Volunteer Kalamazoo has been the center for volunteerism in Kalamazoo since 1965. It is a member of Volunteer Centers of Michigan and an affiliate of the HandsOn Network. Volunteer Kalamazoo was established in 1965 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 office space and Volunteer Kalamazoo continues until August of 2013. Volunteer Kalamazoo now resides in a shared nonprofit space on Emerald Drive. When Volunteer Kalamazoo 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 again in 2011 to Volunteer Kalamazoo to better reflect its mission and purpose. Learn more about those changes
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. Volunteer Kalamazoo 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. Additionally, Volunteer Kalamazoo staff assist individuals in finding the right volunteer opportunity that matches their skills, interests and availability. Click here to learn more about volunteering and how we can help you.
All Kalamazoo County nonprofit and charitable organizations, with 501-c tax identification status, are invited to submit their volunteer opportunities for inclusion in our online listing service. Numerous programs and services are available to Kalamazoo County nonprofit organizations that are designed to help them establish or strengthen their volunteer programs. Click here to learn more about our programs and service for nonprofit organizations.
- Beginnings February 27, 2015 Libby Ziemelis
- A Year in Review November 26, 2014 Libby Ziemelis
- We took a day to remember, to give back October 7, 2014 Libby Ziemelis
- Volunteering = Community June 23, 2014 Libby Ziemelis
- Outstanding Volunteers: Michigan Student Service Award Recipients June 9, 2014 Matt Vargo