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. 

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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, flower planting (spring), 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 entertainment events such as the Traditional Holiday and Tree Lighting Ceremony, Summer Entertainment Series events, among others. Jobs include everything from event set-up, staffing ticket booths and concession stands to crowd control and tour guides at the Celery Flats Interpretive Center. 


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, reception duties and even drive the Senior Center bus. 


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.


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Water Features

The City of Portage is blessed with several water features that add to the aesthetics of the community – Millennium Park fountain, Lovers Lane Trailhead fountain and Liberty Park waterfall and stream. During these challenging economic times, the city has focused its efforts on maintaining core services for Portage residents and has reduced the funding of water feature operations. We have been asked, “Can I give the city the money to run the Millennium Park Fountain?” The answer is, “Yes!” The city is accepting pledges to fund the operation of the three water features. Pledges will be totaled on May 1 to determine if there is sufficient funding to operate one, two or three water features.


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? Small grants from the Area Agency on Aging help support staffing, transportation and health promotion with more than 50 percent of operating funds 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. Currently, the PSC is in need of a large screen television for the multipurpose room and laptop computers for the computer lab. Visit the Friends of the Portage Senior Center website to make your tax-deductible contribution.