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Looking for volunteer opportunities but don't know where to start? Browse for service opportunity events happening around the community!

Check out the many Community Agencies listed below to find a more long term service project or to find more specific volunteer opportunities. When contacting Community Agencies remember that staff changes can occur frequently in the non-profit sector, so please be patient.
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Affirmations
Affirmations is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving people of all sexual orientations and gender identities

It provides a welcoming space where people of all sexual orientations, gender identities & expressions, and cultures can find support and unconditional acceptance, and where they can learn, grow, socialize and have fun.
  • Welcome new people to the center
  • Answer calls on the Helpline
  • Facilitate support groups
Website
 
Meghann Hollowell
290 W. 9 Mile Road
Ferndale, MI
(248) 398-7105
mhollowell@goaffirmations.org

American Red Cross
If you are looking for a flexible way to give back and get involved, consider volunteering wit the American Red Cross Blood Services! The American Red Cross is seeking volunteers to welcome, register, and serve refreshments to blood donors. Blood drives are held every day of the week at locations throughout your community.
  • Register Blood Donors
  • Serve Refreshments to Blood Donors
Website

Scott M. Millington
4190 Telegraph Suite 1200
Bloomfield Hills MI 48302
Scott.Millington@redcross.org

Auburn Hills Parks and Recreation
The mission of Auburn Hills Parks and Recreation is to improve the quality of life in Auburn Hills by providing quality parks and recreation opportunities with a variety of year-round programs, special events, and facilities for people of all ages and abilities.
  • Special Events
  • Assist with the Nature Center
  • Program Assistants
  • Biology Stewardship
Website

Mikey Gorak
1827 N. Squirrel Rd.
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
(248) 370-9353
mgorak@auburnhills.org

Auburn Hills Senior Services
The Auburn Hills Senior Services has numerous volunteer opportunities perfect for those interested in volunteering for one day events or even a whole semester!
  • Meals on Wheels: Help home bound seniors in the community by either packing or delivering meals. Students can volunteer to drop off meals any day of the week or help pack meals any weekday.
  • Special Events: Looking to learn more about hosting community events or gain experience event planning? Volunteers can help with out with our Arts and Craft Fair, Bingo Night, and Holiday Parties
  • Service Projects: We have many large scale volunteer events that are the perfect fit for a student organization or a group of friends looking to get involved. We give students the opportunity to participate in Rake and Run, Spring Clean Up, and so much more!

Paige Baranyai, Volunteer Coordinator
1899 N. Squirrel Rd.
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
248-364-6796
pbaranyai@auburnhills.org


Auburn Hills Police Department
The Auburn Hills Police Department is actively seeking volunteers to work the front desk at the Auburn Hills Police Department. Volunteers are stationed at the front desk Monday-Friday from 9am-6pm. They also have special projects where volunteers are utilized. These include but are not limited to:
  • Fingerprinting for Children
  • Bike Rodeos
  • National Night Out
  • City Sponsored Events
Website

Paige Baranyai, Volunteer Coordinator
1899 N. Squirrel Rd.
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
(248) 364-6796
pbaranyai@auburnhills.org

The Baldwin Center
The Baldwin Center works to feed, clothe, educate and empower men, women and children of Pontiac, Michigan.
  • Helping to organize clothing
  • Preparing meals
  • Office volunteers
  • Working with youth program (requires background check)
Website

Rebecca Stewart
212 Baldwin Ave.
Pontiac, MI 48342
(248) 332-6101
rstewart@baldwincenter.org

Beyond Basics
Beyond Basics is a non-profit organization that is devoted to guiding and supporting at-risk children to develop fundamental educational skills. Beyond Basics moves these children beyond the basics and prepare them for productive and meaningful lives.
  • Assemble and edit student generated books
  • Be a reading buddy
  • Sort and label donated books
Website

Nathan Cole
cole@beyondbasics.org
(248) 250-9304 ext. 104 
2501 Rochester Court
Troy, MI 48083

Boys and Girls Club of Troy
For nearly four decades, the Boys & Girls Club of Troy has provided a safe and positive place for young people in the tri-county area (Oakland, Macomb and Wayne Counties) of metropolitan Detroit and southeast Michigan.  Here at the Club we strive to give local youth a platform which allows them to develop into self-reliant, responsible, contributing members of the community.

