachers Thursday or Friday evenings during the school year for teens. Contact email@example.com.
- Help with Middle School Ministry every Thursday 6-8:30pm. This ministry starts in October. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Host a pancake breakfast to help raise funds for the spring College Tour. Contact email@example.com.
closets of hope
The Closet of Hope is a volunteer-run resource providing clothing and other items free of charge to children (ages newborn to 18) of Foster, Adoptive, Kinship, Guardianship and Safe Families in our church and community. Families may receive clothing and supplies for new child placements and growing children, and is a resource for ALL of the children in your home. Our goal is to support, encourage and equip your family to continue to do the great work you are doing! The Closet of Hope is located at Kentwood Community Church's Wyoming Campus, 2950 Clyde Park Ave. SW, Wyoming, MI.
Hosting an activity at Degage is a perfect way for groups of 5-10 people to get involved. Activities allow fun, laid back interaction between those we serve and those who volunteer. Activity groups may join us in the morning from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM or the evening from 5 PM to 6 PM or 6:15 PM to 7 PM.
Contact Holly Kammel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-454-1661 ex 212 to set up an activity group.
World Mission has opportunities for churches to engage and serve in local missions while making an a global impact. A church can do this by volunteering their time to serve at one of World Mission’s 5 locations. They have many volunteer opportunities and need help daily in areas of leadership, cashier, inventory control, truck drivers, and more!
By volunteering at a World Mission Thrift Center or a Bibles for Missions Thrift Center supporting World Mission, you can serve locally while making a global impact, providing great value to your community while spreading the Gospel to the those who would otherwise not have access to Scripture. Through your interactions with your customers, you can demonstrate a tangible expression of the love of Christ, building God’s kingdom and giving Him glory. For every four hours served in a store, enough net revenue is generated to distribute one Treasure, impacting up to 144 lives for Christ.
Our volunteer stores are located at:
- 2900 Wilson Ave SW, Grandville
- 1950 44th St SE, Kentwood
- 1435 60th St SE, Kentwood
- 6274 Plainfield Ave NE, Plainfield Township
- 525 W Sherman Blvd, Muskegon