Give back to West Michigan

Volunteers make sack suppers
Volunteers make sack suppers to feed the hungry in West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) Every year at Christmas, people look to practice generosity and selfless service. There are many ways to give back during the holidays. Here are ten ways to inspire you to bring the joy of Christmas to those in need:

Girls On The Run

Warm up your spirit fingers, lace up your sneakers and inspire a group of girls to be strong and healthy. Become a volunteer coach or running buddy. A non-profit after school program that encourages pre-teen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running.

IM Kids 3rd Meal Program

IM KIDS 3rd Meal is a feeding program that services food insecure children in Ionia and Montcalm counties. The organization is always looking for sack packers, drivers and anyone who wants to hold a drive of their own. Currently there are 8,000 children in Ionia and Montcalm Counties who don’t know where their next meal will come from. Volunteers can donate as much or as little time as they would like.

Feeding America West Michigan

Feeding America West Michigan works to ensure safe food is available to the hungry in West Michigan. Each year, FAWM serves an estimated 492,100 people in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

Catholic Charities West Michigan

A community-based agency providing programs in Western Michigan, and offering a variety of services ranging from prevention and education to crisis intervention.  All programs are designed to help families and individuals succeed.

Porter Hills

More than 250 Porter Hills volunteers spend nearly 15,000 hours each year in helping others. Each day, selfless volunteers enrich the lives of Porter Hills residents. There are many ways how volunteers can make a difference: assist in bingo, become a swim buddy, a social friend, or even a gardener.


When you drop off your donations at Goodwill, you’ll receive a receipt from a donation attendant. Each donation can be claimed for a tax deduction for clothing and household items that are in good condition.

ACT – Artists Creating Together

ACT’s mission is to empower people with disabilities from West and Northern Michigan with interactive experiences, both artistic and cultural, while providing opportunities for personal growth and learning.

Benjamin’s Hope

Benjamin’s Hope is a natural setting where people with disability and the community gather for Christ-centered fellowship, treatment, housing and meaningful work. Volunteers are needed to give as much or as little time as possible.

Olivia’s Gift

Olivia’s Gift is a model for non-profit residential living for adults with severe disabilities. Community members who love working with people and have a special heart for those with severe disabilities are needed to make a positive impact in the lives of these individuals.

Women’s Resource Center

Women’s Resource Center is supported by more than 170 active community volunteers. Their compassionate involvement offers a variety of services to clients and their families that would otherwise be unavailable. There are many ways to volunteer including becoming a children’s services volunteer, shelter volunteer, mentor for children, or hotline volunteer.

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