Volunteer Opportunities2019-01-11T12:14:20+00:00

Volunteer Opportunities

We are constantly looking for volunteers to help us with special events, including shelter host weeks and fundraisers. Check the sign up here!

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Current congregation partner volunteers – click here to sign the volunteer waiver agreement.

Before you begin volunteering, we ask that you please take a moment to read through our available volunteer opportunities below and fill out our volunteer application. Once you have completed the volunteer application, please contact our Development Team at 248-809-3773 to discuss volunteering and set up a time to meet.


Organizing Donations

Help sort, hang, fold, stock, and organize donations of clothing, food, and housewares. We need help organizing donations Monday through Friday and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. This activity calls for hard working, self-motivated and detail-oriented volunteers.

 untitled-51October-18,-2015_VolunteerEmergency Shelter Support

Assist congregations during their hosting week. Sometimes congregations need extra drivers and overnight supervisors. This function is vital in assuring our organization continues to operate smoothly. All volunteers for congregation support need to be flexible. These opportunities call for individuals who can adapt to different environments. Times and locations may vary.

Interested in becoming a host site? Contact LaTasha Lotts, Shelter Coordinator, at latasha@oaklandshelter.org to inquire about open hosting weeks, schedule a time to visit a host site, and discover other ways you can support our shelter.

Transportation Support

Transportation continues to be a major barrier among the homeless population. Many of our clients need rides to appointments and job interviews they have arranged throughout the day. This is a great way to help our clients on the path towards self sufficiency. All volunteer drivers utilize their personal vehicles and must present a valid license with updated registration and insurance. Transportation support is needed Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Life Skills Classes

We currently have a great need for self-motivated individuals who are willing and able to facilitate classes for SOS clients. Examples of classes held by volunteers at SOS include: Resume and Cover Letter Assistance, Financial Literacy, Adult Literacy, Mock Interviews, Creative Writing, Computer Skills, Parenting Classes and  Navigating a Career in Transition, Yoga, Karate, Art Therapy, Guitar Lessons, Singing Lessons, and Knitting.


Provide educational support to SOS clients by assisting with  homework, school projects, as well teaching positive study skills. Tutoring takes place at 5:00 p.m. at the SOS office or at 7:00 p.m. at the host site. Tutors should come once every week.