Volunteer Options

Generally, volunteers at First Step fall into two categories:

  1. Consistent Volunteers.
  2. Project Based Volunteers.

Consistent Volunteers

Consistent Volunteers are volunteers who want to have direct contact with First Step clients, and who want to engage with clients on an ongoing basis.  Consistent Volunteers are asked to make a six (6) month commitment, and for most volunteer positions, you must be at least 18 years old.

First Step will provide you with the foundational training you will need to be successful. You must attend all training dates to be included.

Also, out of obligation to the clients we serve and our community stakeholders, we have a rigorous screening process that includes:

  • State and Federal criminal background checks,
  • Driving Records Check (if you will be required to drive for the agency, or on agency time),
  • Department of Health and Human Services child abuse and neglect check,
  • Interviews.

Project-Based Volunteers

Project-Based Volunteers are individuals or groups that will not interact with clients on an on-going basis. These volunteers tend to do work in and around our offices to help improve the spaces or to provide a single event for the agency. These events are usually self-scheduled with staff and program input.

This kind of volunteering does not require the complete training, background checks, and interview process.

Volunteer Process

If you would like to volunteer on a consistent basis, here is some information that is going to be helpful:

  1. Pick which form of volunteering you want to pursue:
    1. Individual Volunteering
    2. Project-Based Volunteering
  2. If you would like to become a Consistent Volunteer, complete the following documents and return them to Hilary Hitte by email at hhitte@firststep-mi.org or fax to 734-722-4311:
    1. Volunteer Application
    2. Authorization for Background form
    3. DHHS Check form (Form instructions can be found here)
    4. Driving Records form
  3. Schedule and attend an initial screening interview with the Community Services Advocate.
  4. If approved, you must attend training.

Volunteer Orientation:

Our next volunteer orientations will take place on:
Friday, February 8, 2019:  10:30am – 12:00pm
Thursday, February 14, 2019: 10:30am -12:00pm
Thursday, February 21, 2019: 6:00pm – 7:30pm 
Thursday, February 28, 2019: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Upcoming Training:


Reminder:  You must attend all four days.

Day 1 & 2:  Saturday, May 18, 2019 and Sunday, May 19, 2019
Day 3 & 4:  Saturday, June 1, 2019 and Sunday, June 2, 2019

Specialized Training

Some of our volunteer positions, require specialized training. Prospective Childcare Volunteers (Nurturing) and Assault Response Advocates are required to attend specialized training.  (Please note that these dates are tentative , exact dates and times will be posted when that information becomes available.)

Legal:  Tuesday, June 4, 2019 or Thursday, June 6, 2019
Nuturing:  Thursday, June  6, 2019 or Thursday, June 13, 2019
Assault Response:  Saturday, June 8, 2019 or Sunday, June 9, 2019

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