Volunteering In Detroit

With the arrival of summer, the list of places to volunteer has blossomed. There are loads of options for volunteering and doing something good for your community. Here is a list of great places accepting volunteers in the Detroit Metro area.

Habitat For Humanity in Detroit

There are numerous ways you can volunteer through this organization. A popular program that they have is called ‘Faith In Action – Adopt-a-Day.’ As stated on their website, “Habitat for Humanity Detroit offers faith groups the opportunity to put their “Faith In Action” through our Faith In Action Adopt-A-Day program. A faith group makes a financial contribution to sponsor volunteers to help build a Habitat home for one day. Your group will work under skilled leadership on one of our houses in progress.”

For more information visit their website http://www.habitatdetroit.org/

Mentor Michigan

This amazing organization is changing the lives of our young generation everyday. As stated on their website, “One hour a week can make a big difference in a young person’s future. Mentor Michigan supports nearly 250 organizations around the state that are changing lives by matching mentors with young people. It fosters partnerships with businesses, faith-based and nonprofit organizations, schools, colleges and universities, and state and local government to support mentoring. Mentor Michigan also builds public awareness about the importance of and the need for mentors by urging caring adults to “Pass It On,” because sharing a little of yourself with a young person can reward both of you with lifelong benefits.

For more information and volunteer opportunities visit their website at http://www.michigan.gov/mentormichigan/

Safe Routes to Schools

Volunteering with safe route will not only give you a sense of satisfaction but you will also gain valuable safety, security training, and crime prevention knowledge; receive financial and technical assistance to ensure the success of patrol efforts; and develop job skills relevant to a security and surveillance environment.”  This volunteer opportunity is partnered up with Detroit Youth violence Prevention Initiative (DYVPI) to make walking to and from school safer for kids. “Safe Routes to Schools volunteer community patrols commit a small amount of their time each week to serve as mobile teams during the morning and afternoon hours.  The role of the patrollers is to watch over our students as they travel to and from school and report any suspicious activity to the appropriate authorities.”

For volunteer opportunities visit http://detroitone.org/opportunities/1369

Detroit Zoo

If you love animals, volunteering at the Detroit Zoo is just for you! There are numerous positions for people of all ages. Some volunteer opportunities are:

‘Special Events Volunteers’– Throughout the year the Zoo offers fun and interesting themed events to encourage guests to visit.  These could not happen without the helping hands and smiling faces of Zoo volunteers.  From greeters to craft assistants; face painters to storytellers; costume wearers to registration helpers.

‘Gallery Guides’-These volunteers are based in the Wildlife Interpretive Gallery and spend their time talking about butterflies, Science On a Sphere and the permanent art collection in this historic building.

‘Australian Outback Adventure (“Mob Squad”)’– Kangaroos, wallabies and emus call the Australian Outback Adventure home. Volunteers called the “Mob Squad” interact with visitors along the winding pathway inside the animals’ habitat.

For more information on volunteering opportunities visit http://detroitzoo.org/volunteers/volunteer-opportunities-detroit-zoo

These are just a few places you can give your time to in the Detroit Metro area. For more options visit http://detroit2020.com/volunteer/ and find which place would be right for you. There is no better feeling than giving back to your community, so find out you can today!


By Jade Gonzalez

Author: Jade Gonzalez

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