Make Time to Volunteer All Year Long

The winter months tend to bring about overwhelming holiday cheer. Friends, families and neighbors spend more time with one another, good feelings fill the air, and giving back to help others tends to be top of mind for many people and organizations.

After the start of the new year, those charitable feelings can sometimes melt away quicker than the first snowfall. Oftentimes, organizations that are overwhelmed with volunteer requests during the holidays need the most help after the giving season is over.

Volunteering is a way to keep a sense of holiday cheer going all year. The great state of Michigan is filled with opportunities to give back. Here’s a look at just a few:

Cass Community Social Services is an organization that works to provide programs for food, health, housing and jobs to combat poverty and homelessness in and around the city of Detroit. For more details to volunteer, contact Sue Pethoud at 313-883-2277.

The Kalamazoo Dream Center serves low-income and homeless individuals and families in southwest Michigan. Contact Rik Stone at 269-382-4760 to find ways to volunteer with the center.

Help The Little Forks Conservancy in Midland celebrate the environment by maintaining a preserve’s trail, planting or helping with various events. Contact their office at 989-835-4886 or

The Charlevoix Circle of Arts needs volunteers to assist with various tasks that contribute to the visual and preforming arts exhibits they host all year long. Call 231-547-3554 for more information on specific events and volunteer opportunities.

The Humane Society of West Michigan is always looking for interested volunteers to help with activities like Reading with Fido. Contact Ashley Dahl, Volunteer and Foster Coordinator, at 616-791-8088 or

The Sault Sainte Marie War Memorial Hospital offers volunteer opportunities like Helping Hands and Road to Recovery. Call Marcey Thorne at 906-635-4351 for more information.

Youth in Alpena are encouraged to get involved in the community by joining the Alpena Youth Volunteer Corps. For more information, contact the Volunteer Corps office at 989-358-5245.

826Michigan in Ann Arbor calls on individuals to help with a volunteer book club or volunteer social activity of the month. To learn more about the volunteer opportunities, call their office at 734-761-3463.

Giving back builds friendship, fosters gratitude and brings continuous benefits that help build an even more positive Michigan. For even more service opportunities, connect with a volunteer center in your area that contributes to causes nationwide.

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