Skills-Based

Graphic artists from BISSELL use their expertise to design and paint a mural at Lincoln School.

You can create change in your community as a skills-based volunteer.

Skills-based (or pro-bono) volunteers provide work-related knowledge and expertise — skills normally used to generate income — free of charge to a nonprofit organization.

Examples of skills-based volunteering include:

Teaching a class
Framing a house
Developing a website
Financial advising or book-keeping

Skills-based volunteerism utilizes the skills, experience, talents and education of volunteers and matches them with the needs of nonprofits. By leveraging all types of knowledge and expertise, it helps build and sustain nonprofits’ capacity to achieve their missions successfully. Individual skilled volunteers may offer their particular expertise to a nonprofit agency, while corporate SBV involves employee volunteers working on projects for a nonprofit organization through a structured program developed and managed by their employer.

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The Volunteer Center makes it easy for volunteers to connect and create change in our community.

Through our HandsOn Connect service, you have access to valuable tools that will enable you to manage your volunteer activities and commitments.

Once you register to become a volunteer, you can:

Quickly and easily sign up for volunteer opportunities
Create your own volunteer team
Easily remove yourself from opportunities you are no longer able to attend
Track your volunteer hours and build your civic engagement portfolio

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Families

Volunteering as a family provides children with a great start on civic engagement, and kids who volunteer are more likely to continue volunteering as adults and carry on the tradition with their own children!

Five great reasons to volunteer as a family:

Volunteering with your kids can be…
a chance to make new friends
a good workout
a way to pass along your values
an opportunity to learn new skills
fun and inspiring

Creative family volunteering ideas:

Grow a garden and donate the harvest to a food pantry or a neighbor in need.
Have kids pick out one personal care item a week at the store, then donate items at the end of the month.
Decorate cards and send cheerful messages to residents at local senior living facilities
Bake bread or treats to share with your neighborhood fire or police station.
Collect pop cans and donate the proceeds to your favorite nonprofit.
Pick up litter in your neighborhood.

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Some of the benefits of volunteering include:

school credit
college or career experience
fun with friends
help others
explore a new hobby
have a real impact on your community
all of the above!

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Nonprofit Services

The Volunteer Center has supported nonprofits in our community since 1983. More recently, we have reached out to include schools and government organizations in our services.

We value partnership with a diverse group of organizations, enabling our nonprofit community to maximize strengths and resources.

Services We Offer Nonprofits:

Connect you with families, teens, college students, skills-based and experienced adult volunteers to meet your volunteer needs.
Latest news from our local partners such as the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, the Young Nonprofit Professionals of Greater Grand Rapids, the Volunteer Management Association of Western Michigan and more!
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Special invitations to submit projects for corporate volunteer days and our annual Day of Caring.
Ideas for recognition and and rewards for your volunteers.

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About Us

Our goal is to generate resources to build a stronger community and improve lives. The Volunteer Center offers a wide array of programs and opportunities that make it easy for you to volunteer. We connect individuals, students, families and employers with organizations and programs that match their talents and interests.

The Volunteer Center has existed in Kent County in some form since 1931. Historically we have served all health and human service nonprofit organizations. Today, over 150 nonprofit organizations and over 30,000 residents use our services. The Volunteer Centers specialized services include skills-based volunteering, corporate volunteerism and experienced opportunities.


Our Vision

The Volunteer Center is committed to:

Linking volunteer groups with opportunities to serve our community
Empowering agencies to use volunteers effectively
Advocating for volunteerism, resulting in an increased number of volunteers in our community

Our Beliefs

Volunteerism improves the lives of both those who receive service and those who provide it.
Every level if volunteer service has value.
Everyone has the power to make a difference.
Partnerships and community collaboration are essential.
We must demonstrate a commitment to making a positive impact and valuing diversity.

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Become a Volunteer

The Volunteer Center makes it easy for volunteers to connect and create change in our community.
Through our HandsOn Connect service, you have access to valuable tools that will enable you to manage your volunteer activities and commitments.
Once you register to become a volunteer, you can:
Quickly and easily sign up for volunteer opportunities
Create your own volunteer team
Easily remove yourself from opportunities you are no longer able to attend
Track your volunteer hours and build your civic engagement portfolio

Volunteer

How do I become a volunteer?

Becoming a volunteer is easy! Simply register yourself by creating an account. It does not cost anything and your information will be kept private and secure.
– Your password must be at least 8 characters long.
– The email address you enter will be the username that you need to login in the future.
– Once you click Submit you will be automatically logged into your account.

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Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC)
There’s $14 million out there with Kent County’s name on it

Thousands of working individuals are unaware of Earned Income Tax Credits, a refundable tax credit aimed at helping individuals and families earning under $48,362 achieve economic stability and security. So they’re missing out on thousands of dollars in savings, money they could be using for basic necessities, like food and clothing. In fact, every year, more than $14 million in tax credits goes unclaimed in Kent County.

The results?

Since the program began in 2002, more than 34,000 tax payers have been served and over $40 million in tax refunds have been generated.
Research indicates that approximately 90 percent of EITC dollars is spent in the local community (housing, transportation and food).
In 2009, KCTCC provided free tax services at 19 sites throughout Kent County.

Single Income* Married Income* Number of Children Tax Credit**

$13,460

$18,470

0 $457
$35,535

$40,545

1 $3,050
$40,363 $45,373 2 $5,036
$43,352 $48,362 3 or more $5,666
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