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.
We anticipate the following placement openings for the 2019-20 year.
Agency: Christ the King School
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 grades K through 5 in their own self-contained classroom or by specialized subject in grades 6 through 8. 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 and K-5 classroom teacher.
Position: Outreach Coordinator
Description: Michigan Interfaith Power & Light’s mission is to inspire and equip people of faith and conscience to exercise stewardship of and love for all Creation. We work to gather and focus the immense grassroots power of faith communities to help them become leaders in the effort to address climate change and environmental degradation. The volunteer will:
- Engage with supporters to learn their stories, build relationships, and deepen engagement with our work and mission;
- Build the capacity of supporters by fostering connections;
- Grow supporter base, from congregations participating in our energy efficiency programs;
- Develop and promote sustainability activities;
- Help member congregations connect with one another for fellowship and sharing experience and expertise.
Agency: St. Suzanne Cody/Rouge Community Resource Center
Position: Assistant Program Manager, Green Enterprise/Workforce Development Program
Description: The Cody/Rouge Community Resource Center serves neighborhood residents by providing access to co-working space and entrepreneurship and workforce skill training programs. The program manager will work with all aspects of planning and implementing businesses that will provide both training and jobs for residents to participate in community development. Tasks include:
- Updating and implementing project plans for green infrastructure workforce development;
- Assisting with community engagement;
- Articulating connections between green infrastructure social enterprise, entrepreneurial, and middle/high school programs;
- Recruiting contacts for resident-produced goods and services;
- Identifying opportunities to deploy environmental solutions to rainwater runoff, drainage, soil, garden, and/or solar needs;
- Marketing and recruiting residents to work in the industry;
- Identifying unique opportunities to synergize the work within the neighborhood and among partnering agencies and services.
Agency: St. Suzanne Cody/Rouge Community Resource Center
Position: Assistant Center Manager
Description: The Cody/Rouge Community Resource Center serves neighborhood residents by providing a place to get tutoring, childcare, athletic programming and Head Start programs. The Assistant Manager will represent the Resource Center by assisting walk-in guests with information about and accessing services and coordinating among the various organizations that provide services. This position is great for someone who is good with planning, outgoing, and interested in meeting diverse people.
Agency: Voices for Earth Justice
Position: Community Relations Director
Description: Voices for Earth Justice is a small nonprofit in Northwest Detroit that provides environmental, gardening, and spiritual programming for our neighbors, people of all faiths, and environmentally-minded individuals at our community garden and education center. The Community Relations Director is responsible for the following tasks:
- Planning and implementing programs, including: celebrations & community meals, classes & workshops, business & garden tours, nature walks, gardening club, and after school & summer programs;
- Building relationships with neighbors & partner organizations by attending community meetings, conferences and events related to sustainability in Detroit;
- Engaging in gardening at the site;
- Coordinating volunteer days;
- Posting on all social media platforms;
- Creating promotional materials.
Position: Food Pantry Assistant
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.
Position: Community Organizer
Description: MOSES is a community organizing nonprofit serving residents of Detroit. MOSES supports the development of strong grassroot leaders and facilitating campaigns to address social justice issues. MOSES helps ordinary people find and exercise their civic power. This entails two possible positions, pieces of either or both will be included depending on volunteer interest and skills. The first position works with the critical issue of educational equity. 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. The second position will tackle the infrastructure challenges faced by the monthly water drainage fee. Growing segments of our community face astronomical water bills and challenges as Detroit suffers the consequences of bankruptcy. These positions are great for someone who is a grassroots activist and loves hearing and sharing stories. The community organizers will:
- Conduct one on ones with clergy, members of congregations and MOSES partner organizations;
- Collect community members stories;
- Conduct trainings with MOSES leaders;
- Lend support identifying long term solutions to education or water equity issues, and
- Host public meetings with public officials.
Agency: Covenant House of Michigan
Position: Residential Advisor
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, life-skill 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.
Position: Social Worker, Intake and Homecare
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.
Position: Community Organizer
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.