4 Volunteer Opportunities in the New Year 

Start the New Year off right with resolutions that are good for you and the community. Volunteering is one way you can create real, lasting change that directly benefits the community in which we live and work. Bonfire, the volunteer platform powered by United Way of 1000 Lakes, helps those looking to make an impact find opportunities to volunteer in and around the Itasca area.

Here are four ways community members can volunteer in January.

  1. Capture Community Stories
    Are you passionate about media, video production, broadcast, journalism, or performing arts? ICTV is looking for volunteers to help tell the story of our community. Volunteers will use basic camera operations to capture community events. Camera equipment and training are provided. Learn more
  2. Dress for Success
    From a warm coat to shoes that fit, you can help children and families put their best foot forward in the New Year. Foster Love Closet seeks caring volunteers to sort and organize donated items, including baby gear, diapers, clothes, toys, and books. Express Interest
  3. Foster a Love for Reading
    the Grand Rapids Area Library Foundation seeks passionate members to serve on its board of directors. The board oversees investments in Children’s Library programming, library material collections, and functional spaces, as well as creating interactive public art and learning environments for families. Read more
  4. Support Youth Development
    Volunteering at a Boys and Girls Club of the Northland is a great way to help teach young people valuable life lessons and learn something about yourself in return. The Grand Rapids and Greenway chapters host a variety of volunteer opportunities, including support classroom activities, assistance with homework, arts and crafts, reading, learning, and much more. Learn more

To view these opportunities and sign up for our volunteer newsletter visit volunteer.uwlakes.org.

Bonfire is a platform that matches community members to volunteer opportunities with local community and nonprofit organizations serving the greater Itasca area. If your organization is interested in posting opportunities, please call Molly Hiipakka, United Way Community Impact Coordinator, at 218-999-7570 to get started. Membership is free and includes one-on-one technical support.