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4-H Youth Programs (MSU Extension Washtenaw County)

Adult role models help at camp, teach a workshop, lead a club, chaperone an event, lend professional skills or help at the fair. Offer young people hands-on guidance and real-world experience for an hour or a year. Submit online form.,

705 N. Zeeb [map]
(734) 997-1678


Offers free creative writing workshops and tutoring programs to school-aged students. Volunteer opportunities include in-school tutoring, writing workshops, writing labs, and one-on-one help. Day, evening, and weekend shifts available, at the center downtown, Ypsilanti, and in local schools. Must be 18 or older., V

115 E. Liberty (inside Robot Supply & Repair) [map]
(734) 761-3463

All Hands Active

Volunteers welcome at this do-it-yourself workshop that provides tools, classes, and workspace to the public., V

255 E. Liberty #225 [map]
(734) 436-4924

Avalon Housing

Youth programs: Assist K-8th grade youth with homework, academic enrichment, activities, and meals. Gardening programs: Keep Avalon properties looking great by planting flowers, growing vegetables and cleaning up. In-kind donation drives: collect supplies for clients such as backpacks for youth, winter coats and boots, youth program materials., V

1327 Jones, #102 [map]
(734) 663-5858

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County

Matches an adult volunteer (a "Big") with a child age 7-15 (a "Little") who needs stability and companionship; Bigs support their Littles academically and help them build confidence., V

11 W. Michigan, Ypsilanti 48197 [map]
(734) 975-0933

Buddy-to-Buddy Volunteer Veteran Program

Peer-to-peer outreach program that trains veterans throughout Michigan to provide support and linkage to needed resources for service members and veterans., V (veterans only)

U-M Comprehensive Depression Center, 2025 Traverwood, #C [map]
(888) 822-8339

Community Action Network

Volunteer opportunities in five under-resourced Ann Arbor neighborhoods: assisting with food distributions, academic tutoring for students K-12 (during summer and after-school), serving meals to students, and more., V

(734) 994-2985

Community Resource Program (CRP), (Michigan Department of Human Services)

Volunteer with low-income families, seniors, and the disabled. Mentor youth and provide clerical support. Donation program at Christmas and Thanksgiving. (use Inside MDHHS pull-down menu S, V

22 Center, Ypsilanti [map]
(734) 481-2000

Ecumenical Center and International Residence

International, intercultural, and interspiritual living-learning community. Programs include Alternative Spring Break, Global Village Square, and Delonis Center Service Learning. Works with students and scholars in partnership with U-M International Center., V

921 Church [map]
(734) 662-5529


Restores sight and prevents blindness through donation, transplantation, and research. Volunteer opportunities range from administrative tasks to outreach activities., V

4889 Venture Drive [map]
(734) 780-2675

Food Gatherers

Opportunities for individuals, families, and groups available at several locations., V

1 Carrot Way [map]
(734) 761-2796

Friends Gift Shop

U-M Health Systems gift shops directly support programs for patients and their families. Volunteers work 4 hours per week as cashiers or stock assistants. Free parking, flexible scheduling, 20 percent discount. No experience required. V

(734) 615-6147

Friends In Deed

Opportunities include answering phones for the help line, office tasks, fundraising, special events, and furniture delivery. Also help with Circles, (734-340-9042), a program designed to lift families out of poverty. Work in children's program, help with weekly meals, or be an ally or resource person to families in poverty. Training provided Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-noon., V

1196 Ecorse, Ypsilanti 48198 [map]
(734) 485-7658

Girls on the Run

After-school running program for girls in grades 3-8. Ongoing volunteer opportunities include coaching (March-May) and 5k committee (Jan.-May). One-time volunteer opportunities and community participants invited to 5k runs (May and Oct.); other opportunities throughout the year., V

