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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, July 12, 2014 10:30 pm - 12:00 pm
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Saturday, August 9, 2014 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesday, September 24, 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.

 

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 Andi Greer, Event Coordinator, at 248-677-7215. 
Vy Reed   Volunteer Spotlight - July 2014

I have been a volunteer at Affirmations for 19 years, thirteen of which were spent as the facilitator of the Silver Fox Group, a group for women over 45. I have also done many other group's on women's issues: Creating Loving Relationships, The Artist Way, and other senior groups. Presently I facilitate a group called "The Senior Koffee Klatch". I have in the previous years worked in the library and office at Affirmations, and also helped set up the original library in Affirmations' old building. I like facilitating because I enjoy being with people and providing a safe place for them to meet. The variety of people I meet keeps me on my toes. In 2004 I won the Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions of time, talent, and pride in support of the LGBT community and I am always looking forward to more volunteer opportunities

In my spare time, I enjoy painting, creating collages, and making greeting cards. I have had a few showings of my artwork in the Affirmations building. I enjoy writing poetry and have had a book published of my work. I also have a couple more books of my poetry I am looking forward to having published. I enjoy golfing, playing cards, going to art fairs and kayaking, as well as taking walks with my little dog Dusty, who has truly stolen my heart


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