We run daily after-school programming for our members from September-June as well as a 10-week summer program which runs from mid-June to late August.

Explore our website to find out more about the Boys & Girls Club of Troy, or call us at 248-689-1687.

Website

Tom Gorman
Club Director
Boys and Girls Club of Troy
(248) 689-1687 (ext 304)
tombgctroy@comcast.net

Connect to Protect - Detroit
C2P is a coalition of 20 representatives from a variety of HIV prevention, LGBTQ, youth-serving, and community based organizations. our goal is to reduce HIV infection in Detroit youth through structural change (change in policy, practices, or built environment). The coalition also provides a discussion forum for sharing information about Detroit HIV-related issues on a regular basis.
  • Take minutes for bi-monthly meetings
  • Pick-up, unwrap, sort, and organize clothing donations for Clothes Closet
  • Work on a subcommittee to improve LGBTQ resources in a variety of Detroit projects
Website

Valentina Djelaj, LLMSW
C2P Coordinator
Connect to Protect®-Detroit
Wayne State University School of Medicine
(586) 307-2215
vdjelaj@med.wayne.edu

Crossroads Pregnancy Center
Crossroads Pregnancy Center is a non-profit, Christian organization dedicated to assisting abortion-vulnerable women and men involved in a crisis pregnancy, to choose life for their unborn children. Toward that end, we are committed to encouraging godly sexual attitudes and practices in our community.
Website

3205 South Boulevard
Auburn Hills, MI
(248) 292-0070
cpcpetrina@gmail.com

The Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries
The Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM) is committed to the success, livelihood and sustainability of Greater Detroit and the community.
  • Serve meals any day of the week at various shelter sites (11:30am-1pm or 4:30pm-6pm)
  • Administrative duties
  • Care for children while parents are at programs
Website

Rachael Williams
150 Stimson St.
Detroit, MI 48201-2410
(313) 993-4700
rwilliams@drmm.org

Easter Seals Michigan
Serving and supporting people with disabilities and other special needs so that they can successfully live, learn, work and play in their communities is what we do at Easter Seals. Join us and you too can make a difference and help people with disabilities achieve their goals.
  • Special Events
  • Tutoring
  • Administrative Duties
  • Fall Clean-Ups
Website

Jennifer Clearly
2399 E. Walton Blvd.
Auburn Hills, MI
(248) 475-6412
www.essmichigan.org

Far Conservatory
FAR Conservatory of Therapeutic and Performing Arts is a nonprofit organization that provides creative arts therapy and recreation services for children and adults with mental, physical and/or emotional impairments.
1669 W. Maple
Birmingham, Michigan 48009
(248) 646-3347
info@farconservatory.org

Friends of the Library
Our goal is to encourage literacy, life-long learning, love of reading and act as a liaison for special projects at the library.
  • Special events
  • Assist with book sales 
  • Administrative tasks 
Website

Alice Kowalski or Jan Mitchell
3400 East Seyburn Drive
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
(248) 375-2386
(248) 276-1258
friends@auburn-hills.lib.mi.us

Gleaners Community Food Bank
Gleaners Community Food Bank fights hunger in southeastern Michigan by providing millions of pounds of donated and purchased food to people in need. In so doing, Gleaners is committed to distributing high quality food and reducing reliance on the emergency good system Through education and advocacy.
Website

Jenna Yuhase
120 E. Columbia Ave.
Pontiac, MI 48340
866-GLEANER (866-453-2637) ext 403
oakvol@gcfb.org

