Here you can find additional volunteer opportunities around the community. This list will be updated as we learn about new events. Follow us on Facebook as well, to stay up to date.
Scroll down for a directory of local organizations you may contact for more volunteer opportunities.
The catalog is put together and updated by the Office of Student Engagement.
It contains information about local organizations and when and where they need volunteers.
United Way for Southeastern Michigan - volunteersolutions.org/uwsem
United Way recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise, and resources needed to get things done. They advance the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. They focus on education, income and basic needs - the building blocks for a good quality of life.
Tumbleseed is an online resource bringing together non-profits, businesses, and volunteers to foster good works across local communities in Michigan.
Twenty-two years ago, Affirmations was formed to serve the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and questioning individuals in Southeastern Michigan and beyond. Centrally located in vibrant Ferndale, Affirmations, a 501 (c)(3) organization, is largest LGBT community center serving southeastern Michigan and one of the ten largest in the United States. Thanks to the generous partnerships of our corporate, foundation and individual supporters, Affirmations provides services within the following five program areas: Advocacy, Culture and Society, Growth and Development, Health and Wellness, & Recreation and Fitness.
Almost Home Animal Rescue League is a 100% no-kill rescue dedicated to helping homeless animals in the community. Each year, we continue to advance our mission of saving every animal. We are dedicated to finding loving forever homes for homeless animals. We also want a place for the animals to not only feel safe but be safe.
ALTERNATIVES FOR GIRLS
Our mission is to help homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation, and help them to explore and access the support, resources and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices in their lives.
We are looking for volunteers to assist with mentoring, tutoring, graphic design, organizing our clothing closet and toiletries to be distributed to homeless girls and women on the street or we can also coordinate special projects and tasks based on the group of volunteers.
Angels' Place provides homes and services for life, to adults with developmental disabilities. We currently have 20 residential homes, seven of which are approx 5-15 minutes from the LTU campus. We need yard care help at these homes throughout the year, and we do our best to adjust the scope of service of a project to meet the needs or match the skill level of volunteers. We are able to provide tools and supplies (rakes, shovels, wheel barrows, pruners etc) for groups of up to about 20 volunteers.
248.350.5989 ext 151
ARTS & SCRAPS
At Arts & Scraps, we use recycled materials to teach children and create art based on what we learned. We focus on critical thinking and creative problem solving skills.
Volunteers help us to prep our materials to be used by children. This can mean cutting, sorting, and in general getting the scraps ready to be used by children 3+ years old. We also make kits that are put together assembly-line style as well.
The work of our volunteers helps this small non-profit reach 275,000 children a year as well as recycle 28 tons of materials annually.
Beyond Basics is a 501(c)(3) student-centered, literacy nonprofit serving students in Detroit public schools since 2002. We partner with principals and schools to bring students to literacy by providing reading tutoring and supplemental programs – writing, art, mentoring, and partnerships – throughout the school day for students in grades Pre-K through 12.
By significantly raising reading proficiency scores and providing multiple opportunities that cultivate and encourage curiosity, a love of learning, self-expression, character building and professional development, students gain a multitude of tools for future success.
The 'field Zone is a unit of the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Oakland County located in Southfield, MI in the Southfield Civic Center area. We have designed a center where leadership, recreation, creativity, community involvement, academics, technology, arts, and music inspire our youth. This youth center stands to become the 'hub' of community activity, open to middle school and high school students. We are currently looking for volunteer tutors to mentor our Club members for one hour a week in our Learning Zone. The Learning Zone is a positive, fun, quiet zone where members are able to study, complete assignments, read, and play educational games. Members can also participate in our Power Hour Program which awards points for studying that is done in the Learning Zone. The ‘field Zone tutoring program is also based in the Learning Zone. Students can sign up for weekly one-on-one tutoring sessions with a volunteer tutor who remains with them throughout the semester.
FRIENDS OF THE ROUGE
Friends of the Rouge begun in 1986 to raise awareness about the need to clean up one of the nation’s most polluted rivers. The organization provides opportunities for residents to participate in cleanups, stream and wetland monitoring, restoration projects, and recreational activities like canoeing and kayaking. Through these experiences, participants get to know and love their local river, work to directly improve it, and develop an understanding of the complex issues inherent in cleaning up an urban river.
Volunteer opportunities include river clean up activities, restoration plantings, invasive plant removal, and biological monitoring of the river and wetlands. Upcoming events and volunteer opportunities are posted online.
