Grosse Pointe Student Service Organizations




    Interact Club of North and South

    Contact Person: Barbara Skelly, North Advisor - Barbara.Skelly@gpschools.org

    Kevin Cox, South Advisor - Kevin.Cox@gpschools.org

    Mission:  We strive to place “service above self” through participating in community service projects and volunteer activities throughout the year.

    Volunteer Opportunities:  We present volunteer events and ideas at meetings where members can volunteer as a group, usually on the weekends.

    Minimum Age:  All High School Students are welcome.

    Additional Requirements:  Volunteers must be trained before being approved as mentors.


    Key Club of Grosse Pointe South

    Contact Person: Ann Marie Bokatzian  - AnnMarie.Bokatzian@gpschools.org

    Mission:  Key Club International is the high school organization sponsored by Kiwanis International.  It’s mission is to assist the Kiwanis to perform acts of service in their communities.  Key Club students also learn leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects and holding elected leadership positions at the club, district, and international level.

    Volunteer Opportunities:  Key Club volunteers partner with the March of Dimes, Children’s Miracle Network and Unicef in hands on ways.

    Minimum Age:  All South High School students are welcome.

    Additional Requirements:  Attend morning meetings twice a month.


    Varsity Club of Grosse Pointe South

    Contact Person: Ryan Wheaton, Advisor  - Ryan.Wheaton@gpschools.org

    Mission:  To provide local community service and camaraderie for GPS athletic Varsity letter winners.

    Volunteer Opportunities:  Various community service projects throughout the year.

    Minimum Age:  All South High School students who meet the requirements are welcome.

    Additional Requirements:  Students must have earned a Varsity Letter to join, participate in at least 2 service projects per year and attend a minimum of 2 meetings.


    Spirit of Giving Community Volunteer Opportunities


    All Worthy of Love 

    2727 Second Ave., Suite 237, Detroit MI  48201                     313-923-7477


    Contact Person: Twyla Baggett  - twylabaggett@yahoo.com

    Mission:  We are a faith-based, anti-human trafficking organization that ministers on the streets of Detroit t those enslaved in prostitution and the ancillary victims as well.  We assist them with safely exiting the street when they are ready, entrance into detox program and then onto rehabilitation if necessary.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Our volunteer assist with preparation of lunches and hygiene kits that are taken out to the street by our outreach volunteers.  Volunteers also help with admin duties, organization, and fundraising.

    Minimum Age: There are opportunities for all ages.

    Additional Requirements:  Online application


    American Cancer Society – Relay for Life Grosse Pointe

    20450 Civic Center Drive, Southfield MI 48076         248-663-3408

    Contact Person: Erin Bovan  - erin.bovan@cancer.org

    Mission:  The American Cancer society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary heath organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service.

    Volunteer Opportunities: We have a planning committee for our May event.  There are several positions that are available including recruitment, fundraising, logistics, entertainment and many more.  We also love day of event volunteers to help us with set up and tear down.

    Minimum Age: All ages are welcome!

    Additional Requirements:  None


    American Red Cross 

    100 Mack Ave., Detroit, MI  48236   313-833-4440


    Contact Person: Heather Johnson  - Heather.Johnson@redcross.org

    Mission:  The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.  To fulfill the needs of the American people for the safest, most reliable and most cost-effective blood services through voluntary donations

    Volunteer Opportunities: During blood drives we need volunteers to register donors and monitor them after their donation.  Other opportunities to do disaster relief are available online.

    Minimum Age: 16 years old to work at Blood Drives

    Additional Requirements:  All volunteers need to complete training depending on the duty.


    Arts & Scraps 

    16135 Harper, Detroit, MI  48224    586-754-7400


    Contact Person: Abby Rubin  - volunteers@artsandscraps.org

    Mission:  Arts & Scraps reimagines recycled materials to inspire people of all ages and abilities to think, create, and learn

    Volunteer Opportunities: Individual volunteers and groups smaller than 5 sort donations, organize materials, and stock the shelves at our store.  Larger groups prep materials and pack kits at our warehouse.

    Minimum Age: 8 Years Old

    Additional Requirements:  None


    Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute

    4100 John R., Detroit MI  48201                                                               313– 576-8906


    Contact Person: Laura Zubeck  - volunteer@karmanos.org

    Mission:  The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute is a unique, urban-based center of research, patient care and education, dedicated to the prevention, early detection, treatment and eventual eradication of cancer.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are used to support patient services, wayfinding, and hospitality along with patient/community education, fundraising and staff support

    Minimum Age: 16 years old

    Additional Requirements:  All volunteers must complete an online application.  Clinical volunteers must pass a screening physical and all vaccinations must be up to date including a flu shot.


    Beaumont Hospital Grosse Pointe 

    468 Cadieux, Grosse Pointe                                                                    313-473-1089


    Contact Person: Betsy Schulte  - Betsy.Schulte@beaumont.org

    Mission: ‘To deliver compassionate, extraordinary care every day.’

    Volunteer Opportunities: Various departments throughout the hospital; including many patient care opportunites.  Great for students interested in learning more about the healthcare industry through volunteering to serve their community at Beaumont.

    Minimum Age: 16 years old

    Additional Requirements: Must apply online at www.beaumont.org/volunteer, attend an interview, complete health screening requirements, provide 2 letters of recommendation, and be able to commit to a (4) hour weekly shift


    Belle Isle Conservancy 

    300 River Place, Suite 2800  Detroit, MI  48207         313-331-7760


    Contact Person: Genevieve Nowak  - nowakg@belleisleconservancy.org

    Mission:  Our mission is to protect, preserve, restore and enhance the natural environment, historic structures and unique character of Belle Isle as a public park for the enjoyment of all—now and forever.