Grace Centers of Hope - Pontiac
Grace Centers of Hope is a non-profit Christian organization committed to positively changing the lives of the homeless, addicted and unwanted through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, personal accountability, life skills education and work-related programs.
  • Soup Kitchen opportunities
  • Sort, hang, and organize in one of four Thrift Stores
  • Handy work/landscape Transitional House
Website

Mary Beth Harvill
35 East Huron
Pontiac, MI 48342
(248) 334-2187 x1134
mharvill@gracecentersofhope.org

Great Lakes Caring Hospice
Great Lakes Caring strives to provide patients with superior hospice care, wherever they call home. By implementing new care programs and advanced technologies, they continue to innovate the way they provide this care and assure that it remains of the highest quality.
Administrative tasks
  • Making home comfort items (e.g. slippers, shawls, blankets, etc.)
  • Visit Hospice patients and engage in activities (e.g. playing music, singing, working on craft projects, talking/listening, etc.)
Website

Megan Carolin
30400 Telegraph Rd Suite 334
Bingham Farms, MI 48009
1-800-311-5365
mcarolin@glhhs.com

The Greening of Detroit
The Greening of Detroit’s mission to guide and inspire others to create a ‘greener’ Detroit through planting, educational programs, environmental leadership, advocacy, and building community capacity.
  • Tree Plantings
  • Cultivating Gardens
  • Working in Green Houses
Website

Julia Sartor
1418 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 285-1254
julia@greeningofdetroit.com

Habitat for Humanity - Oakland County
Habitat for Humanity is an international, non-profit, Christian-based organization whose mission is to provide low-income families with decent, affordable housing in which they can raise their families.
  • Office Work
  • Help in the ReStore
  • Assist with Construction
Alesha Allen
150 Osmun St
Pontiac, MI 48342
(248) 338-1843x226
volunteer@habitatoakland.org

Haven
Haven is a non-profit dedicated to eliminating domestic violence and sexual assault across Oakland County and the surrounding communities through treatment and prevention services.
  • Male Mentors
  • Childwatch Volunteers
  • Garden Project Volunteer
  • Intern Program
P.O. Box 431045
Pontiac, MI 48343
(248) 334-1284x659

Hawk Woods Nature Center
Hawk Woods offers numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation activities. The facility offers groomed nature trails, a marsh boardwalk, a heated restroom/shower facility open year-round, a covered picnic shelter, and a two-story Log Cabin Lodge with six overnight camping cabins, surround by 80 acres of beautiful woods, meadows, and marsh.
  • Animal Care
  • School and Classroom Visits
  • Trail Inspections
  • Visitor Greeter
3799 Bald Mountain Rd.
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
(248) 370-9353

Hope Center in Macomb
Hope Center in Macomb is a "one-stop-shop," also referred to as a "human services mall," that will provide access to services for individuals and families in need. The focal point of the "one-stop-shop" will be the client-choice food pantry, the only client-choice food pantry in Macomb County, which will stand as the cornerstone and main focus of Hope Center in Macomb. All other services will be provided by on-site or by referral to the appropriate county or community agencies.
  • Stocking/organizing food pantry
  • Administrative duties
  • Organizing food pantry
  • Helping clients take items to their cars
33222 Groesbeck Hwy
Fraser, MI 48026
(586) 294-HOPE
volunteer@hopecentermacomb.org

Hospice Compassus
The Colleagues of Hospice Compassus are committed to keeping The Hospice Promise by delivering the highest quality of care, serving the needs of patients and families and spreading the stories of hospice to those with whom they come into contact.
  • Administrative duties
  • Bereavement Group Support - help with group session and data entry
  • Direct Patient Visitors - make friendly visits to patients
  • Internships available
Alyssa Gillham
30665 Northwestern Hwy
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
(248) 355-9900
alyssa.gillham@hospicecom.com

iMatter for Kids

iMatter for Kids vision is to become a recognized global brand, organization, and community that promotes simple tools and practices that extend to young kids, teenagers, and young adults emphasizing responsibility, creativity, and accountability. 

