The holiday season is a time to give back and contribute to the community. Make it a mission to donate a few hours over Thanksgiving and winter break to those in need.
Being a student can make it difficult to commit to recurring volunteer opportunities; however, there are organizations that make volunteering more accessible to students by offering flexible schedules, drop in hours and weekend volunteering. Below are three student friendly organizations in the metro Detroit Area that need your help this holiday season.
Detroit Medical Center Children’s Hospital of Michigan
Address: 3901 Beaubien St., Detroit
Brighten a child’s day at the DMC Children’s Hospital. Starting Dec. 1, DMC will be accepting new volunteer applications. The program has opportunities to read to kids, interact in the hospital’s various playrooms and run the craft cart. Volunteers are organized and supervised by the Child Life Staff. The schedule is flexible, making DMC a great option for students. Throughout the week, timeslots are available for early mornings, late evenings and everything in between.
Arts and Scraps
Address: 16135 Harper Ave., Detroit
Arts and Scraps is a great commitment-free volunteer option. The donation-based art supply store has open volunteer hours Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m.- 4p.m.. Volunteers are assigned a variety of tasks; most of the work is organizing craft supplies as well as a few odd jobs and unpacking art supplies. Call or email the volunteer, Stevie, if planning on volunteering with a group larger than five to be given larger, warehouse assignments.
Address: Rotating Pet Stores in the metro Detroit area
Volunteer with Home Furever and spend time with puppies! The adoption service needs extra hands to help with setup, teardown and puppy control at their weekly adoption events. Setup requires volunteers to meet the team at 11 a.m. the day of an adoption event (typically on Saturdays) to transport crates, set up for the dogs and label each crate with adoption cards. Throughout the event, dog walkers are needed to help keep the pups entertained and exercised throughout the day. Tear down crew reports for duty 4-5 p.m. the day of an event to help with crate and canine transportation.