Raise Your Hand: Volunteer Opportunities in the Community

April 17-23, 2022 is National Volunteer Week. It is an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice, and resources to meet the critical needs of our community. For those who are not active volunteers but are interested in helping their community, we’ve compiled this list of local and regional organizations currently seeking volunteers.

Canton Township Volunteer Opportunities
If you are looking for fun and fulfilling volunteer opportunities in the Canton community, please email the Volunteer Coordinator at pkosbe@canton-mi.org or call 734-394-5191.

Township Recommended Opportunities

These organizations (some of which are described below) serve the Canton community and welcome volunteers to assist with their programs and activities. Also included are services available for seniors.

Plymouth-Canton Community Literacy Council

The Community Literacy Council is always seeking dedicated adults, aged 18 and older, to volunteer as tutors in basic literacy or English as a second language. Tutors may choose to work with students one-on-one or in a small conversation group setting. You do not need an education degree to become a CLC tutor.  If you love to help people, are patient, and have a good sense of humor, then becoming an English tutor may be your calling. Tutors are encouraged to commit to a minimum of one year of service. 

Call 734-589-0011 or visit the CLC website to learn more. 

Friends of the Rouge

Volunteers make it possible to restore and protect the Rouge River right here in southeast Michigan. No special skill or experience is required.

Call 734-927-4900 or visit the Friends of the Rouge website for more information. 


AARP volunteers in Canton feel like they get as much as they give. Find out about virtual volunteering, explore different volunteer roles, or fill out a volunteer interest form to let AARP know how you might like to help. 

Learn more on the AARP website

P.B.J. Outreach

P.B.J. (Peanut Butter and Jelly) Outreach, Inc. is a non-profit organization focused on feeding and clothing the poor and marginalized living in the Detroit metropolitan area. The organization unites volunteers and equips them to obtain, prepare and distribute food and clothing while creating an awareness of the P.B.J.'s obligation to service others. 

Visit the P.B.J. Outreach website for more information. 

Zaman International

Zaman International serves marginalized women and children in our local communities with the food, clothing, shelter and medical assistance they so desperately need. 

Call 734-551-3994 or visit the Zaman International website to learn more.

Open Door Food Ministry

Help in-need families by distributing food, helping with the Open Door job bank, packing groceries, and cleaning. All ages are welcome to join this community-wide effort. Any help is greatly appreciated. 

Call 734-397-1777 ext. 2011 or visit the Open Door Food Ministry website for more information.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Join the fun and volunteer at any one of the nine St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores. Youth and church groups, social groups, corporate teams and individuals are welcome to volunteer. There are several areas where support is needed, including greeting customers, receiving incoming donations, sorting, tagging and hanging donated items, testing electronic appliances, arranging the sales floor and stocking products. 

Call 313-393-2930 or visit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul website to learn more.

Michigan Humane

Whether you wish to support Michigan Humane at an adoption center, their administrative office, or at special events, the Michigan Humane Volunteer Program provides a wide variety of opportunities for concerned, caring individuals to help change animal lives.

Call 866-648-6263 or visit the Michigan Humane website for more information.

Canton Goodfellows

Join Canton residents who support the Goodfellows' goal of “No Child Without a Christmas” through sponsorships and volunteering. Their busiest time of the year is September through mid-December. 

Call 734-394-5191 or visit the Canton Goodfellows website to learn more.

The Corner Health Center

Have extra time on your hands? Want to become involved in the community? Need volunteer hours for university class? Take a look at the volunteer opportunities at the Corner Health Center to start making a difference today. 

Call 734-484-3600 or visit the Corner Health Center website for more information.