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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.

To register to volunteer, visit our Volunteer Portal.

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

with guests

Volunteer in a variety of needs that will have you working directly with the guests at Mel Trotter Ministries. These volunteer roles are an integral part of our ministry, allowing you engage with guests in various ways throughout the Mission. Every volunteer role is an opportunity to minister to our guests, right where they are.

behind the scenes

Looking to volunteer behind the scenes instead of directly with guests? That's great! We have lots of opportunities to do that at Mel Trotter Ministries. Your service to the Ministry in this way is incredibly helpful to staff and accomplishing a number of tasks that we need extra help doing.

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.

Students and Interns

This program has opportunities for area partner agencies to be involved in the mission. This program also hosts Internship opportunities in partnership with area colleges and universities.


Mel Trotter Ministries has several events throughout the year where you can serve as a volunteer.


Mel Trotter Ministry volunteers are required to attend a New Volunteer Orientation to learn about all of the needs available for volunteering. We offer morning and night orientations once per month.

Jamie’s Volunteer Story

Jamie began volunteering at MTM between four to five years ago, primarily with her colleagues from Union Home Mortgage. The company’s pledge against homelessness and commitment to helping people buy homes resonated with her, and she found herself drawn to MTM’s mission.  

Read Her Story  →

Save the Date!

MTM'S Annual Golf Outing

Mel Trotter Ministries does more than you think. Each year, we impact the lives of over 5,000 individuals and families through our powerful and personalized programs. By golfing this year, you will help our guests take the next step in building a better future.

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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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