We want YOU to volunteer at Haven House!
To get started,
complete an application.
It takes less than three minutes!
Once we recieve your application, you will be contacted to set up an orientation.
Email or call Volunteer & Special Projects Coordinator Gabriel Biber (517) 337-2731 with any questions. Haven House relies on many volunteers to provide an integral part of its services.
Natasha is a young lady who volunteered with her family. She wrote this great article about her experience.
There are several different roles in which volunteers make important contributions.
Activity Leader (for adults or children)
Member of our Board of Directors
Other roles based on your personal interests and skills
Volunteer Staff Assistant / Intern
Community Service (court-ordered)
Office volunteers help by staffing our front office, answering phones and performing other tasks to keep operations running smoothly.
Shifts are available for two to four hours. Fill out an application to let us know your availability to help with running our office.
Includes managing our food bank and donation activities!
Help by making dinner for our residents. You can do it on your own or with a friend. Pick a day to come and make dinner!
Our staff will make sure you have everything you need.
If you have your own idea for a fun dinner, let us know.
Dinner prep usually takes about two hours, from 3:30-5:30 pm.
If you've already filled out an application, you can email Gabriel to get involved.
Contact us now to get on the dinner schedule April-August 2013!
Spend a couple hours staffing our kids playroom, providing open playtime or a craft, project or game of your choosing.
This is an important service and provides some fun for our residents' kids while parents are engaged in on-site classes and enrichment activities.
You can also lead an activity for whole families.
Help us maintain our shelter with handy-man (or -woman) type work.
Includes replacing light bulbs, touch-up painting, small repairs, and other tasks according to your interest and abilities.
Help us with our various fundraising acitivites, from our Tailgating on the Banks of the Red Cedar cookbook, to holiday coupon books, to our Have-a-Heart campaign and more.
Member of Board of Directors
Serving on our Board is an excellent way to leverage your talents and connections to help us optimize our shelter and programming. Inquiries regarding joining our Board will be forwarded to our Exectuive Director upon receipt by our Volunteer Coordinator.
Other Roles: YOU make the call
Do you have a special talent or interest?
Let's talk about how you can shine your light to benefit Haven House.
Start by filling out our application and be sure to specify your interests.
See those cute ingredients to the right? Yup, those were illustrated by a Haven House volunteer!
Volunteer Staff Assistant / Intern
VSAs are volunteers who take on special responsibilities, similar to some staff duties.
These volunteers must be exceptionally reliable, professional, respectful and flexible.
The volunteer understands the need for confidentiality and agrees to the policies of Haven House.
They also understand and accept diversity and cultural differences.
Responsibilities May Include:
transferring calls appropriately
taking messages with time, date, caller's name, person called and message
taking information on calls for shelter
providing items from the pantry and personal needs closet
exiting (assembling items from donations for their new home, checking room, etc.)
Assisting staff with dinner preparation as needed
Preparing, dispensing and documenting food bank orders
Accepting and documenting walk-in donations and putting items away
Organizing storage as needed
Assisting with data compilation for funding reports
Community Service (Court-Ordered)
We offer opportunities for individuals to complete court-ordered community service. We do not host individuals with a history of any of the following: violent crime, criminal sexual conduct or drug-related crime.
If you would like to volunteer at Haven House, please fill out an application.
Contact Volunteer & Special Projects Coordinator Gabriel Biber with any questions or to schedule an orientation.
At right is pictured a volunteer group of MSU Law students led by board member Dorian George (foreground) improving our playground in 2012.
Look out for a brand-new play area at Haven House in 2013 as part of our 30th Anniversary commemorative year.