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Volunteer Opportunities

Theretha Dixon - Brightmoor Client Choice Pantry

At Our Partner Agencies

More than 510 soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, disaster relief agencies and other nonprofit organizations rely on food from Gleaners to meet their clients’ needs. Whether they serve 30 families or 30,000, all of our partner agencies can count on Gleaners as a reliable source of a range of food products, including dry food like pasta and cereal, canned foods, fresh or frozen meats and produce - even household products like paper towels, cleaning supplies and shampoo.

Like Gleaners, our partner agencies need the help of volunteers to keep their operations running smoothly so that they can help feed our hungry neighbors.

Below you will find a listing of available volunteer opportunities with several of our partner agencies. Please note that each agency's needs and available hours are different.

Please e-mail or call the agency contact with any questions about the agency or the volunteer opportunity.

Livingston County
Macomb County
Monroe County
Oakland County
Wayne County

  • Livingston County

      Bountiful Harvest
      Pantry, Soup Kitchen, Clothes Pantry
      Brighton

      Volunteer Needs:
      Volunteer needed to help on Fridays at 1:30pm. Meet at Gleaners on Sterling Drive to pick up merchandise, then help stock at the pantry in Brighton. This position is a weekly need - every Friday 2pm.

      Agency Contact Information:
      Yvonne Cavalli
      1-810-360-0271 or 810-333-1349

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      Love In the Name of Christ (Love INC)
      Howell

      Volunteer Needs:
      Love INC is looking for volunteers to answer incoming calls, listen compassionately, empathize, and pray with callers. 2 shifts are available: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30p.m. and 1:00p.m. – 3:30p.m., Monday thru Friday. Choose your day. Choose your Time. Love INC provides a complete orientation and training.

      Agency Contact Information:
      Laurie
      laurie@livingstonloveinc.org
      (517) 552-3620 or (517) 552-3816
      www.livingstonloveinc.org

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      The Salvation Army of Livingston
      Howell/Brighton/Hartland/Hamurg/Pinckney/Fowlerville

      Volunteer Needs:
      Volunteer Bellringer Needed to help fundraise in support of our annual budget, allowing us to help people who are struggling in Livingston County all year-round. Need folks who are willing to stand and ring the bell; this is an outside, all-weather job perfect for families, individuals and groups. You can sign up in advance or call to see if there is availability on the same day.

      Agency Contact Information:
      Liz Welch
      liz_welch@usc.salvationarmy.org
      (517) 546-4750 x 107
      www.registertoring.com 
      (This website allows you to create a profile and schedule yourself up to 48 hours in advance.)

  • Macomb County

      Macomb County Warming Center
      Night Shelter and daytime services for the homeless 
      Eastpointe

      Volunteer Needs:
      We currently have a project called "Community Resource Cards".  We have 2 sided laminated 4x6 cards with information about resources for the homeless and low income populations. We will be delivering these to police departments, city halls and convenience stores in Macomb County communities. We need volunteers to take cards and sign up for a particular community. We will give more detailed information when we meet.

      Agency Contact Information:
      kathy@macombwarmingcenter.org
      586 218-7173
      (Say you are calling about the "Resource Card" Project.)
      www.warmingcenter.org 

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      Trinity Lutheran Social Ministry
      Soup Kitchen

      Volunteer Needs:
      Volunteers set tables, serve, clean up. Sundays. 2:00 to 5:30. Age 12-15 with parent.

      Agency Contact Information:
      SSSvolunteer@gmail.com
      www.trinityutica.com
      (scroll to ministries, then to social ministry)

  • Monroe County

      Good Neighbor Food Pantry Agency  
      Pantry

      Volunteer Needs:
      Either individuals or a small group. Set up is at 10:00 a.m. the Tuesday before the 3rd Sunday. Distribution Day is the 3rd Sunday 12:30 p.m. through about 3:30. Sometimes we also have to pick up food the Friday before the 3rd Sunday. 

      Agency Contact Information:
      Shelley Schmitt
      gnfp@sbcglobal.net
      734-497-0826

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      Monroe County Opportunity Program
      Pantry

      Volunteer Needs:
      Assist clients with intake, collect necessary documents. Involves making phone calls and scheduling appointments on a computer. Looking for an individual to help 2-3 days a week. M: 1-4pm, T: 9-3pm, W: 9-12pm, Th: 4-7pm, Sat:10-1pm.

