Volunteer

We need your help!

Fostering Hope in Michigan (FHIM) offers a variety of volunteer opportunities and we are seeking individuals to fill these roles so we can host our programs and provide hope for kids and teens in Foster Care.  We are currently recruiting for all of our summer camps.

 

For the Children (FTC) Royal Family KIDS (RFK) camp adult roles require volunteers to be age 18, while Teen Reach Adventure Camps (TRAC) requires adult volunteers to be 20.  RFK teen staff volunteers must be age 16.  Teens may obtain community service hours volunteering with Fostering Hope in Michigan.

Scroll through the list of volunteer roles and let us know which one matches your talents and available time commitment. 

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Volunteer 

Opportunities

  • Camp Counselor

    FTC RFK Camps

    T.R.A.C. Camps

    Description: Counselors work directly with campers and are with them 24 hours a day. We look for men and women who are strong in their walk with Christ and who want to work directly with campers. There is one counselor for every two campers. RFK Camp counselors must be 18 years or older and TRAC Camp counselors must be at least 20 years of age.

    Time Commitment: RFK Camps: This role is full time for a duration of 5 days. T.R.A.C. Camps: This role is full time for a duration of 3 days.

  • Bible Teacher

    FTC RFK Camp

    FTC RFK Mentoring Club

    Description: Tells the Bible story at camps or Mentoring Club. Plans and collects any supplies to share the lessons with the kids in creative ways. Curriculum is provided by the national programs. This volunteer role is perfect for people who like to bring the Bible stories to life, sharing applications and connecting with the kids.

    Time Commitment:

    Camp: This is a full time commitment for the five day camp.

    RFK Mentoring Club: Four hours on the third Saturday of the month at club, plus time planning and gathering supplies.  

  • Activities Director (Crafts) and Helpers

    FTC RFK Camps

    FTC RFK Mentoring Club
    T.R.A.C. Camps
    FHIM Teen Mentoring

     

    Director: Plans and gathers all supplies needed for activities for the program chosen. If possible, connecting activities to the theme.  They are responsible for the Activity area and training the helpers. This is great for a  creative/crafty volunteer.

    Helpers:  Assists the director in pre-camp planning and preparation of activities.  Works with kids and teens in doing the activities. Assists in set up and clean up of the Activity area.
    Time Commitment:

    Camp:We ask for a full time commitment to camp, but volunteers may commute vs. stay overnight at camp.

    Mentoring Clubs4 hours for group mentoring events plus time planning and gathering supplies.

  • Adventure Rec Director and Helpers

    FTC RFK Camps

    FTC RFK Mentoring Club

    T.R.A.C. Camps

    FHIM Teen Mentoring

    Director: Do you love to play games? Are you full of energy? We need one individual for each of our programs to plan and lead games, get our kids and teens involved and make sure everyone is encouraged to participate.  

    Helpers: Assist the Director in game set up, running the games and encouraging participation from kids and teens. Plus time for planning and gathering equipment.

    Time Commitment: 

    Camp: We ask for a full time commitment to camp, but volunteers may commute vs. stay overnight at camp.

    Mentoring Clubs: 4 hours for group mentoring events.

    Plus time planning and gathering equipment. 

  • Special Camp Parties

    FTC RFK Camps

    Description: Love to plan parties? At camp, every kid gets to celebrate their birthday at an "Everybody's Birthday Party" with food, games and of course, cake and ice cream!  Also, Tea Parties and Princess Parties for the girls! This role is perfect for people who like to plan games, food and decorations for birthday parties. Choose one or mare parties to plan and host!

    Time Commitment: this is a one-day volunteer commitment at camp plus planning and preparation.

  • Camp Day Counselor

    FTC RFK Camps

    T.R.A.C. Camps

    Description: Day Counselors assist at camp during the day in the cabins and around camp. This position is especially useful if we have special needs campers. RFK Camp counselors must be 18 years and TRAC Camp counselors must be at least 20 years of age.

