What is a Long Term Volunteer Project?

A LTVP requires volunteers to make a recurring time commitment to community partners. A LTVP usually requires some form of orientation and/or additional paperwork compared to the typical projects Circle K offers. However, these experiences may be more rewarding and allow for volunteers to establish meaningful relationships with those in the Ann Arbor community.

Humane Society of Huron Valley

Mission Statement : HSHV's mission is to support the loving, responsible care of all animals in our community by: ensuring proper, nurturing care for the animals in our shelter, placing all adoptable animals in loving homes, reducing pet over-population, caring for the physical well-being of animals in our community, providing education and outreach to the community, and stopping animal cruelty.

Project Description: Volunteers will mostly be cleaning up after, playing with, and walking the animals. Volunteers can also choose to be either a Cat Comforter or a Dog Walker.

Paperwork/Training: All potential volunteers must first attend an informative, hands-on orientation session. The available times are on the application. You must also pay a $40 program fee at the orientation, this fee is a donation and also covers the cost of your volunteer t-shirt & nametag. Depending on the amount of people interested in volunteering with HSHV, the fee may either be fully or partially reimbursed by Circle K. After attending this initial orientation session, every volunteer must complete 5 weeks (10 hours) of Paw Level 1 service, which includes helping clean the shelter, doing laundry, and supporting the clinic and its staff. After completing the 5 weeks and minimum 10 hours, you can choose to take a specialized Dog Walker or Cat Comforter Training Session and begin working directly with the animals!

Time Commitment: Flexible and dependent on volunteers.

Days/Times: Times of the project are flexible and will be dependent on the volunteer or group of volunteers heading out to the Humane Society, but these are all of the hours that the Humane Society is open for volunteers to help out:

  • 11am to 6pm, M-W
  • 11am to 7pm, Th-F
  • 11am to 5pm, Sat & Sun

Circle K Contact: Autumn McGuffie (amcguff@umich.edu)

Peace Neighborhood Center

Mission Statement: Peace Neighborhood Center's mission is to provide programs for children, families, and individuals who are affected by social and economic problems. Peace helps people discover options, enhance skills, and make choices that lead to self-sufficiency and positive community involvement.

Project Description: Volunteers are each assigned a student for the semester; each week they will be able to both tutor and participate in activities with their assigned kid at the Peace Neighborhood Center.

Paperwork/Training: Attend one orientation session and fill out an application form. Please bring your ID and application form to the orientation session.

Time Commitment: Three option times to choose from: Option A: Tues/Thurs: 5:30-6:45pm. With elementary students. (1111 N Maple) Option B: Mon/Wed: 5:00-6:00pm. With elementary students. (880 S Maple) Option C: Mon/Wed: 5:30-6:45pm. With middle school students. (1111 N Maple)

Circle K Contact: Skylar Ketteler (skykett@umich.edu)

826 Michigan

Mission Statement: 826 Michigan inspires school-aged students to write confidently and skillfully with the help of adult volunteers in their communities.

Project Description: Volunteers will help to plan and lead nature outings for inner city children groups.

Paperwork/Training: There are three steps that you will have to complete: First, there is a mandatory online application which can be found here: 826 Michigan Application . Next, you will attend an information session where will you choose what type of projects to get involved in. These range from everyday tutoring to creative writing workshops with the public schools in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

Time Commitment: At least 1 day a week for on-site tutoring for six months, Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5:30 pm. Days and times depend on the individual.

Circle K Contact: Skylar Ketteler (skykett@umich.edu)

Community Action Network

Mission Statement: Community Action Network partners with children, youth, and families under-resourced Washtenaw County neighborhoods to create better future for themselves, and improve the communities in which they live.

Project Description: Volunteer with the Community Action Network to help support their youth. Volunteering involves helping struggling students to build academic achievement and confidence. You can be a leader, mentor, and a friend to a student in need! There are two programs that you can choose to commit to. After School Program: Tutors help students with completing homework, practicing reading, and other social-emotional/academic enrichment activities. Art & Volunteers partner with students to design and build a STEM-based art project to be displayed in the local community.

Paperwork/Training: Volunteers must be 18 years of age and complete the following: -New Volunteer Application Form -Background and Driving Record Check -Online Training: CAN Academy

Time Commitment: Weekly for 2.5 hours

Days/Times (estimate): Mon-Thurs (choose a day) 3:30-6:00pm

Circle K Contact: Skylar Ketteler (skykett@umich.edu)

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital LINK Volunteering

Mission Statement: We, Trinity Health, serve together in the spirit of the Gospel to be a compassionate and transforming healing presence within our communities.

Project Description: Link volunteer navigators meet with patients and their loved ones in the various cancer clinics at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, including infusion, radiation and multidisciplinary clinics, usually while patients are waiting for their appointments. Our trained, knowledgeable navigators share information on the many free support resources available and, with permission, help patients and caregivers complete a brief referral form so that collaborating organizations can reach out and offer additional support.

