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








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

Tuesday, June 12 – Nylaan Dental Zumba for a Cause

Friday, June 15–Sunday, June 17 – USA Weightlifting Youth Nationals

Thursday, June 21 – Maranda Park Party – Lamar Park

Thursday, June 22 – CKC Series – LANCO

Thursday, June 28 – Maranda Park Party – Smith Ryerson Park

Thursday, July 12 – Maranda Park Party – Kollen Park

Thursday, July 19 – Maranda Park Party – East Kentwood

Thursday, July 26 – Purple Community Whitecaps Game

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

Saturday, August 4 – MINI Driving Course 

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

Thursday, November 1 – Leadership Lunch & Learn

No opportunities are available at this time.

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