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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. msue.washtenaw@county.msu.edu, msue.anr.msu.edu/program/info/becoming_a_4_h_volunteer

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


826michigan

Offers free creative writing workshops and tutoring programs to school-aged students. Volunteer opportunities include after-school tutoring, writing-based workshops and field trips, in-school writing projects, retail store staffing, design projects, and more. Day, evening, and weekend shifts available, at the center downtown, in Ypsilanti and Detroit, and in local schools. Must be 18 or older. frances@826michigan.org, 826michigan.org/volunteer 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. board@allhandsactive.org, allhandsactive.org V

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


Ann Arbor Public Schools Partnership Program

Volunteer and partnership opportunities for individuals, groups, community organizations and businesses including academic assistants, teacher assistants, bilingual assistants, event volunteers, after-school volunteers, youth sports coaches and more. shoren@a2schools.org, a2schools.org/domain/2045 V


(734) 994-2300 ext. 53245


Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Volunteers

Opportunities in administrative, education & engagement, marketing, librarian, patron services, and more. Sign up online. yi-ching@a2so.com, a2so.com/support/volunteer/

35 Research Dr. #100 [map]
(734) 994-4801


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. info@avalonhousing.org, avalonhousing.org V

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


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County

Provides young people with opportunities and experiences that help them grow socially, emotionally and academically through a one-to-one mentoring relationship. bbbswashtenaw.org/volunteer. V

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


Buddy-to-Buddy Volunteer Veteran Program (U-M Comprehensive Depression Center)

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

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. volunteers@canannarbor.org, canwashtenaw.org 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. michigan.gov/mdhhs (use Inside MDHHS pull-down menu) S, V

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


Eversight

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

4889 Venture Dr. [map]
(734) 780-2675


Food Gatherers

Opportunities for individuals, families, and groups available at several locations. volunteer@foodgatherers.org, foodgatherers.org/volunteer V

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


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. laurie@friendsindeedmi.org, friendsindeedmi.org 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. info@girlsontherunsemi.org, girlsontherunsemi.org 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. csswashtenaw.org/neighborhood-services U,V

5361 McAuley (Towsley Health Bldg.) [map]
(734) 712-7774


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. awhite@csswashtenaw.org, csswashtenaw.org/collaborations/washtenaw-prisoner-reentry-wpr V

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


PAVE (Peer Advisor for Veteran Education)

Mentoring program connects incoming student veterans with veteran peers to provide support, help them navigate college life, identify challenges, and referrals to the resources on or off campus. info@paveoncampus.org, paveoncampus.org V (veterans only)

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


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. volunteer@projectgrowgardens.org, projectgrowgardens.org V

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


Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) (Catholic Social Services)

Helps seniors age 55 & over find meaningful volunteer opportunities with local nonprofits, based on their skills, experience, and interests. csswashtenaw.org/rsvp 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. volunteer@soscs.org, soscs.org U, V

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


Shelter Association of Washtenaw County

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

312 W. Huron (Robert J. Delonis Center) [map]
(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. annarbor@tenthousandvillages.com, tenthousandvillages.com/annarbor 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. info@therapeuticridinginc.org, therapeuticridinginc.org

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


UMHS Friends Gift Shop

Volunteers work 4 hours per week as cashiers or stock assistants in Michigan Medicine gift shops. Free parking, flexible scheduling. No experience required. friendsofumhs@med.umich.edu, med.umich.edu/friends/involved V


(734) 615-6147


UMS Ambassadors

More than 40 volunteers work to increase awareness of and participation in UMS programs through ushering at UMS school-day performances, hosting events, helping UMS staff with projects, and creating partnerships with various U-M and community groups. cstraub@umich.edu V

Burton Memorial Tower, 881 North University [map]
(734) 647-8009


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. u2h-exec@umich.edu, u2h-umich.com 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 opportunities through more than 200 nonprofit organizations in Washtenaw County. volunteer@uwwashtenaw.org, volunteerwashtenaw.org S,U,V

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. wash.avc@gmail.com, wavc.wordpress.com




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. csauve@michiganimmigrant.org, welcomingmichigan.org V


(734) 845-8695


YMCA

Seven volunteer programs for youth and adults including the Youth Volunteer Corps, the East Washtenaw Basketball Lleague, quilting for a cause, and childcare story telling. annarborymca.org/about-your-ymca/volunteering V

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




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