Samaritan's Carriage provides several different volunteer opportunities:

Be a Contributor.

We receive no government funding and rely solely on God’s blessings by way of generous contributions. We are not a part of the charitable fund raising grist mill. We will keep you informed about the ministry but you will not be receiving requests for donations. See below for how you can contribute.

Be a Companion to a guest on a scheduled outing

Samaritan’s Carriage is  a non-denominational ministry employing over 100 Christians who represent a variety of church backgrounds.  Most of our volunteers are retirees.  Many sign up as married couples; some volunteers request to be assigned to outings along with friends who are also part of the ministry.  Here are a few points to consider regarding this ministry opportunity:

  • Volunteers join a vibrant ministry team that is helping to provide a blessing for those in need of a blessing.
  • Volunteers may participate as frequently (or infrequently) as desired; most volunteer monthly (or less).
  • The time commitment is approximately 5 hours (9:30 am to 2:30 pm) per outing.
  • A brief training is provided, to ensure safety for each of our guests and volunteers.
  • Samaritan’s Carriage provides a wonderful opportunity to meet and work with other Christian volunteers.
  • Outings are typically not scheduled between December 15 and February 15, and are cancelled if forecasts indicate temperatures below 20º or above 90º (F).
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is provided on each outing, as well as admission to the attraction being visited.

Be a Driver.

Drivers must have excellent driving records and a valid license. It is not required that you have a CDL or even a chauffeur license. The driver is the team leader of the outing. You will be in charge of boarding, transporting, and de-boarding the bus.  Securing the wheelchairs is of utmost importance and the safety of our guests and volunteer crew is imperative.

Be a Prayer Partner.

It is our conviction that in the long run a ministry cannot be a Kingdom work, where God is experienced and glorified, without prayer as the evident and controlling force. Consequently, we diligently seek intercessors who will commit themselves to pray regularly for the ministry. We agree to send such committed partners a prayer update letter quarterly, suggesting reasons for thanksgiving, for petitions, for perceived needs.     

Be a Carriage keeper.

Volunteer to maintain service records.  Keep the bus clean and ready for outings.  Do minimal service, refuel the bus, and recommend service and repair that requires professional service.

If you can assist us in any of these volunteer capacities please contact our Executive Director:

Jim Van Wingerden
Phone: 616-460-5992

You are also invited to download our volunteer application and send it to:

Samaritan's Carriage
2301 Chelsea Drive NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505

 Donations for Samaritan's Carriage can be mailed to: 

Samaritan's Carriage
2301 Chelsea Drive NE
Grand Rapids, MI  49505

If you wish to make an online donation simply click on the Donate button below. You will be transferred to a PayPal web site where you can use your PayPal account, credit card, or bank account to make a donation.  


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