    Volunteer Opportunities: We use volunteers in a variety of ways including: groups conduction island-wide beautification projects, Belle Isle Aquarium Greeters, Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory Greeters and Docents, special events volunteers, and Saturday Stewardship (removal of invasive species).

    Minimum Age: Group volunteering opportunities are welcoming of individuals of all ages with adequate adult supervision.  Regular individual volunteer opportunities are limited to ages 18 and older, or 16+ if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

    Additional Requirements:  Groups must complete a waiver and individuals must attend training and orientation.


    Big Family

    41757 Irwin Road, Harrison Twp.  48045                    586-415-6968


    Contact Person: John Iras  - jfiras@wowway.com

    Mission:  Big Family of Michigan is a nonprofit organization that serves the needs of Michigan’s foster children and young adults through programs that provide the children the chance they deserve for happy productive lives.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers host commodities drives, wrap gifts at Christmas time, pick up and deliver items to children, work at events, participate in fundraisers, and more.

    Minimum Age: 13 Years Old

    Additional Requirements:  None


    CARE of Southeastern Michigan  

    17108 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe, MI   48236                                                     313-473-1089


    Contact Person: Sonya Thompson  - sthompson@careofsem.com

    Mission: ‘Our mission is to educate, link and support individuals, families, businesses and communities affected by family concerns, workplace challenges, mental health conditions and the misuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

    Volunteer Opportunities: To assist with various summer camps, health fairs, and community programs.

    Minimum Age: 16 years old

    Additional Requirements: None


    Cass Community Social Services

    11745 Rosa Parks Blvd, Detroit, MI      313-883-2277


    Contact Person: Sue Pethoud  - spethoud@casscommunity.org

    Mission:  Cass Community Social Services is dedicated to making a profound difference in the lives of the diverse populations it serves by providing for basic needs, including affordable housing, promoting self-reliance and encouraging community involvement and community improvement.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers assist in a variety of ways, commitments could be as short as an hour or as long as the volunteer would like to serve.  Groups from 2 to 100 can be accommodated with prior notice.

    Minimum Age: 10 Years Old

    Additional Requirements:  The application on the website must be completed.


    Coalition On Temporary Shelter (COTS)

    26 Peterboro, Detroit, MI  48201                                                  313-831-3777 ext. 223


    Contact Person: Robyn Smith  - rsmith@cotsdetroit.org

    Mission:  COTS exists to alleviate homelessness by providing an array of services that enable people to achieve self sufficiency and obtain quality affordable housing.  COTS also exists to advocate for long-term solutions to the problem of homelessness.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Meal service, tutoring, child care, fundraisers and donation drives.

    Minimum Age: 16 Years Old

    Additional Requirements:  Background checks for those working with children and ICHAT online background screening.


    Detroit Dog Rescue 

    PO Box 806119  St. Clair Shores  MI  48080    313-458-8014


    Contact Person: Kristina Rinaldi

    Mission: ‘DDR is the only No-Kill shelter in the city of Detroit.  Our mission is to rehabilitate and rehome the stray dogs of Detroit.

    Volunteer Opportunities: We use volunteers to feed, clean, and work with our adoptable dogs.

    Minimum Age: 18 years and older

    Additional Requirements: Must complete an application online.


    Detroit Historical Society  

    5401 Woodward Ave.   Detroit, MI  48202         313-833-1263


    Contact Person: Arletha Walker  - Arlethaw@detroithistorical.org

    Mission:  To tell Detroit’s stories and why they matter.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are used as docents, gallery guides, at events and programs (on and off site), clerical and administrative, archival and research, etc.

    Minimum Age: 18 years old, however high school aged groups can apply as well

    Additional Requirements: Authorization and completion of a background check, orientation and training


     Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology (DIO) 

    15415 East Jefferson, Grosse Pointe Park, MI  48230             313-824-4710


    Contact Person: Judi Dara  - jdara@dioeyes.org

    Mission:  The DIO is committed to assisting and educating the visually impaired, helping them to maintain independence and dignity while learning to live a satisfying and productive life in the sighted world.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are used with our support group meetings and fundraising events.

    Minimum Age: 16 years old for fundraisers; prefer adults for support groups

    Additional Requirements: Those interested in working with the visually impaired need to fill out a basic questionnaire and meet with one of the staff.


    Detroit Little Free Libraries

    231 Jewell St., Ferndale, MI  48220                313-595-4845


    Contact Person: Kim Kozlowski  - detoitlittlelibraries@gmail.com

    Mission:  To promote reading.  Literacy and community in Detroit through the Little Free Library.

    Volunteer Opportunities: We use volunteers to steward existing libraries and keep them filled with books, build new libraries, raise funds to build new libraries and install libraries.

    Minimum Age: None

    Additional Requirements: None


    Detroit PAL

     111 W. Willis,  Detroit, MI  48201                      313-833-1600


    Contact Person: Andrea Ray  - aray@detroitpal.org

    Mission:  In partnership with the Detroit Police Department and community volunteers, Detroit PAL builds character in young people through athletic, academic and leadership development programs.  We strive to achieve 3 important goals for our kids:  young people with high character, who lead healthy and active lifestyles and give back to their community.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are needed as coaches, assistant to coaches, field clean-ups, score-keepers, site monitors, etc.  Volunteers are also needed to spread the word about PAL and help with fundraising efforts. 

    Minimum Age: Volunteer coaches must be 18 years old, but there are other ways to get involved no matter what your age.

