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ArtRoad, Edison Elementary

Gilda's Club

Paint Creek Arts & Apples Festival

Wigs 4 Kids

Volunteering is a great way to become more actively involved in your community and to meet new people with the same interests as you. Volunteer opportunities at metro Detroit organizations run the full gamut from arts and outdoor recreation to philanthropy and youth mentoring. Take a look at some of these community groups and nonprofit organizations listed below to see which might be the best fit for you.
The Guidance Center – River Rouge Promise Neighborhood Initiative
The Guidance Center is partnered with the city of River Rouge and many community groups and individuals to increase the educational outcomes of children from birth to career and their families.  Using a Federal Grant from the Department of Education, the agency is taking a holistic approach with the planning process to focus on social, cultural, educational and environmental aspects to determine the needs of the community. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available in such areas as tutoring, mentoring, and after-school activities aides.
 
United Way of Southeastern Michigan
United Way for Southeastern Michigan aims to be a driving force in making metro Detroit a top 5 place to live and work by the year 2030. They will have accomplished their goal when the children born this year are the most college and career-ready class in the nation when they graduate 18 years from now. Volunteers are needed for various types of mentoring and youth assistance.
 
Wigs 4 Kids
Wigs 4 Kids is a non-profit organization that reaches out to kids and young adults with hair loss. This program is available to any child or teen from ages 3 through 18 in Michigan at no cost to them or their families. Wigs 4 Kids' main focus is on cancer patients and includes other young people with similar appearance-related challenges that cause hair loss such as: alopecia, trichotillomania, lupus, hydrocephalus, burns and other disorders. Volunteers are needed for administrative work and to host fundraisers.
 
Michigan Friends of Education & Operation Kid Equip
A solid education can set a child on the path toward a fulfilling life, but before we can expect children to open their minds to new ideas, we must ensure that they are able to concentrate on learning. This means removing many obstacles that stand in their way. Operation Kid Equip helps clear the path by providing school supplies, books, hygiene items, and advocacy for students all across metro Detroit. They partner with schools to improve reading proficiency levels by providing books to enhance home libraries as well. This volunteer-powered organization has opportunities available in a variety of areas.
 
Sweet Dreamzzz
Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to improving children’s health, well-being, and academic performance by providing sleep education and bedtime essentials to economically disadvantaged students and their families. Volunteer opportunities include collection of items, sleep education, fundraising, acquisition, event planning and administrative work.
 
Gilda's Club
Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit provides a social and emotional support program for men, women, teens and children living with cancer, their families and friends in a nonresidential, home-like setting. There is no cost to participate in their program. Volunteers are needed for administrative work, event planning, fundraising, assisting with activities and lectures, and more.
 
Art Road
Art Road Nonprofit is the only nonprofit in Michigan actively bringing art class back into schools for the entire school year as part of the regular curriculum. Volunteers are needed to donate their time for classroom time and events.
 
Junior Achievement of SE MI
Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan provides critical educational programs to students throughout southeastern Michigan. Volunteers are needed to assistant with educational programs.
 
Paint Creek Center for the Arts
Paint Creek Center for the Arts is always looking for volunteers for the Art & Apples Festival. Click on the link below for full info. They also have volunteer opportunities at the center year-round; call 248-651-4110 and ask for Elise Salerno.
 
Oakland County Parks 
Oakland County's beautiful parks system is in part maintained by the efforts of dedicated volunteers. Oakland County Parks volunteers assist with events, cleanup, park maintenance, and community relations.
 
Meals on Wheels Southeast Michigan and Metro Detroit « Area Agency on Aging 1-B
The Area Agency on Aging 1-B supports Meals on Wheels and senior dining programs in six counties in Southeast Michigan and Metropolitan Detroit. Home delivered meals (Meals on Wheels) are available to any individual who is age 60 and over and meets program eligibility requirements. This program is not based on income but the inability to adequately prepare meals.
 
