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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, 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. During Covid-19: Virtual volunteering options. Check website for updates. ariel@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. During Covid-19: Classes virtual and public space closed. Check website for updates. 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. partners@a2schools.org, a2schools.org/domain/2045 V


(734) 994-2300 ext. 53245


Ann Arbor Summer Festival

Choose from three areas of volunteering interest: Mainstage Ushers, Greeters at Top of the Park, and Festival Footprint Initiative. On-site training for 3-hour shifts. Individual or teams of 6+ welcome. Team benefits: prizes, tickets, and food/drinks. info@a2sf.org, a2sf.org/volunteer-opportunities


(734) 994-5999


Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Volunteers

Opportunities in concert ushering, office support, and education programs. Sign up online. yiching@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/get-involved 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. During Covid-19: Participants required to follow health protocols. bbbswashtenaw.org/volunteer. V

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


Children's Literary Network (CLN)

Volunteers help children ages 0-12 and families through six different programs, with the goal of literacy by the end of grade 3. The Mothers and Babies program increases maternal bonding. The Staying in Closer Touch program brings an incarcerated parent together with a volunteer to make a recording of the parent reading a book which is then given to their child. BookPALS, pairs two 2nd-graders who "meet" on a tablet, reading books to each other and conversing about them. Books and supplies provided by CLN. During Covid-19: Remote volunteering opportunities. Check website for updates. elizabeth@childrensliteracynetwork.org, childrensliteracynetwork.org V

1100 N. Main [map]
(734) 645-1320


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@canwashtenaw.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 to public speaking. eversightvision.org/michigan V

3985 Research Park Dr. [map]
(800) 247-7250


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. office@friendsindeedmi.org, friendsindeedmi.org V

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


Girls on the Run

After-school youth development 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); other opportunities throughout the year. info@girlsontherunsemi.org, girlsontherunsemi.org V

3075 Clark #101, Ypsilanti [map]
(734) 712-5640


Home Maintenance and Safety Services, (Catholic Social Services)

Individuals or groups help older adults with seasonal outdoor chores, home repairs, and safety installations. csswashtenaw.org U,V

5361 McAuley (Towsley Health Bldg.) [map]
(734) 971-9781, then press 8 for Seniors


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. During Covid-19: Remote and limited-interaction volunteer opportunities available. Check website for updates. volunteer@jfsannarbor.org, jfsannarbor.org/volunteer U, V

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


National Kidney Foundation of Michigan

Preventing kidney disease and improving the life of those living with it. Volunteers welcome to assist with fundraising events, peer mentoring, kids programs, administrative tasks and outreach. hdemosiuk@nkfm.org, nkfm.org

1169 Oak Valley [map]
(800) 482-1455


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. Participates in Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). ddailey@csswashtenaw.org, csswashtenaw.org/bhs/offender-success V

4925 Packard [map]
(734) 971-9781


PAVE (Peer Advisor for Veteran Education)

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

2025 Traverwood #C [map]
(734) 998-5838


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. rsvp@csswashtenaw.org, csswashtenaw.org/rsvp S, U, V

5361 McAuley, Towsley Health Bldg. [map]
(734) 971-9781, then press 8 for Seniors


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/volunteer U, V

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


Shelter Association of Washtenaw County

Volunteering suspended due to the coronavirus. 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. 233


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

Volunteer organization that supports the mission of the University Musical Society. Thirty-five members work to increase awareness of the organization by assisting with performing arts-related community events, including ushering at school day performances, hosting community dance workshops, assisting staff with projects, and other activities. tepark@umich.edu, ums.org/about/volunteer V




United 2 Heal

Collects, organizes, and ships surplus medical supplies and biomedical equipment to poor and disadvantaged regions around the world. Membership open to U-M students; all welcome to volunteer. u2h-exec@umich.edu, u2h.org V




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


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/content/get-involved V


(734) 740-0979


YMCA

Several volunteer programs for youth and adults including the Youth Volunteer Corps, the East Washtenaw Basketball League, Quilting for a Cause, and childcare story telling. volunteer@annarborymca.org, annarborymca.org/about-your-ymca/volunteering V

400 W. Washington [map]
(734) 996-9622




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