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Free Community Training

The quarterly community training is the Ruth Ellis Center’s Volunteer Orientation. The next training is  Friday and Saturday, October 20th and 21st, 2016. Register HERE TODAY! 



For volunteers working directly with young people, we require the following documentation:

Volunteers are also required to attend a volunteer orientation available at Quarterly Training or via appointment.


Our youth need your help! Your time and commitment can make a big difference in our programs.

For example, Drop-in Center Volunteers:

  • Assist in preparing meals and snacks
  • Help staff clean-up kitchen after meal times
  • Assist young people with laundry
  • Help young people in the CyberCenter
  • Present positive role models

We also need volunteers in the Donation Center, where duties include:

  • Sorting and organizing donations of clothing
  • Sorting and organizing donations of non perishable food
  • Packing outreach and hygiene supply kits
  • Organizing and storing household items

We also need volunteers to:

  • Work with staff to represent the Center at external special events
  • Help with mailings
  • Assist staff with office work, filing etc.
  • Assist with Center’s own special events

What do we expect from Volunteers?

  • Accepting young adults as they are and where they are
  • Committing to the youth and not “dropping out” after a short time
  • Tolerance
  • Valuing a team working toward a common goal
  • Being an appropriate role model for young adults
  • Being available with notice
  • Demonstrating maturity
  • Responsibility and caring

If you are interested in volunteering please contact the Center for information, 313.252.1950 or print, complete and mail or email the volunteer application.