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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 10:30 am-12:00 pm
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. 

RJ (Shakitta) Jennings

Volunteer Spotlight - August 2014

I've been an Affirmations volunteer for approximately 5 months now and during this short time I have learned more about myself than ever before.

The one thing that I like most about volunteering at Affirmations is the feeling of being appreciated. Day after day I give of myself, my energy, and my thoughts to others without so much as a thank you and after a while, I begin to question my purpose in life. That was before I got involved in Affirmations, and started meeting wonderful people. I found myself; and this is the best part of volunteering. I always felt like an odd ball around because of the way I dress or the things I like, but I learned that these are what make me an individual. I had the confidence to sign up and sing karaoke during the Derby Night fundraising event at the Liberty Bar last winter; which to everyone else this may seem small but to me having enough self confidence to do this was a dream come true. There are days when I wouldn't look at myself in the mirror, but that day I had the confidence to stand and sing in front of a group of strangers! A very memorable moment for me. 

The youth center is an important program to me within Affirmations. I started a food drive, and it didn't go as well as I liked, so I stepped back and redesigned my approach and tried again.
My hobbies that I like the most is couponing and going to garage sales, the excitement of the hunt intrigues me.

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