Operation United is back

GRCC is partnering once again with Operation United to complete yardwork, landscaping, and minor outdoor home repair for veterans and active military families here in Kent County. Groups of volunteers will be matched with a veteran and then complete work at their home on event day. 

This is a part of the Heart of West Michigan United Way Month of Caring service activity. The 2018 Leadership Institute cohort, better known as InteGReatCC, had a great experience supporting Operation United in May 2019.

Watch their news appearance!

And this exciting and rewarding volunteer service opportunity back this year:

Friday September 24, 2021
9:00am -1:00pm
A veteran’s home in the GR area

Full time employees can earn up to four hours of professional development time volunteering for this service activity.

This experience is limited to the first 24 full time employees.

If you would like to volunteer, please obtain your supervisor’s approval via Leave of Absence form and complete the 2021 Operation United Registration Form.

Thank you! This service employee engagement opportunity is brought to you through a collaboration of InteGReatCC (2018 Leadership Institute cohort) and HR. Please contact angelasalinas@grcc.edu, dianesmith2@grcc.edu or abennett@grcc.edu for more information and any questions you may have.

Volunteers needed for Information Stations Aug. 23-27 and Aug. 30-Sept. 1

It’s that time: We are looking for volunteers to help with the Information Stations! As you may know, volunteers at the Information Stations help our students feel welcome and find their way around campus. This will be especially important this semester!

This year, we are holding an information table outside of the new Enrollment Center prior to Fall start. The first three days of Fall start will be the stations set up around campus like in the recent past. As you look at the volunteer sign-up sheet, please take note of the two different tabs to sign up accordingly!

RJF Info Station: August 23-27 from 10:00am-3:00pm
Semester Start Stations: August 30-September 1 from 7:00am-6:30pm

Sign up here

Details about Information Stations that may look a bit different this semester:
We are inviting two volunteers to each station, but please prioritize filling each station so we can guarantee coverage for the 2-hour commitments.

  1. Please follow the current campus protocols while working at the information station to minimize contact and germ spreading.
  2. Each station will have two tables and 2 chairs in addition to plexiglass barriers and signs indicating wayfinding.
  3. Instead of having a binder of information that everyone thumbs through, a Google doc. will have all relevant information.This will allow us to keep information up-to-date as things change.
  4. Please bring your GRCC-issued laptop or tablet to access the Google doc. of information (again, to minimize the spread of germs).
  5. Handouts at each station will include campus maps, Sneden shuttle flyers and GetHelp cards.
  6. Please plan on bringing your own water and snacks as these will not be provided.

There will be hand sanitizer at each table. We will also have antibacterial wipes so the table can be wiped down at the end of each shift.

GRCC In the News, 08/11/2021

GRCC announcing mask requirement

August 09, 2021; WOOD Radio

Grand Rapids Community College is requiring everyone on campus to wear a mask while indoors starting Tuesday.


August 10, 2021; Community College Daily (American Association of Community Colleges)

Recently submitted photos from college members of the American Association of Community Colleges.

… Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer earlier this summer visited Grand Rapids Community College’s Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory during an event to promote proposals to expand access to childcare. (Photo: GRCC)

GRCC requiring masks, offering $200 to vaccinated students

August 10, 2021; The Holland Sentinel

GRAND RAPIDS — As of Tuesday, Aug. 10, Grand Rapids Community College is requiring masks indoors on its campuses. 

GRCC offers incentive for fall students to get the COVID-19 vaccine

August 10, 2021; Secondwavemedia.com

Grand Rapids Community College is offering an incentive to encourage students to get the COVID-19 vaccine and plans on-campus vaccination clinics as part of itsefforts to keep the campus safe.

GRCC planning student vaccination incentive and campus clinics, requiring face coverings indoors to combat COVID-19 variant

August 10, 2021; La Prensa

GRAND RAPIDS, August 9, 2021: Grand Rapids Community College is offering an incentive to encourage students to get the COVID-19 vaccine and plans on-campus vaccination clinics as part of efforts to keep the campus safe.

Hope College not mandating masks, COVID-19 vaccine this fall semester

August 10, 2021; WZZM

HOLLAND, Michigan — Hope College will not mandate masks or the COVID-19 vaccine this fall, the school announced Tuesday. 

… Yesterday, Grand Rapids Community College announced they will require everyone on campus to wear a mask indoors. The organization also unveiled a vaccine incentive program.

Meijer says they will give a coupon to those college students who get their COVID-19 vaccine at a Meijer pharmacy.

August 10, 2021; WCSG

Meijer says they will give a coupon to those college students who get their COVID-19 vaccine at a Meijer pharmacy.

Some Michigan colleges and universities are requiring all students, staff and faculty to get vaccinated.  That includes the University of Michigan, MSU and Grand Valley State University.    Grand Rapids Community College is not requiring the shots but they are offering a $200 credit to students who get them.