A Place to Volunteer

Welcome! Our volunteers are neighbors, residents, staff, students and community partners working together to meet affordable housing needs in West Michigan, because everybody deserves a Dwelling Place. 

There are three ways volunteers with us in 2019, as an individual, a large group or partnering with us by hosting a collection.


Here’s how to get started!

1) Fill out an application

2) Attend an orientation

3) Volunteer


Orientation Times

1st Monday of the month – 6-7:30pm

3rd Monday of the month – 12-1pm

Orientations are held at 106 S. Division, Grand Rapids, 49503. A light meal will be provided. Please email us with any dietary requests.

Dwelling Place Volunteer Program: Launching January, 2019

Individual Opportunities:

Curb Appeal Crew

Four times a year crews go out to record and report property conditions that directly impact the quality of life for residents at that property. If you would like a quarterly volunteer opportunity this is a great way to support Dwelling Place communities.

Social Events Support

Event support volunteers help run resident events such as Halloween parties and Birthday Bingo. They also support community celebrations, neighborhood clean-ups, tabling and fundraising. This is a fun way to learn about our mission.

Special Interest Volunteer

We have many volunteer opportunities that pop up! They are typically related to certain interests like community art, gardening and skill-based education. If you’d like to be invited to occasional opportunities based off your interests, this is a great fit for you.

Areas of Interest: Parks & Gardening, Art & Music, Community Building, Social Justice

Board and Committee Member

At the head of Dwelling Place is a volunteer governance board. There are also several committees that exist within Dwelling Place, bringing board members together with staff and active community leaders to support our mission. These positions are competitive and available once a year based off our organization's needs.

Group Opportunities:

Property Days

One-day events that run from April to October on-site at Dwelling Place communities. Property Days are an opportunity for groups and organizations to work alongside Dwelling Place residents and staff to improve a property through projects like community art, construction, maintenance, and landscaping.


Groups can provide the essential volunteer support we need to make our events a success. This is a fun opportunity to engage your team through volunteerism to help support our mission and become a part of our story!

Collections Opportunities:

Welcome Home Baskets

Welcome baskets are a donation optionally paired with a volunteer opportunity to assemble the baskets with residents. Host a collection for our much-needed welcome baskets providing new residents with hygiene items, toiletries, and other living essentials to help their new house become a home.

Warming Hearts Drive

A collection created for residents in a supportive housing community. Collect new scarves, hats, gloves and warm socks for residents in our support services properties to help during the long winter months. This drive is ideal to hold in early fall!

Ride the Bus Drive

Often residents need bus tickets to go to job interviews, doctors’ appointments, or work. By collecting money, you can help residents at support services properties succeed by giving them a ticket to ride the bus.



Who fills out the Volunteer Application?

All individual volunteers fill out a volunteer application. Group leaders/representatives fill out an application on behalf of their group. Resident volunteers are encouraged to fill out an application, but not required.

Who attends the orientation?

All individual volunteers attend a volunteer orientation. Groups that volunteer with us will have an on-site orientation, but group leaders/representatives are encourage to attend an orientation to better communicate the mission of our organization. Resident volunteers are encouraged to attend an orientation, but not required.

What if I can’t attend an orientation?

Email volunteers@dwellingplacegr.org to see if an alternative orientation time is available.

Can children volunteer?

Yes! Some volunteer activities are more suitable for children than others. Volunteers are encouraged to bring children to the volunteer orientation if they intend on volunteering with us. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Are there background checks?

All volunteers are subject to a background check, however, we only conduct them for volunteers who will work alone with residents. 

I'm looking to fulfill my volunteer hours requirement, can I do that here?

Absolutely maybe. Email Amy, the Volunteer Coordinator, to see if there are any opportunities for you to serve as a volunteer leader, supporting our program in meaningful ways. 

Have a question we didn't answer? Email volunteers@dwellingplacegr.org