Posts Tagged ‘michigan’

Blight Busters
Pick up a paint brush and hammer with this organization. Blight Busters renovates blighted neighborhoods, creating better neighborhoods and closer-knit communities. They revitalize the area we call home, attracting business and new residents. Not to mention, they are kid-friendly!

Detroit Institute of the Arts
The millage passed, and the DIA is better than ever. Cultural institutions like these not only help revitalize our community, but enrich and educate us. You’ll be surrounded by exquisite art while supporting an institution that pulls tourism to Detroit.

Detroit Zoo
The best opportunity for the animal and science lovers, learn about ecology while supporting another great community institution. Become a work with animals and children, permanently, seasonally or during events. I’ve got to admit, these opportunities look fun!

Focus Hope
These guys promote everything from education to community revitalization and full stomachs. With this program, you have a wide array of opportunities from research, to tutoring, to food delivery. This big organization will surely have a great place for you.

Mercyworks International
Yes, this is us. We’re a new faith-based organization working on food distribution, substance abuse prevention,  and entrepreneurial training in this city. Our opportunities take you in the heart of the Detroit, or keyed into the web as a social media volunteer. We even offer unpaid internships for Detroit’s young adults (like me!).

For more opportunites, check out’s website on volunteering, click here


VolunTourism is exactly how it sounds: A voluntourist is one who plans a vacation around community service. Usually trips like these take you to exotic, beautiful lands—ones you’d usually visit to lounge around in sun, or ones you may never have considered visiting otherwise. Voluntourism gives you a chance to feel you’ve contributed while on vacation, but is that feeling only that—a feeling? Here’s what the proponents and critics have to say:
Proponents Say:
While we all want to avoid sounding like the ‘western cure,’ you, as westerners, do possess some valuable, transferable skills to the developing world. Namely, you’re an expert in western culture and English. As the world becomes more interconnected, cultural understanding becomes more important for economic development. That being said, it’s also more important for YOU to understand other cultures, and voluntourism will teach you more about culture than sunbathing by a pool.
**For more info on VolunTourism:
Critics Say:
Remember what I said about cultural understanding? Well it’s also central to the critic’s argument. As westerners, we are not experts on the culture of the developing world. As a result, voluntourism does not always have the intended life-enhancement for local peoples. In fact, it often does the opposite: sometimes it’s as little as poking are heads where they’re not want, sometimes as bad as propping up fraudulent organizations. Whether you support volunteerism or not, you should take time to research the organization you plan on volunteering with.
**For more info on potential problems:
An Altruistic Alternative:
Looking to make a difference in the world? Why not play it safe—act locally! There are causes equally as pressing state-side—causes that are also less culturally complex. Why not work to stamp out poverty right here in Detroit? End urban famine volunteering on an urban farm or in a food bank. You could promote as much economic development by removing blight in Brightmoor as buying a plane ticket to Africa. Consider local volunteering different kind of voluntourism–one with day trips instead of hotels, cars or buses instead of a planes. We can guarantee your experience will be just as life changing in Detroit as it would be in a foreign country!
**For more info on local volunteering in Detroit:
**Want to volunteer in Detroit with MercyWorks Intl? Contact
What are your thoughts on volunteerism? Let us know in the comments!

Posted: July 14, 2012 in Uncategorized
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This is interesting. I think I’ll do my next blog post on Millenials.

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network

According to a recent New York Times article, Millennials are increasingly seeking employment with the nonprofit sector. Applications for AmeriCorps positions have almost tripled (91,399 in 2008 to 258,829 in 2010), and the number of applicants for Teach for America climbed 32% last year to a record 46,359. This is certainly exciting news for the sector and speaks to the potential of the Young Nonprofit Professional Network – both nationally and here in Detroit – to start a movement advancing social change.

There is a challenge inherent to this groundswell of interest by Millennials, though: Are nonprofits ready for them? I’m sure that every YNPN Detroit member has run across instances where the generation gap has posed a significant challenge. After all, many Boomers view Millennials to be lazy, disrespectful and self-absorbed. Meanwhile, Millennials seem to become easily frustrated with the close-mindedness of the seniors of the field.  For…

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Should the state government tear down houses near Detroit schools? What do you think?

CBS Detroit

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says he welcomes Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan to help stabilize Detroit neighborhoods near city schools.

“Finally the state is now coming around understanding what needs to be done in Detroit,” Bing told reporters Friday. “We don’t have enough funding to do all that needs to be done, but they’re gonna come and help us.”

The governor’s office says the state is working on a plan to help tear down vacant homes and other blighted buildings in Detroit and make the paths to and from city schools safer for students.  The plan will reportedly include fixing street lights and sending in State Police to help fight crime.

Gov. Rick Snyder’s spokeswoman Sara Wurfel said Friday that the plan is a “work in progress” and specifics are expected to be announced later.  She said the state is working with Detroit Public Schools, the city and the private…

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24 Opportunities for 9 Types of People

1. For Outdoors-y People:
Volunteer work does not have to be a chore for you—it’s a chance to smell the trees, plants, and possibly the sweet stench of fertilizer. Volunteer opportunities can take you to national parks, urban farms, and anywhere in between. Check out a few of these:

2. For Young People:
Work experience and skills are more than just a priority for you nowadays–they’re  a necessity. Lucky for you, volunteer work can provide work experience and even a chance at leadership and management. Volunteer organizations love young people because they are eager, energetic, and often have more time to devote. As a result, there is a plethora of teen/young adult-centered volunteer programs (even internships) open, although you are likely to be successful in more adult-centered organizations. Also lucky for you, you can do much of your work during the summer, granting you incredible flexibility and opportunity to advance. Here are a few opportunities:

3. For the Nurturing:
Are you people-centered? Do you want to watch those you help develop and succeed? For those looking for the one-on-one experience (or enthralled with education), why not mentor or teach? You’re more likely to see your life-changing effects by becoming a role model, guiding youth into adulthood, or teaching reading skills. Feel good fulfilling huge educational needs for children, teens, and adults:

4. For Sports-fanatics:
Looking for a great seat or a chance to be close to your favorite team? Volunteer work can take you there. Sports events often require hoards of volunteers to run smoothly, which usually gets you free tickets, and other cool perks. Unfortunately, it can sometimes be hard to find these opportunities, but luckily, those looking to teach and do sports have opportunities to mentor students:

5. For the Creative:
Work can leave you feeling creatively unfulfilled. Some of us feel the urge, the creative pull– to make something! Build Something! Volunteer! The tighter school budgets become, the greater need for non-profit art programs becomes. Help with an art museum, volunteer as a blogger, or if you are interested in more practical building skills, why not volunteer in an organization that teaches you carpentry skills building houses?

6. Long Term:
Mostly for young adults, these programs last for several months to a year. They often grant stipends, or offer prestigious work experience—perfect for those looking to take a gap year after high school or college.

7. For the Activists
The presidential election is nearing, and you live in a swing state! Now is the perfect time to pick a side and go with it (and by go with it, I mean volunteer). Political campaigns often give you chances to quickly move up the ranks, giving young (and mature) adults leadership opportunities.

8. For the Medically-minded:
The baby-boomers are aging, leaving the US with a great demand for healthcare workers. If you are looking to break in to this segment, you can get your start in a hospital eager for volunteers. This also gives you the chance to gain that extra fuzzy feeling caused by working one-on-one.

9. For the Global Citizens:
Volunteering is the easiest way to get involved with the international community. It’s also one of the easiest ways to learn about a different culture. How? Get involved with a youth exchange program, or even host an exchange student. Because the US is one of the most popular exchange year destinations, most programs are facing a shortage of host families: