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A volunteer group consists of 5 or more individuals who would like to partner with CAN on behalf of their organization or other affiliation. Volunteer groups can help with CAN's food programs, one-time volunteer opportunities (landscaping, cleaning, organizing, potlucks, etc.), leading workshops, etc. 

If a group is interested in working directly with CAN's children & youth, please complete this large group application initially. After the primary contact touches base with CAN's Director of Volunteers, every individual within the group will be invited to complete an individual volunteer application, background check (if 18+) and online training.
COVID-19 Vaccination Record
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.

To do so, we believe that we all need to work together to prevent the incubation and spread of COVID-19 and its variants through wearing masks and vaccinations. The vaccine is safe, effective, and remains the best tool in preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death.

For staff and volunteers who partner in-person/on-site with CAN and CAN's families, the COVID-19 vaccine is required unless someone is considered to have a legitimate cause for exemption, which will be determined on a case by case basis.

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

Volunteer Group Information

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Volunteer Opportunities

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Working With Children & Youth
After School Program Volunteer:

Help staff operate a CAN After School Program (grades K-12, depending on location), assisting with homework, social-emotional development, enrichment activities, and making a difference by building meaningful relationships.

This program operates September-May, Monday-Thursday at most locations.

Commitment (minimum): 
  • One day a week for a semester from about 3:30pm-6:30pm (Monday-Thursday)
  • This opportunity is available at Arrowwood Hills, Brick, Bryant, Hikone, and Green Baxter Court (addresses above)

CAN Art & Design Volunteer:

Partner with the CAN Art & Design program to help students brainstorm ideas and put them into action! Volunteers do not need to be "artsy" -- just good cheerleaders!

CAN Art & Design is threaded within CAN After School Programs during the school year and provide the thematic activities for CAN Educational Summer Camps during the summer. 

Activities for this program during the school year take place once a week at each CAN location, typically at the end of After School Program (5pm-6pm), but varies by location and day.

Commitment (minimum): 
  • One day a week for a semester (Monday-Thursday) OR one day a week for the summer (Monday-Thursday)
  • This opportunity takes place at Arrowwood Hills, Brick, Bryant, Hikone, and Green Baxter Court (addresses above)
Read to Succeed Volunteer:

Read to Succeed Volunteers assist Brick Elementary School teachers for 1-2 hours a week during the school day with literacy-based activities.

This program operates September-June.


Read to Succeed Volunteers will assist the classroom teacher with a variety of literacy-based activities, which might include:


  • Reading with students (aloud to large group, aloud with small group, with a student one-on-one)

  • Practicing sight word memorization & play sight word games

  • Partnering with students through the writing process, or

  • Helping students practice and understand the components of storytelling

Commitment (minimum):
  • One day a week for a semester (Monday-Friday), any 1-2 hour block from 9:30am-3:30pm
  • This opportunity is only at Brick Elementary School in the Lincoln Consolidated school district
Summer Camp Volunteer

Educational Summer Camp Volunteers partner with elementary-aged children and youth to prevent summer loss of learning and build meaningful relationships as a mentor and role model.


In 2020, CAN's Educational Summer Camps will operate every Monday through Thursday, 10:00am-5:00pm from June 22 through July 30 at most locations (details may vary by site). 

Commitment (minimum):

  • One day a week for the 6 weeks of summer camp, or about 2 full weeks (Monday-Thursday at most sites)

  • Volunteers can choose between a 10am-12pm block, 2pm-4pm block, or volunteering all day

  • This opportunity takes place at Arrowwood Hills, Brick, Bryant, Hikone, and Green Baxter Court (addresses above)

After School CAN Art & Design Read to Succeed Summer Camp
Food & Meals
Bryant Food Market Volunteer

Bryant Market Volunteers assist with setting up for the weekly food distributions, greeting and assisting families with collecting food, organizing the emergency food pantry, and cleaning up after the food distributions to prep the community center for its after-school programs.

Volunteers should have strong customer service skills and those helping to unload the Food Gatherers truck should be able to lift at least 20lbs. 

Bryant food distributions operate every Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30am-12:30pm. Volunteers can choose to help from 8:30am-10:30am, 10:30am-12:30pm, or all 4 hours- 8:30am-12:30pm.

Commitment (minimum): 
  • One shift a week for three months (8:30am-10:30am/10:30am-12:30pm; volunteers are welcome to help for an entire distribution from 8:30am-12:30pm)*This opportunity takes place at Bryant Community Center (3 W. Eden Ct., Ann Arbor, MI 48108)
*Volunteers with CAN's Bryant Market are required to complete an online training and will receive and in-person orientation on their first day. Because there are specific skills we train our volunteers in attaining in order to operate a high-quality food program, we do not allow one-time volunteers or drop-ins.

Arrowwood Hills Food Distribution Volunteer

Arrowwood Hills Food Distribution Volunteers assist with setting up for the monthly food distributions, greeting and assisting families with collecting food, and cleaning up after the food distributions to prep the community center for its after-school programs.

Volunteers should have strong customer service skills and those helping to unload the Food Gatherers truck should be able to lift at least 20lbs. 

Arrowwood Hills Food Distributions operate the 2nd Friday of every month from 8am-1pm (or when families have finished collecting food). 

Commitment (minimum): 
  • 8am-10am (or when distribution ends) on the 2nd Friday of every month for three months

Mitchell or Brick Emergency Food Pantry Volunteer

Emergency Food Pantry Volunteers greet and assist families with collecting food and keep the food pantry organized. 

Volunteers should have strong customer service skills. This is a great opportunity for students, as there is a lot of downtime while waiting for families to come pick up food. 

Shifts can be determined based on the volunteer's availability.

Commitment (minimum):
  • 2 hours a week for 6 weeks

Mitchell Pantry Hours: 

Brick Pantry Hours: 

Make a Meal Volunteer

CAN serves filling, healthy dinners at every community center during its After School Programs (Monday-Thursday) or bring in food for a potluck during holiday parties.



Sign up to make and bring a dish to one of CAN's holiday parties


After School Program Dinners: 

Volunteer as an individual, as a family, or as a group to purchase and cook a healthy, filling meal for CAN's students. 


Drop off the meal hot, close to dinner time, or package it for re-heating. Meals can range from tacos, salads, lasagnas, casseroles, pizza, mac & cheese, spaghetti, steamed vegetables, and more! 

Bryant Market Arrowwood Hills Distributions Mitchell or Brick Emergency Food Pantries Make a Meal
One-Time Projects

Volunteers that partner with CAN come with a large range of interests and abilities. 


Some examples of ways volunteers have partnered with CAN in the past include: 

  • Working with CAN families to prepare community gardens for winter or spring and/or general landscaping around the community centers

  • Deep cleaning CAN community centers 

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

  • Community clean-up days/trash pick-up events

  • Collecting food for CAN's emergency food pantries

  • Collecting new school supplies for CAN students (to be passed out at the end of August Back-to-School BBQs)

  • Host an enrichment activity during summer or after-school programs (former activities have included educational meals/snacks, holiday parties, informational activities regarding safe use of over-the-counter medication, etc.)

  • Assisting with renovation or center updates (including furniture assembling or dissembling, which requires some mechanical/tool know-how)

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Location Preference

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Even if you select "Virtual," please indicate your Location Preference below. This will help us determine if there is a CAN location for which you might do remote volunteer work.
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.