We would not be able to help those in conflict and crisis in our community without the wonderful and committed volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to Gryphon Place. There are many ways for volunteers to join us in our mission!

Get Engaged with Volunteers

Gryphon Place is the volunteer center for Kalamazoo. We offer volunteer matching through our get connected database. You can access the database here.

Gryphon Place has taken on the services of Volunteer Kalamazoo as of August 2016. Our Volunteer Services builds capacity for effective local volunteering, connects people with opportunities to volunteer and promotes volunteerism in our community. Gryphon Place is honored to connect our community to volunteer services.

Gryphon Place connects volunteers with organizations that need them by managing a volunteer matching database called Get Connected. Get Connected allows nonprofit agencies to post volunteer needs, events, and manage volunteers in one centralized location. Volunteers are able to create user profiles, respond to agencies volunteer needs, and manage their hours directly online. Create your profile here.

Students involved in the Michigan Student Service Award program will complete and document 400 hours over four years of non-paid community service that meet a recognized community need, under the auspices of a nonprofit organization, government program, community group or school.

Recognition usually takes place at the high schools graduation honors event. Students receive:

  • An Honor medallion, to be worn at commencement exercises
  • A Certificate of Distinction for Commitment to Service from the Governor

How can you get involved?

If you are a current Kalamazoo area high school student and would like to enroll in the Michigan Student Service Award program, please complete the application form and return it to Jennifer at jvanoosterhout@gryphon.org. Once your application is received, we will send you instructions for the essay to be completed and submitted.


If you’d like to discuss Michigan Student Service Award or need more information, please contact us at 269-365-1510 ext. 242 or email Jennifer at JVanOosterhout@Gryphon.org.

The Presidential Volunteer Service Award program was created as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. The Award enables community organizations — as Certifying and Leadership Organizations — to amplify their gratitude by joining with the President of the United States to thank their most dedicated volunteers.

Who sponsors the program?

This program was created by the President’s council on Service and Civic Participation. This council was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. Today, the program continues as an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service, managed in partnership with Points of Light, an international nonprofit with the mission to inspire, equip, and mobilize people to take action to change the world.

How does the award program work?

The award recognizes United States citizens who have achieved the required number of hours of service between January 1st and December 31st of a given year.

Hours by Award Bronze Silver Gold
Kids (5 to 10) 26 to 49 50 to 74 75 +
Teens (11 to 15) 50 to 74 75 to 99 100 +
Young Adults (16 to 25) 100 to 174 175 to 249 250 +


Youth are not the only ones eligible for this award. Information on other PVSA categories can be found here.

What kinds of service count toward the award?

Most forms of volunteer service count toward the award, with three main exceptions. Gryphon Place does not approve activities that:

  • proselytize (promote and/or try to convert others to a religion)
  • are done for school credit, and the PVSA program does not approve
  • court mandated community service

Award recognition:

Along with the ultimate honor of presidential recognition, recipients will receive:

  • personalized certificate of achievement
  • congratulatory letter from the President of the United States
  • choice of an official pin, medallion, or coin

Need more information?

Please feel free to contact us with questions at 269.381.1510 ext.242, or email JVanoosterhout@Gryphon.org.  You can also visit the PVSA website for more information.