The Children's Center

79 W Alexandrine St, Detroit, MI 48201
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Our missionTo help children and families shape their own futures.

The Children’s Center

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Family Fun Nights

Throw a disco dance party for our kids and parents. Organize an afternoon tea party. Or help us coordinate Project Empowerment, a workshop that helps youths avoid self-destructive behaviors and maintain a positive self-image.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Groups (10+), Corporate Teams
  • Indoor
  • None
  • Weekends

Group Outings

Organize a trip to the library, zoo, sports game, Museum, Eastern Market, or bowling. Help us with transportation, admission tickets, and food for an educational day out.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Groups (10+), Corporate Teams
  • Event support, Indoor, Outdoor
  • None
  • Weekends

Tau Beta Center for Family Literacy

Volunteers are in the Tau Beta Center for Family Literacy have a huge impact on our children and families. Volunteers will sort donations, enter books into database, distribute library cards, check in/out books, and read to children. These Volunteers play a critical role in improving the literacy skills of our children.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Indoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Cooking Class

The healthy cooking classes for the children and their families is a chance for the children to learn healthy cooking habits. Volunteers would be needed to assist in set up and cleanup of cooking class, helping the families cook their meal, and positively encouraging them to participate. These volunteers help our families to learn healthy cooking skills that they can use for the rest of their lives.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Event support, Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Boutique

The Boutique offers our children and families gently used clothing, household goods, toys, and food. Volunteers run our boutique daily performing a variety of tasks. These volunteers help to ensure our children have the basic needs items they so desperately need.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Indoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Homework Help

The Homework Help program offers children assistance with their homework assignments. Children are encouraged to bring homework and are paired with a volunteer to assist them. This program is a critical service in helping our children thrive. Volunteers give children the tools they need to be successful in school.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Donation Drives

Help us collect and sort food, gently used clothing, back-to-school supplies, coats, toys, and hygiene products for our boutique – serving over 200 families every month. We also host drives for items like cleaning kits, foster care welcome kits, children’s books, professional attire, holiday baskets, and winter coats.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Corporate Teams
  • Indoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Fitness Class

Volunteers for this program will aid in the execution of a group fitness class for our children and families. Volunteers will assist in set up and clean up pre and post workout. They will be instrumental in encouraging participants to participate and have fun! Classes can include but are not limited to yoga and zumba. Volunteers help to give children the tools for an active lifestyle.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Holiday Shop

Holidays are the most magical time of the year. Donations help us keep it that way for our families. Help us by collecting new, unwrapped toys for children, stocking stuffers, hats and gloves, grocery gifts cards, and gift-wrapping supplies. You can also work as greeters, personal shoppers, gift wrappers or shelf stockers during volunteer times.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Indoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Family Game Night

Round up educational board games for playtime and prizes, create fun goodie bags, and provide a healthy dinner for our families. Then bring your crew on event day to man the game stations, encourage children to participate, and provide a fun-filled atmosphere of learning and laughter.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Groups (10+), Corporate Teams
  • Indoor
  • None
  • Evenings

Main Campus Beautification

Plant flowers, weed and prune bushes in the gazebo garden, or spread mulch around our playscapes. Getting your hands dirty is rewarding.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • Teens, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Families
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekends

Art Advance

This program is a wonderful opportunity for our children to receive free art classes from a certified art therapist. Volunteers are will assist in setting up the event, assisting children with their art project, and cleaning up at the conclusion of the event. Volunteers help our children to heal through creativity and self-expression.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Event support, Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Arts & Crafts Party

Bring out your creative side and help us throw a holiday-themed arts and crafts party with supplies, food, beverages, and table décor.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Groups (10+), Corporate Teams
  • Indoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Weekends
About usThe Children’s Center is home to many specialized clinical services. We lead the way in working with children who struggle with behavioral, emotional, educational, intellectual and developmental challenges or may have experienced trauma. We treat the whole child, looking at more than a single issue so we can provide the best, most comprehensive integrated care. We examine barriers in the home, school and community, working with the family who raises them and the organizations that support them. The Children’s Center stands for family, for healing and for hope.
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