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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

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

Saturday, September 13, 2014 CANCELLED 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

Wednesday, October 8.2014 5:30 pm-7:00 pm 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 5:30 pm-7:00 pm 

Saturday, November 8, 2014 10:30 am-12:00 pm 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 5:30 pm-7:00 pm 

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

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 - August 2014
Sam (Maria) Negron

Sam has been a volunteer since early March of 2014. Her volunteer placement began as a requirement for her Human Service program at University of Phoenix. She was required to complete 175 hours within 15 weeks. She states that honestly, however, she has learned a lot about what volunteering truly means. She feels volunteering not only offers an opportunity to contribute to an organization with a great goal and mission; it also offers a great way to meet and connect with new people. She loves helping at the many special events. She also enjoys volunteering as a Youth Advocate, which allows her to get better acquainted with the youth at the center. Sam goes on to say that this experience has shown her many different perspectives. Before volunteering, she did not know much about the LGBTQA community. She feels by attending the Aff Action Night and phone banking for the support of ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act) have probably affected her the most. She feels that knowing the LGBTQA community can be discriminated in the workplace (here in Michigan) and realizing that there are no laws protecting LGBTQA workers in place, has really made her more aware of the anti-discrimination currently affecting the LGBTQA community. Sam plans on remaining active as a volunteer now that her school requirements are completed. In collaboration with a colleague (who is also an Affirmations volunteer), they are trying to develop some kind of plan for the youth drop-in program so they can continue to receive nutrition food and snacks. Just about everything that the youth center has is from donation, which, includes food and drinks, so they are trying to plan a donation campaign to see if the community would like to help out with more nutrition food donations. Their main goal is to have a plan where each youth can always have a healthy snack. Sam is a mom of 5 boys (that includes her 8 month old boxer bullmastiff). She says it’s important that she and her husband try to set the best example they can for their boys; because their boy's generation is going to have to continue to care for this world and that is a huge responsibility to carry out.


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