MLK Days Of Service

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At United Way for Southeastern Michigan we understand that this year's King Day of Service is coming at a time when many nonprofits are dealing with both increased demand due to economic crisis and decreased support from the public and private sectors. These pressures make it obvious that individuals taking personal stock in transforming their own communities will soon be a necessity not a luxury.

Recognizing the strong possibility that the number of individuals that will want to volunteer on the King Day of Service will far exceed the supply of existing organized volunteer opportunities, we encourage you to contact and connect with the mission of one of these highlighted community agencies:


4H Future Dreams Entrepreneurs Club of Connor Creek High School
Contact: Antoinette Dubose at 586-215-6766
Opportunity:  Homeless Outreach of Mt. Clemens
Monday, January 19, 2009, please call for times
Basic Needs

Beverly Hills/Birmingham Girl Scouts
Contact:  Kimber Bishop-Yanke at 248-840-9858
Opportunity: Kids Against Hunger
Saturday, January 24, 2009 from 1:00p.m. until 4:00p.m.
Basic Needs

Destiny and Purpose Community Outreach (DAPCO)
Contact: Towana D. Parker at dapco1@sbcglobal.net or call 313-533-1931 office or direct at 313-461-4958 cell
Opportunity: Mentor Exchange
January 19 through 25, 2009 from Noon until 4:00p.m.
Educational Preparedness
Hospitality House Food Pantry
Contact: Kristy Hutson at 248-960-9975 or kristy.hutson@hospitalityhousefoodpantry.org
Opportunity: Assisting at food pantry in Walled Lake. Duties may include stocking shelves, sorting food, assisting clients with getting food.
Monday, January 19, 2009 anytime between Noon and 8:00p.m.
Tuesday January 20, 2009 from 10:00a.m. until Noon
Thursday, January 22, 2009 anytime between 10:00a.m. until 2:00p.m.
Saturday, January 24, 2009 from 11:00a.m. until 2:00p.m.
Basic Needs
Macomb Homeless Coalition and The Salvation Army MATTS shelter (a collaboration)
Contact:  Rachel Cilli of the Macomb Homeless Coalition at 586.439.8079 or macomb.homeless@gmail.com
Opportunity:  Project Warmth: A Warming Center for Families and Youth
January 19 through January 25
Morning volunteers are needed from 6:30am – 8:30am.
Evening volunteers are needed between the hours of 7pm – 10:30pm (start time may be earlier depending on meal being prepared).
Basic Needs
Operation Hope, Banking on Our Future
Contact: Michele Hurst Burton, Program Manager (313) 664-2048 (office) (313) 515-1706 (cell)
Opportunity: Financial Literacy Workshops for Youth
One volunteer needed per class to teach 8th grade students about budgeting, banking, credit and investing 1 hour/week. A 45-minute volunteer training required prior to accepting volunteer assignment.
Classroom #1 on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 from 8:50a.m. - 9:50a.m.
Classroom #2 on Thursday, January 22, 2009 from 10:10a.m. – 11:10a.m.
Financial Stability
Charity Music of Michigan
Contact: Roger Fachini at 586-808-7445
Opportunity: College Campus Musical Instrument Donation Drives
January 19 through January 25, 2009 from 9:00a.m. until 5:00p.m.
Capacity Building

Family Care Network / Caregivers
Contact: Walt Horlings at 313-964-5070 Ext. 228 (office) or 313-575-4578 (cell)
Opportunity: Help Assist with Office Changes
January 20,21 or 22, 2009 from 9:00a.m. until 4:00p.m. 
We will also accommodate volunteer(s) on Monday, January 19th, if it is the only date open for the volunteer.
Capacity Building
Friends and Family, Inc.
Contact: Patricia Alsheimer at 586-873-1301
Opportunity: Quality of life, pay forward.
January 21, 2009 from 9:00a.m. until 3:00p.m.
Capacity Building
The Michigan Theatre of Jackson, Inc.
Contact: Marilyn Guidinger (Office Manager) at 517-783-0962
Opportunity: Office Assistance
Schedule for week of January 19 through is flexible. Please call to set up a time.
Capacity Building
Readings for the Blind
Contact: Lisa Sowa 248.557.7776 or rftb@sbcglobal.net
Opportunity: Office Help Needed: Everything from cleaning shelves to data entry.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009 from 9:00a.m. until 2:00p.m.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 from 9:00a.m. until 2:00p.m.
Capacity Building
State of Michigan, Department of Natural Resources Parks and Recreation
Contact: Laurel Malvitz at 248-359-9057 or malvitzl@Michigan.gov
Opportunity: State Park Stewardship Program
            Saturday, January 24, 2009 at the Highland Recreation Area (Oakland County), Silo Field Trial Area, from 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.
Join ongoing efforts to restore this area to an open grassland. Volunteers will be hauling and piling brush and stacking fire wood.
            Sunday, January 25, 2009 at the Brighton Recreation Area (Livingston County), from 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
Removing invasive shrubs from this fen will allow the native grasses and wildflowers to thrive. This winter we want to make a big push to get rid of scattered clumps of glossy buckthorn, an aggressive wetland invader. Waterproof boots, either knee-high rubber boots or hip waders, are recommended for this site.
Capacity Building

Wild Swan Theatre
Contact:   Patricia Kowalski at patricia@wildswantheater.org or 734-995-0530 (email preferred)
Opportunity:  "Ushering for Owl's Winter"
Thursday, January 22 from 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.; Friday, January 23, 9:15 a.m. - 
10:15 a.m.; Friday January 23 from 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. and Saturday, January 24 from 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Capacity Building
















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