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Are you looking for ways to give back to your community, support a cause you believe in, develop new skills? Whatever your reason, you can put your time and talents to good use by volunteering.
There are volunteer opportunities that meet the essential criteria in helping with the COVID-19 pandemic locally, however, the Michigan Community Service Commission, the state’s lead agency on volunteerism, is connecting volunteers to needs by working with state level networks and associations.
Didn't find something you're interested in? There are plenty of other ways to get involved - check out the great opportunities below!
Michigan Volunteer Resources
Days of Service
The Michigan Community Service Commission offers volunteer project funding for National Days of Service, including Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Global Youth Service Day and 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance.
Volunteer with the DNR, it's a great feeling!
Whether you are collecting seeds or raising money for the cause of your choice, volunteering for the Department of Natural Resources is the best way you can help preserve Michigan's treasured natural resources. For an opportunity near you, visit www.michigan.gov/dnr.
Michigan Volunteer Registry
The Michigan Volunteer Registry ( www.MIVolunteerRegistry.org ) is an internet-based system enabling healthcare personnel and citizens to pre-register to volunteer their assistance during an emergency. The registry assembles volunteers based on verification of their identity, credentials, and qualifications. Those interested in volunteering can securely enter their contact information on the web site. During an emergency, volunteer information will be gathered and appropriate volunteers contacted by authorized personnel. Individuals willing to assist during a disaster may choose to register as part of the General Volunteer unit, Michigan's State Animal Response Team, Michigan Mortuary Response Team, and more. Volunteers of all skill levels, experiences, and affiliations are encouraged to register.
Be a Mentor
There are more than 3,500 children in Michigan waiting to be matched with a caring adult. If you want to make a difference in the life of a child, mentoring only takes about one hour a week. Pass It On. To find a place to mentor, visit the mentoring connector.
AmeriCorps is often compared to a U.S.-based Peace Corps. It engages more than 75,000 Americans each year in service to meet critical community needs. You can serve on a part-time or full-time basis. Participants, called members, must be 17 to apply and are of all ages, including retirees. Members receive some monetary compensation while serving. To learn more, visit our "Michigan's AmeriCorps" page.
Michigan Community Service Commission
The Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC) supports programs and activities to help individuals get involved in their local communities. The MCSC also recognizes outstanding volunteers in your community through the Governor's Service Awards. To learn more, visit the "Governor's Service Awards" page.
An online portal, www.serve.gov, is available to help individuals, groups, and organizations find volunteer opportunities. For a volunteer opportunity near you, please visit www.serve.gov today. You can search by ZIP code and keyword, as well as post your own service events and/or opportunities.
Create The Good
Fifty years ago, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, a retired high school principal, founded AARP with the motto, "To serve, not be served." AARP continues to honor its founder by connecting members and engaging them and their networks in a wide range of opportunities to serve others via the Create The Good network. Anyone can visit the Create The Good website to find hundreds of opportunities to get involved in activities that help their neighbors and communities - whether they have five minutes or five hours. Create The Good expands on traditional ways to volunteer by exploring simple steps, time flexible opportunities, and a wide variety of issues in which to get involved. Join more than 9 million Americans making a difference through AARP. Sign up for the Create The Good network today at www.aarp.org/CreateTheGood .