It is their goal to have a positive effect on school cultures by promoting core ethical values as the basis of good character; involving parents and other community members in our character education initiative; infuse character education in all aspects of school life; train the school staff and involve them so they can be models of good character; foster a sense of caring; and, provide opportunities for students to practice moral action. Please view this video.

Learn more about volunteer needs through: http://www.imatterforkids.org/

Current Volunteer Needs:
1) iMatters for Kids needs volunteers for their 4k Walk/ Run on October 19th. Call Erica for more information: (248) 717-0100
2) There is a volunteer need for iMatter's fundraiser at Joe's Bistro for wine testing. It is November 11th, from 5-7 pm. Contact Erica: Erica@imatterforkids.org

Erica, Program Director
135 North Old Woodward
Birmingham, MI 48009
erica@imatterforkids.org
info@imatterforkids.org
(248) 717-0100

Lighthouse of Oakland County
Lighthouse of Oakland County exists to provide the support and resources that empower individuals and families to move from crisis to self-sufficiency. There are three program subsidiaries: Lighthouse Emergency Services, Lighthouse PATH, and Lighthouse Community Development.
  • Special Events
  • Food Pantry
  • Neighborhood Clean-Up
Liz Wiggins
46156 Woodward Ave.
Pontiac, MI 48342
(248) 972-1480
lwiggins@lighthouseoakland.org

McLaren Hospice
Come volunteer with McLaren Hospice and help those who are ill. Great health care experience for health majors!

Matthew Meeuwse
Regional Volunteer Coordinator
810-496-8757

MSU Extension 4-H Youth Mentor Program (Macomb County)
The MSUE 4-H Youth Mentor Program has provided mentor services to Macomb County youth since 1991. We match qualified adult volunteers with Macomb County youth in need of guidance, encouragement, and direction. The goal is to prevent youth from becoming more deeply involved with the Court systems.

Mentor
Dequindre Bell
(586) 569-5979
belldequ@anr.msu.edu

Macomb County Community Service Agency (MCCSA)
Macomb County Community Services Agency provides a network of comprehensive educational, economic and social services to Macomb County residents in need to diminish the causes and effects of poverty. MCCSA was established in 1964 and strives to continually respond to meet the needs of the community and the people we serve.
  • Annual Programs Volunteer
  • Sorting for the food program
  • Working with the Head Start Program
mccsa@macombgov.org

North Oakland YMCA
The YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit is a non-profit, values-based human development organization serving southeastern Michigan. A part of the worldwide YMCA movement, the YMCA of Metro Detroit is committed to strengthening and enriching the development of kids, families, and the community.
  • Child Care and Child Watch
  • Girls on the Run Coach
  • Youth Sports Coach
3378 E. Walton Blvd
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
(248) 370-YMCA

Oakland County
The success of many of Oakland County's recreation and environmental programs depends on the volunteer efforts of the members of our community. If you're looking for a way to make a difference, meet new people or expand a hobby, there are many different ways you can participate to match your skills or areas of interest.
  • Special Events
  • Annual Clean Up Days
  • Assist with Campground Recreation

To view volunteer opportunities click here!  

2800 Watkins Lake Road
Waterford, MI 48328
(248) 975-9717
volunteer@oakgov.com

Oakland County Pet Adoption Center
The Oakland County Pet Adoption Center has been aiding animals by providing shelter and care while trying to find the new, loving homes since 1980. The Oakland Pet Adoption Center is striving everyday to achieve a "no-kill" status for the shelter.
  • Dog Walkers
  • Caring for Cats
  • Visitor Greeter
  • Foster Care
  • Alexis Shull
1700 Brown Road
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
(248) 391-4100
petadoption@oakgov.com

Old Persons' Commission
OPC provides high quality programs and services that stimulate and advance active and healthy living for all ages of older persons.
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Special Events
  • Sports and Pool Reception Desk
  • Meal Packaging
Laure Unkart
650 Letica Drive
Rochester, MI 48307
(248) 608-0260
laure_unkart@opcseniorcenter.org

Oakland University Center for Autism (OUCARES)
OUCARES integrates academic course work, knowledge and research with hands-on work in the community to prepare professionals to be leaders in the autism community. Through these academic and service programs, Oakland University also provides supportive individual and family programs.

