Oakland Center, Room 49
312 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, Michigan 48309-4454
(248) 370-2400
service events

Contact Us: 

External Service Opportunities Contact:

Hannah Clark
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


Volunteer Opportunities

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.
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
Kelsey Hug
290 W. 9 Mile Road
Ferndale, MI
(248) 398-7105 X230
All Hands Volunteers
All Hands Volunteers is a US-based, non-profit organization, that addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters. We aim to demonstrate the power and value of volunteering through the tangible work done, the hope it brings to suffering communities and the transformative experiences it provides for volunteers.

Emma Bate
Field Project Intern
(313) 742-3893

Alternatives For Girls
Alternatives For Girls helps homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation, and helps 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.

Jenny Clement
Volunteer Services Manager
(313) 361-4000 ext. 248

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
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 Coordiantion
  • 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
Boys and Girls Club of Troy
(248) 689-1687 (Ext. 304)
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
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
Crime Stoppers
Crime Stoppers of Michigan is part of the largest, volunteer-driven crime fighting institution in the world with organizations across the United States and in 22 countries spanning the globe. In order for us to continue our mission, we need volunteers to assist with a wide range of responsibilities. Crime Stoppers is "making a difference neighborhood by neighborhood".
Dan DiBardino
(248) 540-0160
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
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 Therapeutic Arts and Recreation
FAR Therapeutic Arts and Recreation 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
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
Office 866-453-2637 ext. 403
Fax 248-332-7135
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 volunteers give the time necessary to make a difference in a patient's life and help them live life to the fullest while remaining in their place of residence. Volunteers also support the families of these patients' who are undergoing a tough time in their life as well. No matter how you choose to volunteer at Great Lakes Caring Hospice, the joy that comes from giving to others is a joy unlike any other.
Great Lakes Caring Hospice
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

Alison Wagner
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
questions: Volunters@HUDAclinic.org
HUDA Clinic
13240 Woodrow Wilson St.
Detroit, MI 48238
(313) 865- 8446
Huron Valley Council for the Arts
Huron Valley Council for the Arts is looking for talented volunteers to assist in the following areas.
  • Computer/office guru to serve as an intern/assistant to our Executive Director; must be capable of taking direction as well as working independently to aid in social media, marketing, development and operations initiatives as well as performing various office tasks as needed.
  • An enthusiastic, well-organized educational committee chairperson to take on the challenge of retooling our educational programs with a fresh, new, exciting approach. 
  • KIDS Club coordinator; the successful candidate will be creative and artistic, have experience working with children on art projects and be a capable leader willing to take on this new role. 
  • A co-chairperson for the marketing committee; should be marketing and PR experience, good with computers and ready to engage in PR proofing and distribution to various media markets. 
  • Additional members to serve in a major leadership role... taking part as a member of HVCA's Board of Directors. 
  • Enthusiastic new committee members to bring fresh ideas and leadership to the education, development, marketing, program education, KIDS Club and exhibition (gallery) committees. 
  • High school or college student volunteers to aid executive assistant, executive director and office manager in various tasks.
  • Various arts-related events, including gallery openings, concerts and special one- or two-day events, such as Huron Valley Arts Festival, the author's luncheon and Arts & Greens.
Anne Seebaldt
Volunteer Coordinator
(248) 889-8660
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
Kadima young adult services meet the needs of young adults ages 18-35 in need of mental health support.
  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Peaceful Mind Group
  • Substance Abuse Support Group
  • Art Group
  • Social/Game Night
  • Yoga
  • Healthy Living Series
Michelle Malamis
15999 West Twelve Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48076
(248) 663-4344
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
Marnese Jackson
Volunteer Resources Officer
46156 Woodward Ave.
Pontiac, MI 48342
(248) 972-1480
Lutheran Social Services
Lutheran Social Services's volunteers provide invaluable help to the staff and consumers: everything from running the ACTION Thrift Store in Saginaw to playing Bingo with seniors and mentoring teens in foster care. Some volunteer work on a regular schedule, others on a one-time basis. Every year, volunteers donate thousands of hours of their time.
  • Your youth group, church, family or group of friends can organize a service project. Hold a bake sale and donate the proceeds to senior adults. Organize a toiletry drive or clothing drive to help incoming refugees.
  • Write to public officials to advocate for issues you believe in.
  • Donate clothing, toiletries, furniture, time or money to help the people we serve. Check our database of volunteer projects or contact the center nearest you to find out their current needs.

