Volunteer

GHYP Volunteer Opportunties

GHYP offers many volunteer opportunities throughout the year including our monthly events, fundraisers, community events we participate in and committees. 

Member Events Committee
Assist with the planning of our monthly networking events by coordinating locations, food & beverage, activities, giveaways, sponsorships and more. Contact our Member Events Co-Chairs Brynn & Jamie for more information & to sign up!

Golf Outing Committee
Help with the planning of our annual 9 Hole Golf Scramble. Contact our Golf Outing Chair Scott for more information & to sign up!

Salmon Run 5K Committee
GHYP teams up with the Grand Haven Salmon Festival to host the Salmon Run 5K in beautiful downtown Grand Haven. Contact our Salmon Run 5K Chair Erin for more information & to sign up!

Membership Committee
Help us spread the word about GHYP, recruit new members, work with local businesses, build membership benefits and more. Contact our Membership Chair Nichole for more information & to sign up!

Community Outreach Committee
Throughout the year GHYP likes to give back to the local community that we love by partnering with local non-profit organizations on events, causes, fundraisers and more. Contact our Community Outreach Chair Kailyn for more information & to sign up!

Professional Development Committee
We’re always working on new ways to develop and connect our members with leadership building opportunities. Contact our Professional Development Chair Dan for more information & to sign up!

Other Community Organizations

Other than networking, volunteering is a great way to connect with new people and your community. The Grand Haven area has many different ways for you to get involved whether it’s through a non-profit or a community event. Here are local organizations and events that offer many different volunteer opportunities.

Alliance for the Great Lakes – Adopt-a-Beach™
Adopt-a-Beach™ is the Alliance’s premier volunteer program, with some 10,000 participants ranging from individuals and families to schools and businesses. More than just a beach sweep, Adopt-a-Beach™ teams conduct litter removal and monitoring and complete a beach health assessment that includes science-based observation and testing. The teams collect information and enter it into our Adopt-a-Beach™ online system, where it is used to educate the public, share with local beach authorities and improve beaches. Grand Haven is home to the Alliance for the Great Lakes Michigan office and they host multiple area beach cleanups annually.

Contact:
Jamie Cross, Adopt-a-Beach™ Manager
(616) 850-0745 ext. 12
jcross@greatlakes.org
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore
On a national level, Big Brothers Big Sisters was founded in 1904 and now serves over 250,000 children annually. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore was established in 1969 and serves 200 children annually across Ottawa, Muskegon, Oceana and Mason counties. Kids need adult support in their lives at critical times – when the smallest behavioral changes or poor decisions can forever affect their lives. Big Brothers Big Sisters believes in supplying the support necessary for every child in need.

Contact:
Joyce Allen – Program Supervisor
(231) 798-1391
joyce@bbbslakeshore.org
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Greater Ottawa County United Way
United Way has been making a difference in Ottawa County for nearly a century. Known in the 1920s as United Fund or Community Chest, annual fund drives to address community needs were a fixture of life in many communities in Ottawa County. In the 1960s, Grand Haven and Holland joined Grand Rapids and Detroit as the first communities in Michigan to form a United Way. In 2000, four United Ways—Tri Cities Area (Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg), Northeast Ottawa, Holland, and Zeeland—united to form Greater Ottawa County United Way. The United Way’s mission is to improve the quality of life for all Ottawa County residents by identifying pressing community challenges and focusing the community’s collective power and resources to address those needs. Together, united, we can inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow. When we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. Give. Advocate. Volunteer. That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED. Groups, families, and individuals are welcome to volunteer.

Contact:
Shannon Morton, Director of Volunteerism
(616) 396-7811 ext. 206
smorton@ottawaunitedway.org
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Journey 4-H Youth Mentoring
Journey 4-H matches young people in our community with caring adult volunteers who provide support and friendship. Mentors and youth ages 8-18 participate in mutually enjoyable activities with the goals of having fun and building a relationship. Youth participate in the program voluntarily are referred from local schools and other organizations. Matches are asked to make a commitment to meet weekly for at least one year, though most mentoring relationships last much longer. No one should have to journey alone- be a mentor!

