Volunteer at Mel Trotter Ministries

Each day Mel Trotter Ministries serves over 300 individuals and families in a variety of programs. This could not be possible without the help of volunteers. As a volunteer you have the opportunity to partner with us to change lives. Join us in demonstrating the compassion of Jesus Christ to the hungry, homeless and hurting of the greater Grand Rapids area. Whether you are looking for a one-time or on-going opportunity, for an individual or a group, Mel Trotter has many ways for you to get involved!

*Please note: Individuals under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or chaperone.

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Volunteer Opportunities:


Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Join our administrative staff in daily tasks and on special projects. Opportunities available based on current needs. Prior experience in an administrative capacity is recommended.

Individuals only


Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Saturdays may be scheduled with advance notice for groups)

Projects may include painting, building, organizing and cleaning. We are looking for individuals with experience in construction, maintenance, painting, etc. If you have a unique talent or skillset in this area, please let us know. 

Group Max: 15 people


Food Services


Tuesday - Wednesday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Thursdays 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., some Saturdays are also available with advance notice for groups.

Food Pantry Preparation: Stock, pack and organize our Food Pantry on Tuesday and Wednesday each week from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Group Max: 10 people

Food Pantry Community Day: Each Thursday we open the Pantry from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. to aide our community. During this time, we seek volunteers to assist our guests during their shopping experience.

Group Max: 5 people


Every day 5 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. *Must be 14 years+

Serve nutritional meals to our guests. Opportunities to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner are a daily occurrence starting at 5 a.m. and ending at 6:30 p.m.

Group Max: 7 people




Hours vary during weekdays

Play, pray, and provide activities for children in our family program while parents attend Chapel and other career building and educational classes. We are also looking for tutors for our kids Monday - Thursday 3:30 p.m - 5 p.m.

Group Max: 10 people


Monday - Friday 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Assist Mel Trotter advocates in aiding our guests in a variety of tasks to support and guide them in their journey of life transformation. May include: tutoring/mentoring and education in hygiene, personal health, housekeeping, money management, computer and job prep skills, etc.
*Ongoing volunteer opportunity only


Monday - Thursday 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Recovery Coaches will be paired with one of the guests in our Step Up Recovery Program. Coaches will be responsible for visiting with this guest on a continual basis to serve as a source of support and encouragement as they move along their recovery journey. Individuals who volunteer as Recovery Coaches are encouraged to take phone calls from guests in times of temptation as well as follow up with guests after they have left Mel Trotter's Step Up Program.
*Ongoing volunteer opportunity only 



Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Saturdays 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Organize, price and sort donations at one of our Retail Stores. Opportunities and availability vary depending on location.

Group Max: 12 people

Sparta Store: 538 S. State Street Sparta, MI 49345

Jenison Store: 7500 Cottonwood Dr. Suite D. Jenison, MI 49428



To volunteer for clinics or with questions, contact Nancy Bonin at nancybonin@meltrotter.org or 616-588-8711 


We are seeking volunteer Chiropractors to join us in serving our program and community guests.

Group Max: 10 people


(Now offering Continuing Education Credits) Most services are free to patients, with the exception of dentures and partials, which require a lab fee. Seeking Dentists, Hygienists and Dental Assistants who are interested in changing lives for those in need.


Searching for volunteer Optometrists and Opticians. Patients are allowed vision exams 1x per year, and prescription glasses are provided every 2 years as necessary.


If you are an Attorney or Clerk interested in providing legal services to those in crisis, MTM would love to utilize your skills to offer free services to our guests. (Open on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month.)


Seeking Doctors, RNs, LPNs, EMTs, CNAs and other medically licenses and non-licensed individuals to walk alongside guests in our Shelter for Public Inebriates and Recovery Center. With your help, our guests can have a safe recovery.




Share the word of the Lord by leading a Bible Study for our Men or Women. Bible Study is held from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. each night for Men on Mondays & Thursdays for Women.


Provide nightly Chapel Services for guests in our program and our community. Opportunities to lead a Chapel Service are for Church bodies who are interested in helping our men and women grown in faith and eventually find a church home of their own! Chapel services take place from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Monday - Friday for Men, and on Mondays and Thursdays for Women.


Become a friend and spiritual advocate to one of our guests! Get to know them and spend quality time with them. Assist in finding church involvement opportunities, classes and mentorships that would best enhance their spiritual growth. Opportunities are available daily from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
*2 days a week required



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