Volunteering at HQ

Thanks for your interest in volunteering at HQ! From the start, we’ve said that community support would be critical to our mission, and again and again, it’s proven true.

We value your experience with us, and we want to make sure that no matter what you decide to do at HQ, it’s a good fit! Below, you can learn more about ways you can help HQ and serve our community’s at-risk youth.

Offer Support

In addition to serving at-risk youth, you can help HQ with its operational needs.

  • Refresh and Reset: Help keep our space safe fresh, safe, and welcoming for members.  We reset our space before every drop-in to ensure that every member enters a space that feels clean and new just for them.
  • Organizing and sorting donations: A well-organized back room is critical to smooth drop-ins and gives young people quick and easy access to necessities.
  • Building maintenance: Handy? Our facilities get plenty of use, and lending us your skills means our space remains safe for the young people we serve.
  • Administrative support: Write thank you notes, make phone calls, enter data and more that helps run HQ every day.
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Provide Youth Opportunties

Specialized Skills -We’re always looking for volunteers with specialized skills and insight. If you’ve got unique skills, consider the opportunities below.

  • Nursing and healthcare: Do basic first aid and triage with young people during drop-in. (Volunteers must be either a licensed nurse or doctor.)
  • Inclusion support: Provide support and insights we can use to better serve the diverse youth population in our community (We are looking for Volunteers who have experience facilitating workshops and engaging in critical dialogue around issues related to inclusion, diversity, and equity).

Share Your Skills - Yoga, Meditation, Painting, Music and More?  Do you have a specialized Skill that you'd like to share with members?  HQ offers one-off opportunities to members that can be organized around your schedule!

Shared Experiences - Do you have a lived experience of homelessness, navigating the criminal justice system or life after lock-up, or in succeeding as a person with marginalized identity?  Then you might be a great fit to build relationships with our members!  These opportunities are not as common but hold a lot of impact!


Get Started With HQ

Before you can volunteer with HQ, you’ll need to complete a series of tasks:

  • Fill out the online volunteer application.
  • Email about your interest in volunteering.
  • Our staff will reach out about next steps including background check and volunteer placement.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact us.

HQ Grand Rapids Youth Support Center
HQ Youth Drop-in Support Center

Group Volunteer Opportunities

Your group can volunteer by deep cleaning our space or sorting donations. You can also prepare freezer meals in your own space and bring them to HQ so we can use them during drop-in. To get your group involved, contact us!

Note: Groups of volunteers do not need to go through the volunteer training process and will not work directly with youth during drop-in.