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.


Coffee & Catch Up

Join us on the last Friday of every month 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 our monthly Zoom call!

Our research presentation for the month of April will be given by Dr. Nathaniel Buteyn.

Dr. Nathaniel Buteyn studies the immune systems of people with relapsed pediatric leukemia with the goal of developing new treatments to stave off cancer recurrence. He earned his B.S. in biotechnology from Calvin College and his Ph.D. in molecular, cellular and development biology from Ohio State University.

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Upcoming Opportunities


There are currently no volunteer opportunities for this month.

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