Volunteer

GIVE HOPE BY GIVING TIME

Help us to spread awareness of Van Andel Institute (VAI) through Purple Community events!

We’re looking for motivated individuals to help us educate the community on what Purple Community is all about, be a listening ear to those who’d like to share their cancer or Parkinson’s stories, and be energized about joining the fight against cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.

Whether you are someone living with cancer or Parkinson’s, have someone in your life that is, or just someone who cares about the mission of Van Andel Institute and what we are doing through Purple Community, we would be grateful for whatever time you have to offer.

Registration

Coffee & Catch-Up

Join us virtually on September 24 from 8:30-9:30am to connect with other volunteers and receive research updates from Van Andel Institute. Please click on the button below to register and we look forward to seeing you on Zoom!

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Presented by:

Logo for Biggby Coffee

Our presentation for the month of September will be given by Jamie MacPherson: 

Jamie MacPherson is an enthusiastic and passionate teacher with 13 years of experience teaching in the elementary classroom. Since joining VAI in August of 2018, Jamie has had the opportunity to work closely with teachers and develop content that helps build classrooms where curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking thrive.

Upcoming Opportunities

If you are interested in signing up for any of the following volunteer opportunities, please click on the sign-up button underneath the listing. For additional information or questions about our volunteer program, please contact purplecommunity@vai.org.

September

October

November

December

Pure Barre on the Blue Bridge
Category: Volunteer Event Hand, Volunteer Lead
Date: Sept. 9
Time: 6:30–9 p.m. 
Location: Blue Footbridge (Grand Rapids, MI 49504) 

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West Michigan Whitecaps Game Concessions

Category: Volunteer Event Hand, Volunteer Lead 
Dates: Sept. 9, 11, 12 
Time: 5–9 p.m. on Sept. 9 and 11
          12–4 p.m. on Sept. 12 
Location: LMCU Ballpark (4500 W River Drive NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321) 

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Hope College Football Purple Game
Category: Volunteer Ambassador
Date: Sept. 25
Time: 12:30–5 p.m.
Location: Ray and Susan Smith Stadium (313 Fairbanks Ave., Holland, MI 49423) 

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Weekly Volunteer Team 
Category: Weekly Volunteer Team, Volunteer Event Hand, Volunteer Lead 
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. or 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. 
Location: Van Andel Institute (333 Bostwick Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503) 

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Weekly Volunteer Team 
Category: Weekly Volunteer Team, Volunteer Event Hand, Volunteer Lead 
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. or 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. 
Location: Van Andel Institute (333 Bostwick Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503) 

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Weekly Volunteer Team 
Category: Weekly Volunteer Team, Volunteer Event Hand, Volunteer Lead 
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. or 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. 
Location: Van Andel Institute (333 Bostwick Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503) 

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Weekly Volunteer Team 
Category: Weekly Volunteer Team, Volunteer Event Hand, Volunteer Lead 
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. or 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. 
Location: Van Andel Institute (333 Bostwick Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503) 

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We are always seeking volunteers for the following to enhance our program’s success in raising funds for research at Van Andel Institute!

  • Event support (third-party hosts and annual signature events)
  • Sharing the mission of Van Andel Institute and Purple Community
  • Supporting our cabinet subcommittees
  • Organizing inventory

For details on the ins and outs of our volunteer program, we encourage you to review our volunteer handbook below.                               

Volunteer Handbook