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

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.

January

February

March

April

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) 

Sign Up

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) 

Sign Up

Southside Hockey Fights Cancer 
Category: Volunteer Ambassador, Volunteer Event Hand, Volunteer Lead 
Date: February 10–13 
Time: Varies by shift selection, please see our Sign-Up Genius for more details 
Location: Southside Ice Arena (566 100th St. SW, Byron Center, MI 49315) 

Sign Up

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) 

Sign Up

Van Andel Institute Grand Rapids Griffins Purple Community Game 
Category: Volunteer Event Hand, Volunteer Lead 
Date: March 18 
Time: Varies by shift selection, please see our Sign-Up Genius for more details 
Location: Van Andel Arena (130 Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49503) 

Sign Up

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) 

Sign Up

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