Volunteer Opportunities

CSSW is indebted to volunteers who donate their time and skills. Please take a look at the opportunities we have for you to make a difference.

Adult Day Program - "The Oaks" Activity Assistant

Assist members and staff with a variety of activities including, but not limited to:
  • Games—passive and active
  • Art and crafts
  • Trivia
  • Reading
  • Exercise
  • Music
  • Discussions
  • Individual attention to members
  • Guiding members to activities
  • Other responsibilities when required by staff:
  • Push wheelchairs (if physically able)
  • Assist with serving lunch
  • Complete required paper work including background check
  • Any other tasks assigned by staff in assisting with daily activities

Contact “The Oaks” Site Manager or Volunteer Coordinator at: 734.662.4001, or email theoaks@csswashtenaw.org. Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 4:30 pm.

Emergency Food Program

The Emergency Food program, located in the Northside Community Center in Ann Arbor, is seeking volunteers to help unload donations, stock shelves, set up and take down, help clients shop, carry food to cars, and do client intakes. Specific duties will vary based on what is needed on a given day. Suitable volunteer opportunity for anyone over age 16, with variable time commitment. Call: 734.662.4462.

Family Time Program

The Family Time program is in need of volunteers to help clean toys in the visitation rooms. For information, please contact Talia Anderson at tanderson@csswashtenaw.org.

Offender Success

A yoga or mindfulness instructor 2-4 hours per month to help participants manage chronic stress. Please contact Ashley at Awhite@csswashtenaw.org or 734.327.9717 ext. 379.

RSVP

RSVP has a wide range of volunteer opportunities for people 55 and "better", including serving in senior centers, food pantries, hospitals, veterans services programs, thrift shops, legal and/or tax assistance and more. For more information on current opportunities, please visit the RSVP page, or contact:  Andrea Traskos, Volunteer Coordinator by phone: 734.712.4325, or email: rsvp@csswashtenaw.org

Senior Services Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP)

Volunteer counselors meet with individuals needing assistance with any aspect of health insurance. Meetings may take place at the client’s home, at hospitals, or other settings. Volunteers are expected to contact clients within a week of accepting a referral and assist clients in organizing paperwork, filling out claim forms, filing Medicaid applications, understanding benefits in a variety of insurance products, and resolving problems. Volunteer must attend all training sessions before beginning work and are required to attend update meetings. We ask for a minimum one-year commitment. Individuals must follow all guidelines for volunteers through the state Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program. Please contact us by phone: 734.712.4325, or email: rsvp@csswashtenaw.org.

Senior Services Tax Assistance Program

Volunteers help lower-income older adults (and some younger, mostly single, disabled adults) to prepare and file Michigan Homestead Property Tax Credit and Home Heating Credit claims. Ability to assist with basic income tax filings is highly desirable, but not essential. Volunteers meet with clients in three settings: pre-arranged group sessions (at senior centers and senior housing complexes); office visits (at the Senior Health Building); and in-home visits (for clients who have difficulty getting to a site). Volunteers must be willing to learn about the Tax Aid Program and the Michigan tax credit forms, and comply with Program and Agency procedures. They should desire to help older adults in the community and to continue upgrading their own skills. Prospective volunteers must fill out an application form, with personal references; sign a confidentiality agreement; agree to a background check; participate in an interview, and prepare a sample tax problem. Training sessions are held in late January of each year. Each volunteer is required to attend the first training session. At this time, new and returning volunteers are oriented to the tax program, and are updated on tax and credit claim changes and problems. At the second session, all new and many returning volunteers practice preparing Michigan credit claims. A third session, optional but recommended for all, involves practice on some of the Federal and Michigan income tax situations we encounter. Home study will be expected; there will be some testing. Please contact us by phone: 734.712.4325, or email: rsvp@csswashtenaw.org.

Senior Services Volunteer Respite Program

Volunteers provide respite to caregivers by staying with the family member while the caregiver takes a break. Typically, volunteers spend form 2-4 hours a week offering companionship to an older adult. No direct care (hands on services such as bathing, feeding) is provided. Volunteers must have transportation as services are provided in-home.  Volunteers visit the same family each week and accommodations can be made for varying schedules and location preferences. Training is provided. Volunteers are also needed to go grocery shopping with clients. Please contact us by phone: 734.712.4325, or email: rsvp@csswashtenaw.org.

Washtenaw Child Advocacy Center (WCAC) Family Advocate

CSSW is seeking volunteers during regular business hours (8:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) to staff the waiting room at the Washtenaw Child Advocacy Center (WCAC) in Ypsilanti. The WCAC serves families dealing with child sexual abuse investigations, providing counseling and referral services. The primary task of volunteers is to stay with children in the waiting room, which is fully equipped with books and toys, while their parents meet with WCAC staff. Other duties include greeting and welcoming families, answering phones, light office work, and notifying staff when families arrive. All volunteers will be screened and trained prior to starting and are asked to commit to one four hour shift per week for at least four months.  For more information, please call Megan Hennessey at 734.544.2925.

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