Michigan NSO

Volunteer with NSO

If you have thought about changing your community by volunteering, there is no better time than now to explore your options.  We have listed below a few opportunities for individuals and groups to support NSO.  To see a full list of NSO volunteer opportunities click here (March 2015). 

Volunteers Needed for Labor Day Senior Meal Delivery!

In partnership with Detroit Area Agency on Aging (DAAA), we will be delivering 140 meals to seniors in North Detroit on at 8:30 a.m. on Labor Day, Sept. 7. We are in need of 28 volunteers to deliver these meals to homebound seniors. Meal delivery will be split up into 14 routes with 10 seniors per route. Each route takes approximately one hour. 

We recommend that volunteers deliver in pairs with one person driving and the other person delivering the meal to the clients' doors. If you like, volunteer teams can request to deliver more than one route when they RSVP to volunteer. DAAA will provide turn-by-turn directions for each route. 

NSO volunteers will pick up their routes and meals from the NSO Bell Building located at 882 Oakman Blvd., Detroit, 48238 (staff and visitor parking lot)

Please RSVP no later than Monday, August 31 by forwarding your completed Meals on Wheels Volunteer Activity Form to Denise Figurski at dfigurski@nso-mi.org or 313-883-6206 (fax).

Click here for the volunter activity form.

Volunteers with Telephone Skills Needed 

Volunteers are needed to help answer the phones during the first two weeks in September at the Chene/Ferry office of NSO's Homeless Recovery Services Unit. Volunteers should be able to answer multiple lines, take messages and pleasantly assist callers.

Volunteers are needed Monday - Friday between 9 am - 5 pm.

Secure parking is provided.

If you would like to volunteer for two or more days each week, please contact Denise Figurski at dfigurski@nso-mi.org or 313-961-4890, ext. 1069.

Volunteer Opportunities with NSO Corporate Affairs

NSO Corporate Affairs (CA) is responsible for fundraising, marketing and volunteers. NSO CA also provides support to NSO Units and Unit activities. 

Office Assistant

Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., three to four hour shifts available

Volunteers willing to commit to one day a week for three to four hours are needed to assist with print material requests for promotional information, flyers and brochures, as requested by NSO units using the color copier, printer and scanner.  Other tasks include gathering designated print materials and assembling informaitonal packets, copying and scanning documents and assisting with event preparation.

Volunteer Opportunities at NSO Emergency Telephone Service/Suicide Prevention Center

NSO Emergency Telephone Service /Suicide Prevention Center (ETS/SPC) has provided free, 24-hour telephone crisis intervention, suicide prevention and information and referral services since 1978. Note: We do not utilize volunteers to answer ETS/SPC phone lines. These phone lines are always answered by trained master-degreed staff. 

Office Support

Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, three to four hour shifts for one to two volunteers, per location per shift

Volunteers with excellent computer skills are needed to assist at ETS/SPC. Experience using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint). Volunteers will help the department update their files online and off. 

Phone Follow-Up Assistant

Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm, three to four hour shifts for one to two volunteers, per location, per shift

Volunteers with friendly professional communication skills are needed to make follow up calls to non-emergency callers to determine if their needs were met by the resources provided during their call to ETS/SPC. Volunteers will be required to track follow up responses and enter them into an Excel spreadsheet. Note: An ongoing commitment is required for this opportunity along with several days of onsite training. ‚Äč

Volunteer Opportunities at NSO's Harper-Gratiot Multi-Service Center

NSO's Harper-Gratiot Multi Service Center (HGMSC) located on Detroit's Eastside provides comprehensive coordinated and accessible health and human service programs to the community in one convenient location.

HGMSC General Office Support (Individuals)

Three to four hour shifts available:   Monday through Friday between 9am - 4pm (one volunteer/shift)
Volunteers with basic office skills are needed to assist at HGMSC. If you are looking to refresh your skills or are retired but want to stay busy we can use your help. Assisting with filing, copying, basic data entry and more will allow staff to provide more services to those in need of support.  The ideal volunteer candidates would be able to make an ongoing commitment to work one or two days a week for four to six hours.

