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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.

826michigan volunteers provide one-on-one homework help, teach creative writing, and work the counter in Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair, among many other essential tasks.
  • Inspire Students
  • Help to Tutor the Students
Frances Martin
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 761-3463

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
Meghann Hollowell
290 W. 9 Mile Road
Ferndale, MI
(248) 398-7105

Alternatives for Girls
Alternatives for Girls aim is to help homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation, and help them to explore and access the support, resources and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices in their lives.
  • Street Outreach
  • Mentoring
  • Events
Melody Moore
903 W. Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48208
(313) 361-4000 (Ext. 280)  

American Red Cross
The American Red Cross offers a flexible way to give back and get involved. Blood drives are held every day of the week at locations throughout your community.
  • Register Blood Donors
  • Serve Refreshments to Blood Donors
Scott M. Millington
4190 Telegraph Suite 1200
Bloomfield Hills MI 48302
(800) 733-27677

The Animal Aid Foundation
The Animal Aid Foundation is a non-profit organization established for the purpose of animal rescue.  This organization has assisted in placing many lost or unwanted animals in forever homes, giving them the chance they deserve.  Volunteer opportunities include:
  • Rescuing, vetting, and rehoming animals
  • Community Outreach
  • Animal Training Team
  • Trap Neuter Release Team
P.O. Box 70033, Rochester Road,
Rochester Hills, MI 48307

The Arc
The Arc of Oakland County advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and other related developmental disabilities.  They work directly with this population and their families.  They have an array of volunteer opportunities.

Coventry Place
1641 W. Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48084
(248) 816-1900

Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan
Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan is a nonprofit, hands-on, all-member volunteer organization whose purpose is to clothe, feed, educate, and comfort children and adults through community-based programs.

Assistance League ReSale Connection
204 S. Main St.
Rochester, MI, 48308
(248) 656-0414

Auburn Hills Parks and Recreation
Auburn Hills Parks and Recreation's mission 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
Mikey Gorak
1827 N. Squirrel Rd.
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
(248) 370-9353

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

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

Autism Society Oakland County
Autism Society Oakland County works to improve lives of all affected by autism.  ASOC relies on its volunteers to help with a variety of tasks such as:
  • Special Events
  • Project Coordination
  • Mass Mailings
(248) 393-3131 

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

Beaumont Hospital
Beaumont Hospital (Troy) volunteers are exceptional, compassionate individuals who want to give back to their community. They assist in hospitals, ambulatory sites, nursing homes and the community. They are to enhance the capacity of services allowing the professional staff to provide the best medical and support help to our patients. 
  • 4 Hour Weekly Shift
  • Volunteer in Emergency Center, Information Desk, Hospice, Pharmacy, Etc. 
  • Complete Online Application
  • 2 Letters of Reference
  • Patient Contact & Work in a Hospital Setting
Volunteer Services 
44201 Dequindre Rd.
Troy, MI 48085
(248) 964-5045 

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
Nathan Cole 
18000 W Nine Mile Rd, Suite 515
Southfield, MI 48075
(248) 250-9304 (Ext. 104)

Boys and Girls Club of Troy
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, for nearly four decades.  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.

Tom Gorman- Club Director
(248) 689-1687 (Ext. 304)

Camp Casey
Camp Casey is a nonprofit horseback riding program for children with cancer headquartered in Michigan. Through generous donations and amazing volunteers, Camp Casey has spread the healing power of horses for a decade.
  • Help at a Horsey House Call
  • Help at a Fundraiser
  • Horse Ambassadors Program
Danielle Gilbert
333 West Seventh Street, Suite 230
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(877) 388-8315
CARE House of Oakland County
CARE House aims to be a leading resource in the prevention of child abuse and neglect, and the protection of children through advocacy, education, intervention, research and treatment, in collaboration with the community.  Volunteer opportunities at CARE House include:

  • Child Assistant
  • Family Support Group
  • Family Support Chefs
  • Front Desk Greeter
  • Medical Assistant
  • Stewards of Children
  • Development / Special Events