    Additional Requirements:  To become a coach, volunteers must take our IMPACT training class and get a background check.


    Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries  

    150 Stimson , Detroit, MI              313-993-4700


    Contact Person: Jaimie McMillen  - Jmcmillen@drmm.org

    Mission: The Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, a non-profit corporation, is committed to sharing the gospel of the love of Jesus Christ, providing hope to the hopeless, disadvantaged, abused and homeless men, women, and children of our community.

    Volunteer Opportunities: There are many projects, serving opportunites as well as many other opportunites to help serve the clients of our organization as well as the city.

    Minimum Age: 12

    Additional Requirements: Background check is required for regular volunteer service.


    Detroit River Front  Conservancy (DRFC)

    600 Renaissance Center, Suite 1720  Detroit, MI  48234                        313-566-8207


    Contact Person: Renee Rodriguez  - Renee.rodriguez@detroitriverfront.org

    Mission:  The Detroit River Front Conservancy is responsible for the establishment, improvement, operation, maintenance, security, programming and expansion of the Detroit RiverWalk and associated green spaces.  Through it’s public/private partnerships, the DRFC will support the development of the riverfront district and facilitate community access to the waterfront.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers help with events, office work, riverfront clean-up and ambassadors.

    Minimum Age: 16 years old

    Additional Requirements:  All volunteers fill out an online application and attend a volunteer orientation.  Exceptions can be made for large groups volunteering one time


    Detroit Zoological Society 

    8450 W. Ten Mile Rd., Royal Oak, MI  48067

    248-541-5717 ext. 3806


    Contact Person: Linda Denomme  - ldenomme@dz.org

    Mission:  Celebrating and saving wildlife

    Volunteer Opportunities:  Two teen programs (16/17 years of age)-Counselors in training for Detroit Zoo’s Summer Safari Camp and Zoo Corps (15-17) learning and sharing activities with guests on conservation and environmental topics on zoo grounds, also interpreting, greeting and way finding, special event assistance

    Minimum Age: 18+

    Additional Requirements:  Teens must have a written application and in person interview prior to acceptance.  Adults attend a 3 part orientation and interview programs that takes place on scheduled dates in the March-June period.

    Both groups have minimum hour requirements.


    Dominican Literacy Center

    5555 Conner Ave., Suite 1414,Detroit, MI  48213    313-267-1000


    Contact Person: Sister Janice Brown  - dominicanliteracy@yahoo.com

    Mission:  Dominican Literacy Center enables learners to transform their lives by acquiring skills to become successful parents, productive workers and responsible citizens.  This mutual collaboration in adult literacy is a contemporary expression of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ commitment to education.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Tutoring in math and reading, front desk help, and office support.

    Minimum Age: 18 years old, high school completion or equivalent

    Additional Requirements: Tutors go through a 1 to 2 hour training and are highly encouraged to attend the Tutor Training Workshop offered three times a year.


    Eagle Children’s Charities

    21001 Moross Rd., Detroit  MI                   313-402-4575


    Contact Person: Terry Brennan  - tbrennanesc@wowway.com

    Mission: To build life-changing relationships through sports, camps & tutoring.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are used as literacy tutoring mentors, youth sports coaching (soccer, baseball, flag football), general help with sports programs (set up, tear down, referring, etc.).

    Minimum Age: 15 years old

    Additional Requirements:  None


    Empty Bowls Detroit  

    1217 Kensington, Grosse Pointe Park, MI  48230                              313-410-7177


    Contact Person: Bonnie Mellos  - bmellow@hotmail.com

    Mission: Our Mission is to raise money and awareness for Cass Community Social Services and their efforts to end hunger in Metro Detroit.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are needed to create and paint bowls and for set up/clean up and other roles for our event in March.

    Minimum Age: Grade School and up

    Additional Requirements:  None


    Forgotten Harvest 

    21800 Greenfield,  Oak Park, MI 48237       248-268-7522


    Contact Person: Jessica Ayoub  - jayoub@forgottenharvest.org

    Mission: Dedicated to relieving hunger in metro Detroit and preventing nutritious food waste.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are needed to re-pack fresh nutritious food at our warehouse. We also need assistance with prepping, planting, harvesting and general maintenance at our farm.

    Minimum Age: 12 (Volunteers 12-17 years old must be accompanied by an adult chaperone)

    Additional Requirements:  None


    Friends of the Grosse Pointe Public Library 

    10 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe Farms, Mi. 48236     313-343-2074 x204

    Contact Person: Chris Scapini  - Chriscapini\gpfriends.org@gmail.com

    Mission:  To help promote the mission of the Grosse Pointe Public Library to serve people of all ages by actively providing easily accessible information, materials, services, and programs designed to meet the community’s evolving educational, recreational, cultural, and informational needs.

    Volunteer Opportunities:  Volunteers will work at the used book sale/move heavy boxes of books

    Minimum Age: Middle school

    Additional Requirements: None


    Full Circle Foundation

    17006 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park, Mi. 48230     313-469-6660


    Contact Person: Sue Banner  - sbanner@fullcirclefdn.org

    Mission: The mission of Full Circle is to support the activities that foster a sense of self-worth and independence in persons with special needs, by providing opportunities to contribute and function productively in their community.

    Volunteer Opportunities:  Volunteer opportunities are available in our upscale resale store, summer garden program, and as support job coaches for young people with disabilities.

    Minimum Age: 15

    Additional Requirements: Volunteers must fill out volunteer form and provide references.


    Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern MI

    2131 Beaufait Street,  Detroit, MI  48207     866-GLEANER (453-2637)


    Contact Person: Julie Ptasznik  - jptasznik@gcfb.org

    Mission:  Our primary mission is to feed hungry people.  Our aim is to get food where it’s needed, when it’s needed.  We do this by being a highly efficient and cost-effective food distribution center.  We use thousands of volunteers to keep our labor costs down so we can put more money into food for hungry people.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Sorting and packing nonperishable food and fresh produce, folding plastic food drive bags, picking partner orders, and more.

    Minimum Age: None given.

    Additional Requirements:  Volunteers must pre-register online to volunteer.


    Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society

    296 Chalfonte Ave., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI  48236       313-884-1551


    Contact Person: Corinne Martin  - gpaas@wowway.biz

    Mission:  Our mission is to provide a facility and service to the community, where lost pets, stray and injured animals can be sheltered and receive veterinary care.  We will seek foster homes and permanent placement for unclaimed pets through our adoption program, and humanely euthanize those that are critically injured, untreatable or unacceptable.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers at the shelter assist with caring for pets, walking dogs, laundry.  Volunteers at adoption showings welcome guests, sit with and transport pets, host bake sales.

    Minimum Age: 18 years old to work at the shelter, 16 years old to work at adoption showings, looking for families to foster dogs and cats.

    Additional Requirements:  Application, attend orientation & training.


    Grosse Pointe Chamber Foundation

    63 Kercheval, Suite 16,  Grosse Pointe Farms, MI  48236     313-881-4722


    Contact Person: Jennifer Boettcher  - info@grossepointechamber.com

    Mission:  The Chamber will provide leadership and services to the business community, promote economic vitality, collaborate with municipal government for business development and enhance the quality of life for those who live, work and visit the Grosse Pointes.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are used to help distribute marketing materials for events/programs, work at events, act as street marshals for the Santa Parade, carry banners in the parade, and offer administrative assistance.

    Minimum Age: 10 Years Old

    Additional Requirements:  No


    Grosse Pointe Historical Society

    381 Kercheval,  Grosse Pointe Farms, MI  48236    313-884-7010


    Contact Person: Izzy Donnelly


    Mission:  The Grosse Pointe Historical Society was organized in 1945 to promote the preservation of our local heritage and to share that knowledge with the community.

    Volunteer Opportunities: We use volunteers to assist with filing in the resource center, and to assist with children’s crafts events at the Provencal –Weir House.

    Minimum Age: 16 Years Old

    Additional Requirements:  We would love to find some students interested in library organization and filing for the resource center.


    Grosse Pointe Lions Club 

     PO Box 36160,  Grosse Pointe Farms, MI  48236    734-589-7336


    Contact Person: Matt Kitchen  - mattdkit@comcast.net

    Mission:  To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.  The Lions Club motto is “We Serve”.

    Volunteer Opportunities: We use volunteers to assist in fundraising activities such as directing cars to the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House summer events and guarding street closures during our club’s November walk/run event and during the Village Santa Claus parade.

    Minimum Age: 16 years old

    Additional Requirements:  No


    Grosse Pointe Village Downtown Development Authority

    17147 Maumee,  Grosse Pointe, MI  48230     313-885-5800


    Contact Person: Melissa Bunker  - villageevents@grossepointecity.org

    Mission:  To help promote future development in the Village shopping district.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are used to help distribute promotional materials about upcoming events, and interview local stores to find out what is happening in the stores for monthly newsletter.

    Minimum Age: 16 Years Old

    Additional Requirements:  No


    Habitat for Humanity Detroit

     14325 Jane St.,  Detroit, MI   48201                313-521-6691


    Contact Person: Sandra Cobb  - scobb@habitatdetroit.org

    Mission:  As an expression of God’s love, Habitat for Humanity Detroit brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Habitat for Humanity Detroit is volunteered powered, and no experience is necessary.  We use volunteers in construction, office support, Restores, and everything in between, there really is an opportunity for any individual or group.

    Minimum Age: 16 years old

    Additional Requirements:  Each person must sign a waiver, a parent or guardian must sign a waiver for those volunteering under 18 years old.


    Hand Bags of Hope 

    15318 Ten Mile Rd. , Eastpointe, Mi. 48021     586-215-2050


    Contact Person: Jackie Bobcean  - 586-215-2050

    Mission:  Empowering survivors of domestic abuse. We advocate bringing awareness to the verbal, mental and financial abuse that lives in our neighborhoods

    Volunteer Opportunities:  We ask women to donate clean, gently used purses, each filled with necessities.

    Minimum Age: 12

    Additional Requirements:  none


    HART (Haiti African Relief Team)

    28 McKinnley Place, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI  48236                 313-300-5510


    Contact Person: Tom Graves  - hardsecondserve@yahoo.com

    Mission:  To love, feed, clothe, medically treat and meet the needs of people in Haiti and Africa as instructed by Jesus (Matthew 25).

    Volunteer Opportunities: HART uses volunteers at all levels from fundraising to actually going on mission trips to Haiti.  Currently we are promoting the “Shoe that Grows” campaign to eradicate basic infections which are acquired because the citizens have no shoes.

    Minimum Age: None given.

    Additional Requirements:  None


    International Brown Bag Lunches of Love

    1454 Hollywood, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI  48236     586-747-9906

    Contact Person: Diane Soulliere  - busyfamily4321@yahoo.com

    Mission:  Our mission is to bring volunteers together to make and assemble brown bag lunches for the homeless.  We have made 33,000 so far.

    Volunteer Opportunities: We sponsor 2 hour events where volunteers of any age can write notes, make sandwiches, set up and assemble lunches, and deliver lunches.  We also need help with social media advertising, and website development.