Our unique approach brings together volunteers and children with special needs for hours of fun and friendship. These shared experiences empower the children, our special friends, while enriching the lives of everyone involved. Our special friends blossom and gain the confidence they need to make the most of their abilities and talents.
Volunteers learn the priceless value of giving, the curative power of friendship, and the vital importance of integrating children with special needs into our communities.
248.788.7878 ext. 208,
Focus: HOPE unites a multicultural community in common efforts to overcome injustice and build racial harmony. Originally an interracial movement of volunteers, Focus: HOPE today employs over 400 colleagues and involves more than 51,000 supporters. Over the years, Focus: HOPE has initiated practical solutions to the problems of hunger, economic disparity, inadequate education, and racial divisiveness. Answers can be found in Focus: HOPE's technology training programs, educational and corporate partnerships, and food programs.
Forgotten Harvest rescued 19.4 million pounds of food last year by collecting surplus, prepared and perishable food from a variety of sources such as grocery stores, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors, and other Health Department approved sources. This donated food—that would otherwise go to waste—is delivered free of charge to emergency food providers in the metro Detroit area. The individuals and families served are as diverse as the community’s residents – young and old, from all races and faiths.
248.967.1500 x 114
A nationally recognized nonprofit leader providing comprehensive solutions and innovative programs promoting violence-free homes and communities. Our mission is to eliminate domestic and sexual assault across Oakland County and the surrounding communities through treatment and prevention services.
248.334.1284, ext. 659
GLEANER'S COMMUNITY FOOD BANK
Gleaners Community Food Bank, with broad community support, fights hunger in southeastern Michigan. In collaboration with our member agencies, the Feeding America network, and our program partners, we provide millions of pounds of donated and purchased food to people in need. Gleaners Community Food Bank has many of volunteer opportunities including volunteering at one of our 5 distribution centers, helping in the office, at a special event or helping with some our special education programs.
GREENING OF DETROIT
The Greening of Detroit is non-profit organization established in 1989 to guide and inspire the reforestation of Detroit. In 2006, a new vision was established, expanding The Greening’s mission to guide and inspire others to create a ‘greener’ Detroit through planting and educational programs environmental leadership, advocacy, and by building community capacity.
GLEANERS FOOD BANK OF SOUTHEASTERN MICHIGAN
For more than 35 years, Gleaners Community Food Bank has been "nourishing communities by feeding hungry people.” Last year, Gleaners distributed 40 million pounds of emergency food to over 600 partner soup kitchens, shelters and pantries in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties. We alleviate hunger by providing the equivalent of 85,284 meals per day to people who otherwise cannot afford the food they need.
HOPE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Our church - Hope United Methodist - is interested in growing our social media presence, enhancing our membership and college student databases and partnering with students who are interested in ministry outreach. We house the homeless for 1 week each year - it will begin December 1st this year. We also have an ongoing food and clothing pantry and we distribute thanksgiving and Christmas baskets each year.
Hope is located on Civic Center Drive within walking distance of LTU so it will be convenient for the students and we would be happy to assist in meeting their volunteer requirements!
ITN METRO DETROIT (The Independent Transportation Network)
The Independent Transportation Network® is more than a "good cause," it's a necessary one; it's an important one. We do substantially more than provide rides for older people. We're helping to solve a huge social need. Seniors now have an alternative to driving that preserves their independence even as it ensures our roads are safe and our communities are healthy.
KICK - The Agency for LGBT African-Americans Is located in the Tech Town business district just north of the Wayne State University campus. The Center In Detroit is an exciting and highly visible symbol for the LGBT community of the City of Detroit, serving the diverse social, recreational, cultural, and social service needs of adults in a safe, welcoming and nurturing environment. As an office and meeting space for community organizations, cultural programming and development, it is also a small recreational space. KICK’s programs strengthen Detroit's African American LGBT community through identification and engagement, while provide leadership by modeling civic engagement and community-building.
LTU ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK
LTU ASB is an organization that lends hands to communities in need across America. This student lead organization composes a spring break trip where LTU students are challenged to think critically and react to problems faced by members of the community.
Skills Learned: Communication, Conflict Resolution, Courage, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Intellectual Growth, Collaboration, Leadership Process, Optimism, Passion, Persistence, Problem Solving, Risk-taking, Self-reliance, Team-building, Teamwork, Vision, Trustworthiness and Reliability
LTU SAVE GREEN WITH BLUE
Save Green with BLUE is a financial resource program on the LTU campus designed to provide students and community members with college-ready financial tips and resources.
