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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are vital in supporting the work of Dwelling Place. Our volunteer programming incorporates many ways volunteers can work alongside us. We embrace both those looking for a one-time opportunity to long-time engagement. We are grateful for community members, residents, and organizations who step up to help forward our mission because Everyone Deserves a Dwelling Place.

Click through these opportunities to learn how you can be a part of our mission. If you’re ready to get started or would like to learn more, get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator, Brian.


Collection Drives

You can support our collection drives by building Welcome Home Baskets for new residents and maintaining our inventory of bus passes and other items.

Host A Drive


Event Support

Event support volunteers help run resident events, work neighborhood clean-ups, tabling and fundraising. This is a fun way to learn about our mission!


Property Days

Property Days are an opportunity for volunteers to work alongside Dwelling Place residents and staff to improve a property through landscaping, community art, maintenance and construction projects. Great for groups!


Special Interest Volunteer

These opportunities are typically related
to certain interests like community art, gardening, and skill-based education. If you’d like to be invited to occasional opportunities based on your interests, this is a great fit for you.

Board Meeting

Board & Committee Member

Dwelling Place is lead by a Governance Board comprised of community volunteers. The board has several standing committees which also include volunteers from the community. Anyone interested in an appointment to serve on a committee may contact CEO or the Chairperson of the Board for more information.

Shaina, Curb Appeal Crew Lead

Curb Appeal Crew

Join residents and community members four times a year to look for areas of improvement inside and outside of Dwelling Place properties.

Learning Lab

Gain real-world experience through an internship that focuses on community arts, resident leadership, and community building. Applications accepted in April, November, and August. Email for details.


Make an impact in the community through full-time Americorps volunteer opportunities. Email for details or check out the Americorps website.


Contact Volunteer Coordinator, Brian Molkoek.

Direct: 616-278-1132

Our Volunteers Say

For years, Dwelling Place has been one of my favorite organizations to volunteer for. Their programming, especially around resident engagement and community arts, has brought transformative impact to the Heartside neighborhood in recent years.
Alysha, Neighborhood Volunteer, Small Business Owner
I volunteer because it’s what I love to do.
Leah, Resident
I volunteer because I like to be part of a passionate team dedicated to improving our community.
Shaina, Curb Appeal Crew
I volunteer because I want to better understand the needs of my community and be the change.
Kristen, Learning Lab Intern
I volunteer because much has been afforded me by many and I feel a deep commitment to pay their generosity forward to community and others
Dan, Resident

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