    Minimum Age: Any age welcome

    Additional Requirements:  No


    Kids Against Hunger 

    8600 Northend, Oak Park, MI  48237                            313-336-2559


    Contact Person: Michael Burwell  - michaelburwell@kahmichigan.org

    Mission:  Significantly reduce the number of hungry children in the USA and feed starving children throughout the world.

    Volunteer Opportunities: We use volunteers to package a dried food mix that is shipped all over the world.

    Minimum Age: 6 years old

    Additional Requirements:  None


    Kids on the Go 

    21229 River Road,  Grosse Pointe Woods, MI  48236   313-332-1026


    Contact Person: Kristy Schena  - kristyschena@kidsonthegocamp.com

    Mission:  To recognize and facilitate the goals of children with special needs and to maintain their current skills during the summer months.

    Volunteer Opportunities: We use volunteers as assistants to our therapists and instructors.  We also use a peer to peer model.

    Minimum Age: 14 Years Old

    Additional Requirements:  Volunteers must fill out an application to be accepted at: app.campdoc.com/register/kidsonthego/volunteerapp


    Lakeshore Optimist Club of Grosse Pointe

    32 Lakeshore Rd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI  48236     586-713-7141


    Contact Person: John Stoyka  - jstoyka111@att.net

    Mission:  To develop optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenets of the Optimist creed; to promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people; to aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world

    Volunteer Opportunities: Optimist International will be recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential.

    Minimum Age: No

    Additional Requirements:  Volunteers are required to become members.


    League of Women Voters of Grosse Pointe

    32 Lakeshore Rd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI  48236     313-881-6343


    Contact Person: Tom Wells  - motsllew@aol.com,

    Mission:  The League encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy.  The League is strictly nonpartisan, neither endorsing nor opposing candidates or political parties.

    Volunteer Opportunities:  We need volunteers to assist at Candidate Forums; Vote 411, an electronic voters guide; voter registration; the observer corps.; assisting in the production of videos for informational meetings; publicity and marketing; etc.

    Minimum Age: We encourage all to get involved; male, female, young and old



    20141 Kelly Road, St. Clair Shores, Mi.48080                     313-401-5433


    Contact Person: Dana Demeter  - ddemeter@lifebuildersdetroit.com

    Mission:  Lifebuilders exists to restore dignity and bring hope to a NE Detroit community that has suffered from disinvestment for nearly 20 years.  They do this by empowering youth, reclaiming the neighborhood and building communities.  Lifebuilders touches the lives of nearly 200 youth throughout the year, has restored over 30 homes and 2 apartment buildings and is building a strong community.

    Volunteer Opportunities:  Neighborhood Beautification, youth leaders for K-12, summer camp volunteers

    Minimum Age: 15 years old, volunteers 15-17 work with adult supervison in a ratio of 1 adult to 5 students

    Additional Requirements: Must fill out a release of liability form and volunteer application


    Michigan’s AmeriCorps 

    Michigan Community Service Commission

    235 S. Grand Ave., Suite 1108, Lansing, MI  48933                           517-512-4506


    Contact Person: Megan Foresman  - foresmanm@michigan.gov

    Mission:  Americorps is a national service program designed to strengthen citizenship and the ethic of service by engaging thousands of Americans on full-time or part-time basis to help communities address their toughest challenges.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Americorps is intensive full and part time service organization for High School graduates.  You can apply for jobs in non-profits, schools, public agencies and community and faith-based groups across the country.

    Minimum Age: 17 Years Old and have a high school diploma

    Additional Requirements:  There is an application process, and some programs have additional requirements.  Must be willing to commit to at least one year of service.


    Michigan Blind Athletic Association

    8724 Q Ave., Mattawan, MI  49071                                      586-506-0259


    Contact Person: Amanda Hercula  - Amanda.hercula@gmail.com

    Mission:  MBAA seeks to provide visually impaired individuals, who are often segregated from physical education classes and competition, opportunities to participate in competitive and recreational athletic activities.  The MBAA also seeks to continue the education of coaches and PE teachers techniques for coaching participants that are visually impaired.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Seeking volunteers for Goalball tournament held at Warren Mott HS Feb. 20-21.  Additionally we use volunteers to help run sports camps for the visually impaired and with driving individuals to and from camp.

    Minimum Age: High School Age and above

    Additional Requirements:  Background checks are done on sports camp volunteers.


    Michigan Humane Society

    30300 Telegraph Rd., Ste 220, Bingham Farms, MI  48025                      248-283-1000


    Contact Person: Genevieve Rogalla  - gorgalla@michiganhumane.org

    Mission:  To end companion animal homelessness, to provide the highest quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to our care, and to be a leader in promoting humane  values.

    Volunteer Opportunities: MHS volunteers can help our shelter locations in working with animals, assist with administrative duties such as mailings and telephone calls, represent MHS at events such as expos and festivals, and help at our fundraising events.  Volunteers are also needed to foster animals in their homes.

    Minimum Age: 14—17 year old volunteers must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 25 and must perform the same tasks.  Volunteers under the age of 18 can also partake in activites outside our shelters to contribute to MHS (ie. Holding outside fundraisers, making blankets and dog and cat toys, etc.). 

    Additional Requirements:  There is an online application that must be submitted.


    Michigan Science Center 

    5020 John R. Street, Detroit, MI  48201        313-494-5307


    Contact Person: Steve Zoski  - steve.zoski@Mi-Sci.org

    Mission:  The mission of the Michigan Science Center is to inspire curious minds of all ages to discover, explore and appreciate science, technology, engineering and math in a creative, dynamic learning environment.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers inspire guests with hands-on experiments, lead tours, and give directions.  They think creatively and help illustrate how science concepts have a multitude of applications.  Explainers receive exclusive perks, recognition and invites to events.

