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StreetFest International

Helping alumni serve in their communities

StreetFest International is an invitation for all alumni to continue the Calvin tradition of "serving to learn and learning to serve." Through this project, created by the alumni board, alumni will work together, in conjunction with their local alumni network, to serve our Lord and learn about His creation. Choose any day during September to make a difference in your own community!

2012 projects:


  • Lampstand Ministries: "Meeting the needs of the Chicago West Side"
    Young Men's Educational Network, 1241 S. Pulaski Rd., Chicago [map]
    Sat., Sept. 22, 2012: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    RSVP to Paula Wigboldy
    This is a hands-on opportunity to serve a family in West Chicago—most likely an outdoor project—and can accommodate 25-30 people. Please bring a sack lunch; water will be provided. If tools are needed, we will let you know.
  • Yorkfield Food Pantry (Facebook page), 1099 South York Rd., Elmhurst [map]
    Sat., Sept. 22, 2012: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    RSVP to Paula Wigboldy
    Please bring a sack lunch. Water will be provided. Please note: if you can’t join us and would like to help, donations of toothpaste, tuna, and items like pasta, canned chili, ravioli, etc., would be much appreciated. We’ll make sure they get it!
  • Growing Power Chicago, 3333 S. Iron St., Chicago [map]
    Growing Power is no longer able to accommodate volunteers. If you would like to volunteer downtown Chicago we ask that you join the group at Lampstand Ministries. Contact Kyle Wigboldy for more information.


  • West Market Park, 1008 Liberty, Pella [map]
    Sat., Sept. 29, 2012: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    RSVP to Jess Kanis or Mindi Vanden Bosch
    We will be working on an outdoor painting project at West Market. Wear old clothes; the city will provide the supplies.
    Snacks and drinks will be provided.


North Carolina

  • Raleigh Rescue Mission Donation Center, 1200 Corporation Pkwy, Ste 12, Raleigh [map]
    Sat., Sept. 29, 2012: 11 a.m.; stay as long as you are able
    RSVP to Joanna Siaw
    The Center is in a warehouse park; third warehouse on left. Look for large “1200” at top of building.


  • Green Bean Coffeehouse, 8533 Greenwood Ave N., Seattle [map]
    Sat., Sept. 29, 2012: 9:30 a.m. - noon
    RSVP to Brian Wolters; 206-850-9031
    Grean Bean, a community, non-profit coffee shop affiliated with Sanctuary CRC, is relocating.
    The group will help them move boxes and other tasks to help with the transition.

How do we do this?

Use these documents to help:


Serve anytime in September!

Our month of service coincides with StreetFest 2013 when incoming Calvin students participate in service-learning projects around town.

Where and what?


If you have questions or are interested in organizing a project, contact Emily Dock (616-526-7802) associate director, alumni relations.

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