There are many ways to get involved at Focus: HOPE

The volunteer opportunities at Focus: HOPE are expanding with our intensified goal of incorporating volunteers into virtually every department. The generous support from our volunteers will help us expand our impact -- and will provide a meaningful experience for those donating their time on our behalf.  Please join Focus: HOPE and truly make a difference! Below is a partial listing of opportunities that are available. If you are interested, please contact the Volunteer Department at 313.494.4270 or email:

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Here's What's Happening in May...

Volunteers WE NEED Your HELP!

Motor City Makeover Event- Creating Butterfly Gardens in the Community
Saturday May 6th from 9a-3p

Keeping Cool Cities Park Cool!
Cleaning up community space for neighborhood concerts, movies and more.
Wednesday May 17th 9a-3p 

Join us in May to help us Spring into the New Year! Please give us a call if you are interested in signing up for either of these events at 313-494-4494. 

Food Program

Food Packaging for Homebound Seniors
Assist with preparing food packages: open boxes and putting food on pallets for pre-packs (boxes of food). On-going position, Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:30pm; and select Saturdays, 9:00am- 12:00pm

Food Center- Senior Shopping Assistant
Provide shopping assistance and stock support at one of Focus: HOPE's for four food center locations. Ongoing position; Monday-Friday, days and hours are flexible.
Food Center Locations:

  • Westside
  • Eastside
  • Inkster
  • Southwest

Court Ordered Community Service
Driver's Responsibilities   

Delivering Food Package to Homebound Seniors
Deliver food packages to homebound seniors. Must have own transportation. Available for groups and individuals to participate. Ongoing position, Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:30pm, and select Saturdays, 9:00am-12:00pm.

Hope Village Initiative

Center for Children Caregiver/Classroom Assistant

Assist with the daily care and activities with children ages six weeks to five years old. Duties include; assisting with meal time, bottle feedings, reading to large and small groups and assisting with special activities in and out of the classroom.

Workforce Development and Education 

Classroom Assistant
Aid in classroom preparing materials, working with students to comprehend the instructional materials given. Assist instructor with classroom needs (i.e. handing out materials, cleaning up classroom, making copies)

Clerical Assistant
Working with the administrative department to keeping the department running smoothly. Duties may include; answering phones, filing, sorting materials, data entry. Skills required: professional, customer service oriented, able to operate multiline phones, computer skills, flexible.

Tutors needed for the students in groups (small and large) or on a one-on-one basis to help foster their understanding of the material and learning abilities. Preferred skills include: Successful completion of course that he/she will tutor, or work experience that requires him/her to utilize the knowledge area of the subject matter. The department will provide all the supplies and a room required for tutoring sessions. Ongoing position; weekdays and hours are contingent on program schedule.

Subjects include:

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Engineering
  • Machining


In 1968, Fr. William Cunningham and Eleanor Josaitis co-founded Focus: HOPE, a non-profit dedicated to intelligent and practical solutions to address the problems of hunger, economic disparity, inadequate education, and racial divisiveness in Southeast Michigan. Since its modest beginning 48 years ago, we have grown to become a nationally renowned civil and human rights organization.  Focus: HOPE's three mission areas include: Food and Basic Needs for seniors, Workforce Development and Education; and neighborhood revitalization throughout HOPE Village Initiative. These positions offers interns a special opportunity to gain experience in the nonprofit sector as well as building transferable professional skills. These opportunities also provides students with numerous ways to make a difference for the underserved and vulnerable in metro Detroit.  

The Accounting & Finance Intern will directly report to the Chief Financial Officer. The intern will assist the Finance Team with a wide range of projects related to budget preparation, expense report auditing, account reconciliation, revenue processing, and grant accounting.

The Admissions Intern is responsible for facilitating enrollment in Focus: HOPE's Workforce Development & Education Programs through the development and maintaining of a comprehensive recruitment plan.

Advertising/Infographic Design
The Advertising/Infographic Design Intern will directly report to the Workforce Development & Education Director. The intern will assist in creating and designing an infographic for the Workforce Development & Education department depicting the impact that we make in our training and education programs. The intern will create high definition graphic images to display exciting and motivational messages through the department, suggest a new design aesthetic for our classrooms/workspaces and suggesting new marketing strategies to expand our reach.

The Communications and Development Intern will report to the Director of Major Gifts. Specifically, this intern will work closely with staff in both the communications and development departments, along with other departments across campus in order to raise funds, support and awareness.

Community Arts
The Community Arts Intern will assist in the development, implementation, and facilitation of community arts department programs. The current programs includes; Excel, an after-school photography program for middle school youth, Focus on the Mission, a diversity/photography program for high school youth, and the preparation for ay summer programs, Community Arts Gallery.

The Intern will directly report to the Building and Grounds Manager. The intern will assist the Facility Team with a wide range of projects related to gardening, upkeep of Focus: HOPE's 3 parks, landscaping, painting/preparation of exterior building and painting exterior site infrastructures.

Human Resource
The Human Resource Intern will directly report to the Human Resource Director. The intern will assist the HR Division in developing, coordinating and implementing all tasks that relate to an assigned project.

Volunteer/Community Outreach
The Volunteer Department Intern will directly report to the Volunteer Department Manager. The intern will assist the volunteer Department in organizing the annual Eleanor's Walk for hope. This annual event brings together people from throughout metro Detroit to support the Focus: HOPE Mission of "overcoming racism, poverty and injustice."

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