5333 McAuley, #6012, Ypsilanti [map]
(734) 712-5640

Jewish Family Services Volunteer Services

Matches volunteers with clients, such as friendly visitors, medical accompaniment partners for older adults, language partners for immigrants, and mentors for the unemployed. Volunteers also help with administrative tasks in the office and at events. U, V

2245 S. State [map]
(734) 769-0209

Neighborhood Senior Services (Catholic Social Services)

Individuals or groups help older adults with seasonal outdoor chores, home repairs, and safety installations. (click on Seniors) U,V

5361 McAuley (Towsley Health Bldg.) [map]
(734) 712-7256

Offender Success, (Catholic Social Services)

Volunteers help adults newly released from prison with community integration. Training and support provided. Assists active parolees with employment, resume development, and interviewing skills., V

4925 Packard [map]
(734) 327-9717, ext. 379

PAVE: Peer Advisor for Veteran Education

A peer mentoring program that connects incoming student veterans with veteran peers to provide support, help them navigate college life, identify any challenges they are encountering, and refer them to the appropriate resources on or off campus., V (veterans only)

2025 Traverwood, #C [map]
(855) 822- 7283, (855-822-PAVE)

Partners for Excellence Program (Ann Arbor Public Schools)

Volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups include academic assistants, teacher assistants, bilingual assistants, and more. Must attend an orientation and pass a criminal background check., V

(734) 994-8139

Project Grow Community Gardens

Provides space, education, and inspiration to make organic gardening accessible for all. Volunteer opportunities available for the Compost Education Center, seed swap, plant sale, tomato tasting, classes, and more., V

P.O. Box 130293, AA, MI 48113
(734) 996-3169

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program RSVP (Catholic Social Services)

Helps adults age 55 & over find meaningful volunteer and mentoring opportunities at local nonprofits. Considers skills and interests of each volunteer to ensure a mutually beneficial experience. (click on Seniors). S, U, V

5361 McAuley, Towsley Health Bldg. [map]
(734) 712-4325

SOS Community Services

Opportunities include helping at the food pantry, assisting in the office, volunteering at special events and more., U, V

101 S. Huron, Ypsilanti 48197 [map]
(734) 485-8730

Shelter Association of Washtenaw County

Opportunities include serving breakfast, managing flow of clients, front door check-ins, mail sorting, laundry, and other daily tasks. Daily shifts available 6 a.m.-11 p.m. V

312 W. Huron (Robert J. Delonis Center) [map]
Kim Smith, (734) 662-2829 ext. 221

Ten Thousand Villages

Nonprofit fair trade retail shop sells handcrafted items made by artisans in developing countries. Volunteers work as sales associates, inventory helpers, and assist with education and outreach., V

303 S. Main [map]
(734) 332-1270

Therapeutic Riding Inc.

Volunteers age 14 and up help youth and adults with cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities learn to ride horses. No experience needed. Background check required.,

3425 E. Morgan [map]
(734) 677-0303

United 2 Heal

Collects, organizes, and ships surplus medical supplies to countries in need, focusing on Ghana. Membership open to U-M students; all welcome to volunteer., V

Michigan Union, 530 S. State, #3909 [map]
Allyson Whitsett, (224) 587-4396

United Way of Washtenaw County Volunteer Center

Largest local listing of volunteer needs, easily connecting individuals and groups with more than 350 volunteer needs at more than 190 nonprofit organizations in Washtenaw County.,

2305 Platt [map]
(734) 971-8200

Washtenaw Association of Volunteer Coordinators (WAVC)

Professional networking and support organization for managers of volunteers. Meets Jan., March, May, July, Sept., and Nov., various locations.,

Welcoming Michigan

Seeks to build mutual respect among foreign-born and U.S.-born people who call Michigan home. Volunteers may plan projects, put up posters, or tell their story., V

(734) 845-8695


Seven volunteer programs for youth and adults including the Youth Volunteer Corps or program assistant for the East Washtenaw basketball league, quilting for a cause or childcare story teller., V

400 W. Washington [map]
Abigael Davis, (734) 661-8012

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