Volunteer Opportunities at the NSO Bell Building

NSO Bell Building provides permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless individuals and surrounds them with the support services needed to overcome their personal challenges. 

Volunteer Nurse

One, three-to-four hour shift a week, Monday through Friday.

The Volunteer Nurse position requires coordinating care of tenants within an apartment building setting with case managers including, but not limited to, performing health assessments, encouraging adherence to medication treatment regimens, and providing holistic support to promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles. We encourage our tenants to consult with our on-site nurse case manager to address basic health care needs and coordinate with their health care providers. Many of our tenants do not regular contact with primary care physicians. We welcome volunteers who have a deep and vested interest in helping our clients to achieve their life goals, hopes and dreams. You can establish days, times and frequency of service.

Computer Lab Monitor

One, three-to-four hour shift a week, Monday through Thursday or Friday between 9:00 am – 7:00 pm or Saturday between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm 

Volunteers with high-level computer skills are needed to monitor the NSO Bell Building Computer Lab. Volunteer Monitors increase Bell residents’ access to the Computer Lab and free staff to assist residents in other ways. Volunteers would assist Bell residents with basic computer usage including email, web searches, completing online forms and applications, etc. They will also ensure that equipment is utilized correctly and it is not removed from the Computer Lab. Friendly, knowledgeable and patient volunteers will enjoy helping residents with limited computer skills to broaden their access to the world. You can establish days, times and frequency of service. 

Monthly Birthday Celebration Hosts

Celebrations generally take place on Mon-Wed-Fri - between 10am - 7pm; Sat - between 12pm - 5pm (one group per month)

Volunteer Groups are needed to host a Monthly Birthday Celebration at the NSO Bell Building for residents. Host groups would be responsible for providing an activity and cake and beverages for approximately 40 residents. Activities might include a DJ, Karaoke, Bingo, Movie, Craft Project, Game Night, etc. Residents whose birthdays take place during the month will be acknowledged.

Resources Needed: Refreshments for 40 (cake, beverage, paper goods, etc.) and group activity

Share your Talents, Knowledge & Skills (Individuals & Groups)

Mon-Wed-Fri - between 10am - 7pm; Sat - between 12pm - 5pm

Do you have talents, knowledge or skills you would like to share with NSO Bell residents by providing a one time workshop? 

Also needed: Group Activity Hosts and Skill Sharing (please see volunteer list at top of page)

Contact Denise Figurski to discuss how you can help. 313-961-4890, ext. 1069 or dfigurski@nso-mi.org.

Volunteer Opportunities at NSO Life Choices

NSO Life Choices provides support for children and adults with developmental disabilities and their extended families. 

Greeter/Information Desk Volunteer at NSO Life Choices

Three-to-four hour shifts available: Monday through Friday Between 8:30am - 4:30pm (1 volunteer/shift)
Cheerful, pleasant and welcoming individuals are needed to serve as NSO LC Greeter/Information Desk Volunteer. The Greeter/Information Desk Volunteers welcome visitors, monitor the Medical Clinic waiting room and hallway, and provide directions, information and support to enhance the NSO LC support experience.  You can establish days, times and frequency of service.

Art Therapy Assistants at NSO Life Choices

Monday and Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (10-15 volunteers per shift)

Individuals and groups are needed to assist developmentally disabled adults in the NSO Art Therapy Class as they work on various arts and crafts projects.

Groups are welcome to bring snacks for participants and volunteers.

To volunteer, contact Denise Figurski at 313-961-4890 x 1069 or dfigurski@nso-mi.org.


Do you have an NSO story to share? Have you met an individual or family served by NSO that touched your heart? Did you have a great time volunteering?

Please let us know.  Send a quick email to: dfigurski@nso-mi.org.