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Detroit Volunteer Opportunities for Seniors

Retired seniors in search of creative ways to share their time and skills have many options available from which to choose. Giving back to the community as a volunteer can include mentoring others, working with animals or revitalizing the environment. This list of volunteer opportunities includes our top favorites for the Detroit-area.

Opportunities at the Public Library and Historical Society

Share your mentoring skills at the Detroit Public Library as a volunteer tutor. The library has a literacy program and is in need of individuals that can work with adults to help them with their reading skills. You can volunteer at any of the branch locations within Detroit. The library provides volunteer tutors with training that requires attending two 15-hour sessions.

The Detroit Historical Society welcomes volunteers that can help staff in a variety of positions. You can provide support during special events, conduct tours, or help with administrative tasks. Office staff can use your clerical skills for data entry, filing, and research. Other areas where you can lend a helping hand include marketing and public relations and being a gallery guide.

Working with Animals and the Environment

The Michigan Humane Society is always looking for volunteers at their Dresner Foundation Animal Care Campus in Detroit. There are many ways you can pitch in and help. The Society is in need of foster caregivers that can provide animals with a temporary home until adoption. Volunteers can also feed the animals and provide exercise and socialization.

Your love of animals can benefit the Detroit Zoo in a variety of volunteer jobs. Help staff by sharing your time as a gallery guide and lending a helping hand during special events. Consider becoming a zoo ambassador so you can greet and help visitors. If you prefer working behind the scenes, you can volunteer as a staff aide and provide administrative support with clerical tasks and receptionist duties.

If you have a passion for protecting the environment, consider becoming a volunteer for the Greening of Detroit. The organization is working to revitalize the Detroit area by creating green spaces. Volunteers help to plant trees and gardens, and clean up city parks. Other ways you can help includes working with staff at events and fairs, or lending a hand at their office.

Arts and Museum Volunteer Options

The Henry Ford Museum relies upon its many volunteers to help the organization in a variety of ways. Opportunities include assisting staff during special weekend events, greeting visitors, and providing clerical support in their office. You can help with promotional mailings and brochures, work with camp counselors, or train as a docent to give presentations and tours.

Art lovers can help the Detroit Institute of Arts by volunteering as a gallery information assistant to greet visitors and answer questions about the exhibits and collections. You can also work in the museum shop and help customers with their purchases. Other options include volunteer ushers who help visitors in the auditorium during shows and theater films.

Retired seniors in search of opportunities to volunteer will find that there is much to explore and discover in the Detroit area. This list is a small sample of the many options that await you.

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