Delilah Miller
Lutheran Social Services of Michigan
8131 E. Jefferson Ave. Detroit, MI 48214
(313) 823-7700
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
Mentors Plus
Mentors Plus matches caring adults with young people who need a positive adult figure in their lives. Volunteers can choose to work with an at-risk youngster, or they may want to become involved in delinquency prevention or intervention.

Mentors Plus Volunteer Opportunities Contact
Julie Stitt
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
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
  • STRIDE Coach
  • GOTR and STRIDE 5K event

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 Carel
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
Oakland University in Macomb County
Oakland University's locations in Macomb County are engaged with the community through a variety of sponsorship opportunities and events. Volunteers are consistently needed for events taking place in Macomb County throughout the year. For more information about upcoming events, click here.
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
Volunteer Department
650 Letica Drive, Rochester, MI 48307
(248) 608-0260
Open Hands Food Pantry
Open Hands Food Pantry provides emergency food and toiletries to residents of Oakland County. Completely staffed by a dedicated group of volunteers, the pantry is open on Monday afternoons and Saturday mornings. In 2014 we served over 14,400 people. Volunteer roles include:
  • Filing
  • Sorting donations
  • Stocking the grocery room
  • Checking in clients
  • Interviewing clients
  • Helping clients choose groceries
  • Helping clients carry groceries
26998 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 546-1255
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
Play-Place for Autistic Children
The goal of Play-Place for Autistic Children is to provide comprehensive services, educational opportunities, numerous therapies, coaching and feedback, and life/work experiences that will work with each individual's identified strengths and maximize their potential for growth and development, independence, self-esteem and improve their quality of life. Some volunteer duties would include:
  • Painting
  • Organizaing Art Supplies
  • Making Phone Calls
  • Working Open Houses
Mary Kilian
Executive Director of Development and Community Relations
41105 Technology Park Drive
Sterling Heights, MI 48314
(586) 254-6533
Racquet Up Detroit
Join the Racquet Up youth development program as an Academic Tutor! Help students in grades 5 through 10 complete homework successfully while modeling good study habits. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who are able to tutor at least once a week for 2 1/2 hours and willing to build positive relationships with Detroit youth. Ideally, volunteers will have availability from September 2015 to June 2016.
Jessica Reed
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
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
Office Number: (248) 816-1900
Fax Number: (248) 816-1906
Office Hours
Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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. Volunteer work includes:
  • Rocking or feeding a baby
  • Reading to children in the various clinics and units in the hospital
  • Visiting children with your certified pet therapy dog
  • Acting as a tour guide
  • Art cart activities
Volunteer Services
3901 Beaubien
Detroit, Michigan 48201
Fax: (313)-745-5654
Phone: (313)-745-5326
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
The Rochester Area Jaycees
The Rochester Area Jaycees (Rochester Area Junior Chamber) is a group of young people aged 21-40 who are committed to community-serivce initiatives and leadership-training opportunities. Some of our most recognizable projects are the Tunnel of Terror, a haunted house that raises money for local charities; our holiday shopping tour, an opportunity for underprivileged kids to shop for family members; and our senior Easter basket delivery, a way of distributing various treats to elderly individuals in the community. If you are 21 or over, you may join this wonderful organization and further develop leadership, social, and professional skills through the various training opportunities that the Jaycees affords its members.
Visit their website at rochesterareajaycees.org/ or email at info@rochesterareajaycees.org
VIP Mentoring
VIP Mentoring is a non-profit organization that has been serving the Metro Detroit Community since 1980. Our mission is to create sustainable, meaningful mentoring relationships for children in the tri-county area whose difficult circumstances may seriously compromise their opportunity to succeed.
Each mentor volunteers to pick up a child (mentee) at home as scheduled by mentor, mentee and caregiver. You meet with your mentee two hours a week for a one year commitment.
Roger Waldon
Match Specialist
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

of Service
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/GrizzFest
September 6, 2016
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Outside of the Oakland Center

Stop by and meet over 15 local nonprofits.  Find a nonprofit you are passionate about volunteering with.

