5 Places to Volunteer in Metro Detroit
By: Scott Davis
August 10, 2016
Giving back to the community is one of the best things you can do with your free time. There are a ton of great organizations and events in the metro Detroit area that are worth giving your time to, but we have picked five to highlight:
The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) is a non-profit organization that is looking to improve the life of many of Detroit’s low-income families with their Detroit Neighborhood Clean-Up/Board-Up Blitz. Their goal is to revitalize and make Detroit a more sustainable place to live, one nine-block neighborhood at a time. Volunteers will help with the removal of debris and boards, maintaining the yard, and other remodeling jobs.
The Arts & Scraps program not only helps get over 28 tons of industrial material off the streets annually, it teaches kids how to create art from scraps. Volunteers can help at the organization’s warehouse or at their store. There are also opportunities for Youth and Adult Groups to volunteer.
The 34th annual festival features the best local authors bringing their latest work to the three day festival. Kids will be able to participate in interactive storytelling, face-painting, and other forms of entertainment. The organization needs help setting the event up, organizing and distributing all of the books, and supervision throughout the event, which will be held August 19 through August 21.
There’s a possibility that Focus:HOPE is already on your radar since the organization has been around for 45 years and is a nationally renowned civil and human rights institution. The program in southeast Michigan will give you the chance to volunteer in a variety of different ways including food deliveries, workforce development and education, and through their HOPE Village Initiative. There are tons of great ways to get involved with the Detroit community through Focus:HOPE, make sure you check out their website to see how you can volunteer.
Since it was established in 1999, Back Alley Bikes has been able to provide the Detroit community with countless bikes for both adults and children. Bicycles are made out of scrap material with people of all ages learning how to construct their very own bike. The program has grown substantially over the years and now has its own retail shop, where they host “Volunteer Nights.” Volunteers can work on Wednesday and Thursday nights from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. helping to sort donations, building bikes for the Youth Give-a-Way program, and other general duties in the warehouse. There are other great volunteer opportunities for both adult and children.