AIDS Partnership Michigan
Volunteers at the AIDS Partnership Michigan are of all ages, races, backgrounds, and sexual orientations. Prevention volunteers receive training to answer the hotline and counsel people who come in for testing. Development volunteers assist with office work, event planning, and fundraising.
 
Alternatives for Girls
Alternatives for Girls, which has been empowering at-risk girls for 25 years offering shelter and a variety of human services, seeks help with street outreach, administration, events, and mentors for mothers.
 
Belle Isle Conservancy
From one-time volunteer opportunities like planting flowers in the spring or fall clean-up, to fighting against invasive species on the island and hosting tours, the city's jewel public park Belle Isle has a variety of volunteer opportunities, especially for outdoors enthusiasts.
 
Capuchin Soup Kitchen
There are numerous ways to get involved with the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, from helping out in the kitchen itself serving meals, preparing emergency food packages, assisting in special events, mentoring children and teens, working in the Earthworks Urban Farm, and more. The Capuchin Soup Kitchen provides a variety of services to the community beyond addressing hunger and food justice; they also host substance abuse open meetings, children's programs, and a assist returning citizens in re-entering the community through On the Rise Bakery.
 
CultureSource
CultureSource is a professional association of over 115 regionals arts and culture nonprofit organizations. Let CultureSource connect you to the opportunity that best suits you.
 
Detroit Institute of Arts
The DIA's volunteer council is a group of more than 700 individuals who donate their time in gallery service, gallery information, the museum shop, DFT ushers, staff aides, and interpretive programs to provide a great experience for all museum visitors. 
 
Detroit Riverfront Conservancy
The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy hosts a myriad of events large and small on the Detroit RiverWalk, serving hundreds of thousands of guests every year. Volunteers help with community programs, special events, administrative work, and also act as Riverfront ambassadors.
 
Detroit Synergy
Detroit Synergy is an all-volunteer organization of people from all over metro Detroit working to build a stronger community in the city. All projects are member-driven: join the efforts of an existing project or take the lead and start one of your own.
 
Greening of Detroit
The Greening of Detroit seeks help in planting trees, organizing community group efforts, and even being citizen foresters. Help them in their mission to create a greener, healthier urban center.
 
Habitat for Humanity
Are you handy with a hammer? You don't even need to be. Habitat for Humanity seeks volunteers in a number of categories, from grant researching and writing to on-site volunteers for builds.
 
Henry Ford Hospital
Volunteer opportunities at Henry Ford Hospital include clerical support, comfort care provider, emergency room volunteer, hospital greeter and information desk, patient transporter, and surgical services volunteer.
 
Historic Fort Wayne
Historic Fort Wayne seeks "coalition members" to assist with grounds maintenance and restoration, planning and hosting events, and organizing tours at the nineteenth-century historic fort.
 
Michigan Humane Society
Once they receive proper training, Michigan Humane Society volunteers help animals as trainers, foster caregivers, adoption counselors, and more.
 
Motor City Blight Busters
Motor City Blight Busters has been fighting blight in Detroit (specifically on Detroit's northwest side) for over two decades now. Whether they're tearing down houses, building new community centers, or planting urban gardens, they're always in need of volunteer help. No sign-up required; just show up at the Motor City Java House every Saturday morning at 9 a.m., rain or shine, and get put to work.
 
Preservation Detroit
Volunteers with Preservation Detroit get involved in a variety of ways, including researching a historic designation nomination, leading tours, planning lectures, digitizing archive images, and simple office work. Volunteer orientation meetings are held seasonally.
 
Ruth Ellis Center
As the only mission-specific agency in the Midwest dedicated to LGBTQ youth, the Ruth Ellis Center needs help at their drop-in center with food service assistance, clean-up, and mentoring. They also need help in their warehouse sorting donations and packing hygiene kits, as well as street outreach, clerical, and events assistance.
 
Tour de Troit
Volunteers are always needed for the annual fall bike ride which now brings in over 5,000 riders, as well as the increasing number of other events Tour de Troit organizes throughout the year (like the Run du Nain Rouge). Opportunities include help with registration the day of the event, ride support, food service and more.

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