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“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ~Winston Churchill

Helping Others

Volunteering is defined as helping others on a regular basis. This can be serving food in a soup kitchen or reading to the blind. Research tells us that volunteering can reduce early mortality rates by 22%, compared to those in people who don’t participate in such activities. A study published in BMC Public Health, also revealed that volunteers benefit from reduced rates of depression and an increased sense of life satisfaction and well-being — “doing good, it seems, made them feel good”.

The volunteers of Pioneer Resources love what they do! We have had 100+ staff from Herman Miller come to Pioneer Trails to labor and give of their time and talents to spruce up and repair buildings. We have had a mom and her 15 year old son who have come to help weed the garden for our Food for Thought program. Together we have experienced that doing good, makes us feel good!

Volunteer Opportunities

Take a look at the various ways you can do something good at Pioneer Resources:

Food For Thought Program

Pioneer Resource’s Food For Thought program teaches students vocational skills, how to grow and prepare food, and learn independent living skills. Volunteers would typically help in the area of cultivating the soil in the spring, seed, and help weed during the summer. There are also one day or weekend events and special projects in which volunteers are essential, such as:

  • Special Events/Projects
  • Senior Weekend
  • Lion’s Club Camp Weekend
  • Field Trips to Frederick Meijer Gardens and the John Ball Zoo

Facilities Support

Pioneer Resources has two campuses with eight group homes. There is a saying that many hands make light work. Volunteers are invaluable during the springtime; for yard clean-up on these properties, not to mention painting, gardening, etc. Other areas that volunteers may be helpful:

  • Filing in the office
  • Reading to clients
  • Assist with pushing wheelchairs on an outing

How to Volunteer

If you feel led to volunteer in any of these areas, please download and fill out the volunteer packet. Completed packets can be returned to:

Pioneer Resources
c/o Christine Bigney
601 Terrace St., Ste. 100
Muskegon, MI 49440

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