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Volunteers are the heart and hands of our ministry! Any given week, volunteers are contributing up to 80 hours of time to help with the work of The Other Way.


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 Trent to discuss other possibilities.

Volunteer to work with a team to assemble orders from our neighbors, take phone and in-person orders or stock pantry shelves – or all three! Spanish speakers are a plus.

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

Volunteers needed to assist program staff with tutoring and engaging with students one-on-one and as a group between 3pm – 5pm


We host work groups for a few hours, all the way up to a few days. Contact us for more details about how we can accommodate your group.


Application Form

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Check the boxes of all of the programs you are interested in volunteering in*
*Please note that all programs that involve children or youth will require additional information, including a copy of your State ID and a signed Child Protection Policy.
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I authorize The Other Way Ministries to conduct a comprehensive review of my background, causing a report of my previous criminal history to be generated for the purpose of volunteering at The Other Way Ministries. I understand that the scope of the report will include, but may not be limited to, civil and criminal history records from any criminal justice agency in any or all federal, state, county jurisdictions.
I agree to indemnify and hold harmless The Other Way Ministries for any damages or losses that may occur on its premises or in its service, excepting those caused by gross negligence. I understand and acknowledge responsibility for any injuries or losses to others caused by me while on the premises or in the service of The Other Way Ministries, and agree to indemnify and hold harmless The Other Way Ministries for any liabilities or damages arising from my actions. I voluntarily elect to participate in activities of The Other Way Ministries, and I assume full responsibility for any loss, injury or damage to my person or property which may be a result of engaging in such activities.
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