October - Make a Difference Day
October 22, 2016
8 a.m.-1 p.m., Fireside Lounge

Join the largest national day of service and serve a nonprofit in your community. Lunch is provided! 
Would your student organization like to participate in this event? Contact Hannah Clark at  hjclark@oakland.edu, or register on GrizzOrgs!


November - OU Day of Service
November 16, 2016
9 a.m.-9 p.m., Gold Rooms

Stop by for as long as you have to volunteer for over 15 service projects! We will be making Holiday Food Baskets, rain-proof blankets for the homeless, fruit loop necklaces, etc. Would your student organization like to sponsor this event? Contact Emily at delano@oakland.edu.

Register on GrizzOrgs!


November - 2016 Santa Parade (Macomb)
Downtown Mt. Clemens

Students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to show their Grizzly pride by walking and handing out candy in the 40th Annual Macomb County Santa Parade. All Participants will receive a free hoodie to wear in the parade and to keep. Participants will also receive a certificate of participation documenting community service hours. More info about the event will be available in the Fall 2015. Email bartz@oakland.edu with any questions


December - Mitten Tree
December 1-16, 2016
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Center for Student Activities

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

Register on GrizzOrgs!


January - MLK Day of Service
January 28, 2017
9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Fireside Lounge

Register on GrizzOrgs!

"Greatness is determined by service," exclaimed MLK Jr. Come serve the community on behalf of MLK. Free lunch and T-shirt for all volunteers! Sign up on GrizzOrgs!
You can volunteer together as a class or student organization. 


February - PB&J Day and Alternative Spring Break
TBD, 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 2016 PB&J Day.

February 18-26, 2017
Trips all over the USA!

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


March - OUCARES Family Fun Day
March 19th, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Campus Rec

Come support individuals with autism by helping coordinate this event, if interested please email OUCARES@oakland.edu


April - OU Day of Service

Come package 1,000 meals for families in need for Grace Centers of Hope. Register on GrizzOrgs. Would your student organization like to sponsor this event? Contact Emily at delano@oakland.edu


April - Let's Move Festival of Races (Macomb)
Downtown Mt. Clemens

Join the Grizz and other OU students to cheer on runner and distribute water during the 5k race of the Let's Move Festival of Races from 9-11 am! All volunteers will receive a free long-sleeve Grizz shirt and a certificate of participation documenting their community service hours! Email bartz@oakland.edu with any questions.
The Let's Move Festival of Races is a series of races that brings runners from all over the downtown Mt. Clemens! This year's races include a 1-Mile Kids Run, 1-Mile River Walk, 5k Run, Half Marathon Run/Walk, a Half Marathon Relay, and, for the first time, a Full Marathon. There is also a 3-day Health and Fitness Expo that will be fun for the whole family! OU students, staff, and faculty can receive $5 off registration by entering the promo code "OU2015" during registration. Click here for race info and to register!


May - Clinton River Watershed
The Clinton River Water Festival is looking for volunteers. Contact Jean Ann if interested at jam@oakland.edu.  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!

Spring Break
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. 

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:
  • April 15th, 2016 (OC Rooms: 128-130)
  • May 9th, 2016 (OC Rooms: 128-130)
  • May 10th, 2016 (OC Rooms: 128-130)
  • May 12th, 2016 (OC Rooms: 128-130)
  • June 1st, 2016 (OC Rooms: 128-130)
  • July 6th, 2016 (OC Rooms: 128-130)
  • July 7th, 2016 (OC Rooms: 128-130)
  • August 17th, 2016 (OC Rooms: 128-130)
  • September 12th, 2016 (OC Rooms: 128-130)
  • October 12th, 2016 (OC Rooms: 128-130)
  • November 14th, 2016 (OC Rooms: 128-130)