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

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Friendly Face at the Community Kitchen

Weekly on Tuesdays, from 10:45 am - 12:30 pm

At the Community Kitchen, located at Western Theological Seminary 101 East 13th st

At the Community Kitchen, we’re serving much more than just delicious and healthy meals, we’re providing a welcoming and friendly atmosphere where people can feel at home. Join us in greeting guests as they enter the Kitchen, directing them to the services offered, and promoting a welcoming space for all.

 Contact Chara by email or at 616 392 2368 x116.

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!

 Contact Chara by email or at 616 392 2368 x116.

Creative Transformations at the General Store

Monday - Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm
At the General Store, of course!

Keeping a sales floor organized, stocked, and looking good takes a whole team! Do you have an eye for fashion or enjoy pairing clothing pieces to create an inspiring outfit? Assisting on our sales floor allows you to be creative and to have fun while doing it! 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. 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 .

 Contact Chara by email or at 616 392 2368 x116.

Fighting Hunger and Building Community in the Food Pantry 

Weekdays, mornings and/or afternoons

Wednesday and Friday 8:30 am - noon
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 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. It’s not just food for the family pantry - it’s 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.

Contact Chara by email or at 616 392 2368 x116.

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.

Donation Processor and Sorter

Flexible schedules, Monday - Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm
General Store, 694 Michigan Ave, Holland, MI

Do you have a knack for organization, sorting, and find satisfaction in finding just the right place for every item? Does the very idea of sorting by color, shape, size, and condition get you excited? At our Thrift Shop, you’ll have the chance to do all of those activities and support our community, by quickly and efficiently deciding how, and where, each donated item will be best placed. Also important - you’ll be helping to respectfully steward the generous donations of our community, which is taken very seriously. This role does require standing, bending, and moving, and can be fast paced during our peak seasons.

Contact Chara by email or at 616 392 2368 x116.

Thrift Shop Cashier

Flexible schedules, Monday - Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm
General Store, 694 Michigan Ave, Holland, MI

Join our thrift shop community as a cashier - you’ll be the first and last person that our patrons will see when they come to shop. With every purchase going to support local hunger relief, homeless outreach, financial stability, and community growth, this role is important to connect guests’ thrift shopping with the great work they support. You’ll be a valuable member in a team dedicated to having fun and creating a supportive and creative atmosphere for everyone at the General Store.

Contact Chara by email or at 616 392 2368 x116.


To begin your volunteer experience:

  1. Fill out the volunteer form, either online below, or in person at our 14th St. location c/o Chara Bouma-Prediger. Completion of required documentation as needed, including a routine background check.

  2. Your initial contact with the volunteer coordinator will be by phone or email to discuss current volunteer needs and to schedule an orientation meeting.

  3. On-site training at one of CAH’s locations in our community.

If you're interested in group volunteer opportunities, or if you have any questions, please contact Chara Bouma-Prediger at volunteer@communityactionhouse.org (616) 392 2368 x116. Thank you!