Needs from: Volunteer Kalamazoo, a program of Gryphon Place

Volunteer: Food Coordinator

Are you someone who is well organized and wants to see direct efforts from your work? Help us nourish 15 young people in our Summer Program by coordinating volunteers to bring lunches for 15 dates this summer. It'll be fun and great and there is not a more satisfying thing than seeing young people eat food.

Agency: Fire Arts Collaborative
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: runs until 06/10/2017
Zip Code: 49001
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Donor Ambassador

Line of service: Volunteer Services

Purpose: Provide excellent and enthusiastic customer service to enhance the blood donor experience.

Primary responsibilities: * Engage with donors to make the donation experience fulfilling and set the stage for a long-term commitment to regular blood donations * Model excellent customer service behaviors * Ensure blood donors have relevant information and that questions are answered appropriately * Registration, canteen, and loading are key positions at blood drives.

Time Commitment/Availability:

Variable; preferred commitment one shift per month

Application instructions Apply to volunteer with the Red Cross at the following link: http://rdcrss.org/1jwIkp1 Click apply now and create an account in Volunteer Connection. Complete the volunteer orientation modules. Concurrently, you will need to consent to a background check. When all that's completed, we'll call you for an intake interview, and place you in the need of ours that fits your interests and skills best!

Training: Training will be provided to interested volunteers.

Contact: Nikki Salladay, nikki.salladay@redcross.org

Keywords: Customer service, donor engagement, work with public, customer facing, blood drive, community

Skills: Communication, customer service

Agency: American Red Cross | Southwest Michigan
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 49009
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: Recruitment Lead

Line of service: Volunteer Services

Purpose: Serve the Red Cross as a recruitment team lead. This position works to get the word out for volunteer recruitment needs, registration process, and provides general coordination.

Primary responsibilities: * Leads recruitment team for the chapter * Coordinates targeted recruitment opportunities and networks * Assists with the onboarding and training of volunteers

Time Commitment/Availability:

5 to 10 hours per week

Application instructions Apply to volunteer with the Red Cross at the following link: http://rdcrss.org/1jwIkp1 Click apply now and create an account in Volunteer Connection. Complete the volunteer orientation modules. Concurrently, you will need to consent to a background check. When all that's completed, we'll call you for an intake interview, and place you in the need of ours that fits your interests and skills best!

Training: Training will be provided to interested volunteers.

Contact: Nikki Salladay, nikki.salladay@redcross.org

Keywords: Communication, leadership, management

Skills: Project management; recruitment; volunteer engagement

Agency: American Red Cross | Southwest Michigan
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 49009
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: Pillowcase Project

Line of service: Disaster Services

Purpose: This project is a national youth preparedness program offered by Red Cross Regions across the country. Increase youth knowledge about the science of hazards and how to prepare for emergencies.

Primary responsibilities: * Provide support during presentations, including passing out materials, grading quizzes, helping students, and helping with classroom management * May assist in reaching out to key groups in the region * For volunteers pursuing a career in education or working with children, this position offers teaching-assistant experience in classroom settings and working with youth.

Time Commitment/Availability:

Flexible; during school day

Application instructions Apply to volunteer with the Red Cross at the following link: http://rdcrss.org/1jwIkp1 Click apply now and create an account in Volunteer Connection. Complete the volunteer orientation modules. Concurrently, you will need to consent to a background check. When all that's completed, we'll call you for an intake interview, and place you in the need of ours that fits your interests and skills best!

Training: Training will be provided to all interested volunteers.

Contact: Nikki Salladay, nikki.salladay@redcross.org

Keywords: Youth, kids, preparedness campaign, coping skills, teaching, hazards, education

Skills: Communication, teaching, working with kids, organization

Agency: American Red Cross | Southwest Michigan
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 49009
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: Community Engagement Volunteer

Line of service: Volunteer Services

Purpose: Represent the Red Cross at community events informing the public about the Red Cross, their work in the community, and how to get involved.

Primary responsibilities: * Represent the Red Cross at expos, fairs, and other events * Engage and share preparedness information with the public * Recruit new volunteers * Become knowledgeable about the Red Cross, local programs, services, and key contacts

Time Commitment/Availability:

Flexible; depends on need.

