Service Projects

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Below are suggested volunteer service project opportunities in our community to participate in throughout the year.

Visit our SignupGenius or Sign-Up Forms page for more volunteer options here at St. Francis.

 Current Community Service Projects Volunteer Options

Assist at Emergency Food Program  (*)
administered by Catholic Social Services at Northside Community Center, Ann Arbor, which distributes groceries and personal care items to low-income families and individuals on a monthly and/or emergency basis.


 

Shelter Association of Washtenaw Volunteers first attend an orientation of 1½ hours required, and, generally held monthly. To sign up for orientation, at www.annarborshelter.org and see the Volunteering tab. For more information contact Volunteer Coordinator: Deena McIntosh at 734-662-2829 ext 226 or mcintoshd [at] ewashtenaw [dot] org


Your Gifts: Your Works
(Previously known as Time & Talent)
Fill out the Your Gifts: Your Works Form to find out what the right ministry is for you. Read More
 

 


 

Shelter for Homeless Families 
Alpha House, 4290 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor 48103.  

Family Shelter
For a week (end of May and mid October), join our St. Francis team in providing hospitality for 5-8 homeless families staying at Alpha House Shelter in Ann Arbor.  This is an opportunity for individuals and families with kids to serve together!


Serve a Meal for the Hungry: Prepare and serve a meal at the Ann Arbor Community Kitchen.
 

 


Help With Tax Forms?
We assist with filing Tax forms. For 12 weeks each year (beginning of February to April), parishioners volunteer their time to assist individuals in need on their Income Tax Return if they have limited income and simple tax returns. Sign-up here.   Or, learn more here.  Need Help With Your Tax Return? Call the Parish Office at 734-769-2550 to make a 45-minute appointment Saturdays, February through April.  No walk-ins!


Be a Stephen Minister
Providing distinctively Christian confidential care for people going through difficult times Application


 

Jesus is in JAIL!
Will you pray with Him?
"Be Not Afraid!" Jesus was incarcerated during his life, and he can still be found in the jail. Come and see for yourself. Join a jail ministry team! To get started you must attend an orientation on "The Rules & Regulations of the Jail” presented by the Jail staff at the Jail. Orientations are scheduled three times a year (February, July, and October). Call the St. Francis Parish Office at 734-821-2121. Learn more


 

 

Volunteer Opportunities in Washtenaw County 

Touch a Special Life...
You'll Never Be the Same

His Eye is on the Sparrow
 -- independent homes for adults with disabilities.
Contact  913-522-2960 or HisEyeVolunteer [at] Gmail [dot] com


Father Pat’s provides pregnant teens and adolescent mothers a safe, nurturing home environment and helps them develop the education and living skills needed to become capable parents. The house accommodates a maximum of five families at any one time.
 
Young women must be: Pregnant with or parenting their first child; Voluntary participants; able to demonstrate maturity and responsibility in a group living environment; Willing to participate in House activities and program guidelines.  Cost: Minimal rent charged, based on income.  Volunteer or ask questions by calling (734-971-9781ext.323).
 

Local Organizations for Community Service and Volunteers

Volunteer Opportunities in Washtenaw County 

 

Ann Arbor Salvation Army, www.salvationarmyusa.org or 734-668-8353

Ann Arbor Thrift Shop, http://annarborthriftshop.org or 734-662-6771

Ann Arbor YMCA Youth Volunteer Corp, www.annarborymca.org or 663-0536 x 233

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County, www.bbbswashtenaw.org or aprice [at] bbbswashtenaw [dot] org and 734-975-0933

The Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Detroit, www.capuchinfranciscans.org or 313-822-8606x10 and 313-579-2100 x 213

Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County has volunteer opportunities in the following programs.
www.csswashtenaw.org/index.php?page=volunteer-opportunities

  • “The Oaks” Adult Day Services Program needs both individuals and groups (including children) for a variety of activities.
  • Volunteer Respite Program volunteers provide respite to caregivers by staying with the family member while the caregiver takes a break.
  • Tax Assistance Program volunteers help lower-income older adults prepare and file Michigan Homestead Property Tax Credit and Home Heating Credit claims.
  • Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program volunteer counselors meet with individuals needing assistance with any aspect of health insurance.
  • Emergency Food Program needs volunteers to help unload donations, stock shelves, help clients shop, carry food to cars, and do client intakes.

The Center for Independent Living, www.annarborcil.org or 734-971-0277

Community Action Network, www.hvcn.org , 734-973-1183

Community Support and Treatment Services, www.ewashtenaw.org
A non-profit agency requesting volunteers to support and advocate for the developmentally disabled adult population of Washtenaw County.

Domestic Violence Project/SAFE House Center, www.safehousecenter.org or volunteer [at] safehousecenter [dot] org and 734-973-0242 x 252

Evangelical Home-Saline, www.evangelicalhomes.org or 734-429-9401

Father Pat Jackson House, Ann Arbor, http://csswashtenaw.org/pregnancy-adoption/fatherpats/ 734-761-1440

Food Gatherers, Ann Arbor, http://foodgatherers.org 761-2796

Friends-in-Deed, www.friendsindeed.org or 734-485-7658
A faith based volunteer organization providing emergency needs of low-income Washtenaw County residents. Volunteer opportunities include Furniture Delivery, Appliance Repair Volunteer, Clerical or Computer

Glacier Hills Nursing Center, Ann Arbor, www.glacierhills.org or 734-769-1705

H.E.R.O. (Homeless Empowerment Relationship Organization), Canton, www.hero-usa.org or 734-975-6849

Hillside Terrace Retirement Residence, Ann Arbor, www.hillsideterrace.net or 734-761-4451

Holy Cross Children's Services, member of Boysville of Michigan, Inc, www.hccsnet.org

House by the Side of the Road: 734-484-7272;  housebythesideoftheroad.org

HOPE Center & Clinic, Ypsilanti, www.thehopeclinic.org or 734-484-2989

Hope Clinic International, www.hopeclinicinternational.org or 734-929-6620
A non-profit organization that serves the medical needs of impoverished children primarily in Nicaragua, is in need of a volunteer for their home office in Ann Arbor. The ideal candidate would be available 10 hours per week (hours flexible) and be able to assist with organizing mission trips and medical supplies. Familiarity with excel, word and medical terminology important, ability to speak Spanish helpful but not necessary.

Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) at Alpha House Family Shelter, www.alphahouse-ihn.org, or 734-822-0220

Meals-on-Wheels, Ypsilanti, http://ymow.org or734-487-9669

Michigan Abilities Center (MAC), www.MichiganAbilitiesCenter.org or MACinfo [at] MichiganAbilitiesCenter [dot] org and 734-MAC-9500. A non-profit therapeutic riding program with a wide-range of indoor and outdoor service projects available for all age groups. Individuals or groups can assist on a one-time or ongoing basis onsite or offsite. An important component of MAC's mission is to promote wholesome youth activities, so we are willing to combine service projects with a social event (campfire outdoor Mass for youth groups, scouts, or parish groups).

Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS), www.michigan.gov or 734-481-8396
Clerical volunteers needed at in the Ypsilanti office. Volunteers are needed to assemble Foster Care emergency placement back-packs. These would include articles for male/female children such as toiletries, notebooks, and pencils.

Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative (MPRI), www.michpri.com or 734-929-6509
MPRI seeks adults 20 and older to mentor returning citizens, one-on-one for a year, under the supervision of Washtenaw County Parole and the MPRI.

Neighborhood Senior Services (NSS), www.nssweb.org or 734-712-7259
NSS serve seniors in Washtenaw County who are living independently and need services and support to remain at home with comfort, safety, and dignity. Volunteer opportunities include Medical Access Drivers, Senior Companions, and Food Delivery Volunteers.

A Saturday in November
Annual Fall Chore Day
Join over 700 volunteers at the annual Neighborhood Senior Services (NSS) Fall Chore Day. A program of Catholic Social Services, NSS volunteers help their neighbors by raking leaves, checking smoke alarms—enabling seniors to enjoy the independence of living in their own homes with dignity. • Equipment and Refreshments provided • Volunteers need reliable transportation • Groups, individuals and families are welcome. Register at www.nssweb.org or call 734-712-7259.


The Scrap Box, Ann Arbor, www.scrapbox.org or 734-994-0012

The Shelter Association of Washtenaw County, www.annarborshelter.org or 734-662-2829x227

SOS Community Services, www.soscs.org or 734-961-1210 and 734-485-8730.
Volunteers reach out to homeless families and children and others in crisis in your community

St. Louis Center, www.stlouiscenter.org or 734-475-8430

Dept. of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Ann Arbor, 734-761-7995

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, www.stjoeshealth.org or734-712-4164

University Hospitals, www.med.umich.edu/chs/vol/volserv.html or 734-936-4327

The Village for Seniors at St. Joseph Mercy Health System, www.villagestjoe.org or 734-712-1613
Looking for a group of volunteer students to interact with seniors during school hours or on a Saturday afternoons. Most of the residents are over 80 and they looking for intergenerational dialogue program.

Whitehall Convalescent Home, Ann Arbor, www.whitehallofannarbor.com or 734-971-3230

Ypsilanti Salvation Army, www.salvationarmyusa.org or 734-482-4700

Environmental and Wildlife Related
Boy Scouts of America
, Ann Arbor, www.gstcbsa.org or 734-662-0053

Howell Nature Center, Howell, www.howellnaturecenter.org or 517-546-0249

Huron River Watershed Council, Ann Arbor, www.hrwc.org or 734-214-6430

Huron Valley Girl Scouts Council, Ann Arbor, www.gshom.org or 734-434-3097

YMCA Youth Volunteer Corp, Ann Arbor, www.annarborymca.org or 663-0536 x 233

Events
Neighborhood Senior Services – Annual Fall Chore Day: A Saturday in November, 734-821-2121

Life Chain: A Sunday in October, 734-821-2121 More...

CROP Hunger Walk: A Sunday in October, 734-821-2121 More...

Food Drives at St. Francis Parish: A Sunday in February, June, & November, 734-821-2121 More...

Charity Christmas Dinner Party at St. Francis Parish, 734-821-2121 More...

Tax Assistance: Saturdays, February - April, 734-821-2121 More...

Nativity Procession at St. Francis Parish: A Sunday in December, 734-821-2132

Local Libraries
Check with the librarian at your local or school library volunteer opportunities

Neighborhood Assistance
Do you know of someone in your neighborhood that is elderly or needs assistance with yard work or other household chores? Ask to arrange some time with them. You may even want to bring a friend and organize a workday.

For opportunities across the US
Catholic Network of Volunteer Service 1-800-543-5046 or cnvsinfo [at] cnvs [dot] org. CNVS provides free copies of RESPONSE, a directory of full-time faith-based volunteer opportunities available in all 50 states, Washington, DC, and more than 100 countries worldwide. Volunteers serve full-time in periods ranging from one-week to one-year or more. Volunteers are from all walks of life; individuals and groups, high school age to senior citizens, single and married, including those with children.

For more information contact the Parish Service + Justice Ministry Office, Scott Wright at swright [at] stfrancisa2 [dot] org or 734-821-2121.

Links
Lenten Efforts - Almsgiving

Lenten Efforts - Holy Thursday Collection