    Minimum Age: 16 Years Old

    Additional Requirements:  An online application must be filled out and if the volunteer is over 18 they must pass a background check.


    Motown Soup 

    45160 Van Dyke (lower level of Trinity Lutheran Church), Detroit, MI       586-731-4409 ext. 116


    Contact Person: Dan Karlin  - Motownsoup@yahoo.com

    Mission:  Produce and market soup mixes giving ALL the profit to Michigan homeless shelters, soup kitchens and food banks.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are used in production work and sales.

    Minimum Age: 16 Years Old


    North Star Reach 

    1200 University Camp Drive, Pickney, MI  48108     734-680-8744


    Contact Person: Deb Kern  - debkern@northstarreach.org

    Mission:  North Star Reach offers life-changing camp experiences for children with serious health challenges and their families—FREE of cost.  We are a provisional member of the SeriousFun Children’s Network founded by Paul Newman.

    Volunteer Opportunities: We need volunteers to help at events, do fundraising, help around the office, and provide support for camp programs.

    Minimum Age: Individuals under the age of 18 can work with a parent at events or in the office.  Volunteers directly working with children must be over 19 years old.

    Additional Requirements:  Volunteers working with children must complete an application, pass a back ground check and be selected by the Camp Director.  All volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation prior to working at events or in the office.


    Penrickton Center for Blind Children

    26530 Eureka Road, Taylor, MI  48180      734-946-7500


    Contact Person: Janet Ames  - janet@penrickton.com

    Mission:  Penrickton Center for Blind Children serves children who are legally blind with additional disabilities between the ages of 1-12.  Our focus is to provide an active learning environment to help children learn about the world around them and to be more independent.  In addition we partner closely with the families to encourage advocacy skills and education

    Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers assist with mailings, yard work, cleaning the center, light administrative work, and sorting pop cans from local businesses among other things.

    Minimum Age: 16 Years Old

    Additional Requirements:  You must be 18 and completed training to work directly with children.


    Playworks Michigan

    2990 W. Grand Blvd. #231, Detroit, Mi. 48202    804-402-3133


    Contact Person: Jaime Kannan  - jaimekannak@playworks.org

    Mission: The Playworks mission is to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play.  Our vision is that one day every child in America will get to play every day. We believe that the power of play brings out the best in every kid.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers help at volleyball, basketball and flag football leagues by doing everything from handing out lunches to taking pictures,  to collecting stories from parents, also paint playgrounds, and help with mailings.

    Minimum Age: Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent.

    Additional Requirements: All volunteers must register before volunteering and contact information must be provided. Repeat volunteers must pass a back ground check.


    Power to the Grid

    12466 Scenic View Court, Milford  MI  48380                  248-941-1349


    Contact Person: Stefan Kogler  - Stefan@powertothegrid.com

    Mission:  Training, hiring and employing individuals with autism

    Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers help with job coaching and training.

    Minimum Age: 18 years old

    Additional Requirements: None


    Pregnancy Aid, Inc. 

    17325 Mack Ave., Detroit, MI               313-882-1000


    Contact Person: Nancy Anter  - nancy@pregnancyaid.com

    Mission:  We are a non-profit, Christian organization in Detroit offering women positive alternatives to abortion, education that promotes effective parenting and healthy lifestyles, and materials to those in need.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Community Outreach Volunteers—to help us plan, market and carry out events that promote positive images of women and healthy relationship choices, especially among teens. Peer Counselors—meet one-on-one with women, access their pregnancy-related needs and directs them to services.  Instructor's hold support groups on a variety of topics including parenting, breastfeeding, self-esteem, etc.

    Minimum Age: High School Age for Community Outreach; 18 and older for Peer Counselors and Instructors

    Additional Requirements:  Must be pro-life advocates who are pro-women and love babies.


    Racing For Kids  

    89 Kercheval, Suite 210, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI  48236                    313-882-3403


    Contact Person: Amy Muzingo  - ashannonmuzingo@gmail.com

    Mission:  Racing For Kids is a 27 year old children’s charity with close ties to the Indy Racing League.  IndyCar drivers visit the local children’s hospitals prior to each IndyCar race, they sign autographs, bring gifts, and take pictures with the children.  These visits brighten the day of the sick children and also their families.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Our largest fundraiser for Racing For Kids is held on the Hill in Grosse Pointe Farms.  Volunteers are needed to help in the days prior to the event, on the day of the event, and the day after for set up, helping with decorations, running errands and other needs.

    Minimum Age: High School Age

    Additional Requirements:  Attend volunteer meeting the week prior to the event to schedule working times.  This year’s event is on Wednesday, August 31st.


    Ronald McDonald House of Detroit

    4707 St. Antoine, Suite 200  Detroit, MI  48201     313-745-5909


    Contact Person: Mike McCoy  - mmccoy1950@yahoo.com

    Mission:  To provide a home away from home for families with children staying in the hospital.

    Volunteer Opportunities: We use volunteers to service families’ meals, work our events, office work, and help cleaning the house.

    Minimum Age: 18 Years Old unless accompanied by an adult

    Additional Requirements:  None


    Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe—Sunrise 

    123 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI  48236       313-671-1083


    Contact Person: Joel Manardo  - jmanardo@aol.com

    Mission:  The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers can help as marshals for the Grosse Pointe Run.

