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Volunteers are the backbone of everything we and our partners do.

Volunteer Connections Montcalm-Ionia Counties

Volunteer Connections Montcalm-Ionia Counties is a program of United Way Montcalm-Ionia Counties. United Way Montcalm-Ionia Counties' programming is volunteer driven.  You, the volunteer, make things happen in your communities.  Without you, we would not be able to provide the services that we do.  The same applies to our Partners.  In general, United Way Montcalm-Ionia Counites and our Partners are working with fewer financial resources than in the past.  The impact made in our communities relies on people such as yourself, who give of their time and skills to support a cause or programs that are important to them.

Last year, Volunteer Connections helped connect over 560 volunteers to our internal programming and that of our Community and Funded Partner Agencies and have facilitated over 1,000 volunteers connecting through events and National Days of Service.  Their volunteer time had a value of over $75,300.

Be part of the change. Pick your passion. Join in.  Volunteer.


We have many different opportunities for interns for the Fall, Winter, and Spring semesters. Positions include: Volunteer Management Intern, 211 Data Intern, Event Planning Intern, Graphic Design Intern, Nonprofit Management Intern, and Marketing Intern. All positions are posted on Handshake.

United Way Montcalm-Ionia County Staff believe that interns should be doing and not just filing. We want you to gain valuable skills and experience while you are working here, so that you will be successful in the future.

Our internships are:

  • located at our office in Belding - we do not offer remote options
  • flexible on scheduling - we can accommodate most any schedule in our office hours of 8am-4pm Monday - Friday
  • unpaid

If you have any questions please call 616-794-9840 or email Haley McLean, Community Impact Program Manager.

Volunteer Connection Montcalm-Ionia Counties participates in both formal and informal days of service. In many cases, we are helping our partners develop event opportunities and recruit volunteers. In the past year, we participated in MLK Day, AmeriCorps Week, 911 Day of Remembrance, National Family Volunteer Day, Global Youth Service Day, and many more.

This is an annual event designed to provide an opportunity for community members and Partner/Community Agencies to connect.  Day of caring

Every year, this is a way for United Way Montcalm-Ionia supporters and potential supporters to join in some hands-on work for our Partner and Community Agencies.  In many cases, the projects would not be completed as effectively, completely, or at all.  Generally held in August, this is a great way to get involved.  Check back for more information and specific details.

Be Counted

If you have not completed the Census yet, make sure to do it online or by welcoming of a Census Worker.

Make sure your child's bookshelves celebrate diversity. Text "diversity" to 39015 for a curated list of children's books written by Black authors. 

You can also sign up for the 21 - Day Equity Challenge here.

Register to VOTEI voted sticker

Its easy and safe to register online to vote this election year. Register here.

Request a Mail-In Ballot

Make sure your vote is safe, informed, and on time. Apply for an absentee ballot online here.

Bag decoratingPurchase brown bags and decorate them to brighten a child's day when they receive their 3rd Meal.

Take a walk in your community and bring a trash bag and gloves to pick up any litter you see. 

Picking up trash

Call an individual to check in on them during these stressful times. Bring them groceries. Send a letter. Sit outside with them to chat. Whatever you can do to make sure your loved ones are healthy and happy.