OUCARES, housed in the School of Education and Human Services, encourages the exchange of ideas relating to the education and support of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as provides services and support needed to improve daily living. The goal of OUCARES is to promote understanding and awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through education, research and support and to improve quality of life for people impacted by ASD.
  • Special Events
  • Volunteer for weekly programs
  • Recreational and Sports Programs: Basketball, Bowling, Soccer, Volleyball, Social Skills, Comic Book Club, Intro to Judo, SNAG Golf, etc.
  • Community Events: Joey Travolta Film Camp & Red Carpet Film Premier, Holiday Party, Family Fun Day
For more information, send an email to oucares@oakland.edu

Stephanie Drews-Laubach
Pawly Hall
Rochester, MI 48309
drewslauchbach@oakland.edu     

Kristin Rohrbeck
Pawley Hall
Rochester, MI 48309
248-370-3068
rohrbeck@oakland.edu

Paint Creek Center for the Arts
Since 1982, Paint Creek Center for the Arts has been dedicated to promoting the arts and artistic excellence through a full range of cultural programs including exhibitions, studio art classes, outreach programs, community involvement projects, and the Art & Apples Festival. PCCA may be best known for presenting the Arts and Apples Festival, the second largest fine art fair in Michigan, and a nationally acclaimed fine art fair held annually the weekend after Labor Day.
  • Administrative volunteers to manage the day-to-day operations of the organization 
  • Events and Marketing Interns 
  • Weekend kids activities 
  • Event committee members 
  • The Art & Apples Festival is September 5-7th , 2014 in Rochester Hills' Municipal park! Please come volunteer at the largest arts festival! Contact Elise below for more information.
Elise Salerno
407 Pine St.
Rochester, MI 48307
248-651-4110
elise@pccart.org

Paint a Miracle
The mission of Paint a Miracle is to create places, programs and possibilities for those of us with disabilities and other challenges to explore the arts in an atmosphere of hope, growth and encouragement. Paint a Miracle is an art studio for people with disabilities or other serious life challenges. The studio instructors and volunteers enable the student artists to overcome physical and mental challenges to create.
  • Studio Assistant
  • Special Events
  • Administrative Assistance
  • Marketing
  • Curatorial
Lynn Reardon
400 Water St. LL4
Rochester, MI 48307
248-652-2702
lynn@paintamiracle.org


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If you enjoy volunteering, register for the Volunteer, Involvement, and Partnership (VIP) Program.
The VIP Program recognizes and rewards OU students for their volunteer efforts. Membership is on an individual basis, but student organizations are encouraged to register their members. 

VIP Recognition Level
  • Bronze: 15-50 hours
  • Silver: 51-75 hours
  • Gold: 76-100 hours
  • Platinum: 101+ hours

VIP Drawing

Thank you to everyone who participated in the VIP Program 2012-2013!

Congratulations to Brian Williams for winning the grand prize!

Rakeem Watkins-Barnett, second place winner 

Brandy VanLoo, third place winner



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Want to get involved in service every month? Come to Seasons of Service events! Sign up on GrizzOrgs under the Leadership and Volunteer Portal.

September - Volunteer Fair
September 9, 2014
Outside of the Oakland Center

Stop by and meet over 20 local nonprofits.  Find a nonprofit you are passionate about volunteering with.



October - Make a Difference Day
October 25, 2014
9 a.m.-1 p.m., Fireside Lounge

Join the largest national day of service and serve a nonprofit in your community!

Register HERE!