Application instructions Apply to volunteer with the Red Cross at the following link: http://rdcrss.org/1jwIkp1 Click apply now and create an account in Volunteer Connection. Complete the volunteer orientation modules. Concurrently, you will need to consent to a background check. When all that's completed, we'll call you for an intake interview, and place you in the need of ours that fits your interests and skills best!

Training: Training will be provided to interested volunteers.

Contact: Nikki Salladay, nikki.salladay@redcross.org

Keywords: Communication, community outreach, engagement, recruitment, events

Skills: Event help, recruitment, communication

Agency: American Red Cross | Southwest Michigan
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 49009
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Donut Day Volunteer

Friday June 2

9am-11am

Deliver donuts and thank you notes to local first responders (police, firefighters, EMT) and military personnel in celebration of National Donut Day. Some volunteers will be asked to drive personal vehicles to complete this service.  See tsakalamazoo.org/kalamazoo/Donut_Day for more info about this tradition. 

Agency: The Salvation Army
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: happens on 06/02/2017
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 49001
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Basketball Tournament Volunteers

Volunteers needed for the inaugural Red Shield Tournament on June 3, 2017.  This youth tournament will host 2 on 2, 3 on 3 and 4 on 4 basketball games from 8am-2pm.  Volunteers may be asked to assist with parking, crowd control, or concessions.  We are also seeking specialized volunteers to help with photography and refereeing. 

 

Agency: The Salvation Army
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: happens on 06/03/2017
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 49001
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: DRS (Dispute Resolution Services)

SUMMARY

Dispute Resolution Services (DRS) of Gryphon Place offers low-no cost mediation services for Kalamazoo, Calhoun and Barry county. Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution that can be used amidst or outside the judicial process. The process provides a potential way for the involved parties to resolve a conflict in a safe and confidential setting. Mediation is led by a mediator; a trained, impartial, third party who assists the mediation participants in communicating about the dispute as well as, discussion of any ways to resolve it. DRS has mediators available to handle many types of conflict such as landlord/tenant disputes, family matters, school issues, special education disputes, small claims and general civil court cases, elder conflicts and more.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

Michigan Certified mediators have the opportunity to donate their time as a volunteer through Dispute Resolution Services (DRS) of Gryphon Place. DRS mediates over 100 cases each year and the majority of cases are classified as domestic. Thanks to the dedication and phenomenal mediation talents of our volunteers; 72% DRS’s 111 cases from 2016 reached a resolution.

DRS does not impose a minimum completion of service hours to volunteer. The DRS Case Manager works with all volunteers to schedule and manage one’s desired service donation. Our case manager will coordinate via email with individuals interested in mediating or observing a case. DRS serves three counties (Kalamazoo, Calhoun and Barry) and occasionally provides a volunteer with the chance to mediate outside of the Kalamazoo office. Most off-site mediations are held at the respective county’s courthouse. Mediation is regularly scheduled Monday-Friday at 9AM or 1PM and volunteers should anticipate requests within that window. DRS is an ever-expanding department with new and exciting prospects arising throughout the year, in a variety of ways. Qualified volunteers help deliver a tremendous service to not only DRS as a department but the Southwest Michigan Community it serves. DRS volunteers come from all walks of life however, they often include: active and retired attorneys, paralegals, social workers, court clerks, community leaders, teachers, advocates, psychologists, counselors, engineers and perhaps… YOU!

 

REQUIREMENTS 

Any individuals interested in volunteering with DRS must meet one or more of the following requirements:

40 Hour State Approved General Civil Mediator Training 48 Hour State Approved Domestic Mediator Training

 

Interested in becoming a mediator? Check out our Domestic Mediation Training held at Gryphon Place this June. 48 Hour Michigan State Approved Domestic Mediator Training Training Dates: June 21st-23rd, June 26th-28th from 8:30AM-5:30PM each day. Trainor: Brian Pappas Training is $600 + processing fees DISCOUNTED RATE OFFERED TO VOLUNTEERS! Interested individuals can register at gryphon.org/events or contact Jacob Beach at jbeach@gryphon.org for discounted rates and scholarship opportunities Registration Deadline: June 10th 2017

 

Questions regarding Dispute Resolution Services and/or Volunteer Opportunities? Contact DRS Director Jacob Beach

 

Jacob Beach| Director of Community Programs

Gryphon Place

3245 S. 8th Street | Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Phone: 269-381-1510 x232 | Fax: 269-381-0935

jbeach@gryphon.org              

Agency: Gryphon Place
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >21 years old
Zip Code: 49009
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Restoring Family Links Outreach

Line of service: International Services

Purpose: The purpose of this position is to expand service delivery to clients who have been separated from family members due to armed conflict, migration, disasters, or other humanitarian emergencies.

