What is a Long Term Volunteer Position?

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: Celebrating Animals, Confronting Cruelty

Project Description: 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
  • Stopping animal cruelty
  • Volunteers will mostly be cleaning up after, playing with and walking the animals. And they cannot be both a Cat Comforter and Dog Walker.

    Paperwork/Training: All potential volunteers must fill out an online volunteer application. Before you begin volunteering, you must schedule and 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. 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: Not strict.

    Days/times the org looking for volunteers: 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: Dani Stevens (daniss@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 will be able to both tutor and participate in activities with the kids at the Peace Neighborhood Center.

    Paperwork/Training: Attend one orientation session (9/13, 9/14, 9/15, 9/19) and fill out an application form.

    Time Commitment: Three option times to choose from --> Tues/Thurs: 5:30-6:45pm (with elementary students), Mon/Wed: 5:00-6:00pm (with elementary students), Mon/Wed: 5:30-6:45pm (with middle school students)

    Circle K Contact: Kalen Church (krchurch@umich.edu)

    826 Michigan

    Mission Statement: 826 Michigan is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

    Paperwork/Training: 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: Maryam Hermez (hermezm@umich.edu)

    Back Door Food Pantry

    Mission Statement: Founded in 2007, Back Door Food Pantry looks to provide food to those in need, regardless of their background. They seek to provide food in a friendly and nonjudgmental 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

    Circle K Contact: Will Jermyn (jermyn@umich.edu) and Mike Jarrett (jarremic@umich.edu)

    Alpha House

    Mission Statement: Our mission is to provide temporary shelter, food and support services in a caring atmosphere of dignity and safety. More than providing just a bed and a roof for families, our goal is to support the families in securing and maintaining their own home.

    Project Description: The volunteer will help set up dinner, sit and have dinner with the families and other congregational volunteers, and then play with the resident children from 7-8 during activity time.

    Paperwork/Training: Alpha House Commitment form and meeting with the volunteer coordinator

    Time Commitment: Full Dinner Prep and Activity Time approximately 5:00-8:30pm or Activity Time 6:30-8:30pm weekly on any day Monday-Sunday

    Circle K Contact: Margi Goelz (mgoelz@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’s After School Tutoring! to CAN’s community centers to help support their youth. Volunteering involves help ing struggling students to build academic achievement and confidence. You can be a leader, mentor, and a friend to a student in need!

    Paperwork/Training: Volunteers must be 18 years of age, make a semester commitment, and complete a background check.

    Time Commitment: Weekly for 2.5 hours

    Days/Times (estimate): Mon-Fri (choose a day) 3:30-5:45 pm

    Circle K Contact: Maryam Hermez (hermezm@umich.edu)

    Huron Valley Boys and Girls Club

    Mission Statement: Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan provides high quality youth development programs for children ages 6-8 in our community.

    Project Description: Do you love interacting with kids? If so, this is the project for you! Boys Girls Club is an after school program for k-12 students who either need some tutor help with homework or just want a play buddy. The subject ranges from math to reading and game activities from board games to sweaty basketball games.

    Paperwork/Training: Volunteers must sign general waivers and fill out some paperwork before starting.

    Time Commitment: Weekly for 2-3 hours

    Days/Times (estimate): Ideally Monday or Wednesday from 4:10-7:00 pm (including travel time), but may change depending on volunteer availability.

    Circle K Contact: Kalen Church (krchurch@umich.edu)

    Avalon Housing

    Mission Statement: Avalon Housing is an organization that aims to provide affordable housing those in need in the Ann Arbor area. Avalon believes safe and accessible housing a basic human right, and their goal is to help end homelessness in the community.

    Project Description: Volunteer with Avalon's After School Program! Come to one of community centers to help support their youth. The program involves homework tutoring, activities, games, and more. It is a great opportunity to get to know the children that you are working with and see them have fun and succeed!

    Paperwork/Training: Volunteers must sign general waivers and fill out some paperwork before starting.

    Time Commitment: Weekly for 2-3 hours

    Days/Times (estimate): Every Wednesday 3:40-5:50 (including travel time)

    Circle K Contact: Morgan Durow (mdurow@umich.edu)

    CS First at Slauson Middle School

    Mission Statement: Empowering all students to create with technology through free computer science clubs

    Project Description: Introduce the club and help students one-on-one with the training modules. No prior computer science knowledge is necessary!

    Paperwork/Training: Details coming soon.

    Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per week

    Days/Times (estimate): Details to come

    Circle K Contact: Maryam Hermez (hermezm@umich.edu)

    SAPAC (Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center

    Mission Statement: SAPAC promotes social change and activism on two levels: through the professional services we provide to the University of Michigan community, and through student leadership development wherein students help students as peers.  We believe that women and men must work together to eradicate sexual assault, stalking, sexual harassment, and intimate partner violence and that this necessitates activism in many areas, including education, advocacy, crisis-intervention, safety-building, bystander intervention, and policy development.

    Project Description: Volunteers can work with SAPAC in a variety of different areas. Men's Activism (MA) focuses on providing workshops in male-dominated areas, Peer Educators (PE) run relationship remix and provide workshops, and Networking, Publicity, and Activism (NPA) puts on large scale events across campus.

    Paperwork/Training: RedShirts start without training in the fall, full volunteers complete 30 hours of training (beginning in January).

    Time Commitment: Weekly two-hour meetings

    Circle K Contact: Jessie Yang (jessyang@umich.edu)

    St. Joseph 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: Kathy Chen (kathchen@umich.edu)

    Red Cross Donor Ambassadors

    Mission Statement: The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

    Project Description: The Red Cross is in need of Donor Ambassadors to donation process runs smoothly and to help spread the word of what a great cause donating blood is! Donor Ambassadors will be responsible for greeting and registering donors, monitoring them, setting up and tearing down blood drives, and picking up blood and delivering it to local hospitals.

    Paperwork/Training: To be determined

    Time Commitment: To be determined

    Circle K Contact: Sarah Riesterer (sarriest@umich.edu)

    Shelter Association of Washtenaw County at the Delonis Center

    Mission Statement: Ending homelessness one person at a time.

    Project Description: The Delonis Center is a homeless shelter in Ann Arbor that has both a residential and non-residential program to provide services to those experiencing homelessness in Washtenaw County. They partner with over 30 organizations to make this possible. Depending on which shift you choose, your responsibilities and tasks will be somewhat different. The shift duties are described here. Sometimes volunteers may find themselves inundated with client requests and incoming phone calls. At other times volunteers have the opportunity to sit down and have in-depth conversations with a number of clients. Either way, the volunteer walks away from the Delonis Center with the knowledge that they have touched a life.

    Paperwork/Training: First, please read our Volunteer Training Manual and Confidentiality Agreement. You will also need to download and "sign" the Confidentiality Agreement. Second, download and answer a short set of test questions based on what you've read and complete our Volunteer Screening Form. Finally, return your completed test, "signed" confidentiality agreement (typing your name on the signature line is OK), and screening form in a single email to volunteers@ewashtenaw.org. Once all three documents have been submitted you'll receive instructions for scheduling.

    Time Commitment: 1 shift per week. (shifts vary in time, ideally you would attend the same shift every week)

    Days/Times Available:

    • Breakfast (6:00 am to 7:30 am every day)
    • Morning (9:00 am to 1:00 pm every day)
    • Daytime (1:00 pm to 5:00 pm every day)
    • Front Door (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on weekdays; 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm on Saturday and Sundays)
    • Primetime (5:00pm to 10:00pm or 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm every day)

    Circle K Contact: Ray Chung (chungr@umich.edu)