There are many ways to get involved at Focus: HOPE

The volunteer opportunities at Focus: HOPE are expanding with our intensified goal of incorporating volunteers into virtually every department. The generous support from our volunteers will help us expand our impact -- and will provide a meaningful experience for those donating their time on our behalf.

 Please join Focus: HOPE and truly make a difference!

Below is a partial listing of opportunities that are available. If you are interested, please contact the Volunteer Department at 313.494.4270 or email:

You can also visit VolunteerMatch for a full listing of our volunteer opportunities at:


Community Development Center
Community Involvement/Safety Assistant
Assist the department with planning and executing community and safety initiatives, including planning for community meetings and contacting community partners.

Required Skills and abilities: Knowledge of MS Office Suite especially Excel; ability to send emails and make telephone calls.

Neighborhood & Economic Revitalization Assistant
Assist with the production and publication of bi-weekly newsletters and job e-blasts, data entry into Excel spreadsheets will also be needed.

Skills needed: Familiar with MS Office Suite, excellent grammatical skills, experience with WordPress and/or Microsoft publisher (not required, but preferred).

Center for Children
Center for Children Program Educators-HVI Neighborhood Canvasser
The Center for Children serving as the base for early childhood education for neighborhood infants and toddlers ages 6 weeks to 5 years old, it is critical that children are enrolled to ensure future success.

A group of 6-10 volunteers will assist the HOPE Village Initiative Street Team with canvassing the HOPE Village Neighborhood to inform parents about the free and low-cost childcare education programs at the Center for Children.

 Volunteers are needed on Thursdays from 2:00 p.m.-5:00p.m.

Caregiver/Classroom Assistant
Assist with the daily care and activities with children ages 6 weeks-5 years old. Duties include assisting with meal time, bottle feedings, reading to large and small groups and assisting with special activities in and out of the classroom.

Front Desk Receptionist
This position will assist with filling gaps in coverage at the Center's front desk. This position is critical to the safety and security of children at the Center. Responsibilities include greeting, screening, and providing support to parents and visitors.

Ongoing position, Monday-Friday, days and hours may be flexible

Special Event Volunteer
Volunteers are also needed in the classrooms to assist with the children ( read stories, assist with mealtimes and activity times, present special activities in health, education, literacy, cultural awareness, arts or teach a foreign language ( Spanish, French, Chinese). Provide assistance in the office preparing files, answering calls, filing. 

Community Arts: Focus on the Mission
Community Arts Program Assistant
This opportunity will assist the Community Arts Manager with the administration and implementation of arts and digital media programs for youth thoughout metro Detroit.

Skills needed: Administrative and organizational skills, proficient in Microsoft Word, capable of lifting and moving art supplies 20-40 pounds, event prep and clean-up, and some artistic or photographic abilities. Approximately 2-3 days a week for 8 hours desired.





Center for Advanced Technologies
Administrative Assistant
Outgoing and energetic personality with professional phone etiquette to assist in our educational/engineering department as an administrative volunteer.

Skills needed: You should possess a good memory along with the ability to multitask. Also be able to talk on the phone, make notes in the computer, as well as verify details at the same time.

 Flexible schedule Monday-Friday

Office/Project Assistant
Assist Engineering Education Department with daily departmental clerical tasks, which will involve data entry, filing, and note taking. Special projects include assisting the department with transitioning from hardcopy to electronic document formats.

Skills needed: Basic computer skills, experience using office equipment, and experience working in a professional office environment.

CATEE Tutor Needs
Provide the Center for Advanced Technologies Engineering Education (CATEE) students in groups (small and sometimes large) or on a one-on-one basis to help foster their understanding of the material and learning abilities.

A desirable tutor is one that:

  • has had the course that he/she is volunteering to tutor in his or her academic career, or
  • has work experiences that require him/her to utilize the knowledge area of the subject matter (mostly for the engineering courses.)
The CATEE will provide all the supplies and a room required for tutoring sessions.
Ongoing position; days and hours are flexible

Information Technologies Center
Office Assistant
Assist the department with greeting guests, filing, and data entry, responding to inquiries via telephone and in-person, etc.

Ongoing position; days and hours are flexible; hours of operation: Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


Food Package Delivery to Homebound Seniors
Deliver food packages to homebound seniors
Available for groups and individuals to participate

Ongoing position, Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.; and most Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.-12:00

Food Packaging for Homebound Seniors
Assist with preparing food packages: open boxes and putting food on pallets for pre-packs (boxes of food). Available for group sizes 10 or more to participate

Ongoing position, Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; and most Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Food Distribution Center-Senior shopping assistance
Provide shopping assistance and stock support at one of Focus: HOPE's four food distribution center locations.

Ongoing position; Monday-Friday, days and hours are flexible

Senior Delivery Office Assistant
Assist with filing, making and receiving phone calls for food delivery to Focus: HOPE's Warehouse, basic computer skills needed.

Ongoing position, days and hours flexible


This opportunity will assist the Community Arts Director with implementing, organizing, and executing arts and digital media programs for youth throughout metro Detroit.

Skills needed: Some artistic or photographic abilities, excitement for the arts and working with youth. Microsoft Office computer skills  needed.  Approximately 20 hours a week desired.