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Volunteer and Job Opportunities

Mid-Michigan Food Bank helps to prevent hunger by distributing salvaged food products, including produce and fresh foods, at low or no cost to area non-profit agencies serving the hungry in Clare, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Isabella and Shiawassee counties.

The Michigan History Center 702 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI, 48915 is looking for history-lovers like you to join our team of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers. Our volunteers assist with special events, archives and collections projects, guided tours, facilitated programs for students, and more! In-depth knowledge of Michigan’s history is not required and scheduling is flexible. If you are interested in using your talents to make a difference at the Michigan History Center, we invite you to join us for a Volunteer Information Session & Orientation. Dates for upcoming Information Sessions can be found at or by contacting Volunteer Coordinator, Sara Gross at or 517-420-1342.

The Davies Project for Mid-Michigan Children.  This 501(c)3 non-profit provides non-medical support to Lansing area families with a long-term, seriously ill child. 

R. J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project utilizes volunteers, usually retirees from a wide range of backgrounds, to make handcrafted wooden toys and games for children of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties who are disadvantaged or in crisis. Volunteers work on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 am to 11:30 am. The amount of time each person can give to the project determines when they can volunteer. To inquire about becoming a volunteer, send an email to,  or visit the website: The Toy Project is located at 16991 US 27 Dewitt, MI 48906.

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Helping Hands is a facility (located behind People’s Church on Grand River) that provides temporary relief for caregivers and families who are caring for those with disabilities, chronic illnesses, and the elderly.  The mission of Helping Hands Respite Center is to enhance the quality of life for family members and caregivers of individuals affected by life altering conditions and to give a little relief to those providing 24/7 care of a loved one.  www.HelpingHandsRespite.Care

The Alzheimer's Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter uses volunteers in a variety of roles.  See the Alzheimer's MGLC web page.

Tri-County Office on Aging Since 1974 the Tri-County Office on Aging (TCOA) has been the region's one-stop-shop for information and services that older adults,  persons with disabilities and their families need to live independently and remain active in their communities. Best known for its Meals on Wheels program, there are many opportunities to volunteer.  Please visit the website at to see a list of ways to help.   If you have questions please call Vaughn Thompson at 517-887-1377 or email

East Lansing Prime Time Seniors' Program 

Capital Area United Way

Volunteer for the MSU Gardens

Old Newsboys Association

In 1924, Lansing truant officer George Palmer discovered that many children were not attending school because they lacked proper footwear.  With the help of the community, he created what has become known as the Old Newsboys Association.  In cooperation with the Lansing State Journal, a single day “fun” publication, spoofing the year’s events, is sold in December. 

All proceeds from the sale are used to purchase footwear for needy children living within a 25-mile radius of the City of Lansing with no funds from the sale being diverted for administrative costs.   Your Retirees Association decided in 2006 to help this organization either through providing volunteers on the day of the sale to “hawk” the “spoof” edition of the Lansing State Journal or through contributions by its members.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Brenda Spackman at 651-9101 or the Retirees’ Office at 353-7896.  You will be contacted and given complete instructions.  If you cannot volunteer but would like to learn more, please check out the web site

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To list volunteer opportunities or job openings for MSU retirees, contact the MSU Retirees Association at and provide the following information: organization name, location of position (city/state), details of position, and how to contact you.  MSU retirees, contact us to volunteer in the retiree office or to become active on the retirees board to better our association.