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.

Volunteer Registration

To sign up for an event or shift, please email Allyson.Huttenga@vai.org with the event name as the subject.            

Upcoming Opportunities










Jan. 2019

Feb. 2019

March 2019

Wednesday, April 18 – Muskegon Catholic Central Soccer Game

Thursday, April 19 – Cornerstone University Baseball

Thursday, April 19 – CKC Series — Michael Ray 

Thursday, April 26 – CKC Series — Maddie & Tae

Friday, April 27 – CKC Series — Russell Dickerson

Saturday, April 28 – Consumers Credit Union Purple Community 5K (50 + volunteers, details coming soon)

Saturday, April 28 – 2018 LAX vs Cancer

Wednesday, May 2 – Grand Haven Rugby Club Purple Game

Thursday, May 10 – CKC Series — Chris Lane

Thursday, May 17 – CKC Series — Steve Moakler

Friday, May 18 – CKC Series — Granger Smith

Friday & Saturday, June 1–2 – The Hard Cider Run

Saturday, June 2 – B93 Birthday Bash

Tuesday, June 12 – Nylaan Dental Zumba for a Cause

Thursday, June 21 – Maranda Park Party – Lamar Park

Thursday, July 12 – Maranda Park Party – Kollen Park

Thursday, July 19 – Maranda Park Party – East Kentwood

Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28 – The Color Run

Wednesday, August 8 – Auto Body Xperts Zeeland Open House

Wednesday, August 22 – Auto Body Xperts Hudsonville Open House

Thursday, August 23 – CKC Series — Jon Pardi

September 13, 2018 – Pure Barre on the Blue Bridge 

September 15, 2018 – Hope College Soccer

Saturday, October 13 – West Michigan Woman Wine & Wig

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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 

Purple Community Angel

We appreciate all of our volunteers who dedicate their time and talents to Purple Community. Each quarter our Purple Community Team will highlight a volunteer who has gone above and beyond their call of duty.

Jessica DuvalCongratulations to our Purple Community Angel of the Quarter – Jessica Duval!

After hearing about Purple Community through a 2017 Team Hope Chicago Marathon runner, Jessica first volunteered at the 2017 Consumers Credit Union Purple Community 5K and has been active ever since!

“I knew right away that Van Andel Institute was an organization that I not only wanted to give back to monetarily, but also be part of by volunteering. I unfortunately know far too much about cancer as both my mom and my dad have had their separate battles to fight. Sadly, my Dad lost his battle to multi-myeloma in 2012, but my mom continues to fight through rounds of chemo and radiation. I’m fairly certain a lot of my stubbornness comes from her!”

Jessica has supported Purple Community at the Maranda Park Parties in the summer, multiple races, the big South Christian football game this past fall (her alma mater), and most actively on our Purple Community Cabinet volunteer subcommittee! She offers great perspective from her experiences as a new volunteer and contributes fresh ideas on how to grow our program. Not to mention what a doll she is to work with!

“Since the beginning, I have always looked forward to volunteering at the events. It’s so great to see and meet so many fantastic people that are willing to support and be a part of this overall mission! By giving just a small amount of my time, I am able to help this community fund the hope that someone else’s mom and dad won’t have to battle. That’s why I continue to volunteer!” Read more about Jessica on our blog.

Past Purple Community Angels

Q1 2017 – Sally Schaafsma

Q2 2017 – Alison Sheltrown

Q3 2017 – Daryl and Mary Mick

Q4 2017 – Brooke Galloway

Q1 2018 – Kathy Weglicki

Volunteer Feedback Form

We want to hear from you! How was your volunteer experience? Let us know what you liked and disliked. Please, share any suggestions you have for making the volunteer experience better in the future. Your feedback is anonymous.