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Be the hands and feet of Jesus.

Volunteer at Mel Trotter Ministries to connect with individuals in the community to build positive relationships. Get involved, make a difference.

For volunteer opportunities in Grand Rapids, MI visit our Volunteer Portal. 

Below you’ll find the areas where you can volunteer at MTM

Activities, Hospitality and Events

Offer a warm and welcoming space for guests and or the community by providing a variety of activities.

Opportunities available Monday through Friday.


Behind the scenes work to provide support to the Administrative team, including data entry, running receipts and writing thank you notes.

Opportunities available Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.


This program is an opportunity to serve in daily Chapel Services, Bible Studies, and connect one-on-one with guests.

Opportunities available Sunday through Friday.


Offer a variety of medical services to those being served in the mission and community. This program is an area for a licensed/ registered clinician or medical students.

Opportunities available Monday through Wednesday.


Internship opportunities are available in partnership with area colleges and universities.


This program assists the Facilities Team to support the functionality, safety and sustainability of the mission buildings, grounds and infrastructure.

Opportunities available Monday through Friday.

food services

Breakfast, lunch and dinner meal service is available to individuals, families and staff. The Culinary team serves more than 500 meals a day.

Opportunities available 7 days a week during lunch and dinner hours.

thrift stores

This program provides volunteers in the Thrift Stores either by helping to process donations in the back of the store or helping to organize racks, shelves and tables on the retail side of the store.

Opportunities available Monday through Saturday.


The team will head out to the Heartside neighborhood, downtown and surrounding areas connecting with individuals experiencing homelessness and providing a hot shower to those in need.

Opportunities available during weekday mornings.

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Join Us for Our Annual Golf Outing

Join Us for Our Annual Golf Outing

June 19, 2023

Enjoy a round of golf and help support housing and jobs for guests at Mel Trotter Ministries. MTM’s workforce development services give guests the opportunity to learn technical and soft skills needed to get a job and keep it. MTM also owns and operates several transitional housing locations to assist guests on their journey out of homelessness. By golfing in our annual outing, you will help guests accomplish new steps in their journeys.

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Make a monthly donation.

Join other monthly donors on a mission to prevent homelessness in West Michigan.

The Community is a passionate group of over 1,000 givers committed to giving month after month, bringing hope to our neighbors experiencing homelessness – and each month, they’re transforming more and more lives.

Donate monthly to Mel Trotter via the form or call (616) 454-8249

Transforming Lives

“It’s a really amazing program,” said Vanessa*. “After seeing my husband complete his GED, it gave me the courage to go get mine.”

Simon and Vanessa

Simon and Vanessa both grew up in the inner city. “Life was just life, so we got used to it,” she said. What that life looked like was this: Simon did not complete high school. He became a father as a teenager, prior to his marriage to Vanessa. Upon meeting her and starting their own family together, the couple wanted to further their lives.

*names and photos changed to protect the privacy of our guests

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