Catholic Charities West Michigan seeks volunteers

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 7, 2014 – Catholic Charities West Michigan is looking for volunteers in West Michigan.

The social services agency, which provides a broad range of programs focused on children and families, has immediate need for:

* Drivers for its home-delivered meals. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, God’s Kitchen delivers meals to 200+ people with disabilities in the greater Grand Rapids area. Volunteers should be available mid-morning to pick up meals and deliver them to a set route within a 10-mile radius of downtown Grand Rapids. Volunteers must have their own vehicle and can choose one, two or all three days for deliveries.

* Food preparation for home-delivered meals. God’s Kitchen also needs volunteers on Tuesday and Thursday mornings to help prepare its home-delivered meals. This opportunity is ideal for a small group of volunteers who want to give back to the community while enjoying one another’s company.

* Childcare volunteers for the women’s support group. Through a partnership with the Women’s Resource Center, CCWM provides 90-minute counseling sessions free of charge to women in need on Tuesdays from 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The organization is looking for volunteers to provide structured childcare for mothers during this time. Activities will include crafts, story time, assisting with homework, etc.

* Volunteers for the Baby & Toddler Pantry. Each Thursday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., volunteers are needed to stock shelves, assist patrons with shopping and other responsibilities for the agency’s Baby & Toddler Pantry, which provides, diapers, wipes, formula and clothing free to those in need. The pantry is located in God’s Kitchen in downtown Grand Rapids. Spanish speakers are particularly needed.

Additional volunteer opportunities are also available in Grand Rapids and Muskegon.

“We rely on volunteers to help us in our mission to feed the hungry, counsel those who struggle and build strong families,” said Tiffany Page, director of volunteer services. “From our headquarters in Grand Rapids, we offer more than 35 social service programs in 11 counties across West Michigan. We have many opportunities for volunteers to support the work we do and make a real difference in the community.”

Last year, more than 3,500 people volunteered at Catholic Charities West Michigan in a wide range of programs – from Soup’s On for All to preparing educational materials and other administrative projects to the C4 young professionals group. Page said that all volunteers will be invited to a special appreciation celebration scheduled for this summer’s Let’s Go to Bat For Kids on June 26.

About Catholic Charities West Michigan

For nearly seven decades, Catholic Charities West Michigan has been feeding the hungry, counseling those who struggle and building strong families. Through a broad spectrum of social service programs focused on the needs of children and families, CCWM serves residents of 11 counties in West Michigan. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, CCWM has more than 265 employees who work from nine locations and last year touched the lives of more than 24,000 individuals from Ludington to Ionia and points in between. For more information, visit www.ccwestmi.org

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