Paperwork/Training: Training Required

Time Commitment: 3-4 Hours per week

Circle K Contact: Roopa Gorur (rgorur@umich.edu)

Girls on the Run Coach

Mission Statement: We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Project Description: Coaches meet with small teams of 8-20 girls at local elementary and middle schools and we teach life skills through dynamic lessons and running games. You don't have to be a runner to be a coach - coaches simply must be passionate about the mission of Girls on the Run.

Paperwork/Training: 40 hours of volunteer training.

Time Commitment: Twice a week for 10 weeks from March until May.

Circle K Contact: Roopa Gorur (rgorur@umich.edu)

Back Door Food Pantry

Mission Statement: We are committed to helping people in need by supplying food to all those who come to our door in a welcoming, friendly, and non-judgmental environment.

Project Description: Volunteers will be helping to stock the shelves, prepare inventories, opening and closing the pantry and of course helping to distribute food.

Paperwork/Training: There's an informational powerpoint and quiz regarding interacting with clients that all volunteers need to read and take.

Time Commitment: Every other Thursday 4:30-8:00pm

Semesters available: Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer

Circle K Contact: Jhuree Hong (jhureeh@umich.edu)

Meals on Wheels

Mission Statement: Ann Arbor's Meals on Wheels program reduces hunger and food insecurity for homebound adults (age 18+) in Ann Arbor who are frail, medically compromised, or have a short- or long-term disability that impacts their ability to shop and prepare complete, nutritious meals.

Project Description: Volunteers will be delivering meals to each participant’s house. The visit by the volunteer or staff who deliver meals also serves as a safety or wellness check. Volunteers report back any concerns they have to Meals on Wheels staff.

Paperwork/Training: Volunteer drivers must be 18 years of age, complete the volunteer application, agree to a background check, have a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance, and sign a confidentiality statement.

Time Commitment: Volunteers choose the frequency (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, other) for delivering meals. Routes take 1-2 hours to complete.

Days available: Monday-Saturday. On weekdays, routes start at 11:30 am and Saturday routes start at 10:30 am.

Circle K Contact: Jonathon Spunar (jospunar@umich.edu)

Silver Club

Mission Statement: Since 1998, Silver Club Programs have been providing meaningful and engaging activities for families in our community living with dementia. This is a place to make friends and enjoy discussions, play fun cognitive games, create art and music, and other innovative activities, tailored to different needs. We strive to improve the memory, motivation, mood and overall well-being of our members.

Project Description: Volunteers assist in the program activities at Silver Club, an adult day program for seniors with memory loss, or with the early stage programs.

Paperwork/Training: Volunteers will need to fill out forms, go through a background check, and be registered with the Volunteer Services Department at the University of Michigan Health System. College Undergraduates and Graduate Students can apply to volunteer at Michigan Medicine three times a year: in April for Spring/Summer term, September for Fall term, and December for Winter term.

Time Commitment: 2 hours per week

Days/Times available: Monday through Friday from 10 am – 12 pm

Circle K Contact: Jonathon Spunar (jospunar@umich.edu)

Heartland Hospice

Mission Statement: Heartland Hospice believes wholeheartedly in the power of the individual, the importance of relationships and the value of respect and dignity to everyone at every stage of life. Our goal is to provide quality care to patients with a limited life expectancy and to their caregivers, family, and friends.

Project Description: Volunteers offer support, companionship and practical, compassionate help. Some volunteers interact directly with patients and families, while others prefer to work behind the scenes in the office setting.

Paperwork/Training: Volunteers need to fill out a volunteer application and go through an in- person interview with the volunteer coordinator.

Time Commitment: Weekly commitment, but the hours may vary depending on your responsibilities.

Circle K Contact: Jonathon Spunar (jospunar@umich.edu)

Glacier Hills

Mission Statement: Glacier Hills Senior Living Community is a local senior living environment that specializes in creating a caring and friendly environment for the elderly living in our community. Glacier Hills has a continuum of care, from independent living to long term care. Residents of Glacier Hills get to enjoy the best of each day in their own way with their own level of independence.

Project Description: Volunteers are able to help with scheduled activities with the activities department such as bingo, coloring, going for walks, and more throughout the day as well as more personal interactions with residents one on one.

Paperwork/Training: Volunteers need to fill out an easy application with a background check, new member orientation at Glacier Hills, and receive a tuberculosis (TB) test which can be administered at Glacier Hills during the orientation.

Time Commitment: 2 hours per week

Days/Times available: 7 Days a Week/ During Business Hours (8 am- 5 pm). However, they are flexible.

Circle K Contact: Michael Ivey (mcivey@umich.edu)