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WELCOME! Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer. 

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 tasks; for example, Gallery Ambassadors, Front Desk Volunteers, Group Facilitators, and Youth Advocates. Volunteers are also vital to the success of such events as Pride, The Spring Bash, the Vineyard and a host of other positions and tasks to numerous to mention. Only through the literally thousands of volunteer hours donated each year is Affirmations able to offer the programs and services it does to the local LGBT community on a daily basis. Please review the information below on how to begin the process of becoming an Affirmations Volunteer.  



 


 Overview of the Volunteer Program 

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 the 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.



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 On-Going Training and Committee Opportunities
(please note that these opportunities are only available to Affirmations Volunteers; if you are not yet a volunteer, please see the information above to begin the application process) 

 

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 is only offered twice a year. Attendance is limited, so sign up early!! If you would like to attend this training – email the Volunteer Manager 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 donors; $35 for non-donors. Training is held on two consecutive evenings and attendee must attend both sessions to receive a certificate of completion. 

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