Making a Difference

Thank you for your interest in wanting to make a difference in our local community!

Below is information for ways you can give more.

Help with Family Promise Hosting

Thornapple will be hosting Family Promise families again Dec. 26-Jan. ). We will need both volunteers and donations to make our next hosting week a success - check back here for sign-ups the first week in December!

Donate Blood | Blood Drive

Partnership with Thornapple Covenant Church and Cascade Fellowship
Working with our neighbor church, Cascade Fellowship, we are hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive every other month. Go HERE to make an appointment (search by zip code and select desired date at Thornapple or Cascade Fellowship – there are multiple slots for each time so spouses can sign up together, you just need two accounts).
Volunteers will be needed to help with the drive: loading/unloading supplies; greeting and screening donors; serving post-donations snacks.
Contact Beth Van Over with questions.

Blood Drive Dates, 11am-5pm each day:
  • Monday, September 26 at Cascade Fellowship.
    Sign up to volunteer HERE.
  • Monday, November 28 at Thornapple
  • Monday, January (TBA) at Cascade Fellowship
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at Thornapple
    Note: Donors can give every 56 days so these are spaced so you can give each time.

Degage Ministries Opportunities

Degage still has a need for breakfast and dinner casserole donations. We're encouraging small groups to sign up to make casseroles (you can use Thornapple's kitchen - check with Kimberly for availability); please note: LMDJ is no longer reimbursing for supplies. Learn more and sign up to make and donate casseroles HERE.

We also serve dinners at Degage one Saturday a month from 5:30-7:30pm. The food is provided by Degage and supervisors give direction. You don’t have to serve every month. If you would like to be added to the list of volunteers, contact Karen Knister.

Hands on Work Opportunities for Men and Women

The Love Mercy Do Justice team is encouraging individuals and groups who like to work with their hands to volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, Family Promise and Inner City Christian Federation (ICCF). These three organizations have opportunities for men and women to work on new houses as well as renovating old houses and manufactured homes. The jobs require varying levels of skill. Some jobs involve demolition, painting, carpentry, landscaping, general clean up, etc. The work is often simple, requiring no previous skills. Other projects require some skill, but supervisors teach whatever is needed to accomplish the tasks.
For Individuals: You do not have to wait for a group opportunity to volunteer. Individuals can help at any time. Simply contact the organization you want to volunteer with to learn more:
  • Habitat builds new homes for low-income families. To volunteer at Habitat, sign up HERE.
  • Family Promise renovates manufactured homes for low-income families. To help, email Volunteer Coordinator Lily Fossel (or call 616.308.8917)
  • ICCF renovates homes for low incomes families. To help, email Volunteer Coordinator Sheryl Baas (or call 616.336.9333 x616)