Volunteers put the 'Action' in Community Action House! We offer meaningful and rewarding ways for you to partner with us as we help our community. Would you consider sharing your heart with our neighbors by joining us as a volunteer?
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Provide a Listening Ear with Homeless Street Outreach
Varies, Monday-Friday during business hours
Outreach begins at our office on 345 West 14th Street
Street Outreach staff are looking for outgoing & empathetic individuals to engage in outreach to homeless members of the community. These members are often invisible, with many afraid to reach out and ask for help. Together, we are seeking out individuals and families who have nowhere to call home, by driving and walking our streets, by bicycle and by public transit, all around Ottawa County. We build trust and relationships while providing food and clothing, creating connections & sharing information about community services and local resources available.
Bringing it Home as a Donation Van Driver
Weekday Mornings, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Routes begin and end at the General Store
It takes a dedicated team to fill hungry bellies at the Community Kitchen and Food Pantry each day - and the van drivers are the "behind-the-scenes" people that make it happen! Be part of the amazing process of receiving over $10,000+ in monthly food donations from local businesses, including bread, fresh vegetables, prepared meals, and know that you're really, really making a difference in our community. Plus, we have new (to us) van with extra storage and a good reason to hit the road every morning!
Creative Transformations at the General Store
Monday - Friday, 10 am - 6 pm & Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
At the General Store, of course!
Ask anyone who's shopped at the General Store, and they're likely to tell you that its the best resale store they've ever visited. The volunteers and staff are tight-knit, and work together to turn community donations into treasures - clothing, shoes, toys, books, and furniture. We treat all of our donors with gratitude, and love our customers. There's always a need for people to see the best in the donations as they come in, and to see what most people can't: potential. Come for a tour, be impressed by the stuff, but stay for the people! We can't wait to have you in the door, and become the fabric that supports all of Community Action House's life-changing programs.
Fighting Hunger in the Food Pantry
Monday or Tuesday, 8:30 am - noon
Tuesday or Thursday, 1 pm - 4:30 pm
Community Action House, 345 W 14th St.
Every client visit to the CAH Food Pantry promises a couple things - chief among them a kind, friendly, and respectful experience in a time of need. Its not just food for the family pantry - its who we are too! Our Food Pantry Volunteers are experts in walking through the client-choice process, and really make the best of difficult situations. In the downtime, they keep the shelves looking great, and stocked full of all that great, nutritious food donated by the community.
Gardening at the Holland Community Garden
Schedule varies, but usually Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Visit HCG on Facebook.
Macatawa Resource Center - behind the main building
The Holland Community Garden(HCG)in Holland Michigan is a joint project between Community Action House, the Holland Area Master Gardeners and the Macatawa Resource Center. Not the typical community garden, produce goes to people in need, distributed through Community Action House. The HCG also provides a venue for education. We welcome anyone that is willing to help with this effort. This group site is to keep all the friends of the garden, past, present, and future informed of the efforts and activities surrounding the garden.
Contact Barry by email.
To begin your volunteer experience:
- Fill out the volunteer form, either online below, or in person at our 14th St. location c/o Mark Bradburn. Completion of required documentation as needed, as well as a background check.
- Your initial contact with the volunteer coordinator will be by phone or email to discuss current volunteer needs and to schedule an orientation meeting.
- On-site training at one of CAH’s locations in our community.