1000 W Paterson St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
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Our missionTo create a culture of equity and inclusion that transforms the lives of Northside residents and beyond through effective, efficient and quality opportunities.

Douglass Community Association

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Special Projects

DCA has a variety of projects throughout the year like decorating for the holidays, working in the garden, repackaging diapers, bulk mailings, community events, and so on. You also might have your own project idea to support the Douglass – either way, we welcome your support!
  • One-time, Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Event support, Indoor, Outdoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays

Douglass Pride Ambassador

Role modeling and informal mentoring to engage youth in an effort to build relationships provide love, attention, and interventions in affirming, positive, non-judgmental, and trauma informed ways.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays

Food Distribution

Unpack, stock, and give out food to individuals and families. Distribution days are the third Wednesday* of each month from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm. *Days are subject to change.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families
  • Indoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays

Volunteer Organizer

Reach out to volunteers who have applied to the Douglass and arrange appropriate experiences that meet the volunteer’s skill level and ability, personality, desire, and schedule. Provide large groups with special opportunities.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays

Study To Play

Study to Play is an incentive-based program for middle school and high school youth during the school year on Tuesday. Volunteer tutors needed for the hour of studying 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and for basketball playtime, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. By working with kids in a one-on-one setting on their homework, we are engaging and mentoring our youth and building relationships of trust.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays

Office Team Support

Provide office support by completing general office duties (front desk coverage, filing, data entry, etc.) as well as for special projects, fundraisers, and community events. A person who is a creative thinker and is comfortable leading projects from start to finish would thrive in the DCA environment.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays

Greeter

Welcome people who come to the Douglass and help direct them where they want to go. Provide information about programs and services, events, and resources that Douglass and other occupants in the building offer.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays

Douglass Caretaker

Assist with cleaning Douglass’ facility (offices, common rooms, gym, and bathrooms), room set up for events, maintenance needs, and grounds keeping, which includes both indoor and outdoor work.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Diaper Bank

Unpack, stock, and give out diapers and wipes to individuals and families. Inventory is every other Monday after 3:00 pm. Distribution days are Tuesday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays

Internship

DCA offers internship opportunities and encourages innovating project ideas to enhance the Northside community. Individuals who are self-motivated would be a good fit at the Douglass.
  • Weekly
  • Teens, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays
How you helpRecruiting, screening, and supervising volunteers with targeted skill sets will remain a priority in achieving agency goals, as well as developing new programming. You have the power to change the lives of many today.
About usThroughout its history, the Douglass has served individuals in the Northside neighborhood, as well as the greater Kalamazoo community as a center for social, recreational, and community development activities. The DCA’s goal is to be a center for diverse and world-class services which empower the residents of the Northside and the greater Kalamazoo area to enhance their quality of life.
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