Let kindness fight the winter blues

Your favorite game may be canceled, but there are plenty of ways to fight the good fight this season. The following volunteer or fundraising events take place from mid-January to mid-February. If your organization has an upcoming volunteer or fundraising event, let us know by emailing us at [email protected]

United Way of the Lakeshore Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
When: February 11 from 8:30 a.m. for the first shift, 11 a.m. for the second
Where: Burrel Center, 412 E. Sherman Blvd., Muskegon Heights

Honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by following his words: “Everyone can be great…because everyone can serve. Join United Way of the Lakeshore & AmeriCorps Seniors on their MLK Day of Service to help provide essential care kits to homeless and housebound seniors. You can volunteer for installation, packing and/or cleaning and delivery. Packing will take place at the Burrel Center, 412 E. Sherman Blvd, Muskegon Heights It will be in the gymnasium, so there will be plenty of spacing between volunteers. Masks are mandatory for volunteering, regardless of vaccination status.

Homeless COVID-19 Care Kits:
Currently, more than 80 families are staying in COVID-19 positive hotels and motels and are homeless. These families, unfortunately, cannot stay in their local shelters or access traditional resources. Volunteers will prepare care kits for these homeless families to make their stay easier and more enjoyable while they fight COVID-19.

AmeriCorps Senior (RSVP) — care packages for homebound seniors:
Members of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will prepare care packages for homebound seniors in Muskegon and Oceana counties. Additionally, volunteers will work alongside COVID-19 care kit packers at the Burrel Center.

Three quarters of volunteers:

Shift 1—Setup: Volunteers, who must have a vehicle to assist with transportation, will meet at United Way of the Lakeshore, 31 E. Clay Ave., at 8:30 a.m. and help deliver items for care at the Burrel Centre. After transporting the materials, you will help set up the tables and room for the packing volunteers. Estimated volunteer time: 1.5 hours.

Shift 2 — Packing: Volunteers will pack kits for homeless and housebound seniors. Packing begins at 11:00 a.m. Estimated volunteering time: 1h to 1h30.

Shift 3—Cleaning and Delivery: Help us deliver care kits to designated sites. There will be no deliveries to individuals. All deliveries will be delivered to designated agency locations and then distributed by that agency’s management.

To volunteer, visit the United Way of the Lakeshore website.

emergency shelter
When: Throughout the winter
Where: Gateway Mission Women and Family Shelter is located at the Family Hope Ministry Center, 356 Fairbanks Ave., Holland. Phone: 616-928-3469. The Men’s Shelter is located at Men’s Ministry Center, 166 S. River Ave., Holland. Phone: 616-928-3413

Emergency shelter is needed for the homeless when the weather makes exposure life-threatening. Help publicize the warming centers, and if you know someone who is homeless, encourage them to seek help at the Mission. It is dangerous for anyone to live outdoors in a shelter or makeshift vehicle at this time. If you want to help, please bring them inside.

Holland Rescue Mission is always looking for volunteers, from emergency shelter assistants to barber/beautician to kitchen or thrift store assistants. Visit hollandrescue.org/volunteer/ for more information and to sign up to help. Phone: 616-396-2200.

Muskegon State Park Stewardship Day
When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on January 22
Where: Muskegon State Park, 3560 Memorial Drive, North Muskegon. Meet at the Snug Harbor parking lot.

Start the new year by volunteering with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources at Muskegon State Park. Volunteers will remove overgrown vines and shrubs from the Lost Lake Trail. No experience is necessary. Volunteers will be trained to identify target species. Sign up by emailing Emily Leslie at [email protected]

Additional information is available through the DNR Volunteer Stewardship webpage. For more information on invasive species, visit michigan.gov/Invasives.
Note: Dates change occasionally and events may be canceled due to bad weather and other reasons. Call the event contact to confirm dates/times prior to arrival.

A Recreational Passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan State Parks. To make a camping reservation, visit midnrreservations.com or call 1-800-447-2757.

Saugatuck Dunes State Park Volunteer Stewardship Labor Day
When: 10 a.m. to noon on January 23
Where: Saugatuck Dunes State Park, 6575 138th Ave., Saugatuck. Meet at the trailhead near the Felt Mansion.

Join the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ ongoing efforts to remove the Japanese barberry from the park. Volunteers will learn to identify these unwanted shrubs and work to eliminate them. Make sure you arrive on time; we will walk to the place of work. Sign up by emailing Emily Leslie at [email protected]

For more information about the program, visit the Volunteer Stewardship webpage. For more information on invasive species, visit Michigan.gov/Invasives.

A Recreational Passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan State Parks. To make a camping reservation, visit MIDNRReservations.com or call 1-800-447-2757.
Please note: Dates change occasionally and events may be canceled due to bad weather and other reasons. Please call the event contact to confirm dates/times prior to arrival.

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