Our mission is to address the financial literacy needs of students and community members and to help fight poverty in the Metro Detroit area. We have partnered with Operation Hope to provide Banking on Our Future (BOOF) programs to low-to-moderate income schools.
MATRIX HUMAN SERVICES
Everyday in Detroit, Matrix is touching hearts and changing lives – fighting poverty with 26 locations and programs designed to support, educate and empower families, children, men and woman. Our Mission? To break the generational cycle of poverty gripping the city of Detroit.
Matrix has been committed to the city of Detroit for more than 106 years with a never ending passion… and we continue our march – working with every woman, man, and child that enters our doors, ensuring they have food, clothing, shelter, an education, a job, and hope for tomorrow.
By implementing our Transition to Success Model into the lives of our clients, we impact and uplift, developing a real path to independence… not just a hand out but a strong and reliable hand up.
MICHIGAN 4-H TECH WIZARDS
4-H Tech Wizards is a youth mentoring program through Michigan State University Extension. This STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) -focused initiative is hosted at various sites throughout Oakland, Macomb and Wayne Counties. Youth work with adults from various STEM-related backgrounds to explore rocketry, robotics, video production, geo-caching, computer science and other topics. Youth can also work with a mentor to develop their own STEM-related projects.
Odyssey Hospice is a hospice organization in Southeast Michigan that utilizes a team approach in the area of palliative care for those persons with a terminal disease process; the team includes a patient, caregivers, interdisciplinary staff and The Odyssey volunteers who are beyond special.
Our mission is to support and empower Detroit youth so they can achieve their full potential through a long-term, demanding, and inspiring mentoring program of squash, academics, and community service.
Racquet Up Detroit aims to promote participants’ physical fitness, literacy levels, self-esteem and strength of character, and educational attainment in the form of high school and college graduation.
Racquet Up operates out of Northwest Activities Center in Detroit, and combines the game of squash, academics, and community service. It is close to Lawrence Tech, and convenient for LTU students. Volunteers can choose from after-school sessions Monday - Thursday, or Saturday morning.
SOUTH OAKLAND SHELTER
For 25 years, South Oakland Shelter (SOS) has worked with its 67 partner congregations to provide temporary lodging and supportive services that help homeless individuals and families break the cycle of homelessness, and live independently. With an emphasis on homeless prevention, sustainable housing solutions, and career development, SOS implements strategies and programs that provide realistic options for homeless and at-risk individuals and families seeking stabilization and self-sufficiency.
248.809.3773 ext 114
ST. VINCENT & SARAH FISHER CENTER
We offer services to the community through basic skill-building and academic enhancement for at-risk children and adults. These programs are designed to help build self-sufficiency skills for academic and employment success, personal achievement and dignity.
Our Children's Program provides free tutoring, focusing on Math, Reading and Language Arts, to 1st-5th graders after-school. We are looking for volunteers to tutor on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and/or Thursdays from 3:30pm-5:30pm.
Our Adult GED Program provides free individualized assistance to adults in preparation for the GED exam. We are looking for volunteers to tutor on various days, times and locations in Detroit.
313.535.9200 ext. 3104
STOP THE VIOLENCE! DETROIT
We are a nonprofit organization, a group of parents, grandparents, guardians & youth organized to stand and untie with our children rallying "Stop the Violence!" and the purpose of our Peace Movement is to express their feelings "We want Peace!"
We are seeking volunteers, we need your skills, talents and resources to help plan, coordinate, and participate in the peace movement rallies and events to hear our youth express their feelings on violence and its impact in their lives.
Dr. Joyce Jones
SUMMER IN THE CITY
Summer in the City, is a fun, fulfilling, and flexible way for high school and college aged volunteers to become more involved in the city of Detroit. We provide the opportunity to paint, plant, and play during the summer months of the year. We are looking for individuals who are interested in taking leadership roles and working together within any of our three areas of interest. No previous skills in these areas are required! The only skills necessary are passion, excitement, open mindedness, and initiative to get things done.
Vista Maria’s mission is to heal Michigan's victimized girls and women with best-practice treatment programs designed to meet their unique needs while serving other vulnerable children and families within Southeast Michigan.
We have recently expanded our continuum of care with our Village of Hope: A community that enables vulnerable girls, as well as at-risk children and families, to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty by providing them with the education, daily living assistance and supportive social
connections critical to their sustained success.
313.271.3050, ext 289