Help Someone Help Themselves - Become an Empowerment Ally


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


Trinity United Methodist Church1100 Lake Dr. SEGrand Rapids, MI 49506


As an Empowerment Ally, you'll have dinner twice a month with the Circles community, then meet with and lend your support to someone striving meet their goals for moving out of poverty. You might also meet with your partner outside of regular meetings to grow your relationship.

This isn't a traditional model of connecting people to social services (though that can be part of it), but rather facilitating economic improvement and mobility with someone who has set economic and life goals for themselves. For example, you might support your partner as they apply for education and jobs, help organize and stick with their budget, or work with them on a resume.

All Circles efforts are supported through ongoing training, programming and facilitation by a caring and experienced staff. Empowerment Allies participate on the first and third Monday of the month. The evening begins with a meal at 5:30, then programming goes from 6:15-7:45 pm. You can be a Circles Empowerment Ally as an individual or couple. Dinner, child care, and children's programming are provided for volunteers and their children at each Circles meeting.


  • Mentoring
  • Networking
  • Budgeting
  • Life Coaching
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 25
  • 10 hours per month

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