Volunteer Kalamazoo has been the center for volunteerism in Kalamazoo since 1965. It is a member of Volunteer Centers of Michigan and the Volunteer Center National Network. Numerous programs and services are available to Kalamazoo County nonprofit organizations that are designed to help them establish or strengthen their volunteer programs. The Center was established in 1966 when the Service Club of Kalamazoo (later the Junior League) identified the need to have a central location for people to call who were interested in volunteering. The United Way of Greater Kalamazoo provided space in their building and the Center continues to share that space today. When the Center was first established, it was named the Voluntary Action Center and fondly nick-named the "VAC." In 1998 the organization's name was changed to the Volunteer Center of Greater Kalamazoo, and then to Volunteer Kalamazoo in 2011 to better reflect its mission and purpose.

Mission Statement & Vision

-Volunteer Kalamazoo builds capacity for effective local volunteering, connects people with opportunities to volunteer and promotes volunteerism in our community.-

-Volunteer Kalamazoo will lead the Greater Kalamazoo Area in engagement efforts to ensure that local nonprofit organizations have and effectively utilize all the well-matched volunteers necessary to fulfill their respective missions.-

Each year thousands of area residents contact Volunteer Kalamazoo to find ways to serve their community. The center maintains and publishes a comprehensive, up-to-date list of nonprofit volunteer needs that local organizations and individuals can easily search to find volunteer opportunities that match their skills and interests. All Kalamazoo County nonprofit and charitable organizations, with 501-c tax identification status, are invited to submit their volunteer opportunities for inclusion in the Center's online listing service.

Additional services available to nonprofit organizations include:

Volunteer Program Assessment
Volunteer Management Best Practices
Volunteer Management Training
Recruitment and Referral Services, and
Technology Solutions for Volunteer Data Management

With an eye toward the future, Volunteer Kalamazoo sponsors youth and teen volunteer programs that are designed to introduce young people to volunteerism and community service. Future leaders need to know about the social issues that face communities, and volunteering is a wonderful way to introduce them to the needs of others. The VolunTEENS program offers students between the ages of 12 and 18 the chance to learn about local nonprofit organizations by volunteering in age appropriate positions. The experience allows students to explore future career opportunities, gain required community service credit for college scholarships, and most importantly, learn that they can make a difference in their community by helping others. Participating nonprofit organizations benefit from student involvement in their programs through an increased volunteer workforce, an occasion to hear a fresh perspective about their work, and the opportunity to introduce young people to future potential careers in the nonprofit sector. Volunteer Kalamazoo staff believes that successful nonprofit organizations are empowered by people with the vision to lead, the energy to build, and the determination to succeed. To learn more please contact us.

Volunteer Kalamazoo
3901 Emerald Dr, Ste A
Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30-5:00