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. Minimum 2 hour commitment. 

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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.

Stock, pack and organize our Food Pantry.

Group Max: 10 people


Thursdays 9 a.m. - 3 p.m

Stock, pack and organize our Food Pantry.

Also, assist our guests during their shopping experience.

Group Max: 5 people 



Hours between 5:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Help prepare, serve and clean-up after meals every day. *Must be 14 years+

Breakfast: 5:00 a.m. - 6:40 a.m.

Lunch: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Dinner: 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Group Max: 4 persons during the week

Group Max: 15 persons on the first Saturday of each month only




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. Late evening opportunities 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. available on Thursdays.

Group Max: 8 people



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

Assist Mel Trotter advocates in aiding our guests (men, women and youth) 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 Assistants are encouraged to take phone calls from guests who may be struggling as well as carry out after-program follow ups.
*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, sort donations, take inventory and stock shelves at one of our Retail Stores. Opportunities and availability vary depending on location.

*Ongoing volunteer opportunity only    Groups max 10-15 only when needed.


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

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



Generally between 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

To volunteer for clinics or to get more information, contact Nancy Bonin at nancybonin@meltrotter.org or 616-588-8711 


This is a great volunteer opportunity for Chiropractors to join us in serving our program and community guests.


(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.



This is a great volunteer opportunity for Optometrists and Opticians. Patients are allowed vision exams once each 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. Services are provided on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.



This is a great volunteer opportunity for 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 every day.





7 p.m. - 8 p.m. each night for men; Mondays & Thursdays for women.

Share the word of the Lord by leading a Bible Study for our men and women guests.



6:30 p.m - 8:00 p.m.

Provide nightly Chapel Services for guests in our program and our community. This is mainly for Churches or groups who are interested in helping our men and women grow in faith and eventually find a church home of their own!



8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. daily

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.





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