Chad Ozias
Director of Volunteer Services
(248) 332-7173

Cass Community Social Service
Cass Community Social Services is a Detroit-based nonprofit agency that works across the City in areas of concentrated poverty providing programs for food, health, housing and jobs.  
  • Assist with various Events
  • Help for an hour or a day- it's up to you!
11850 Woodrow Wilson
Detroit, MI 48206
(313) 883-2277
The Children's Hospital of Michigan
The Children's Hospital of Michigan is a proud member of the Detroit Medical Center that provides the highest quality of care to children and adolescents and engages in groundbreaking research. Volunteers can make profound influences on children’s lives and are highly valued. They require an eight month commitment of 100 hours. To download the application, please visit:

  • Reading to children in various clinics and units in the hospital
  • Visiting children with your certified pet therapy dog
  • Acting as a tour guide
  • Art cart activities
  • Playroom Activities
Volunteer Services
3901 Beaubien
Detroit, Michigan 48201
Fax: (313)-745-5654
Phone: (313)-745-1010

Child Safe Michigan
Child Safe Michigan provides community and site based mentoring to foster and at-risk youth since 2006. With a dedicated staff, Child Safe provides extensive training for mentors and ongoing support to mentors mentees, foster parents and birth parents when children return home. Our community based mentor program provides youth, ages 7-23, who are in foster care the opportunity to positively interact with an adult mentor. This program requires a one year commitment and 2-4 meeting monthly with one youth.  
  • Strives to be a compassionate and competent system of care
  • Provides a full continuum of care for children and families involved in the welfare system
  • Supports and promotes active learning to help children reach their full potential
  • Enriches the lives of children and guides them to become caring citizens
30680 Mentpelier, Suite 250 
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 353-0921  

Clinton River Watershed
The Clinton River Watershed Council (CRWC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, enhancing and celebrating the Clinton River, its watershed and Lake St. Clair.
  • Weekly Cleaning
  • Office Assistance
  • Various Events
1115 W. Avon Road
Rochester Hills, MI 48309
(248) 601-0606

Common Ground
Common Ground is a 24-hour Resource and Crisis Helpline that helps people move from crisis to hope by providing access to confidential crisis intervention, emotional support, debriefing, information, and referrals by phone, text, and web chat. Volunteers will receive extensive training. 
  • Around 70 Hours of Training
  • Resource & Crisis Helpline Chat &Text
  • Victim Assistance Program
  • Legal Clinic Services
  • Runaway and Homeless Youth Services
  • Crisis Residential Services
  • Oakland Assessment Crisis Intervention Service
Don DesNoyers and Melissa Hope
1200 North Telegraph Rd. Building 32 E.
Pontiac, MI 48341
(248) 451-2614
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
Valentina Djelaj, LLMSW
C2P Coordinator
Connect to Protect®-Detroit
Wayne State University School of Medicine
(586) 307-2215

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.
  • Sorting baby clothing
  • Administrative tasks
3205 South Boulevard
Auburn Hills, MI
(248) 292-0070

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

The Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo
The Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo are perfect places to volunteer! The Belle Isle Nature Zoo (BINZ) is located on Belle Isle Park, considered one of the jewels of Detroit. The BINZ is situated on 3 acres of protected forest and wetland, and features indoor animal exhibits, a bird observation window, outdoor native butterfly garden, outdoor classrooms, a Deer Encounter and the Blue Heron Lagoon nature walk - a 1/8-mile interpreted trail - and is home to thousands of honey-producing bees. The Detroit Zoo has 125 acres of many naturalistic habitats. Its' major exhibits include the Arctic Ring of Life, Great Apes of Harambee, Butterfly Garden, National Amphibian Conversation Center, and Penguinarium. Both have ongoing and one-time volunteer opportunities for special events.
  • Special Event Volunteers
  • Volunteer Opportunities open from April-October: ARL Guest Assistant, Zoo Ambassador, Gardening Assistants, Dino Guide, Belle Isle Volunteers, Deer Encounter Volunteers
  • Volunteer Opportunities Available Year-Round: Australian Outback Adventure, Ford Center Volunteers, Gallery Guides, Docents, SOS Assistants, Staff Aids

