3785 Veterans Dr, Traverse City, MI 49684
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Our missionCFS creates safer and healthier communities in Northern Michigan through a wide-ranging collection of services and programs that support the well-being of those we serve in times of crisis, challenge, and life transition.

Child & Family Services of Northwestern Michigan

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Office Projects Volunteer

Office Projects Volunteers assist staff with taking inventory and organizing donation and client supplies. This may include compiling emergency duffle bags or back packs and other general office projects. These volunteers must have an interest in supporting CFS activities and a pleasant demeanor.
  • Occasional
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Specialized Volunteer

Because of the nature of the confidential care being delivered by our agency, a select group of experienced CFS volunteers may be invited to assist with client support groups. This level of volunteering requires a commitment to an on-going, regular schedule for an extended period of time. The placement process includes a background check, an application and an interview with CFS staff members. These volunteer assignments are made by the careful matching of client needs with the skills and interests of the volunteer.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Clerical Office Volunteer

Clerical Office Volunteers assist staff with data entry, mailing materials, and other office tasks based on the need. These volunteers must have an interest in supporting CFS activities and a pleasant demeanor.
  • Occasional
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Indoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays

Harbor Springs Office

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Child & Family Services in Harbor Springs please contact Michelle Nichols, Harbor Springs Site Coordinator.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Paper Angels Volunteer

Paper Angels volunteers help answer the phone and represent the agency in matching donors with Christmas wish lists. This includes answering the phone, copying, faxing, mailing and tracking wish lists. These volunteers must have a big smile, warm heart and good communication skills.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays

Events Volunteer

Event Volunteers help with various fundraising and community events throughout the year. These volunteers are important connectors between CFS and our community and work with a smile.
  • Occasional
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Event support
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
How you helpHere at CFS we strive to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities by offering a variety of experiences that can make a positive contribution to our organization. Volunteers are an important link to our community and are integral to our mission and the important work that we do in northern Michigan.
About usEveryday, thousands of Michigan’s children and families are left alone and vulnerable due to challenges beyond their control. Our 501(c)(3) organization uses a trauma-focused lens to help children, adolescents, adults, and families thrive by providing tools and resources to undo the damage from society’s toughest situations. We offer a variety of programs, such as Third Level Services, YouthWork, Safe Haven, and Wraparound to help children and families heal, grow, and realize their true potential, regardless of the setback. CFS offers foster care, adoption, behavioral health, foster home licensing, and crisis respite programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), assuring our stakeholders of our commitment to excellence in our clinical and administrative practices.
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