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Share your time & talents

Help Build a More Equitable Future!

Thank you for your interest in sharing your time and talents with CAN!
Our volunteer opportunities are based on the needs of each unique neighborhood. To learn more about each CAN Location, view their information pages from the dropdown menu above.

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 COVID-19. For that reason, all staff, interns, and volunteers are required to have completed the COVID-19 vaccine and eligible boosters. Learn more about our COVID-19 Response Plan and Policies.

CAN Volunteer Opportunities

Please email volunteers@canwashtenaw.org with any questions you might have related to CAN's volunteer opportunities.

After School Program Mentor
This is a good fit for someone looking to be a strong role model for children in K-12 grades during our After School Programs.

After School Program Mentors build meaningful, supportive relationships, help implement CAN's educational curriculum, encourage children's healthy social-emotional skill development, provide academic/homework support, and cultivate an environment honoring inclusion, flexibility, and collaboration. Mentors receive pre-volunteering training and ongoing support/check-ins from team members.


  • A minimum of 2-3 hours a week, consistent weekly schedule per semester.

  • After School Program operates Monday-Thursday, typically 3-6pm (may vary by site), September-May. 

    • There is some flexibility, so please reach out to make sure we find the best fit.

All adults (18+) working with our children & youth will complete a background check.

Educational Program Enrichment Group
There are some opportunities for groups to volunteer with children during CAN's educational programs. Please contact
volunteers@canwashtenaw.org to connect about your group interests and see if they are aligned with the program and students' interests/goals.

"I volunteered with the CAN summer program at Brick Elementary...and that work basically saved me...everyone in those classrooms brightened my day and summer! ...I am forever grateful for the experience of working with CAN."
-Rachel L.

"One of my favorite aspects of the program is the (After School) program is the enthusiasm of the staff...and the energy the students bring every day." - Susan M. 

Food Distribution Partner
This is a good fit for someone interested in supporting food security and family stabilization efforts. Food distribution partners help with unloading the food truck, inspecting and organization food, making bags of food, and distributing food to community members. Below are the times each site typically has volunteer opportunities for food distribution partners:

Arrowwood Hills- 2nd Friday of the month from 8:30am-12:30pm
Brick- Thursdays from 9am-12:30pm
Bryant- Mondays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays from 9am-12pm and/or 11am-2pm
Creekside Court- 2nd, 4th, 5th Wednesday from 12:30pm-3pm
Green Baxter Court- Every other Wednesday from 12:3opm-3pm (from 5/4/22)
Hikone- Every other Wednesday from 12:30pm-3pm (from 5/11/22)

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Community Center Clean-Up Opportunities
This is a good opportunity for individuals and groups who enjoy cleaning up and beautifying neighborhoods. Community center clean-ups are an opportunity to meet other service-oriented people and to help your neighbors by assisting in the removal of trash and the overall organization of sites both indoors and outdoors. These are good one-time or monthly commitments.

Please contact volunteers@canwashtenaw.org
if you have any questions.

Want to supoort the great work of CAN but not feeling like right now is the right time? Don't worry--there are other ways you can help!

Support CAN by providing a financial contribution, sign up to give while you shop, donate items/goods, become a corporate sponsor, or advocate for the work CAN accomplishes within your communities.


Other Ways to Give

Support CAN by providing a financial contribution, sign up to give while you shop, donate items or goods, become a corporate sponsor, or advocate about the incredible work CAN accomplishes within your communities!