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Neighboring Opportunities


Welcome to the Neighboring Program, formerly known as the Volunteer Program. Dwelling Place uses a “neighboring” approach to volunteerism to emphasize the greater ecosystem of community care that exists across our neighborhoods. We are not volunteers in a vacuum, peering into the lives of low-income residents from a looking glass. We are neighbors lending a hand to our fellow neighbors, striving to understand social issues that affect all of us. In this approach, we gain perspective from the wisdom of one another. The neighboring approach aims to ask more questions than provide answers – it starts with “Who are my neighbors? What issues affect us?” and results in “What can I do to help?” 

Our Neighboring Program hosts three main efforts, with other ad-hoc volunteer opportunities sprinkled through the year. Learn more about these projects, plus other volunteer involvement across Dwelling Place, by clicking through these pages or by getting in touch with Dwelling Place Volunteer Coordinator, Brian: or call (616) 676-6527 

FUMC Basket Pickup

Welcome Home Basket 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.

Ferguson Mulching with Cathedral YA

Property Days

Work alongside Dwelling Place staff and residents to improve a property through landscaping, community art, maintenance and construction projects. Great for small and large groups!


Curb Appeal Crew

Lend your perspective to Dwelling Place as you tour our diverse property portfolio and evaluate buildings for attractiveness. Together, we can improve our structures and in turn, people’s lives! 

Landing Page Photo - DP Board Mural Prep

Board & Committee Member

Dwelling Place is led by a Governance Board comprised of community volunteers. The board has several standing committees which also include volunteers from the community.

Joel and Shay

Neighborly Connections

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.


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.


Americorps VISTA

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 Molhoek.

Direct: (616) 676-6527

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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