    Minimum Age: 17 Years Old

    Additional Requirements:  None

    Meets at the Hill Restaurant


    Services for Older Citizens (SOC)

    158 Ridge Rd.,  Grosse Pointe Farms, Mi. 48236                       313-882-9600


    Contact Person: Heidi Uhlig  - huhlig@socservices.org

    Mission:  SOC is dedicated to helping seniors of the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods maintain their lives in independence and dignity.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers help with mailings, serving lunch, delivering meals on wheels, clerical work, yard work, chore program, special events, etc.

    Minimum Age: 6th grade

    Additional Requirements: Volunteers must complete a volunteer application, background check form, and volunteers working directly with clients must submit a satisfactory TB test result.


    SOAR Tutoring 

    21001 Moross Road, Detroit, MI  48236               313-449-8087


    Contact Person: Colleen Davisson  - colleen@soartutoring.org

    Mission:  Our goal is to see every student reads at or above grade level.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Each student is paired with a mentor for their sessions.  Ideally, we like to schedule mentors at the same day/time slot each week so they can work with the same student.  Our staff prepares the student lessons and each volunteer carries them out.

    Minimum Age: Middle School or older

    Additional Requirements:  Before working with a student, volunteers are required to complete a 90 minute  New Mentor Training.


    Society of St. Vincent DePaul—Detroit

    3000 Gratiot, Detroit, MI 48207       313-393-2942


    Contact Person: Larry Griffin  - lgriffin@svdpdet.org

    Mission:  For more than 130 years, St. Vincent De Paul has provided critical support to residents of Southeastern Michigan who are in need of service by offering food assistance, emergency support with clothing and furniture, and disaster relief services to help enhance the lives of the less fortunate.  We assist over 300,000 individuals & households annually.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers can assist in Thrift Store/Donation Centers, our dental clinic in downtown Detroit, the Matchan Soup Kitchen in Pontiac or any of our special events.

    Minimum Age: 16 Years Old (groups of 14-16 year olds can work with parental supervision)

    Additional Requirements:  An online application must be filled out and if the volunteer is over 18 they must pass a background check.


    Soroptimist International of Grosse Pointe

    32 Lakeshore Dr., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236


    Contact Person: Amanda Be  - 586-214-6860

    Mission:  Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are used in our fundraising efforts

    Minimum Age: 18

    Additional Requirements: None


    Southwest Solutions 

    1920 25th Street, Detroit, MI  48216             313-297-1377


    Contact Person: Chery Allen  - callen@swsol.org

    Mission:  To continue building a stronger and healthier community in Southwest Detroit and beyond.

    Volunteer Opportunities:  We use volunteers for neighborhood beautification projects, Early Head Start (children’s programs), and Veteran Services.

    Minimum Age: Those younger than 15 must be accompanied by a parent.

    Additional Requirements: If you work with children or in a clinical setting you must have a TB test and background check.


    St. John Hospital and Medical Center

    22101 Moross, Detroit, MI     48236                                       313-343-3680


    Contact Person: Cindy Boeneman  - Cecilia.boeneman@stjohns.org

    Mission:  Service to the poor

    Volunteer Opportunities:  Many differing opportunities are available throughout the hospital as needed by various departments.

    Minimum Age: 16

    Additional Requirements: Volunteers must have a pre-interview, satisfactory TB test and flu vaccine in season.


    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

    1461 East Twelve Mile Rd., Madison Heights, MI  48071                                       248-546-8086


    Contact Person: Ashley James  - Ashley.James@stjude.org

    Mission:  The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.  No child is denied treatment based on race, religion or family’s ability to pay.

    Volunteer Opportunities: We use volunteers for many of our fundraising events including the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer, Radio-thons, the Detroit Gala, and more.  For our High School volunteers this can lead to great experience for internships and leadership positions.

    Minimum Age: 18 Years Old for the radio-thon or when money is being handled.

    Additional Requirements:  Volunteers must fill out a waiver.


    St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center

    16800 Trinity St., Detroit, MI  48219                                       313-535-9200 ext. 3104


    Contact Person: Beth Kraft  - beth.kraft@svsfcenter.org

    Mission:  We provide educational programs, basic skill building and learning enhancement for at-risk children and adults, designed to build self-sufficiency skills for academic and employment success, personal achievement and dignity.

    Volunteer Opportunities: We use volunteers as tutors in our free tutoring programs.  We have an Adult GED Program where we provide free, individualized tutoring to adults 18 & over who are studying for the GED test.  We also have a Children’s Tutoring Program where we provide free, individualized tutoring to 1st through 5th graders.

    Minimum Age: 16 years old with parents permission; if parent or older sibling is volunteering we may take volunteers as young as 14.

    Additional Requirements:  An application must be filled out and 2 references must be provided, a background check and if working with the Children’s Program a Central Registry Clearance is required from the Department of Human Services (this is free).


    Summer in the City 

    1655 Clark St., Detroit  MI    248-790-1000


    Contact Person: Andrew Weiner  - aweiner@summerinthecity.com

    Mission:  To build relationships between Detroit and its neighbors by providing high school students fun, fulfilling, and flexible service opportunities

    Volunteer Opportunities: Our volunteers work at day camps for elementary school students, paint murals throughout the city, and work with urban gardening partners.

    Minimum Age: 15 years old

    Additional Requirements: Volunteers must register online.


    The Arc Grosse Pointe / Harper Woods

    20475 Sunningdale Park, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI  48236                           586-457-8588


    Contact Person: Deborah Moffat  - dmoffat@thearcgp-hw.org

    Mission:  The Arc is a national organization that promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetime.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers provide individual support to children, teens and adults who participate in our summer program, afterschool program and other activities.

