August 20, 2023

The Impact of Volunteer Groups

Transforming a house into a home takes a lot of people. Fortunately, ICCF Community Homes has been blessed with an incredible collection of talented and eager volunteers to help us get the job done. Over the last year, more than 600 people have volunteered with ICCF, dedicating over 10,500 service hours. Volunteer Coordinator Sheryl Baas is extremely proud of all the work her volunteers have accomplished this year.

“Thanks to our tireless volunteers, so many homes have been carried through to completion this year,” said Sheryl. “There are several renovation projects where the volunteers have ranged from middle school students helping with cleaning and yard work to retired professionals framing and drywalling. Meeting people from all ages and walks of life is one of the things I love most about my job.”

Volunteers play a vital role in keeping the non-construction side of ICCF going as well. This summer, several school and youth groups volunteered at Family Haven, our emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness. The team spent time cleaning windows, weeding, landscaping, planting a garden, and playing with children living at Family Haven.

“It’s a joy to see the children at Family Haven playing with middle and high school volunteers,” said Sheryl. “They can’t get enough of the big kids hanging out with them.” A large group of consistent adult volunteers also helps organize the donation center at Family Haven on a weekly basis. “That is a huge job,” she shared. “We get so many donations of clothing, food, and household supplies, and they all need to be sorted and organized. Thanks to the hard work of numerous volunteers, our crowded donation center has been transformed into a welcoming area for our residents.”

You don’t need any special skills to volunteer with ICCF—just a desire to serve. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit our volunteer page to get started. There are many opportunities for individuals and groups, including those associated with a church, business, or club. Thank you to our amazing volunteers!

ICCF Community Homes

ICCF Community Homes is the oldest non-profit affordable housing provider in the state of Michigan. Active in the Grand Rapids area since 1974, ICCF serves over 2,000 households a year through its programs and services. Program offerings include Family Haven emergency shelter, over 700 units of affordable rental housing, newly constructed homes for purchase, homeownership education and financial counseling.

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