Linda Denomme
Volunteer Services Manager
Detroit Zoological Society
(248) 541-5717 ext. 3806

Dinosaur Hills Nature Preserve
The Friends of Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve was officially established in 2009, and are a non-profit organization which supports the nature preserve's programs and operations. 
  • Special events
  • Newsletter and Publicity Committee
  • Summer Camp Counselors
  • General Garden and Office Work
Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
333 North Hill Circle
Rochester, Michigan 48307
(248) 656-0999

Easter Seals Michigan
Easter Seals Michigan serves and supports 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
Jennifer Clearly
2399 E. Walton Blvd.
Auburn Hills, MI
(248) 475-6412

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.
  • Special Events
  • Administrative Projects
1669 W. Maple
Birmingham, Michigan 48009
(248) 646-3347

Forgotten Harvest
Forgotten Harvest is dedicated to relieving hunger in metro Detroit and preventing nutritious food waste. Volunteer opportunities include:
  • Farm Team
  • Warehouse Crew
  • DIY fundraisers

21800 Greenfield Road
Oak Park, MI 48237
(248) 967-1500

Friends of the Library
Friends of the Library's 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 
Alice Kowalski or Jan Mitchell
3400 East Seyburn Drive
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
(248) 375-2386
(248) 276-1258

Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic
Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic provides pharmaceuticals, primary medical, and dental services free of charge to our neighbors in need. The clinic currently cares for over 1,000 neighbors providing $1,000,000.00 worth of medication. 
  • 4 Hour Shift
  • Fill out Online Application
  • Recommendation Letter after 6 Months of Work
Dr. Gary Burnstein Health Clinic
90 W. University Dr.
Pontiac, MI 48342
(248) 758-1690

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.
Jenna Yuhase
120 E. Columbia Ave.
Pontiac, MI 48340
(866) 453-2637 (Ext. 403)

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
Mary Beth Harvill
35 East Huron
Pontiac, MI 48342
(855) 435-7424

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.)
Megan Carolin
30400 Telegraph Rd Suite 334
Bingham Farms, MI 48009
(800) 311-5365

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
Julia Sartor
1418 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 285-1254

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
Kim Howard
150 Osmun St
Pontiac, MI 48342
(248) 338-1843 (Ext. 236)

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) 334-1284

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

Heart-to-Heart Hospice
Heart-to-Heart Hospice is a team of local healthcare professionals, who provide at-home service that cater to the whole person- Body, Mind, and Spirit. Volunteer opportunities: 
  • Office Assistance
  • Companionship for clients
  • No medical skills required (training provided)
  • Flexible hours and locations assigned based on you location and schedule
Julie Cody- Volunteer Coordinator 
30800 Telegraph Rd, Suite 1850
Bingham Farms, MI 48025
(248) 952-9000

Henry Ford Health System
At the Henry Ford Health System volunteers are valuable members of the team. As a member of the volunteer team you will have an opportunity to use your talents and donate your time to help care for our patients and visitors. 
  • Comfort Care Volunteer
  • Emergency Room Volunteer
  • Hospital Greeter/Information Desk
  • Patient Transporter
  • Surgical Services Volunteer
  • Pre-Med Experience (6 month/100 hour commitment)
Visit the webpage for locations near you!
(800) 436-7936

Hospice of Michigan
As the largest hospice in Michigan, they offer comfort and peace for patients and their loved ones.  Hospice of Michigan volunteers give their time in order to provide quality of life support for our patients, caregivers and staff.  Frequency and duration of assignments is based on volunteer availability and can include:
  • Offering companionship
  • Assistance with recording life events
  • Photography
  • Pet visits
  • Assistance with special events and community outreach
  • Card making and baking
(888) 247-5701

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

Hispanic Outreach
Hispanic Outreach- La Casa Amiga is a tutoring program which tutors elementary school children from Pontiac schools, they are seeking volunteers to assist in their tutoring program. 
  • Twice per week, 1.5 hours each
  • Child Care
  • Life Coach
Viviana Cornejo- Tutoring Coordinator
76 Williams
Pontiac, MI 48361
(248) 338-4250 (Ext.3719)

