At WMed, we believe that part of our social responsibility as a medical is to give back to the community. As such, we have implemented WMed as a new initiative to encourage our employees to go out into the community and serve in areas that align with our mission and values. All employees are provided with eight hours of paid volunteer time annually, but are encouraged to go beyond the eight hours as they develop impactful relationships through local organization efforts.
The Office of Health Equity & Community Affairs is here to help connect you with volunteer opportunities and with organizations in the community. Please see the list below of organizations we partner with and information on how to connect with those sites.
Creating community partnerships is a key element to our mission of building health equity in the community. Here at WMed, we maintain these relationships by providing our faculty, staff, residents, and students opportunities to be involved with community organizations through volunteering with our WMed Volunteers! Initiative for employees, and our Engagement & Discovery course which creates community engagement opportunities for students.
- Community Organization Highlights
WMed Volunteers! Lunch & Learn sessions are an avenue to learn more about local organizations WMed partners with by highlighting our community partners via virtual sessions. See more at the links below.
- Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kalamazoo
When: Wednesday, December 21, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo is looking for a few volunteers to help with holiday parties for kids. Volunteers are needed to help decorate locations, hand out gifts, organize crafts, and just spend the day with the youth.
This will take place at all four of their locations, with two to four volunteers needed per location (listed below). The parties are from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at each location with setup starting around 4:00 p.m.
- Hillside Middle School, 1941 Alamo Ave. (K-12th Grade)
- Northeastern Elementary School, 2433 Gertrude (K-12th Grade)
- Milwood Middle School, 2916 Konkle (6-12th Grade)
- Washington Writers Academy, 1919 Portage (K-5th Grade)
If you would like to volunteer, please sign up!
- Kalamazoo Ed 360
Youth Mentoring (Individuals)
Contact: Jesse Herron, Program Director
To volunteer, send an email to email@example.com. A background check required and training is provided. This is a school year-long commitment to establish relationship with mentees.
- Kalamazoo Gospel Ministries
Contact: McKenna Baughman
The Kalamazoo Gospel Mission Christmas Toy Drive for KGM kids is now open! To shop, click the following link - Walmart: Christmas Shop
They also are in need of volunteers the week of December 19-23 for gift wrappers and guest assistants. For more information, please contact McKenna Baughman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes
Food Pantry (Groups & Individuals)
Contact: Ray Kuerth, Volunteer Coordinator (email@example.com)
All volunteer projects are food related and directly benefit individuals suffering from food insecurity in our community. These projects may include but are not limited to:
- Making C.S.F.P. (Commodity Supplemental Food Program) boxes for senior citizens
- Making ASP (After School Packs) or Weekend Food Packs for children in local grade schools
- Making non-perishable boxes of food for our home delivery and contactless pickup programs
- Making outreach food bags for individuals experiencing homelessness
- Nonperishable and perishable food sorting
All of the warehouse projects do require some degree of lifting, bending, stooping, and standing.
For teams, Loaves and Fishes is able to facilitate up to 14 volunteers at a time. If a team would like to come in to volunteer, the visit needs to be set up and scheduled at least a month in advance. Loaves and Fishes can schedule teams as far into the future as is convenient. It is preferred to have a single contact for teams and groups and if a team has a preferred day or days but needs time to confirm interest from volunteers, it is recommended that teams reserve a day so another team is not scheduled first.
Loaves and Fishes has a monthly contact list used to reach out to potential volunteers to cover volunteer needs. Volunteer projects have maximum capacity limits so all are first come, first serve
- Kalamazoo Ready 4's
Contact: Caroline Beauchamp
Sponsor a school the week of December 5, 2022. We currently have 14 slots open for volunteers to provide breakfast or lunch (as requested) for some of our partner programs. To learn more and sign up, please You can learn more and volunteer, please sign up.
- Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity
Contact: Eddie DeGraw, Volunteer Coordinator (269.344.2443, ext. 204 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Volunteer opportunities are currently on hold until January 2023.
- Construction Volunteers: Our teams build and repair homes on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
- Habitat ReStore Volunteers: Volunteers keep our Habitat ReStore humming. Volunteers can help on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. We have flexible shifts on our online calendar.
- Photographers: We need good photographers to take high-resolution photos at Habitat events, construction sites, and the Habitat ReStore. The photos are used in publications and social media. Time commitment can vary.
