Volunteer Oppurtunities

Volunteers Needed!

The work we do at DCS wouldn’t be possible without volunteers! Our volunteers are the backbone of our organization. Volunteering offers vital help to people in need in our community, but the benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer. Volunteering and helping others can help you reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose. While it’s true that the more you volunteer, the more benefits you’ll experience, volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day. Giving in even simple ways can help others of those in need and improve your health and happiness.

One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. Even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of those in need in Kent County. And volunteering is a two-way street: It can benefit you and your family as much it helps DCS. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills.


  • Professional Mentors: you can develop a relationship between yourself and one of our clients in recovery with the goal of professional and personal development. The “mentor” is usually an experienced individual who shares knowledge, experience, and advice with a less experienced person, or “mentee.”
  • Sober Companion: This mentor will escort the client to clinic, appointments and help them establish a recovery support network.

Lifts Through Recovery Volunteer:

Transportation is an important component to sobriety. For those who cannot drive themselves or have no other means of getting to their clinic appointments, our Lifts Through Recovery volunteers donate their spare time to give those in recovery a much-needed lift.   

If you own or have regular access to a safe, reliable vehicle, then you’re already on the road to volunteering. But you’ll also need:

  • A good driving record
  • A current, valid driver’s license
  • Proof of adequate automobile insurance

Grand Rapids Santa Parade Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 8:15 am

  • Parade walkers needed! We are in need of 30 parade walker volunteers to participate in the DCS parade entry. We’re asking volunteers to wear red and white. We’ll provide Santa hats for you to wear. Children are welcome but please bring a wagon (decorated in Christmas decor) for your child to ride in if walking the entire parade will be difficult.

The Purple Backpack Project at Heartside Park 12:30-4:30 for set-up, distribution and packing up.

  • November 17, 2018
  • November 24, 2018
  • December 1, 2018
  • December 8, 2018
  • December 15, 2018
  • December 22, 2018

If you are interested in volunteering as a mentor or as a driver for our Lifts Through Recovery please contact Stacy Peck at stacy@dirtcitysanctuary.org for more information.

If you are interested in volunteering at one of our events or at one of our backpack distribution dates please contact Wendy Botts at 616.250.6423 or wendy@dirtcitysanctuary.org more information.


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