Are you passionate about helping people who are in difficult situations? We would love to have you join the Alpha Grand Rapids (AGR) volunteer team! There are fifteen unique volunteer roles that allow you to serve in the area where you feel most passionate. While some roles involve working directly with people and others are more “behind-the-scenes,” each one is crucial and makes a huge impact on the individuals and families that receive services at AGR. We also have volunteer opportunities for families, small groups, classes, sports teams, organizations, and more!
A background check is required for all volunteers. Mentors and coaches must also complete all necessary paperwork in addition to our Volunteer Training Program prior to meeting with clients.
All people who are interested in volunteering must attend Session 1 of our Volunteer Training Program. Potential volunteers interested in serving as mentors or coaches must complete the entire Volunteer Training Program. This training is offered three times per year (typically in January, May/June, and September) and consists of four classroom sessions and a period of experiential learning upon completing the classroom training. Classroom sessions are offered during morning and evening times to fit your schedule. Training helps volunteers becomes familiar with AGR services, policies, and documenting procedures. Skills such as empathy, active listening, and building relationships are heavily emphasized. That might sound overwhelming, but we promise training is a lot of fun, too!
Potential volunteers are not always approved for all roles. Completing our training program does not guarantee a specific role. Selection for various positions is based on availability, need, experience, and fit.
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As a mentor or coach, you will meet with clients regularly to provide support, encouragement, and education through the Step Up Program. This program is designed around the client’s unique needs and areas of interest, and allows mentors and clients to work together to create goals. We ask mentors/coaches to commit to a minimum of three hours per week of service.
Spend time with children while their mom attends classes at AGR. Childcare volunteers are needed on various days of the week for a duration of 1-3 hours. Children range in ages from infant to six years old.
Parenting Class Facilitator
Parenting class facilitators lead a 6-week class for moms and dads seeking to improve their parenting skills. This is a great form of support for both first-time and experienced parents! Parenting classes are held quarterly throughout the year. The timing of classes is somewhat flexible based on the availability of the facilitator.
When clients accept Christ during their time at AGR, we strive to plug them into a church. Connect AGR clients with your church community by welcoming and sitting with the client during the service, introducing them to others in the church, and helping them connect to a small group if interested. Our goal is to have a church host/hostess in churches all around Kent County so that clients can attend a church near their home.
Single Moms Support Group Facilitator
Facilitators lead a weekly class for 8-12 women under the guidance of an AGR staff member. Duties include: preparing and performing devotions, teaching, and leading group discussions. Training and curriculum is provided to the volunteer.
Meet with students once a week to help them prepare for their GED tests. GED classes are led by certified teachers and include one-on-one time with a tutor to cover specific questions. Classes are held on Tuesday evenings from 5:00-7:30pm at the Women’s Center. Male clients can register to meet one-on-one with a tutor to prepare for the GED tests.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Tutor
English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors help students learn how to speak English so they can navigate Grand Rapids more comfortably and expand their community. Students spend a portion of class together learning a lesson led by a teacher that is certified in teaching ESL, and then break into groups for additional practice with a tutor. This class meets on a weekly basis. Training is provided for volunteers.
Inventory is a huge process at AGR! Inventory volunteers sort, organize, and maintain material donations, which include infant and maternity supplies. You can also help fix and assemble large items or toys. This is a great volunteer opportunity for groups (Bible study, small group, sports team, etc.) and families! Volunteers must be at least 16 years old or accompanied by an adult.
Help staff, volunteers, and clients feel extra safe by providing security on the nights AGR is open late. Security volunteers patrol the building and parking lot regularly from approximately 6-8:30pm. Volunteers serve 1-2 evenings per month.
Building & Maintenance
Use your technical skills to help with carpentry, plumbing, cleaning, decorating, and painting projects on an as-needed basis.
Help AGR staff plan, prepare, and execute events. This role involves a variety of tasks such as making phone calls, soliciting businesses for donations towards the event, organizing supplies, setting up and assisting at the event, and data entry. Key events include the Walk for Life in May, Annual Banquet in October, and the Christmas Open House in December.
Single Moms Support Group Cook
Provide a meal for clients attending the Single Moms Support Group on Tuesdays or Fridays. Responsibilities include planning and preparing the meal (at home or at AGR), serving the meal to clients, and cleanup afterwards. Groups are typically 10-20 people. AGR will reimburse all purchases.
Help your church get more connected with AGR by sharing information about volunteer opportunities, upcoming events, and ministry updates. Church ambassadors help AGR build relationships in the community by increasing awareness for our services and ways to get involved.
Assist with general administrative work including data entry and filing. Volunteers with grant-writing experience can assist with grant research and proposals.
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Hear first hand from our past and current volunteers.
“We’ve gotten to know the girls. We get to hear their stories and be part of the discussions… I was kind of amazed how much I really started to love these women.”
-Single Moms Support Group Cook