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WELCOME! Affirmations was built from the ground up on the strong shoulders of volunteers. Since 1989 we have remained committed to fostering community involvement through an active volunteer program. Volunteer opportunities span a variety of programs and categories; some of them are Gallery Ambassadors, Front Desk Volunteers, Group Facilitators, and Youth Advocates. They also assist with Pride season, The Spring Bash, the Helpline and a host of other positions and tasks to numerous to mention. Affirmations wouldn't be able to offer the programs and services it does without the thousands of volunteer hours donated by volunteers like you!


 Click here for an over view of the Affirmations Volunteer program. For more information, just drop by a New Volunteer Meeting, the dates are listed below or contact Mark McMillan, Facility and Volunteer Manager at (248) 398-7105. 

New Volunteer Meetings 
Attend a New Volunteer Meeting and learn about Affirmations' history, mission, vision and philosophy. Enjoy a guided tour of the facility, and hear about ways you can use your skills and passion to make a difference in the LGBTQ community. These meetings are strictly informational and provide an opportunity to answer questions, complete the application process and become more familiar with where you may fit with in the organization. No appointment necessary. 

If you are unsure which meeting you will be attending, simply drop in to any meeting that works best with your schedule. If you prefer, see below to get the process started on line. Keep in mind, our overall volunteer program is broad and ever changing, always adapting to the changes at the center. You are welcome to start the application process online, with the expectation that you will be attending an upcoming New Volunteer Meeting in the near future. See the link above for an overview of the volunteer program.

Upcoming New Volunteer Meetings

Saturday, December 13, 2014 10:30am-12:00pm 
(No Thursday meeting in December due to holiday season) 

Saturday January 10, 2015 10:30 am-12:00pm 
Thursday January 22, 2015 5:30pm-7:00pm

Saturday February 14, 2015 10:30am-12:00pm
Thursday February 26, 2015 5:30pm-7:00pm 


Online Survey Application
Affirmations strides to up hold it's mission of inclusion and acceptance. Our volunteer application is a little different than what you are used to in the standard job market. If you are ready to attend one of the upcoming New Volunteer Meetings above, you are welcome to start the application process here. Keep in mind, you will still be required to complete a Background check authorization form at the New Volunteer Meeting.

 

Some Training and Committee Opportunities

Youth Advocate Training
If you would like to volunteer in the newly expanded youth program hours from Monday to Saturday evenings (and/or other as needed events), then you need to become a Youth Advocate by successfully completing this training. This training will allow participants to assess personal comfort levels in interacting with youth; understand YEP policies and procedures; become familiar with the YEP space and activities; increase skills in building rapport with youth; and increase skills in re-framing conflict. This training are offered quarterly. Attendance is limited, so sign up early!! If you would like to attend this training – email Mark McMillan or call 248-398-7105

Facilitator Development Training

Learn to facilitate groups at Affirmations in this training on group and community communication. The Facilitator Development Training builds empathy and active listening skills to support personal growth and leadership development. Both new and existing facilitators are welcome. Cost is $25 for members; $35 for non-members. Training is held on two consecutive evenings and attendee must attend both sessions to receive a certificate of completion. 

Spring Bash Planning Committee
The Spring Bash, the center's annual black tie fundraiser, hosts the most prestigious members of the local Metro Detroit LGBT community and its allies, while changing venues yearly. Recently, the Spring Bash has been held at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel and the newly remodeled Cobo Arena. If you would like be involved with the 2015 Spring Bash Planning Committee, please contact the Affirmations' Event Coordinator, at 248-398-7105. 

 


 


Volunteer Spotlight - December 2014
Kim K. 

December’s volunteer spotlight is on Kim K.; who has been a volunteer for about 4 years now. Kim says she enjoys volunteering because doing for and giving to others is so rewarding. She goes on to state that “It's also a refreshing change from the daily 9-5. I have volunteered at other organizations, but one thing that keeps me at Affirmations is the variety of volunteer opportunities.” Kim has been at the front desk, in the library/cybercenter, and at special functions, but she’s found her niche collecting data and putting together reports about the center for the staff and board members. If you’ve ever wondered, Kim is the volunteer who assists with the center statistics and the group demographic information. During her time as a volunteer, Kim has gotten to meet many wonderful people and make some new friends. She says “equality and treating everyone with love and support has always been important to me and I was fortunate to grow up in a family where our differences were not only accepted but celebrated.” As an ally, Kim wishes that her volunteer efforts and her voice might reach those who were not so fortunate to be raised in an environment of acceptance.

Given this time of year, there are really no upcoming volunteer opportunities to really get excited about; however, Kim is excited about the possibilities in 2015. Finally, as an interesting aspect, Kim has a bit of advice about artistic talent and annual traditions: “I have one grandmother who is an artist. Every year on or around her Birthday, she draws a self-portrait, as she has for the past 40 years. A couple of years ago, I started the habit; and I highly recommend it to everyone. Even if you think you have no artistic talent, you'll surprise yourself and you'll have a fun collection of portraits to chronicle the years.”



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