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Where to Volunteer this Holiday Season

The holiday season is a time that many of us feel inspired to volunteer. But sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. So we decided to share the top three local organizations we have volunteered at. ‘Tis the season!


Focus: Hope 

  • Mission: Recognizing the dignity and beauty of every person, we pledge intelligent and practical action to overcome racism, poverty, and injustice. And to build a metropolitan community where all people may live in freedom, harmony, trust and affection. Black and white, yellow, brown and red from Detroit and its suburbs of every economic status, national origin and religious persuasion we join in this covenant.
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Packing food boxes for the community, delivering food for senior citizens and tutoring students.
  • Our Experience: Click HERE for more info and to read about our experience volunteering at Focus: Hope.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Outreach 

  • Mission: 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 our obligation to service others.
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Prepare and distribute food to the homeless of Detroit.
  • Our Experience: Click HERE for more info and to read about our experience volunteering at the Peanut Butter & Jelly Outreach.

Forgotten Harvest

  • Mission: Forgotten Harvest “rescued” 48.8 million pounds of food last year by collecting surplus prepared and perishable food from 800 sources, including grocery stores, fruit and vegetable markets, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors and other Health Department-approved sources.  This donated food, which would otherwise go to waste, is delivered free-of-charge to 280 emergency food providers in the Metro Detroit area.
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Package food for those in need in the warehouse or work on their farm.
  • Our Experience: Click HERE for more info and to read about our experience volunteering at Forgotten Harvest.