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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.

Upcoming New Volunteer Meetings

Saturday February 14, 2015 10:30am-12:00pm
Thursday February 26, 2015 5:30pm-7:00pm 

Saturday March 14, 2015 10:30am-12:00pm 
Thursday March 26, 2015 5:30pm-7:00pm 

Saturday April 11, 2015 10:30am-12pm
Thursday April 23, 2015 5:30pm-7:00pm


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. 
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 - February 2015
Jeff L. 


Jeff L. became a volunteer during the summer of 2013. What he likes most about volunteering is the opportunity to show his appreciation to Affirmations for “being there” for him when he came out in 2007. “I was at the darkest place in my life... had no idea how to pick up the pieces. The coming out groups and the married men’s groups were a blessing,” he says. He also says that he finds the center to be a caring and safe place for being who he was meant to be, following the Affirmations’ mission statement. “I am surrounded by an incredible staff and enjoy meeting soooo many wonderful people,” he says. The one thing that has affected him the most personally by volunteering is “learning I am not alone.” Jeff says that he has spoken with many people who were in the same position as him: married and with children; feeling trapped and ashamed of truly being who they are. He often connects on a personal level with center users by telling them about his personal journey of coming to terms with his true self; “I love that they see … there is life after years in the closet,” he says of the several older center users that he meets and bonds with often on a weekly basis.

Another experience that touched Jeff personally was participating in the Diversity & Inclusion training. He stated, “I am proud of the opportunity to become an ally of the transgendered community.” In general, Jeff states that he has loved helping out with the numerous special events, including the Spring and Fall bashes. He also loves helping out with media and guest speaker events as well. Says Jeff, “I have felt so at home, surrounded by members and allies of the LGBTQ family.” Jeff says this about the one interesting aspect about himself: “After forty-five years of teaching fifth grade, I have been blessed at the number of former students who have come out to me, when they knew I was out. (Particularly), one night when a former student walked into Affirmations, shrieking "Mr. Lightfoot!"”  



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