Giving Good

FoodChain

FoodChain has lots of different volunteering opportunities, including weekly help chopping, freezing, blending seasonal, local produce, helping educational outreaching for youth at tabling events or at our facility with cooking or farming, hosting tours of our farm, or farm work at our indoor aquaponics system.

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Adopt a donkey!

Individuals and organizations can “adopt” a donkey, providing the financial resources to keep him or her fed and healthy. For those that prefer a hands-on encounter, volunteering at the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary by helping with the daily chores will give members of your group a meaningful experience.

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A clean sweep and some quality time!

Help with routine maintenance like painting and cleaning up the yard/green house and inside the home is always welcome.  But some quality time with organized games and activities with the kids, like soccer and crafts, or even a special meal, always makes a huge impact and is a rewarding experience for both the children and the volunteers.

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Ronald McDonald House

Make Sibling Activity Bags (items can include card games, coloring books, snack and/or juice box, small puzzles, activity books, travel size games, etc) All items can be delivered to RMHC at any time.

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Merchandise Sorting

They can take up to 20 volunteers. The project is sorting merchandise donated to the Thrift Stores. The Adult Rehabilitation Center is funded through these stores. Often jewelry is donated in bulk and it is kind of like looking for diamonds in the rough. Volunteers of all ages and men and women seem to really enjoy this project. Sorting is done at the ARC building located at 2525 Dodge. They will provide snacks and the volunteers will see a short video explaining the program and the importance of their volunteering hours.

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Serving Meals

What does sharing your time or talent look like?  How about serving an evening dinner meal or Sunday morning brunch?  The Siena/Francis House provides over 400,000 meals each year.  We need volunteers to serve these meals to the homeless daily.

Volunteers serve the evening dinner meal to those experiencing homelessness from 4:30 until 7:00 p.m. every day of the year.  Volunteers also serve brunch to the homeless from 8:30 until 11:00 a.m. every Sunday morning.
volunteer information form

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Meal Preparation and meal service

Meal Preparation and meal service

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Helping Senior Neighbors

An elderly couple is attempting to move into an easier living arrangement but needs some assistance.

They have furniture that needs to be removed from the home so it can be disposed of.

The City of Grand Rapids Code Enforcement Dept. has agreed to haul the discarded furniture away for free if GPNA can find help for these neighbors in getting the items out of the house and onto the street.

If you know of a church, service group or individuals that would like to be part of this collaborative neighbor assistance effort, please contact Fran at fdalton@gpnagr.org or call 241-2443.

Thanks much. This is a great opportunity to pool neighborhood and city resources to help someone in need.

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Living Hungry’s “Not 1 Homeless Hungry Student” Packing Party

4,000 children, toddlers to teenagers at Palm Beach County school, are homeless and Living Hungry.

Homeless children suffer without enough fuel in their bodies to realize their life’s true potential, never mind overcome the stress and setbacks of growing up in poverty. Many children and teens endure 68 hours over the weekend without eating a meal until back at school again on Monday morning. This is the problem Living Hungry’s “Not 1 Homeless Hungry” Packing event was born to solve. Participants will delight in packing a weekend’s worth of nourishing, kid-approved food items, then hand-writing a personal note of encouragement or inspiration for the homeless child to opens their bag.

WHO: Anyone can pack a bag
HOW: Buffet style or Table Stations work
WHEN: Takes 3-4 minutes per bag
HOW MANY:: People like to pack 1, 2, 3 bags
WHAT: Packing in sequence 10 breakfast, lunch, dinner offerings into a “Filling Station” Bag with Your Client’s Logo
WHY: Pure joy. You should see the smiles!
Watch this video & experience the joy yourself >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhXxrKp3Rvc&feature=youtu.be

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