- Habitat Gardeners: Help tend our garden. This plot, in the process of being moved from the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church to our Habitat Warehouse, accepts donations of perennials, shrubs, and trees that are used to landscape Habitat homes. We need volunteers to keep the beds organized, mow the grass between the raised beds, and tend the plants. Time commitment varies and is seasonal.
- Milestone Senior Services
Senior Service Center
Contact: Traci Wheeler, Volunteer Services Supervisor
Interested volunteers can fill out an application at https://www.milestoneseniorservices.org/volunteer. A background check is required and onboarding and training are provided.
Meals on Wheels
Meal delivery takes place Monday through Friday in Kalamazoo or Calhoun counties. This volunteer opportunity starts each day between 10:15 and 11:00 a.m. depending on meal pickup location. Most deliveries take 1.5 to 2.5 hours and it is recommended that you be available to volunteer between 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Volunteers typically work in pairs for each route, but routes can be done individually, if preferred. Drivers use their own vehicle and navigation while hoppers take meals to the door and provide a brief check of a person's well-being. Volunteers deliver nutritious meals and a friendly smiles to our seniors.
Meal pick-up/delivery locations:Calhoun County: Albion Forks Senior Center (Two routes; 11:00 a.m.) Calhoun County: Battle Creek office inside the Kool Family Center (Seven routes; 10:00 a.m.) Kalamazoo County: Milestone Office (11 routes, two routes have apartment drop sites; 10:00 a.m.) Kalamazoo County: Apartments (Three routes; Hope Woods, Crosstown Parkway, Skyrise; 10:30-10:45 a.m.) Kalamazoo County: South County Community Services: (One route; Vicksburg; 11:00-11:15 a.m.)
Ramp Builds with our Home Repair Team: Generally, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, volunteers go to homes in Kalamazoo or Calhoun counties to build and install accessible wheelchair ramps. Typically, minimal carpentry skills are required but many tasks can be taught on the spot. Volunteers work with our certified home repair technicians and other volunteers who do pre-building projects and ramp builds and installation. Shifts begin at 8:30 a.m. in Kalamazoo County, and between 9:30 and 10:00 a.m. in Calhoun County.
Companionship: Uplift seniors and offer reassurance, socialization with a meaningful conversation in-person or by phone. We offer placement matches, training, and scheduling with clients in Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties.
Transportation: Provide non-emergency medical transportation, grocery shopping rides and assistance, and basic errand rides. We offer placement matches, training and scheduling with clients in Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties.
Home Safety projects with our Home Repair team: Volunteers go to homes in Kalamazoo or Calhoun counties to install grab bars or handrails, repair stairs, install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and more. Knowledge of basic hand and powers tools, and basic home repair skills such as general home maintenance, carpentry, electrical, or plumbing required. Shifts are between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
- Kalamazoo County: Crossroads Apartments: (Two routes; Portage, In-town and Lake; 10:00-10:15 a.m.)
- Shoebox Packing Party
Contact: Linda Marvin (email@example.com)
Pack a shoebox November 10, 11, or 12 in Battle Creek, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the 10th and 11th and from 9:00 a.m. to noon on November 12. We can accommodate up to 25 volunteers.
After School Enrichment Program
Contact: Alison Koch (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Help provide kids with positive experiences that enrich their lives. Volunteer after school, and join us in providing a safe space for kids that is accessible and engaging. To volunteer fill out the application at https://boysandgirlsclub.wufoo.com/forms/general-volunteer-application/.
- YWCA Kalamazoo
During an event scheduled for Monday, November 28, 2022, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., volunteers are needed to provide childcare, open the main building front door, escort clients to our Dalton Room, staff tables where food and raffle prizes will be, collect and hand out raffle tickets and staff the sign-in table. We are in need of 10 volunteers.
Kalamazoo Academy Reading Program
- Young Kings and Queens
Contact: Imani Kelly (email@example.com)
Bottle drive fundraiser: Attend Kalamazoo Public Schools basketball games and help collect bottles/cans at the games.
Delivery of Blessing Totes in November: This holiday event allows youth to go into the community and provide blessing totes, filled with food and other items, to support families in need and candy sleds to youth during the holiday season. Each year we strive to increase the amount we give to the community.