November - OU Day of Service
November 12, 2014
Gold Rooms

Over 10 nonprofits bring volunteer work to campus. Bring your friends and pick from a variety of volunteer projects.

Register HERE!

December - Mitten Tree
December 1-19, 2014
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Center for Student Activities

Come donate outdoor clothing for kids in need. Decorate the mitten tree in the Center for Student Activities.

January - Volunteer Fair/Grizzfest and MLK Day
Volunteer Fair/Grizzfest -  January 8, 2015
11 a.m.-2 p.m., Fireside Lounge and Gold ABC

Stop by and meet over 20 local nonprofits. Find a nonprofit you are passionate about volunteering with.

MLK Day - January 24, 2015
Fireside Lounge

"Greatness is determined by service," exclaimed MLK Jr. Come serve the community on behalf of MLK.

February - PB&J Day and Alternative Spring Break
February 10, 2015
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Gold Rooms

Come make PB&J sandwiches which will be donated to the Salvation Army for individuals in need. Golden Key Honor Society is sponsoring the 2015 PB&J Day.

February 21-28, 2015
Trips all over the USA!

Travel across the nation to volunteer at a nonprofit. Contact Megan for more information, mlvanspa@oakland.edu.

March - OUCARES Family Fun Day
March 28, 2015
11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Campus Rec

Come support individuals with autism by helping coordinate this event.

April - OU Day of Service
April 10, 2015
9 a.m.-12 p.m., Gold Rooms

Come create food packages for Kids Against Hunger. This nonprofit has over 100 satellites that package food for children in over 60 countries. Food packages are nutrient packed!

May - Clinton River Watershed
The Clinton River Water Festival is looking for volunteers on Friday, May 16, from 8 a.m. -  3 p.m. If you volunteer you receive a free Water Festival T-shirt, breakfast and lunch. Your responsibility is to serve as a campus guide to one class of elementary school children from all over Oakland County. Approximately 1,500 students and their teachers attend. 

They are participating in a full-day educational experience to learn about the central role water and the Clinton River plays within their region. The children are a lot of fun and very inquisitive. It's even educational for you, too!



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Alternative Spring Break is a non-profit, student initiative-led organization that works on various community service projects around the country. In February 2014 during Spring Break, over 100 students traveled to service various communities across the United States. If you are interested in participating in Alternative Spring Break for the 2014-2015 school year please email Megan VanSparrentak at mlvanspa@oakland.edu

This year ASB has a weekend trip to CASS in Detroit from November 1st-2nd. Come help the homeless in the soup kitchen! If interested email Shelby: sntoft@oakland.edu 

2015 ASB Trips:
  • Guyan Valley, West Virginia
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Kissimmee, Florida
  
 


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Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, so please, donate today to help with the critical shortage in our area. For donating anywhere please go to the American Red Cross Blood Donation

To make an appointment at Oakland University, go to OU Blood Drive. The Sponsor Code for Oakland University is oublood.

Check out this video by OUTV: Campus Corner.

Upcoming OU Blood Drives:
  • October 14, 2014 (128-130)
  • October 15, 2014 (128-130)
  • October 16, 2014 (128-130)
  • November 5, 2014 (128-130)
  • November 6, 2014 (128-130)
  • December 11, 2014 (128-130)
  • January 29, 2015 (Gold Room A)
  • April 1, 2015 (Gold Room A)
  • May 13, 2015 (Gold Room A)
  • June 10, 2015 (128-130)
  • September 16, 2015 (Gold Room A)
  • October 14th, 2015 (Gold Room A)
  • November 4th, 2015 (Gold Room A)
  • December 9th, 2015 (Gold Room A)


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Contact Us: 

Community Agency Website Page & External Service Opportunities Contact:

Kara Leslie
Graduate Assistant of Service Learning and Leadership
(248) 370-4338
kmlesli2@oakland.edu

Leadership Consultants & Seasons of Service Contact:

Emily Delano
Coordinator of Service Learning and Leadership
(248) 370-4334