Too many people in our community are struggling with housing.
You can make a difference! Below are some ways you can volunteer your time at a local agency addressing housing and supporting families who are experiencing homelessness. Visit our volunteer site to browse even more ways to give your time to the causes you care about.
MOVE-IN HELP & CONSTRUCTION
Remodel a Manufactured Home | Family Promise
Help homeless families move home quickly by helping to remodel a manufactured home. Tasks include cleaning, painting, demoing, yard work, some minor carpentry like hanging mini blinds, or installing hardware on doors. Great project for groups. (Ages 14+)
Construction | Inner City Christian Federation (ICCF)
Help prepare homes for renovation through building, light demolition, landscaping, and clean up. (Ages 13+)
Renovations | Well House
Help fix up houses to provide more homes for people experiencing homelessness in our community. Regardless of your skill level, there are always tasks that need to be accomplished, from routine maintenance to major renovation.
Move a Family Home | Family Promise
Opportunity for small groups of 3-4 people who would like to help move our families out of shelter and into their new home. Every move is different, but the group would need to be able to lift and move big items like a couch and dressers. This very flexible opportunity can take place late afternoons during the week or Saturday mornings and usually takes about three hours. (Ages 18+)
Group & Individual Construction Volunteers | Habitat for Humanity of Kent County
Come on a construction site Tuesday-Saturday, year round. Habitat will provide the tools, equipment, and safety gear - no prior construction experience is necessary.
Property Maintenance & Light Home Repair | Community Rebuilders
Community support is at the heart of the work at Community Rebuilders. They have many opportunities for individuals and groups to share their unique skills, talents, and strengths in support of ending homelessness.
Supply Room Angel | Family Promise
Help to keep the Partners in Housing supply room organized, as well as delivering supply totes to the homes being worked on. (Ages 18+)
ReStore Volunteer | Habitat for Humanity of Kent County
Habitat’s ReStore offers new and gently used home improvement materials, fixtures, appliances, and furniture to the general public at prices 50-70% below average retail rates. Volunteers are needed to help sort inventory, serve customers, and pick-up donations throughout the week.
Families Helping Families & Safe Space to Land Bags | Family Promise
When families move out of shelter, Family Promise gives them some practical gifts that support them in their new home. This is the perfect opportunity for your family to do a service project at home and then bring your gift to the Day Center. Also a great project for colleagues at the workplace.
EDUCATION & ADVOCACY
Fair Housing Tester | Fair Housing Center of Western Michigan
Testers play the role of a home seeker and participate in apartment showings, open houses, and other experiences to help monitor fair housing practices. Testers are of vital importance to the advocacy and research programs of the Fair Housing Center. (Ages 18+)
Classroom Instruction | Inner City Christian Federation (ICCF)
Do you have expertise in financial management, home maintenance, or other home ownership or financial capabilities skills? Contact ICCF to learn about being a volunteer instructor.
DROP-IN SERVICES & EMERGENCY SHELTER
Registration Volunteer | Heartside Ministry
Assist front desk with check-in and registration process and identify service needs of each neighbor.
Family Haven Support | Inner City Christian Federation (ICCF)
Share your talents with families in emergency shelter by making a meal, leading a craft or game night for kids, cleaning, or organizing the clothes pantry.