Alpha Grand Rapids

1725 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
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Our mission Motivated by the love of Christ, Alpha Grand Rapids exists to promote abundant life by providing holistic services to women and men affected by unplanned pregnancies.

Alpha Grand Rapids

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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. All people who are interested in volunteering must attend Session 1 of our Volunteer Training Program.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings

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. All people who are interested in volunteering must attend Session 1 of our Volunteer Training Program.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

English as a Second Language (ESL) Tutor

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. All people who are interested in volunteering must attend Session 1 of our Volunteer Training Program.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings

Childcare Volunteer

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. All people who are interested in volunteering must attend Session 1 of our Volunteer Training Program.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings

Mentor/Coach

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. 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.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings

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. All people who are interested in volunteering must attend Session 1 of our Volunteer Training Program.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings

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.
  • Occasional
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Groups (2-10), Families
  • Indoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings

Building & Maintenance

Use your technical skills to help with carpentry, plumbing, cleaning, decorating, and painting projects on an as-needed basis.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Security

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.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Evenings

Administrative Volunteer

Assist with general administrative work including data entry and filing. Volunteers with grant-writing experience can assist with grant research and proposals.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Indoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays

Event Support

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.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Event support
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Inventory Volunteer

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.
  • Occasional
  • Teens, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Groups (2-10), Families
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays

Church Ambassador

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.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • None, Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Mentor/Coach

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. 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.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings

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. All people who are interested in volunteering must attend Session 1 of our Volunteer Training Program.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

GED Tutor

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. All people who are interested in volunteering must attend Session 1 of our Volunteer Training Program.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Evenings

Childcare Volunteer

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. All people who are interested in volunteering must attend Session 1 of our Volunteer Training Program.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings

Inventory Volunteer

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.
  • Occasional
  • Teens, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Groups (2-10), Families
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays

Administrative Volunteer

Assist with general administrative work including data entry and filing. Volunteers with grant-writing experience can assist with grant research and proposals.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Indoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays

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.
  • Occasional
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Groups (2-10), Families
  • Indoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings

Tutors for English as a Second Language (ESL) and GED

Meet with students once a week. All people who are interested in volunteering must attend Session 1 of our Volunteer Training Program.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Evenings

Building & Maintenance

Use your technical skills to help with carpentry, plumbing, cleaning, decorating, and painting projects on an as-needed basis.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
How you help Are you passionate about helping people who are in difficult situations? 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!
About us Alpha Grand Rapids (AGR) offers comprehensive care through two centers, Alpha Women’s Center and Alpha Men’s Center. All services are free, confidential, and offered regardless of income, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion, nationality, or residence. We believe that all people deserve the opportunity to live life abundantly. Our model of personalized care ensures that clients’ needs are met with expert help and genuine compassion. Free and confidential services provide comprehensive care, empowering people to thrive in all areas of their life.
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