The Christ the King Service Corps is a faith-based community of full-time volunteers living and working in Northwest Detroit. Volunteers commit for one or more years, and are provided housing, food, use of a community car, medical insurance and a small monthly stipend. The CKSC is seeking new volunteers for the volunteer year beginning in August.
Community Programs Manager (Brightmoor Artisans Collective)
Job Description: Work to increase the surrounding community’s accessibility to fresh, locally sourced produce and education on the importance of nutrition and home cooking. Help run BAC’s cafe and farmers’ market, coordinate with St. Christine’s Food Pantry, and assist with events at BAC. This service corps member will be responsible for overseeing our youth cafe and market training program. In this program, youth from the neighborhood will receive stipends to work alongside the service corps member to plan and prepare weekly menus to be served in our cafe, staff the cafe, and participate in the facilitation of our seasonal farmers’ market. Additionally, as we strive to strengthen the collaboration between BAC and St. Christine’s and this service corps member will be working to increase the efficacy of our partnership through collaborative events, distributions and outreach.
Great for someone who is: Interested in being a part of a young, small and flexible non-profit that is doing some really unique work.
Teacher (Christ the King Catholic School)
Job description: Christ the King Catholic School, one of the four remaining Catholic elementary schools in the city of Detroit, has multiple placements available. Volunteers teach in their own self-contained classroom. From lesson planning and classroom management to grading and interacting with parents – this is a complete teaching experience. However, volunteers are highly supported by veteran mentor teachers and given an extensive “teacher bootcamp” before school starts. Teaching certificate is a big plus, but alternative placements may be possible for those without certification. Possible subjects include: Math, Science, Religion and Social Studies.
Great for someone who is: Highly organized; Great with planning; Willing to take on a challenge; Can ask for help when needed.
Food Pantry Assistant (St. Christine’s Christian Services)
Job description: Aiding the community with a multitude of practical services since 1983, SCCS seeks to improve the living standard of one of Detroit’s most in need communities through meaningful relationships and enabling individuals to grow as self-sufficient and contributing members of the society. This volunteer will work with the main aspects of SCCS: food pantry assistance, soup kitchen, hospitality suite, conversation, garden programs, St. Vincent de Paul, bus transportation and more. This volunteer will also represent SCCS, Christ the King Catholic Church and its cluster sister parish in the community through attending meetings, partnering with local organizations and meeting with neighborhood leaders. This position includes lifting large boxes and driving a full-sized van.
Great for someone who is: Interested in meeting diverse people; Striving for racial integration and social inclusion.
Community Organizing – Education Equity (MOSES)
Job Description: The City of Detroit and many low-income Michigan communities suffer from underfunded public schools, high student-to-teacher ratios, discriminatory charter school policies, and lack of access to essential pre-kindergarten programs. In the congregations MOSES (Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength) works with, the critical issue of educational equity has risen to the foreground in recent years. In their role, the Community Organizer will conduct one on ones with clergy, members of congregations and MOSES partner organizations and collect community members stories for the education campaign; conduct trainings with MOSES leaders on education; and host public meetings on education equity with public officials
Great for someone who is: A grassroots activist; Highly adaptable; Loves hearing and sharing stories; Passionate about meeting youth and education issues.
Community Organizing – Water Equity (MOSES)
Job Description: The MOSES (Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength) water equity campaign is for faith-based leaders to work with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) and the City Council to tackle the infrastructure challenges faced by the DWSD. Because of the monthly water drainage fee recently imposed by the DWSD, many congregations and institutions will be financially harmed. This is not just an issue for churches: growing segments of our community continue to face astronomical water bills and challenges as Detroit suffers the consequences of bankruptcy. In their role, the Community Organizer will conduct one on ones with clergy, members of congregations and MOSES partner organizations and collect community members stories for the water equity campaign; conduct trainings with MOSES leaders on the water equity issue and support the water equity coalition campaign; lend support identifying long term solutions to the water equity issue, host public meetings on water equity with public officials.
Great for someone who is: A grassroots activist; Highly adaptable; Loves hearing and sharing stories; Passionate about natural resource rights and municipal governance.
Residential Advisor (Covenant House Michigan)
Job description: This direct service position will have the volunteer working closely with youth (18-22) experiencing homelessness as they participate in Covenant House’s programs and transition into a safe, stable and successful adulthood. Work will range from helping clients acquire photo ID and documents upon entry, to connecting clients with programs, lifeskill and services, to following up after the program ends to check in on client progress. Degree in a related field a plus, but great energy and a passion for service are what makes a perfect candidate for this position. Valid driver’s license required. Must get Michigan license upon arrival.
Great for someone who is: Interested in youth empowerment; Ready for the challenge and reward of working with vulnerable populations.
Intake and Homecare Social Worker (Community & Home Supports, Inc.)
Job description: This entails two possible positions, pieces of either or both will be included depending on volunteer interest and skills. First: CHS’s Housing Program. Focusing on intake, assessment, services navigation, housing placement and case management duties for homeless individuals, families and those at risk of homelessness. Second: CHS’s Life Skills and Homecare program, advocacy for seniors to keep them living independently. Service occurs through intake, assessment, care plans, case management, referrals and being a complete advocate for clients. Case notes and documentation are key to both positions!
Great for someone who is: Self-possessed, outgoing and ready to engage the known and unknown; Interested in diving into the world of social work!
Community Organizer (Community & Home Supports, Inc.)
Job description: Community & Home Supports is organizing in the northwest Detroit community near Christ the King to develop and implement a pocket part that the neighborhood wants. This means the Community Organizer will reach out to neighbors, present the opportunity to create their own vision, and then cultivate residents’ visions and ideas about what they might like to see on the site. You will work with the CHS housing staff, as well, assisting in navigation and other tasks to help homeless individuals and families make new, permanent homes, with the necessary supportive services for housing stability.
Great for someone who is: Self-possessed, outgoing and ready to mobilize clients in bettering their communities; Interested in advancing sustainable urban development.
School Based Prevention Specialist (Development Centers)
Job description: Implement School Based Prevention Programs serving children and adolescents. The service corps member will utilize a prevention curriculum with evidenced based intervention strategies and activities with children and adolescents. Working in many different schools, this service corps member will make a lot of community connections.
Great for someone who is: High energy; Ready to take on the challenges of meeting youth where they are at.
Head Start Assistant Teacher (Development Centers)
Job description: Very young children in Detroit get a huge boost from early education. The Assistant Teacher will work closely with a lead teacher in planning and implementing educational activities for preschool age children encouraging growth and development. In addition to classroom work, this person will work to promote cooperative, constructive relationships with families to ensure the children meet their full potential.
Great for someone who is: Interested in urban education, but doesn’t have education experience or teacher certification; Passionate about families.
Job Coach/Classroom Instructor (Development Centers)
Job description: The service corps member in this position instructs participants in the Job Club and Job Search component of the PATH Program (Partnership, Accountability, Training, and Hope). They will also facilitate a speakers’ bureau and resources. And support clients’ job readiness activities which will include resume building and interview preparation.
Great for someone who is: Flexible, resourceful and wants to work with people one on one.