Do something bigger with your spare time this summer, volunteer! There are many charities dedicated to helping those in our community and volunteers sustain those efforts. Here are just a few of the great charities in the area:

1. Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness

This organization provides education and training to better address and advocate for the issue of homelessness. While volunteering, you will work in a supportive team environment and dedicate your efforts on behalf of the homeless population in Michigan. Volunteers are always welcomed and appreciated.

2. Woldumar Nature Center

This organization works to protect one of the most diverse ecosystems in the region. Located along the Grand River with areas of woodland, forest and coast – Woldumar Nature Center is an advocate for the environment. They provide educational programs for children to learn more about the environment and are always accepting volunteers with open arms.

3. Reach Studio Art Center

This neighborhood art center offers mixed-income families free art classes. They promote art in the Lansing community and always love having new volunteers!

4. Haven House

This organization is committed to helping families. They provide housing and financial stability to help parents and children get back on their feet before moving to permanent housing again. They always need volunteers to help prepare meals, run youth programs and assist with clerical duties.

5. Capital Area Humane Society

The CAHS promotes the humane treatment, education and placement of animals. They are committed to the community and always need helping hands who love animals as much as they do!

6. Greater Lansing Foodbank

This organization distributes emergency food to people in the surrounding counties. Their goal is to make sure nobody has to go hungry in the communities they support. Volunteers sustain these amazing efforts.

7. Refugee Development Center

This organization is committed to providing education and support for refugees to orient themselves into our community. They would love volunteers to help these efforts!

8. Capital Area Literacy Coalition – “The Reading People”

This volunteer organization was founded to help individuals reach their literacy goals. They provide one-on-one reading and writing lessons along with language tutoring. They open their doors for anyone who needs the help and survive on the help from their volunteers.

9. Vincent Catholic Charities

This organization helps individuals and families living in crisis. From immigration law, counseling, foster care and refugee resettlement – they are dedicated to helping all people. They always need the help of wonderful volunteers.

Getting involved in the community and finding a program your passionate about will not only help those in need but also give you that warm, fuzzy feeling that can only be found when creating positive change. So get out there and do good, we might just see you there!

Ami Iceman-Haueter

Ami Iceman-Haueter

Ami Iceman-Hauter is the Brand Manager at M3 Group in downtown Lansing. Iceman is a graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelors degree in creative advertising.

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