The Hispanic Voice
Providing Opportunities to Be Heard. Local “rising 9th graders” in the Supporting Our Leaders (SOL) Program this summer worked with journalist, Federico Martinez, to develop, write, edit and publish stories of importance to them on an online website as part of the Believe 2 Become initiative of the Douglas and Maria DeVos Foundation to stop summer learning loss. Click here to read their stories
The Hispanic Center of Western Michigan welcomes people of all ages and skill levels to familiarize themselves with the work of our organization through volunteer engagement. The success of our charitable work and community events throughout the year is made possible with the support of several hundred community volunteers who generously share their time, energy, and expertise with the Center. This is one more way in which the Center helps bridge cultural differences and strengthens the spirit of collaboration in our West Michigan community.
Do I need to be fluently bilingual in order to volunteer at the Center?
No. Bilingual skill is preferred, but not required for the majority of volunteer opportunities available at the Center.
What volunteer opportunities are available?
The Hispanic Center utilizes volunteers of all ages in various capacities. We have ongoing need for a wide range of volunteer support, including:
• Office clerical support
• Case Management interns
• Youth mentors
• Youth Program tutors
• GED tutors
• ESL & Computer Class tutors
• Domestic Violence victim support services
• Immigrant Rights advocacy and support
• Event volunteers
- Cesar Chavez Service Learning Project (March)
- Community Block Party (Spring)
- Latin Extravaganza (Spring)
- Hispanic Festival (Fall – September)
- Monthly Food Truck Distributions (April, May, June)
- Community Garden Project (June-September)
- Day of the Dead Celebration (October)
- Thanksgiving Holiday Baskets (November) - Christmas Holiday Baskets (December)
What do I need to do to sign up to volunteer?
All volunteers are asked to fill out an application and participate in a brief orientation before receiving your volunteer placement. Because of the vulnerable clients that we serve and our extensive youth programming at the Center, we conduct criminal background checks on all volunteers prior to their participation with our events and programs.
For more information:
Individuals and groups are welcome to contact Vanessa Flores Giles at (616) 742-0200 for additional information regarding our Volunteer Policies and Procedures as well as opportunities that may be available to help you get involved with us today.