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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 Helpline Operators. They also assist with our Youth Program, Media Center and Advocacy work.


Click here for an over view of the Affirmations Volunteer program.

For more information just drop by one of the New Volunteer Meetings at one of the dates below or contact Mark McMillan, Events 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. 

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 expansive and ever changing, always adapting to the changes at the center. You are welcome to start the 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:


Thursday March 27, 2014 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Saturday April 12, 2014 10:30 pm - 12:00 pm
Thursday April 24, 2014 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Saturday May 10, 2014 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesday May 28, 2014 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Friday June 13, 2014 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Wednesday June 25, 2014 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


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.

Training and Committee Opportunities
Helpline Training 
Help us keep our foundation strong by volunteering to be there for someone who needs support — learn to provide anonymous, confidential peer counseling for callers from the LGBT community. 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. 

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, not only hosts the most prestigious members of the local Metro Detroit LGBT community, but also changes venues yearly. Recently, the Spring Bash has been held at the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel. If you would liket to help us plan and organize the 2014 event by joining the Spring Bash Planning Committee, please contact Mark McMillan, at 248-398-7105, for more information.


Meet Our Volunteer of the Month
John White

  John White has been a volunteer at Affirmations since October, 2013. He worked in the IT field for many years and likes that the environment at Affirmations is not at all like corporate America. He also enjoys the routine that he has developed as an Affirmations' volunteer and looks forward to working on the Helpline at some point in the future.

While John is glad to support an important organization like Affirmations, he also enjoys the outdoors and animals when he is not busy with his volunteer work at Affirmations. John is frequently around Affirmations, so if you happen to see him, say hi and thank him for his volunteer work on behalf of Affirmations.

If you know a volunteer who you would like to be recognized, please send us an e-mail at

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