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 here


Center for Children Caregiver/Classroom Assistant
Assist with the daily care and activities with children ages six  weeks to five 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.
Special Event Volunteer
Volunteers are 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.     



CATEE Tutor 
Tutors needed for the Center for Advanced Technologies Engineering Education (CATEE) students in groups (small and large) or on a one-on-one basis to help foster their understanding of the material and learning abilities. Preferred skills include: Successful completion of course that he/she will tutor, or work experience that requires him/her to utilize the knowledge area of the subject matter. The CATEE will provide all the supplies and a room required for tutoring sessions. Ongoing position; weekdays and hours are flexible  



Food Package Delivery to Homebound Seniors

Deliver food packages to homebound seniors.
Available for groups and individuals to participate. On-going position, Monday-Friday 9:00am -2:00pm; and most Saturdays, 9:00am- 12:00pm

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 particpate. On-going position, Monday-Friday 9:00am -3:30pm; and select Saturdays, 9:00am-12:00pm

Food Distribution Center-Senior Shopping Assistant
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 Holiday Delivery Program  
Volunteer for the holiday! Help us provide 1,200 seniors with fresh food.
Volunteers will pick up the food boxes between 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at our Food Warehouse, 1200-B Oakman Boulevard, and then make the deliveries. The seniors live in Wayne, Oakland, Washtenaw and Macomb counties. Volunteers can select zip code areas to make their deliveries.
To volunteer for the project, call 313.494.5520.   


Safety Occupational Safety & Health Internship  

The purpose of the internship is to provide students an opportunity to gain valuable experience through on-the-job training from an experienced professional in the field of occupational safety & health.    
Scheduling: The internship will occur during the school semesters.    
Academic Credit: Must be in accordance with the school's internship policy.  
Requirements: Must be enrolled in a college or university and in compliance with the school's internship policies in order to receive credit.  Must be in an Occupational Safety & Health or related program area of study.  

Human Resources

 General Statement of Duties:Work will involve assisting the Human Resources Division in developing, coordinating and implementing all tasks that relate to an assigned project.

Projects currently under consideration include: Restructuring Human Resources, creating a department scorecard/dashboard, the launch of Focus: HOPE’s Annual Charitable and Community-Giving Program; creation of a manager/supervisor handbook/desk resource guide, creation of the Colleague Handbook for Focus: HOPE Companies, design of a sustainable Professional Development Program, organizing an internal Human Resources Compliance Audit, revising existing departmental/campus organization charts, job descriptions, policies and/or procedures as organizational growth and restructuring require.

Major Duties and Responsibilities Meet with the Project Leader or Director to understand all vital aspects of a particular project, ensure all team members understand the scope of the project, make schedules of what needs to be completed by what date, compile and maintain interim project reports and meetings minutes. Communicate relevant information to all team members, such as changes in schedule dates, changes in the project requirements, unexpected challenges. Assist in the creation of new, or revise, existing forms, work instructions, policies and procedures Other duties as assigned.

Skills and Abilities Strong commitment to Civil and Human Rights Experienced creating and reading spreadsheets, budget documents. Skilled at multitasking Attention to detail Strong oral and written communication skills Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills Positive attitude and professional demeanor Ability to handle more than one project, simultaneously Computer literate (Highly proficient in Word, Excel and PowerPoint) Creative Proactive Thrives in a team environment 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.