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:



***Loading & Unloading Furniture***

Focus: HOPE needs  20-30 volunteers to help with loading and unloading furniture and flooring donated to help families whose homes were damaged and furnishings destroyed due to the recent flood disaster in Southeast Michigan.

Volunteers are needed on:

Friday, September 26th from 9am to 5pm

Saturday, September 27th from 9am to 5pm


Center for Children

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.

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.

Neighborhood & Economic Development

Administrative Support
This opportunity will provide support for Monday night hustle class. The duties include: preparing sign-in sheets, release forms; print & assemble flyers; assemble snacks; and input participant information into database.

Days needed: Monday's & Tuesday's 10:00am to 2:00pm (Total: 8 hours a week). This is an on-going opportunity.

Administrative Support for Business Co-working Space
This opportunity is available for several volunteers. This opportunity is for several different volunteers, depending on the amount of time the volunteer has available to commit. Ultimately, the goal is to have coverage for a full business day Monday through Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Duties include administrative support the business village and Focus: HOPE's co-working space.

Operating and monitoring use of copy machine; learning COBOT software to be used in managing the scheduling and leasing of space; ensure that there are sufficient supplies; interface with businesses (field questions); maintain schedule of technival assistance providers hours utilizing co-working space; maintain business resource file; data entry. 


Occupational Safety & Health Internship
Purpose: The purpose of the internship is to provide students an opportunity to gain valuable experience in the field by receiving actual on-the-job responsibilities 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 schools 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.



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; weekdays and hours are flexible


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 select 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 


Tidy Tuesday's
Every Tuesday throughout the summer the Grounds Department is looking for volunteers to maintain the LaSalle/Ford Park, which is one of the parks Focus: HOPE has adopted in the Hope Village Initiative.

Duties will include:

  • Picking up litter
  •  Empty trash cans
  •  Cutting the grass
  •  Paint play equipment

Focus: HOPE will provide the necessary equipment. You may want provide your own gloves (but not required). Time-frame is 9am to 1pm.

**If Tuesdays are not good days for you, we can arrange another day as well**

Our Community Partner-Parkman Library

Parkman Library is looking for tutors who are committed to at least two hours per week for one-on-one tutoring/learner sessions. The program will include a 15 hour tutoring training program prior to one-on-one tutoring.

Tutor Training Workshop Detroit Reads! Program

9:00am -4:30pm

Saturday September 20 & 27

Main Library

5201 Woodward Ave Detroit, MI 48202

Lunch will be provided

For more details or to RSVP, call Annette Lotharp, Literacy Specialist at (Parkman Library) 313-481-1814

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.