4 Volunteer Opportunities in April

April is National Volunteer Month, a time to acknowledge volunteers and inspire volunteerism across communities. To celebrate the impact of volunteerism, Governor Tim Walz has proclaimed April 2024 Volunteer Month to recognize Minnesota’s amazing volunteers and Volunteer Engagement Professionals.  

In the proclamation, Walz casts a light on the 35 percent of people who engage in formal volunteering through organizations like United Way, Habitat for Humanity, and The Reif, and nearly 62 percent volunteer informally to help friends, family, and neighbors. 

Volunteers are the heartbeat of strengthening communities. Throughout April, lend your time, talent, and passion to making a real difference in your backyard and having a ripple effect worldwide. 

Here are four ways to celebrate volunteering and get involved in April and the coming weeks.   

Spice Up Food Pantries
Food plays a major role in identity, family, tradition, and culture. United Way’s Flavors of Our Community calls on community members to help provide cultural food items and ingredients to help stock school food pantries in the area. Play your part by purchasing items and assembling pantry packs at home, or get together with a group or your workplace and have a packing party!  Learn more.

More Than a Coat of Paint
Work alongside Habitat for Humanity, family partners, and site leaders on the painting phase, including siding, trim, interior walls, and touch-ups on the new home exterior. A variety of shifts are available between April 2nd and 11th. Sign up.

Field Day Fun
Special Olympics will host Minnesota’s Regional North Track & Field competition in Grand Rapids on May 18th. Volunteers play a vital role in its success! Various positions are available, from general event support, clerk, staging, timers, field assistants,
and more.
Sign up.

Be Part of the Show
Volunteers are the heart of a thriving arts center. From the lobby to backstage, The Reif Center seeks volunteers to assist with various volunteer roles ranging from show operations to running the concession stand, handing out programs, and guiding patrons for a wide variety of art experiences. Express interest. 

Bonfire is an online platform powered by United Way that matches community members to volunteer opportunities with local organizations. Connect with these and other Bonfire partners at volunteer.uwlakes.org and explore ways you can celebrate National Volunteer Month.   

United Way also leads the Volunteer Coordinator Network (VCN), which brings volunteer professionals together quarterly to share ideas, discuss challenges, and work together to ignite regional volunteer action. The network will meet on April 11, from 9 to 11 a.m., at the Grand Rapids Area Library (140 NE 2nd St, Grand Rapids). Membership is free. To learn more and to register, visit uwlakes.org/volunteer-network or call 218-999-7570.