Helping Others and Helping Yourself!
If you’re thinking about volunteering, consider this:
The benefits of volunteering extend far beyond meeting the needs of Family Futures. The work our volunteers complete allows us to help families, parents, and children throughout Kent County, and it also helps you feel happy! It’s proven that helping others counteracts stress, anger, and anxiety, helping you stay physically and emotionally healthy. It’s a win-win!
Volunteers are crucial in our work and their support is essential to continue successfully protecting children, supporting families, and strengthening our community. It just wouldn’t be possible to serve the same number of families without the time and energy they give so generously.
We love our volunteers and appreciate their work so much! If you’d like to join us, we have a great office culture where you’ll be welcomed as a valued member of the team and if you have little ones, we’ve got an awesome playroom, so they can come too!
If you’re interested in individual assignments or group projects for your family and friends, please fill out the volunteer form and we’ll follow up with you. Whether you’re looking for short term, occasional, or regular volunteer opportunities, we’re flexible about getting you involved with something that works for you!
Volunteers are free to set their own schedule during normal business hours (M-F, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm). Occasional weekend and evening hours are sometimes available to help with special events.
(Preferred 1 to 4 hours per week): Are you detail-oriented and comfortable with computers? Data is vital to serving families effectively in our Connections and Healthy Families programs and we need your help keeping our records up-to-date.
(Preferred 1 to 6 hours per week): Mailings are the backbone of Connections, our largest program, and every week we need help prepping developmental surveys and other important info for local families. It’s especially fun as a group!
(Monday, Tuesday, and Friday help needed): Our receptionist is amazing, but she can’t be everywhere. When she’s at lunch or in meetings, we need help covering the front desk and welcoming people into our office. It also gives you a chance to learn all about our agency and role in the community!
(Preferred 2 to 4 hours per week): Our tech team needs some help! If you know a lot about computers or WordPress and are interested in serving the community with us, we’d love to have your skills at Family Futures!
Devin was born completely deaf in both ears. At age two, he was the youngest person ever to receive a cochlear implant—a device that allows completely deaf people to hear. This small processor outside his ear connects to a magnet inside his skull, which is attached to a wire that acts as his hair cells, sending the sound vibrations to his brain. This small device completely changed his life. Now, he is a young adult who would not be looking toward his future graduation and nonprofit work if he did not have the support of his family through it all.
Devin began volunteering as a teenager with the University of Michigan, the deaf community, interpreters, and at his church in an effort to “return the favor” to those who helped him grow. Helping others became an important part of who Devin is and what he wants to do. This now decades-old and deep-rooted passion for giving back led him to his Public Administration major at Grand Valley. And further, it led him to Family Futures.
When deciding on an internship for the summer, Devin applied to only one place: Family Futures. Upon beginning work here, he found the testimonies of past student interns of Family Futures to be true: “You’re actually doing something,” he says, “You’re actually making an impact for kids…helping them reach their full potential.”Devin Haberling