We can make a difference in our communities if we work together! Have you considered volunteering? If not, volunteering offers so much for everyone. What is a hobbie you really enjoy? Now, look up volunteer opportunities for that skill. Visit a nursing home and read or play music, clean a camp, work at a soup kitchen, help the homeless, and so much more. Give an organization a call and start helping this week. Need a few ideas to start thinking about what volunteer work you’d like to help with? Here are some examples to get you started with your summer volunteering.
Forgotten Harvest
21800 Greenfield Road
Oak Park, MI 48237
(248) 967-1500
www.forgottenharvest.org/volunteer

Does your personal belief involve ending hunger? If so, sign up and volunteer at Forgotten Harvest. This organization is about making sure everyone has food to eat- hopefully for every meal. When signing up check the schedule. Find the day, time, and area of volunteering that works best. Make sure to check the dress code policy for your safety. People can sign up in groups up to thirty. Do you want to be part of the warehouse team, farm team, or clean-up crew?

VOAMI Detroit Veterans Housing Program Volunteers Of America Michigan
253 Milwaukee Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202
(517) 484-4414
www.voami.org/volunteer

America needs volunteers! Are you a person that likes to use your hands to build or craft items? If so, this is the perfect place. Help create buildings, paint walls, and landscape. Make a difference for someone who needs a little extra help in their life. You can also help by serving meals, sorting clothes to give to the homeless, and help clean cars for those needing a vehicle. The possibilities are endless, and the impact you will have will be profound. Get energetic and get busy.

American Red Cross- Michigan Region
100 Mack Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 833-4440
www.redcross.org/volunteer

Getting involved in your community is important. With American Red Cross, anyone can help. Whether in school and helping with fundraising, or studying nursing and wanting to reach out medically, or donating money, or getting involved in the natural disaster relief division, there are ways to help. Be creative. Be inspiring. Help those around. All it takes is an email or a phone call to get started.

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Michigan Humane Society
7401 Chrysler Drive
Detroit, MI 48211
(313) 872-3400
www.michiganhumane.org

Animals need our help just as much as people- if not more help. If you are an animal lover and you want to make a pet’s life better, sign up. Walk the dogs, bathe the animals, feel them, pet them, make these animals feel the love they deserve. Share your passion with others to spread the knowledge how much our animals need a home, love, and protection. Work at a special event. Volunteer at the shelters. Help in the office. Sign up and make a difference with our pets.

Detroit Zoo
8450 W. 10 Mile Road
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 541-5717
www.detroitzoo.org/support/volunteer/

Do you like the zoo? Zoos always need help. First, fill out the application. If you qualify to help, a zoo employee will contact you and get you set up with orientation. (Note: to volunteer you must be at least fifteen years old.) From there, you will learn about policies and procedures. Whether you help in the gift shop, help clean the grounds, are a zoo guide, a greeter, etc. take pride in your volunteering opportunities to serve a wild cause.

Children’s Hospital Of Michigan
3901 Beaubien St.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 745-5437
www.childrensdmc.org/volunteers

Make a difference in a child’s life! Help keep their day-to-day routine somewhat normal. Whether reading to children, being artistically creative, feeding babies, styling hair, bringing clothes, helping as a tour guide, or bringing in a certified pet therapy dog, these are small acts of kindness that make a huge difference in a child’s life. There are many other ways to get involved. Depending on when you are available, and what you’d like to help with, fill out an application and start the volunteering process now.

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