“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 2017, over 300 volunteers helped with the many opportunities we offer, including building a community playground at the new John Van Camp Community Center in the Mack-Ashland neighborhood of Detroit. 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.
- Besides many one-time-a-year projects, NEGC has developed a Patient Advocate Volunteer Program to create a warm, welcoming environment for our consumers. This long-term volunteer opportunity adds valuable customer service at our two clinics. As a Patient Advocate, volunteers work with new patients, offer resources, read to tots and/or talk with people waiting for appointments. Call the Volunteer Coordinator at 313.308.1416 for information and training dates.
- 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 500 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 Saturday to distribute items and serve lunch. When can I volunteer?
- Adopt-A-Child Gift 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 for NEGC children receiving services. Volunteers are needed to help wrap gifts in mid-December at Eli Z. Rubin Children’s Wellness Center. I want to Adopt-a-Child!
- 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. How can I help?
- 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. We love receiving donations of children’s books!
- Volunteer gardeners are welcome in the Motor City Clubhouse Urban Garden at Conner throughout the year but especially for spring planting and winter preparation. This summer we will have a Farm Stand and need volunteers once a week to harvest the produce, set up the tent and distribute vegetables and flowers to the community, consumers and staff.
- NEGC welcomes students, interns and/or residents from various colleges from a number of degree programs to prepare for their career in social services or 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, in addition to providing volunteer mailing, clerical 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.
Complete the online form or call the Volunteer Coordinator to find out how you can become involved as a volunteer – 313.308.1416.