Contact:
Susan Fenton, 4-H Program Coordinator
616-994-4543
fentons@msu.edu
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Love INC Tri-Cities
Love INC is a non-profit agency which mobilizes resources, community volunteers, and church partners to help those in need towards self-sufficiency. We provide budget counseling, food pantries, a free health clinic, and connect clients with other services available in the community. We are committed to ensuring that 95% of each donation goes directly to serving individuals and families in the Tri-Cities. Groups, families, and individuals are welcome to volunteer.

Contact:
Rebecca Eminger, Volunteer Coordinator
(616) 846-2701
rebecca@loveinctricities.org
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Loving Spoonfuls
St. John’s is the only church in the Tri-Cities area that offers hungry people of our community nutritious meals on a regular basis. Our kitchen is staffed each week by volunteers from our parish, members of other churches, and individuals from our communityLoving Spoonfuls provides meals to the community twice a week including Wednesday evenings from 5:30-6:30pm and Sunday afternoons from 1-2pm.  Groups, families, and individuals are welcome to volunteer.

Contact:
Cindi Sanders, Parish Administrator
(616) 842-6260
csanders@stjohnsepiscopal.com
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Ottawa County Parks & Recreation
The Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Commission was created in 1987 to oversee county park properties. Today the Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Commission manages 38 parks and open space lands totaling nearly 6,400 acres. These natural resource-based properties offer year-round recreational and educational opportunities for people of all ages and ensure that the environmental features and rich heritage of Ottawa County will be protected for future generations. Park volunteers provide a critical service to the County Parks in a variety of ways including events, park maintenance, and combating invasive species. Groups, families, and individuals are welcome to volunteer.

Contact:
Melanie Manion, Natural Resources Management Supervisor
(616) 738-4810
mmanion@miottawa.org
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Tri-Cities Area Habitat For Humanity
Tri-Cities Area Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian organization founded in 1989. TCA Habitat has since built over 51 simple, decent and affordable homes in the Tri-Cities. Our hope is to eliminate sub-standard housing in our community. TCA Habitat works in partnership with area churches, businesses and individuals to build simple, decent houses that will become homes for our Partner families. Ottawa County has an estimated 529 homeless families. Children of homeowners are 25% more likely to graduate from High School and 116% more likely to graduate from College than children of renters. Through the donated time, hard work and resources of many in our community, Habitat houses are built at low cost and sold to the Partner Families without profit or interest. Partner Families must make a $500 down-payment and complete 250-500 hours of “Sweat Equity” before they can move into their home. Habitat provides a variety of supportive services to the families to help ease their transition to home ownership. Habitat is a wonderful way to give “hand-up” not a “hand-out” to needy families in our area. Groups, families, and individuals are welcome to volunteer

Contact:
Nicole Bredeweg, Volunteer Coordinator
(616) 846-1505
finance@tricitieshabitat.org
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Annual Community Events

The Grand Haven area hosts hundreds of events each year and it takes thousands of volunteers each year to make them happen.

Winterfest
Grand Haven – End of January
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Grand Haven Main Street Downtown Development Authority
The DDA hosts a number of events each year including Wine About Winter, Frozen In Time, Light Night and more.
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Grub & Brew Fest
Spring Lake – April
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Kick-Off To Summer Run
Grand Haven – Memorial Day Weekend
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Spring Lake Heritage Festival 
Spring Lake – Mid June
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Feast of the Strawberry Moon
Grand Haven – Mid June
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Grand Haven Coast Guard Run
Grand Haven – Last Saturday of July
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Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival 
Grand Haven – Last Weekend in July through First Weekend in August
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Del Shannon Days & Car Show
Coopersville – Early August
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Michigan Pirate Festival
Grand Haven – Early August
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Holland Haven Marathon
Grand Haven – Early September
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Grand Haven Salmon Festival
Grand Haven – Mid September
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Grand Haven ArtWalk
Grand Haven – Mid September-Early October
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Oktoberfest Marathon, Half Marathon, & 5K
Spring Lake – Late September
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Vander Fest
Spring Lake – Early October
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Lakeshore Brew Fest
West Olive – Mid October
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Grand Haven Jingle Bell Parade
Grand Haven – First Saturday in December
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If your non-profit or event is looking for volunteers and have volunteer opportunities that would be of interest to GHYP members, please email Stefanie Herder at sherder@visitgrandhaven.com