Current Opportunities

Below is a list of our current volunteer opportunities for individual, long-term volunteers. If you are interested in one of the opportunities listed, fill out our online volunteer application! If you don’t see something here that fits your skills, passions, or availability, email Jackie to discuss other possibilities.

Thank you for your interest in serving the Westown community!



Discipleship Group Leader –  The Other Way Ministries is looking for energetic, kid-loving, Jesus-following adults who are interested in building relationships through Youth Ministry. Every Tuesday from 4:00-7:00 pm, The Other Way hosts “D-Groups” for 3rd-5th graders. This is a time for games, teaching, small group discussion led by volunteer leaders, fun activities, and a meal together. This is an incredible opportunity to invest in the lives of kids in our community!

Little Lights Infant & Toddler Program Volunteers – Volunteer to nurture the littlest Westsiders through this grant-funded program offering free childcare to eligible neighborhood families. Volunteers may choose to work 8 am – 11 am, 11 am – 2 pm, or 2 pm – 5 pm on any weekday. A weekly volunteer commitment for a minimum of 3 months is necessary to provide a consistent atmosphere for the children. Must be 18 years or older.

Food Donation Driver – Volunteer to pick-up food donations from local partners/stores in Grand Rapids, and bring them back to our food pantry. Tuesday and Thursday Morning drivers are needed! If you have a large vehicle, this would be helpful. If not, we can provide use of a vehicle after proper clearance.

Homework Huddles Tutor – Volunteer to tutor Sibley Elementary students at The Other Way! By committing to be a consistent volunteer from 3:45-5:30 pm either Mondays, Wednesdays, or both, you can be a fun after-school presence in the lives of Sibley kids and help them stay on track with their math, reading, and more. No teaching experience required (but certainly appreciated) – just patience and a desire to work with elementary-aged kids!


Please note that The Other Way Ministries must complete a background check for all volunteers.