Volunteer Group Application

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Thank you for your interest in sharing your group's time and talents with CAN! There are many ways groups support CAN's mission. Below you can explore the opportunities available. 

Let's get started! 
Step 1: CAN Group Volunteer Opportunities
To learn more about our available opportunities, please select the box next to each Group Volunteer Opportunity below.

At the bottom of each description is a check-box to select if your group is interested in participating in that type of opportunity.

Working with Children & Youth in CAN's Educational Programs
Opportunity 1 of 2- Enrichment Groups: These small groups attend a portion of the After School Program to provide lessons and activities that enrich the robust curriculum already provided to children in CAN’s educational programs.

Successful enrichment groups typically: 

  • Have a clear team leader who invests time in learning a community center and the kids who attend the educational programs. This can include meetings with site directors and site visits. 

  • Create an intentional plan and share curriculum with site leader and Director of Education ahead of time for approval 

  • Come prepared with materials needed

  • Adjust to the needs of the unique sites and children's needs 

  • Know how to engage children in an age appropriate way 

  • Are able to come on a consistent basis (monthly, bi-weekly, etc.) 

  • Have training and/or experience and knowledge in IDEA


Enrichment groups provide at least 2 of the following.

  • Fun (e.g. crafts, board games, sports)

  • Education (nutrition, sexual health, science, cultural, mindfulness, reading, tutoring, gardening, goal setting, financial planning) 

  • Social-Emotional/Relational Benefits (consistently engaging with kids, providing empathy and encouragement, connecting with children during recreational time) 


Enrichment group commitments will vary (one-time vs. regularly). CAN After School Programs typically operate Monday-Thursday, 3-6pm.

Group expectations to consider:
  • All group members (18 years and older) are required to complete a background check and online training before volunteering.
  • Volunteers are required to have the Covid-19 vaccine and eligible boosters


Opportunity 2 of 2- Mentor Groups: These groups attend the full After School Program to join into the daily curriculum and schedule. They don't develop their own lesson plans. The group's goals are to build meaningful, supportive relationships with the children, help implement CAN's educational curriculum, encourage children's healthy social-emotional skill development, provide academic/homework support, and cultivate an environment honoring inclusion, flexibility, and collaboration.

Mentor groups attend regularly (typically once a week or twice a month) for a semester. CAN After School Programs typically operate Monday-Thursday, 3-6pm.

Group expectations to consider:
  • All group members (18 years and older) are required to complete a background check and online training before volunteering.
  • Volunteers are required to have the Covid-19 vaccine and eligible boosters


Working with Family Stabilization in CAN's Food Distributions and Pantries 
These groups join our food distributions on a consistent, ongoing basis; which can be once a week, twice a month, or once a month for a semester or more. Group members help with unloading the food truck, inspecting and organization food, making bags of food, distributing food to community members, and with breaking down boxes. 
 
Group expectations to consider:
  • All group members are provided online training before volunteering.
  • Volunteers are required to have the Covid-19 vaccine and eligible boosters

Working on General Community Project Opportunities
Outdoor Projects:
  • Trash pick up and outdoor community clean-ups

  • Working in community gardens and landscaping

  • Donating to community events: donating food, decorations, 

  • Volunteering at community events: set up, tear down, hosting games, serving food

  • Providing food, materials, and/or setting up a table to provide information/resources to the community during community events 


Indoor Projects:
  • Groups or events for adults
  • Organizing and deep cleaning community centers 

  • Painting community center walls (touch-ups or repainting entire rooms)

  • Assist with CAN's holiday present program by donating presents and/or helping to receive donations, organize presents, and distribute them to the correct center

Indoor Group expectation to consider: Volunteers are required to have the Covid-19 vaccine and eligible boosters

Step 1a: COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
At Community Action Network (CAN), our mission is to partner with under-resourced families so they can thrive. A large component of this is ensuring we are doing everything in within our power to protect the vulnerable populations who are the most susceptible to the devastating effects of this virus.

For staff, interns, and volunteers who partner with CAN and CAN's families, the COVID-19 vaccine & eligible boosters are required. 

Please review CAN's COVID-19 Response Plan and contact dmiller@canwashtenaw.org if you have any questions.

CAN Vaccination Definitions: 
  • Fully Vaccinated = Completed initial vaccine series + current eligible boosters

  • Partially Vaccinated = Some amount of vaccine completion, but not current eligible boosters

  • Not Vaccinated = Has not completed the initial vaccine series nor the boosters

Step 2: Volunteer Group Availability & Site Preference
Based on the programs you have indicated you are interested in above, please select your group's availability and site preferences.
Map of CAN Community Centers

Please select your group's location preference:
Arrowwood Hills Brick Bryant Creekside Court Green Baxter Court Hikone
Please select your group's availability by day (during After School Program):
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

Please indicate what food program opportunity your group prefers based on your availability:
Arrowwood Hills:
2nd Friday, 8:30-12:30
Brick:
Every Thurs, 9-12:30
Bryant
OPTION 1: 
Mon, Weds, or Thurs; 9-12
Bryant
OPTION 2:
Mon, Weds, or Thurs; 11-2
Creekside Court:
2nd, 4th, 5th Weds, 12:30-3
Green Baxter Court: Every other Weds, 12:30-3 Hikone:
Every other Weds, 12:30-3

Please provide your general availability to participate in these projects below: 
Weekday Morning Weekday Afternoon Weekday Evening Weekend Morning Weekend Afternoon



Step 3: Volunteer Group Information




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Once this form is submitted, CAN's Director of Volunteers will be in touch to discuss the details of how your group can get involved with Community Action Network's programs and services.