“The NEGC neighborhood is the area that I grew up in. Volunteer work for Northeast Guidance Center is valuable to you as a person in different ways – first, you know that your work is going to needy people whose situation may be more dire than you can imagine. I feel blessed in my life and volunteering is a way of returning those blessings to those who are struggling. Plus, the work is fun and gratifying. Even little things mean so much to someone who needs help.”
– Mary Berschback, NEGC Volunteer
NEGC offers meaningful volunteer opportunities for individuals and community organizations. During 2013, over 60 volunteers helped turn empty apartments at the new Mack-Ashland supportive housing complex into clean, dignified and welcoming homes. Working with Humble Design’s team, the largest project ever undertaken, volunteers completely furnished 39 apartments in three days, setting up 59 new beds. When Mack-Ashland Phase II is completed in 2017, Humble Design will furnish 8 townhomes for families who receive NEGC services. Volunteers are building a community playground at the new John Van Camp Community Center in the Mack-Ashland neighborhood.
- Day of Restoration – NEGC’s Community Police Partnership Advocacy Program (CAPPA) sponsors this annual event the first Saturday in November with over 40 community partners providing Detroit’s vulnerable homeless population with basic necessities. Approximately 400 persons in the Midtown Detroit area receive free health screenings and community resources. Volunteers are needed the Wednesday (pm) and Friday (all day) before to fill hygiene and clothing bags and on all day on Saturday to distribute items and serve lunch.
- Adopt-A-Child Charity Drive – offers individuals, families, businesses and organizations a chance to help NEGC’s children experience the joy of the holiday season. Beginning in September, Adopt-A-Child distributes children’s wish lists from which you may shop or make a donation to purchase gifts. Volunteers are needed to help wrap gifts in mid-December at Eli Z. Rubin Children’s Wellness Center.
- Warm Coats are distributed to children in October as the cold wind begins to blow. NEGC will purchase discounted outerwear with proceeds from Kruize4Kids sponsorships, ticket sales and donations and we will need volunteers to distribute the colorful coats to nearly 1,000 children. Individual donations are welcome.
- The Little Free Library project is for individuals and families to build and maintain a tiny community library. This literacy-focused activity will bring reading opportunities to schools and other community gathering spots.
- NEGC volunteers participated in the S.O.A.P. (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) Labeling Project beginning in January during human trafficking awareness month. Our community Anti-Stigma Forum on May 4th discussed human trafficking in Michigan. Read more…
- A new, long-term volunteer opportunity will add customer assistance at our two clinics. As a Patient Advocate, individuals will work with new patients, offer resources, read to tots and/or talk with people waiting for appointments.
- Another long-term volunteer opportunity is as a Senior Reach Call Center Specialist to answer calls from seniors in need of assistance or from community partners who refer seniors who are at risk.
- Volunteer gardeners are welcome to work in the urban garden at Conner throughout the year but especially for spring planting and winter preparation.
- NEGC welcomes interns from various colleges from a number of degree programs to prepare for their career in social services and the healthcare field.
NEGC board and staff recognized past members of the Assistance League for their many years of dedication, volunteerism and fundraising on behalf of NEGC’s children’s services. The building that houses the children’s center was purchased and built using the Assistance League funds raised through the Detroit area dealerships’ auto show charity preview. The Assistance League produced the “Art on the Pointe” art show for 2 years, in addition to providing volunteer mailing, secretarial services and other creative fundraisers for the community to benefit NEGC. In 2015 the building was renamed and dedicated after their first executive director, Dr. Eli Z. Rubin. NEGC is honored to have the Assistance League as part of their family.
Northeast Guidance Center’s 19-member volunteer Board of Directors reflects the demographic factors of individuals being served, including geographic area, race, ethnicity and age.
Complete our online form or call the Development Office to find out how you can become involved as a volunteer – 313.308.1416.