      Agency Contact Information:
      Brandon Roof
      broof@monroecountyop.org
      (734) 241-2775 x: 225
      http://www.monroecountyopportunityprogram.org/volunteer.html

  • Oakland County

      Bread of Life Food Pantry
      Pantry
      10780 W. 9 Mile Rd., Oak Park, MI 48237

      Volunteer Needs:
      We would love to have some help stocking shelves, cleaning and organizing our pantry every 2nd & 4th Friday from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

      Agency Contact Information:
      Dr. Betty Allen
      bettallen@msn.com
      248-910-2220

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      Centro Multicultural La Familia
      Improves access to services for a multicultural community by eliminating linguistic and cultural barriers.
      35 W. Huron, Suite 500, Pontiac

      Volunteer Needs:
      We need help with answering the phone on a daily basis. We could have volunteers come as little as one day and work for 6 to 8 hours answering calls requesting information or making appointments. Our clients would benefit from having more volunteers help them with applications for Medicaid and other insruance. We could also benefit from a volunteer with IT experience to help us update our website and maintain our facebook page and a volunteer with accounting experience to help us with bookkeeping.

      Agency Contact Information:
      Sonia Acosta, PhD
      sacosta@centromulticultural.org
      248-858-7800 ext 1002
      www.centromulticultural.org

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      Good Samaritan Lutheran Church Food Pantry
      Food Pantry open every second and fourth Saturday of each month from 8-10A.M.
      517 W. Walton Blvd, Pontiac

      Volunteer Needs:
      Need people to hand out boxes of food on these 24 dates from the Church Pantry. Individuals or teams of 4 or less to work on these dates.  Need  a commitment to sign up on any of these dates whenever they might be available.

      Agency Contact Information:
      Lee Stader
      stader324@comcast.net
      248-698-1628
      OR
      Denise Bristow
      248-421-3449

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      Southfield Goodfellows
      Provides food & gifts to in-need Southfield & Lathrup Village families during the Christmas season
      Southfield

      Volunteer Needs:
      1) sort & stack packing boxes (1-2 days)
      2) sort & pack non-perishable food boxes (1-2 weeks)
      3) sort & pack gifts (4 days)
      4) distribute food & gifts to families on distribution day (12/20/14)

      Agency Contact Information:
      Fulton Smith (food division) or Mike Guzdzial & MaryAnn O'Rourke (gift division)
      248-788-5899
      Go to: www.southfieldgoodfellows.org and at the top click on "How To Help", and after that there will be a link in the top 1/3 of the page that says " Click here to sign up to sort and pack GIFTS". After that you're taken to the landing page for sign-up.

  • Wayne County

      Carter Metropolitan CME Church
      Pantry and other programs
      Detroit

      Volunteer Needs:
      Looking for volunteers to help with stocking, kitchen prep, and gift distribution at the Community Lunch Program every Monday and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., and the Storks Nest Parent and Baby Club every third Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 12 p.m..

      Agency Contact Information:
      Veronica Claybrone
      claybrone@gmail.com
      (313) 478-4420

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      Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries
      Soup Kitchen, Emergency Shelter, Treatment Facility, Housing
      Detroit

      Volunteer Needs:
      DRMM Volunteers can help serve meals [Lunch 11am-1pm; Dinner 4pm-6pm], paint, clean, assemble food boxes, assemble hygiene kits, and wrap Christmas Presents during holiday hours. Groups as small as 1 or as large as 100 can be accommodated.

      Agency Contact Information:
      Jonathan E. Colo, Volunteer Coordinator
      jcolo@drmm.org
      313-993-4700 ext. 4723
      www.drmm.org

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      Firstworks Freestore (Dearborn Heights First Assembly of God)
      Pantry
      Dearborn Heights

      Volunteer Needs:
      Need hardworking people/groups who can come anytime, but especially those who can make a long term commitment: 1) Set-up help 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Thursdays & 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Friday 2) Open hour service 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Fridays 3) Distribution and clean-up crew 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. on Fridays (most pressing need).