    Minimum Age: 13 years old

    Additional Requirements: None


    The Children’s Center 

    79 W. Alexandrine,  Detroit, Mi. 48201       313-831-5535


    Contact Person: Kelsey Hubbell  - khubbell@thechildrenscenter.com

    Mission: To help children and families shape their own future.

    Volunteer Opportunities:  There is a wide variety of opportunities from organizing our office to handwriting thank you notes, pitching in at special events, organizing clothing in the Boutique (gently used clothing closet for families, tutoring, assisting in summer camp, etc.)

    Minimum Age: 16

    Additional Requirements:  In order to have one on one interaction with children volunteers must attend volunteer orientation, complete application, DHS clearance and background check.


    The Family Center  

    20090 Morningside Dr., Grosse Pointe Woods, MI  48236                       313-432-3832


    Contact Person: Debbie Liedel  - info@familycenterweb.org

    Mission: To serve our community through programs and resources vital to today’s families.

    Volunteer Opportunities:  We use volunteers as experts for programs & committees, board postions, advisory council, mailings, serving as greeters for programs, and event support.

    Minimum Age: 18 years old

    Additional Requirements:  None


    The Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning

    2315 Harmon Lake Rd., Maryville, MI  48744                                             989-673-2050


    Contact Person: Lynn Seeloff—Assistant Director  -  camp@thefowlercenter.org

    Mission: Our mission is to respect the individual gifts of each participant and to enhance their personal growth and independence through outdoor adventures and activites by providing opportunities for learning by doing.

    Volunteer Opportunities: We use volunteers at Spring and Fall work days, special events, fundraising, marketing, social media, run/assist with activities, care for small animals and horses and direct care.

    Minimum Age: 16 years old with signed parent permission; 21 years old for direct care

    Additional Requirements:  Application, interview, background check, and orientation


    The Front Porch 

    11234 Craft,  Detroit, Mi 48224        313-300-2766


    Contact Person: Jean Vortkamp  - jeanvortkamp@yahoo.com

    Mission:  We provide educational and recreational opportunities to youth in Detroit according to their interests, initiatives and needs

    Volunteer Opportunities:  Various opportunities are available including tutoring and assistance with field trips.

    Minimum Age: 14

    Additional Requirements:  Background check


    The Lake House 

    26701 Little Mack Ave., St. Clair Shores, Mi.48081    586-777-7761


    Contact Person: Madeline Bialecki  - director@lakehouse.org

    Mission:  To support, educate and empower those touched by cancer.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers assist with in-house activities (e.g. reception, phone call, mailings) as well as outreach events (e.g. staffing tables at events, delivering literature to local hospitals and community center, talking our mission with community groups, etc.)

    Minimum Age: Parent permission required for volunteers under 18 years.

    Additional Requirements: Contact programs@milakehouse.org for information. Brief volunteer application required and monthly volunteer meeting recommended but not required.


    The Salvation Army 

    24140 Mound Rd., Warren, MI  48091           586-754-7400

    Contact Person: Ed Duering  - Edward_Duering@usc.salvationarmy.org

    Mission:  The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church.  It’s message is based on the Bible.  It’s ministry is motivated by the love of God.  It’s mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

    Volunteer Opportunities: We use volunteers in the following capacities:  Janitorial, Food Pantry, Kitchen meals for Shelter Residents, Christmas season help, etc.

    Minimum Age: 18 Years Old

    Additional Requirements:  Volunteers must fill out a paper application and get a background check.


    Turning Point 

    PO Box 1123, Mount Clemens, MI  48046                        586-463-4430


    Contact Person: Karen Bates-Gasior  - kbgasior@turningpointmacomb.org

    Mission:  Turning Point’s mission is to provide programs and resources that enable victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to regain control of their lives.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers can assist with direct service to our shelter residents, in our retail store, and at events in the community.

    Minimum Age: 18 Years Old

    Additional Requirements:  Anything that is direct service to our shelter residents requires a 40 hour training held twice yearly.


    Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan, Inc.

    30126 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores, MI  48082                                     586-772-6656


    Contact Person: Maggie Varney  - Maggie@wigs4kids.org

    Mission:  Wigs 4 Kids provides wigs and support services to Michigan children experiencing hair loss as a result of illness and treatment.  Our program is available to any child or teen between the ages of 3 thru 18 at no charge to them or their families.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are the backbone of our organization, we will tailor projects to suit volunteers skills and interests including helping with events, administrative work, designing promotional materials, preparing raffle baskets, etc.

    Minimum Age: Children under 11 must be accompanied by a parent

    Additional Requirements:  Complete a volunteer application, and a background check.


    Wolverine Human Services

    15100 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park, MI  48230   313-824-4400


    Contact Person: Greg Hoffman  - ghoffman@wolverinehs.org

    Mission:  Help children to be Victors.

    Volunteer Opportunities: Our volunteers help with soup kitchen services, clean-up, gardening, mentoring, special events, and holiday needs.

    Minimum Age: 14 years old

    Additional Requirements:  A background check for volunteers working regularly with clients.



    475 Fisher Rd., Grosse Pointe, MI  48230               313-676-0144


    Contact Person: Pat Mollison  - Patrick.Mollison@gmail.com

    Mission:  To connect teens with young adult leaders/mentors and introduce them to Jesus Christ, creating an environment of safety where teens can make good life choices with guidance and support.

    Volunteer Opportunities: We have committee members who do anything from communication to fund raising to young adult leadership.  We offer a pizza lunch to Grosse Pointe South kids every Wednesday and that is run by volunteers.

    Minimum Age: 19 years old

    Additional Requirements:  A background check and personal interview with either the committee or area director.