Help us to spread awareness of Van Andel Institute 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.
We have volunteer opportunities from pop-up volunteers to our ambassadors – there is an important role for everyone!
A pop up volunteer is someone who:
If any of these apply to you, welcome – you are in the right place!
Here are a few roles you could take on as a Purple Community pop up volunteer:
*An orientation with Purple Community is optional for Pop Up volunteers.
A go-go volunteer could be someone who:
Purple Community is always on the GO and occasionally needs support retrieving and delivering items to and from our event hosts in the greater Grand Rapids Area.
We are looking for Go-Go Volunteers who are dependable drivers and are willing to travel from VAI to our business partners, schools and other organizations we partner with to assist with delivering Purple Community merchandise, event materials, t-shirts etc. There be instances of collecting materials from these locations post-event and delivering to VAI as well.
*Locations vary, must have own reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license upon orientation.
An event captain is someone who:
If this describes you, these are some roles you could hold:
*Event captains are required to attend a brief orientation with a Purple Community staff member. Orientation will vary based upon the role but will include a tour of our facilities, volunteer swag bag, and an information pack about VAI and Purple Community so you feel prepared and informed while at events.
An ambassador is someone who:
If you work your way up to an ambassador, we know you mean business!
Here are some roles you may hold as an ambassador:
We have several signature Purple Community events which require all hands on deck! These are great opportunities for larger school and corporate groups to volunteer together.
There are a variety of vital tasks that these larger groups can help support and can include: Set up, tear down, raffle ticket sales, running the photo booth and information table, manning a water station at our annual 5K and much more!
The Great Pumpkin Run and Hard Cider Run are examples of how Group Volunteer opportunities give back in a unique way. For each shift covered, Sour Fish events will donate $15.00 to cancer, Parkinson’s and neurodegenerative disease research!
Each event is different and their needs vary widely based on the type of event so flexibility and can-do attitudes are a must!
Previous groups have enjoyed volunteering at the following events:
Without the help of our volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to accomplish even a fraction of what we do today.
Whether you are someone living with cancer or Parkinson’s, or perhaps 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.
Our entire organization, your community, and the next person affected by cancer, Parkinson’s, or another neurodegenerative disease thanks you in advance for your dedication of time in support of the work happening at Van Andel Institute.
Click the button below to submit your volunteer form and let us know which level you see yourself falling into. We can’t wait to hear from you! Check out our upcoming events here!
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.
This Quarter’s Purple Community Angel is Sally Schaafsma!
Sally is our inventory extraordinaire, Cabinet Volunteer Chair and our go to lady when we find ourselves in a pickle. She is organized, kind, and helps us get through the chaos. We could never thank Sally enough for all that she does for Purple Community. Sally, thank for your passion and for sharing your gift of organization and time with us, we are grateful for you!