Make a Difference

A great city is built by the sacrifice of volunteers that give it a spirit of community. The City of Portage encourages its citizens to find ways to make a difference in the Portage community and offers this convenient link to volunteer opportunities within the City of Portage. 

Donate Time

City Centre Flowers

The City of Portage partners with Kalamazoo In Bloom each year to plant and maintain flower beds in the City Centre Area. Volunteers are needed to assist with the task of maintaining a beautiful display of summer blooms for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Adopt a Bed

Volunteers are needed to “adopt a bed” in the Portage City Centre Area. In addition to planting annuals, an adopter cares for a bed throughout the season – weeding and deadheading as necessary. Watering will be provided by the city.  If you just can’t get enough of your garden, this one’s for you!


Community Beautification Projects

There are many opportunities for individuals and groups of all sizes to make a difference in Portage! Church groups, corporate citizens and service organizations often provide much-needed manpower for important beautification projects in the city. Projects range from park cleanup, park shelter upgrades, cleaning buildings at Celery Flats and other projects tailored to you or your group.


Eagle Scout and Girl Scout Gold Award Projects

City staff work directly with individual Eagle Scout and Girl Scout Gold Award candidates to design a service project that matches your skills and ambitions.


Event Staffing

The city is always in need of volunteers to staff recreational and special events such as the Traditional Holiday and Tree Lighting Ceremony, Family Fishing Fair, among others. Jobs include everything from event set-up, staffing ticket booths and concession stands to crowd control and parking assistance. 


Department Staffing

City departments can often use the help of good volunteers, particularly the Office of the City Clerk and at the Portage Senior Center. Among other tasks, volunteers assist with election activities, assist with special events at the Senior Center and even drive the Senior Center van. 


Advisory Boards and Commissions

Do you have some great ideas? Can you commit time each month to your community? The Portage City Council relies on community volunteers for a variety of services and periodically asks Advisory Boards and Commissions to review programs developed by the City Administration and make recommendations. Meeting times and responsibilities of each of the Boards and Commissions vary.


Donate Dollars

City Centre Flowers

Each spring, with the assistance of Kalamazoo In Bloom, the city transforms the Portage City Centre into a vibrant, thriving sea of color and texture. You may have noticed in recent years, however, that the number of flowers planted in the City Centre – and in other flowerbeds across the city – have been reduced. Like the water features, flowers add to the beauty and quality of life in Portage and residents often ask if they can donate to the purchase of flowers. Click the DONATE button to download and print a donation form to designate your tax-deductable donation to the Parks fund for the purchase of flowers.


Portage Senior Center

Did you know that the Portage Senior Center (PSC) is only partially funded by the City of Portage? More than 50 percent of operating funds are raised by staff, PSC members and the Friends of the Portage Senior. Additional funds for operating expenses and other equipment and building needs are raised through membership fees, special fund raising events, trips, occasional grants, participant fees, donations and memorial gifts. Visit the Friends of the Portage Senior Center website to make your tax-deductible contribution.