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

HUDA Clinic
HUDA Clinic first opened its doors in May 2004 to serve the uninsured population of the Detroit area. While HUDA clinic originally provided soley free medical services, we are now expanding to include a full range of dental services. Currently, HUDA Clinic offers services in Internal Medicine, Ophthalmology, dentistry, and mental health. 
  • Must be 18 or Older
  • Have a Valid TB Shot and Proof of Test
  • Attend an Orientation
  • Fill out Online Application
HUDA Clinic
13240 Woodrow Wilson St.
Detroit, MI 48238
(313) 865- 8446

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.

Erica, Program Director
135 North Old Woodward
Birmingham, MI 48009
(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

Lowry Center
The Lowry Center for Early Childhood Education serves children of varying ability from ages of 18 months through 5 years old.  They are flexible in scheduling volunteers during their hours of operation from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm and are located on OU's campus on the first floor of Pawley Hall.

Julie Ricks-Doneen
1st floor of Pawley Hall

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
(586) 469-6004

March of Dimes
March of Dimes helps mother's have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.
  • Office Help
  • Volunteer Coordination and Recruitment
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Social Media
  • Fundraising
  • Event Support
Sarah Arminiak
26261 Evergreen Road, Suite 290
Southfield, MI, 48076
(248) 359-1563

Mathis Community Center
The Mathis Community Center provides IT majors the opportunity to help educate members of the community and become computer literate. Help teach one of the Basic Computer Skills classes!
  • Teach basic computer classes
19300 Greenfield Rd.
Detroit, MI 48235
(313) 342-8582

McLaren Hospice
McLaren Hospice specializes in the care and knowledge for those nearing the end of their health care journey, focusing on the individual patient while supporting caregivers, family an friends. Volunteers help families by performing important tasks and services. 
  • Reading or Writing Letters
  • Light Meal Preparation
  • Office and Clerical Assistance
  • Music Appreciation
  • Pet Therapy
Matthew Meeuwse
Regional Volunteer Coordinator

Michigan Senior Olympics
Michigan Senior Olympics (MSO) would not be possible without a group of dedicated volunteers. It takes over 400 people to make the winter and summer Olympics a success!
  • Registration
  • Scorekeep
  • Coordinate Events
  • Marketing
  • T-Shirts
650 Letica Drive
Rochester, MI 48307
(248) 608-0250

The Mission: Prevention Education
Volunteers wanted by The Mission: Prevention Education to maintain their website updated as needed.
  • Keep Current Events and Services Updated
  • Be able to use Search Engines Effectively
  • Graphic Design Skills are preferred
Nedra Lucas
15565 Northland Drive, St. 702 W.
Southfield, MI 48075
(248) 967-9561

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.

Dequindre Bell- Mentor
(586) 569-5979

MSU Extension 4-H Tech Wizards Mentor Program (Oakland County)
The MSUE 4-H Tech Wizards in Oakland County is a small group mentoring program; it matches youth mentees with adults to complete science, technology, engineering, and math activities together. Volunteers with 4-H Tech Wizards help youth develop healthy relationships, keep youth safe and supported, and encourage youth to become active civic participants. 4-H Tech Wizards at a glance:
  • Serve two hours weekly
  • Mentor up to three youth
  • Two sites in Pontiac
  • Additional sites in Macomb and Wayne Counties
  • Conduct experiments
  • Build Robots
  • Launch Rockets
Rachel Puckett
4-H Tech Wizards
MSU Extension Oakland County
1200 N. Telegraph Blg. 26 E
(248) 858-0841

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
Oakland County's many successful 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
2800 Watkins Lake Road
Waterford, MI 48328
(248) 975-9717

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

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
Stephanie Drews-Laubach or Kristin Rohrbeck
Pawly Hall
Rochester, MI 48309
(248) 370-3068