Primary responsibilities: * Help spread information on services to the community * Develop new volunteer and community contacts * Effectively serve all clients and partners

Time Commitment/Availability:

1-3 hours per week

Application instructions Apply to volunteer with the Red Cross at the following link: http://rdcrss.org/1jwIkp1 Click apply now and create an account in Volunteer Connection. Complete the volunteer orientation modules. Concurrently, you will need to consent to a background check. When all that's completed, we'll call you for an intake interview, and place you in the need of ours that fits your interests and skills best!

Training: Training will be provided to all interested volunteers.

Contact: Nikki Salladay, nikki.salladay@redcross.org

Keywords: Family, disaster, international

Skills: Communication, presentation skills

Agency: American Red Cross | Southwest Michigan
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 49009
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: Home Fire Campaign Volunteer

Line of service: Disaster Services

Purpose: The American Red Cross Disaster Cycle Services (DCS) launched the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign in October 2014. Its goal is to reduce the rate of deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25 percent over 5 years. This position exists primarily to notify residents in the neighborhoods targeted for an upcoming smoke alarm installation event. Save lives by helping the Red Cross install home smoke alarms in at-risk homes!

Primary responsibilities: * Notify residents in the neighborhoods targeted for installation of the upcoming installation rally in their area. * Leave a pre-event canvassing door hanger with rally information and fire safety information at each home visited. * With further training, may respond to request and install smoke detectors in area homes

Time Commitment/Availability:

5-10 hours per weekend. Flexible scheduling.

Application instructions Apply to volunteer with the Red Cross at the following link: http://rdcrss.org/1jwIkp1 Click apply now and create an account in Volunteer Connection. Complete the volunteer orientation modules. Concurrently, you will need to consent to a background check. When all that's completed, we'll call you for an intake interview, and place you in the need of ours that fits your interests and skills best!

Training: Training will be provided to all interested volunteers.

Contact: Nikki Salladay, nikki.salladay@redcross.org

Keywords: Fire prevention, safety education, community outreach

Skills: communication, teamwork

Agency: American Red Cross | Southwest Michigan
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 49009
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: Recognition Volunteer

Line of service: Volunteer Services

Purpose: Support the effort to celebrate volunteers and their great work through events and creative engagement.

Primary responsibilities: * Support recognition lead with planning and implementing recognition events * Assist with in-kind donation requests and on-going recognition opportunities * Promote volunteer engagement and appreciation at events

Time Commitment/Availability:

Flexible; varies.

Application instructions Apply to volunteer with the Red Cross at the following link: http://rdcrss.org/1jwIkp1 Click apply now and create an account in Volunteer Connection. Complete the volunteer orientation modules. Concurrently, you will need to consent to a background check. When all that's completed, we'll call you for an intake interview, and place you in the need of ours that fits your interests and skills best!

Training: Training will be provided to interested volunteers.

Contact: Nikki Salladay, nikki.salladay@redcross.org

Keywords: Communication, engagement, volunteer, events, recognition

Skills: Communication, community outreach

Agency: American Red Cross | Southwest Michigan
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 49009
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station) Family Contact

Line of service: Services to Armed Forces

Purpose: The Red Cross provides support and services to military members and their families. Provide support as a family contact to recruits and families after MEPS processing and/or pre-deployment events.

Primary responsibilities: * Email or phone military families to provide Red Cross preparedness information and referral services. * May work from home; computer/internet access may be required.

Time Commitment/Availability:

Flexible; hours vary

Application instructions Apply to volunteer with the Red Cross at the following link: http://rdcrss.org/1jwIkp1 Click apply now and create an account in Volunteer Connection. Complete the volunteer orientation modules. Concurrently, you will need to consent to a background check. When all that's completed, we'll call you for an intake interview, and place you in the need of ours that fits your interests and skills best!

Training: Training will be provided to all interested volunteers.

Contact: Nikki Salladay, nikki.salladay@redcross.org

Keywords: Community, outreach, military, family

Skills: Communication, presentation skills

Agency: American Red Cross | Southwest Michigan
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 49009
Allow Groups: Yes