      Agency Contact Information:
      Leah Wilkins, Director
      Firstworksfreestore@gmail.com
      313.292.1220 (ask for Pastor Joe)
      www.dhfirst.org

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      Franklin Wright Settlements 
      Human Service Agency serving infants, school aged children, senior citizens, and families
      Detroit

      Volunteer Needs:
      Franklin Wright Settlements accepts long term and short term volunteers. We have one day progroject assignments for individuals or for groups. We are also looking for long term volunteers who can help with the following tasks. Open availability Sunday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.. 
      1. Environmental Services – assistance with groundskeeping,  painting, landscaping, etc.
      2. Child Care – assistance with children in our program
      3. Elder Assistance – assistance with the seniors in our program
      4.  Administration- assistance with administrative functions
      5. Receptionist – assistance with answering phone calls and greeting visitors

      Agency Contact Information:
      Raymond Brown
      info@franklinwright.org
      3135791000 ext 222
      www.franklinwright.org

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      Harvest House
      Client Choice Pantry
      9540 Conant St., Hamtramck, MI 48212

      Volunteer Needs:
      Thursday 1 - 4:00 p.m. or on Saturday 9 - 12 noon

      Agency Contact Information:
      Julie Vollmer
      detroitfriendship@att.net
      (313) 871-7443

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      Helps on the Way
      Pantry
      5358 S. Beech Daly St. Dearborn Heights 48125

      Volunteer Needs:
      Thursday 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Serious volunteers needed for packing food boxes, taking food boxes out to the client's car, and keeping an eye on the people lining up and waiting for the food.

      Agency Contact Information:
      Jack Schmitt
      jack.schmitt@helpsontheway.org
      734-612-6991

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      Metropolitan United Methodist #1542
      Pantry
      8000 Woodward Ave. Detroit, Mi 48202

      Volunteer Needs:
      2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th Wednesday: 12:45 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. serving clients, and interviewing clients. (4) people needed. 

      2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. stock food on shelves and hang clothes. (3) people needed. 

      We do special projects on Thursdays in April, August, and November such as hanging clothes and cleaning the food pantry. (8) people needed.

      Agency Contact Information:
      Vivian Green
      erdie1947@aol.com
      (313) 980-4452

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      Perfecting Community Development Corporation
      Basic Needs Facility: client choice food pantry, clothing pantry, community needs, etc.
      Detroit

      Volunteer Needs:
      Client intake, receptionist, appointment scheduling, shipping & receiving, stocking shelves, food & clothing distribution. Monday- Friday, 9am-5pm. Volunteers can do one day only, but we would love to have consistent volunteers.

      Agency Contact Information:
      Staci White
      swhite@perfectingCommunity.org
      (313) 989-5198
      OR
      Linda Burton
      lburton@perfectingcommunity.org
      (313) 989-5198
      perfectingcdc.org

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      Ruth Ellis Center
      Drop-In Center and Residential Foster Care
      Highland Park

      Volunteer Needs:
      Ruth Ellis needs assistance with drop-in front desk, kitchen, and clean-up duties. Individuals only for regular needs, groups may contact for special events. Volunteers should plan to make a steady commitment to being in youth's lives on a regular basis. Volunteers are needed on Monday and Wednesday 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., and Thursday 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m..

      Agency Contact Information:
      Nick Piotrowski, Operations Manager
      nick.piotrowski@ruthelliscenter.org
      313-252-1950
      http://www.ruthelliscenter.org/for-volunteers

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      Community Food Depot, Society of St. Vincent de Paul
      3000 Gratiot, Detroit, MI 48207

      Volunteer Needs:
      Assist the food depot to stock shelves, review applications and service clients on Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.. Help is needed on a regular basis, i.e. once or twice a month or each week.

      Agency Contact Information:
      Pat Adamcik
      padamcik@svdpdet.org
      313-393-2931
      Celia Murray, Volunteer Director
      313-393-2936 

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      Saint Gregory the Great Food Pantry
      Pantry
      Detroit, 48238

      Volunteer Needs:
      We distribute food most every Wednesday from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. or sooner if the food runs out. We need help from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. preparing grocery bags for clients. Sometimes on Tuesdays we can use help unloading grocery boxes and putting grocery items on shelves in our panty. 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.. Individuals or group of no more than 4 or 5 people would be helpful.

      Agency Contact Information:
      Thelma Williams
      thelmaotis@aol.com
      (313)366-3506 home
      (313)401-3839 cell

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      SouthPoint Community Christian Church
      Pantry
      5699 Fort Street, Trenton, MI 48183

      Volunteer Needs:
      Wednesday 4 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

      Agency Contact Information:
      Louise Hannah
      foodpantry@southpointccc.com
      734-502-7434

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      Veterans Haven
      Pantry
      4924 S. Wayne Rd., Wayne, MI 48184

      Volunteer Needs:
      Wednesday 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon

      Agency Contact Information:
      Vince Berna
      vetshaven@earthlink.net
      734-728-0527 or 734-837-1376