The Old Lambert Dairy Farm
The Old Lambert Dairy farm was built in 1870 and this 3 acre landmark holds rich historical contribution to the area. The Old Lambert Dairy Farm is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit; it is a barn, agricultural, and education preservation.
  • Roofing
  • Painting
  • Handyman
  • Electrical
  • Carpentry
  • Power Washing
  • Gutter work
  • Monetary Assistant
  • Youth Clean Up Days
  • Assist with Barn Sales
Frances Audia-Kopicki
58580 Van Dyke
Washington Twp, MI 48094
(586) 943-1039

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
Tara Kury
650 Letica Drive
Rochester, MI 48307
(248) 608-0270

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

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

The Rainbow Connection
The Rainbow Connection's goal is to raise money for kids wishes and support their families. Volunteers lend their expertise and feel the magic of making dreams come true for Michigan children diagnosed with life threatening illnesses.
  • Complete Online Application
  • Gardening
  • Maintenance and Repairs in Office
  • Mailings and Office Work
  • Special Events
621 W. University
Rochester, MI 48307
(248) 601-9474

Robot Garage
The Robot Garage works closely with leaders from the robotics and education community, and aims to provide hands-on experiences that are educational and entertaining.The Robot Garage is a year-round place for LEGO® and robotic enthusiasts of all ages. 
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Design
  • Build
637 S. Eton St.
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 723-9100

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital
At St. Joseph Mercy Oakland volunteers will get to explore the health care careers while assisting in a variety of areas such as the Emergency Room, Urgent Care, Nurses Stations, Therapy Department, Radiology, Pediatrics, and Children's Learning Center.
  • Interview with the Volunteer Manager
  • Fill-out Online Application
  • Volunteer 2-4 Hours a Week, for a minimum total of 40 Hours
Volunteer Services
44405 Woodward Ave.
Pontiac, MI 48341
(248) 858-3035

Teacher's Pet
Teacher's Pet is an interventional program that pairs troubled youth with hard-to-adopt shelter dogs for a multi-week workshop in positive, reward-based dog training and behavior modification in an effort to make the dogs more adoptable.

Nicole Herr- Volunteer Supervisor
Multiple locations: Pontiac, Oxford, Mt. Clemens, Waterford Township

Wigs for Kids
Wigs for Kids is a non-prophet organization that serves children suffering from hair loss.  They provide wigs to these children to improve their self-esteem and make them feel good about themselves.  Hair donations are greatly appreciated
  • Recipient Processing
  • Special Events
  • Hair Processing
  • Journalism
  • Data entry
  • Technology

(440) 333-4433

Winning Futures
Mentors at Winning Futures prepare students to have successful careers and personal lives through the development of character values, goal setting, and strategic plans.
  • Provide Guidance
  • Share Personal/Professional Experience
  • Serve as a Role Model

27500 Cosgrove
Warren, MI 48092
(586) 698-4387

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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. 

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.

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.-1 p.m., Fireside Lounge and Gold ABC

Stop by and meet over 14 local nonprofits. Find a nonprofit you are passionate about volunteering with. Register HERE!

MLK Day - January 24, 2015
9 a.m.-1p.m., Fireside Lounge. Register HERE!

Free Lunch and T-shirt Included!
"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
12 p.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.

March - OUCARES Family Fun Day
March 20th, 2015 9 a.m.- 11:00 a.m., Grizzlies Give Back: Gleaners! Come construct food boxes for Gleaners Food Drive! Over 4,000 boxes will be constructed. Register Here!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
March 28, 2015
11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Campus Rec, Contact OUCARES if you are interested in volunteering:   

Come teach social skills to individuals with autism by helping coordinate this event.

April - OU Day of Service
April 10, 2015
9 a.m.-12 p.m., Come package 1,000 meals for families in need at Pontiac Grace Centers of Hope, Location for Food Packaging: Oakland Center, Gold Rooms 

1 p.m-3 p.m., Campus Clean Up, Location: Meet in front of OC between North and South Foundation, and we will Disperse Outside Around Campus 
Come create $1,000 meals for families in need at Pontiac Grace Centers of Hope. 

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. 


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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:
  • January 29, 2015 (Gold Room A)
  • February 20th, 2015 (O'Dowd Hall 110 B and 110C)
  • 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

Leadership Consultants & Seasons of Service Contact:

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