    Time Commitment: RFK Camps: This is role is full time for a duration of 5 days.  T.R.A.C. Camps: This role is full time for a duration of 3 days.  Day Counselors may commute each day.

  • Administration Support

    FTC RFK Mentoring Club

    Description: Assists the Mentoring Director with administrative duties during the monthly club meeting.

     

    Time Commitment:   Four hours a month during the monthly club meeting on the third Saturday of the month. No camp experience necessary.  

  • Camp Teen Staff

    FTC RFK Camps

    Description: Teens ages 16-18 are encouraged to volunteer for RFK camp. Teens will be working around the camp to make sure all things run smoothly.  Jobs at the two camps differ.  Teen staff are examples for our campers and as such need to be solid in their faith.

    Time Commitment: This role is full time for a duration of 5 days.

  • Challenge Course Facilitators 

    T.R.A.C. Camps

    Description: We need couples who are willing to work with groups as they go through the obstacles. As a couple, you will work with the lead facilitator to plan obstacle courses. This is not a physical challenge, but rather a way for us to lead through mental and semi-physical obstacles to overcome challenges. Everything we do is with a purpose! Must be at least 25 years of age.

    Time Commitment: This role is full time for a duration of 3 days.

  • Club Buddy (Staff)

    FTC RFK Mentoring Club

    Description: Helps to make the monthly clubs run smoothly:  set up, clean up and most importantly, hanging out with the kids, making sure each child feels special and cared for. This position is great for someone who wants to get involved and can only volunteer one day a month. Volunteer roles for ages 16+.

    Time Commitment: 4 hours on the third Saturday, September through May. 

  • Food - Meal Prep

    FTC RFK Camp (July only)

    FTC RFK Mentoring Club

    T.R.A.C. Camps

    FHIM Teen Mentoring

    Description: If you like to prepare meals for other people to enjoy, then we have several opportunities for you stir up your craft. Cooks prepare meals for group mentoring events and for RFK camp to keep everyone fueled. T.R.A.C. cooks help camp staff transport and serve food.

    Time Commitment:

    Mentoring: Time planning meals and gathering supplies.  5-6 hours on group mentoring events. 

    Camp: Requires a full-time role for the five days of camp.

  • Food - Welcome Back Meal

    FTC RFK Camps

    T.R.A.C. Camps

    Description: Be part of the welcome home team! When camp staff returns, we provide a meal for them and their families to celebrate the end of camp.  This is a time for the volunteers to celebrate, share and encourage one another.

    Time Commitment: This role is part time and varies based on planning, shopping and setting up and cooking. 

  • Mentor

    FTC RFK Mentoring Club

    FHIM Teen Mentoring

    Description: One adult mentor is paired with one of our kids or teens from camp and becomes their safe friend. Mentors will be working with the kids in groups and during one-on-one meetings. Paperwork is required in order to provide documentation of time spent and accountability to keep everyone safe. This is for the security of the child, mentor and program. Mentors must have attended a camp of the age child/teen in which they would like to mentor. 

    Time Commitment:

    RFK Mentoring Club: Four hours per month with child, plus attending the monthly meetings.

    FHIM Teen Mentoring: Four hours per month recommended which can include optional monthly meetings and required quarterly meetings.

  • Wood Shop/ Pre Camp Prep 

    FTC RFK Camps

    Description: If you like to build things with wood and can hit a nail square on the head, (or close) this is your calling. You will provide campers with guidance as they build items ranging from bug boxes to doll cradles.

    Can't make it to camp but love working with wood?  Use your woodworking skills to create kits for the kids and teens to put together, from your home workshop.  Plans will be provided.

    Time Commitment: Camp volunteers are to commit everyday for the 5-day camp.  Volunteers may commute vs. staying overnight at camp.

  • Fundraising 

    Fostering Hope MI

    Description: Sometimes you can't volunteer at one of the Fostering Hope in Michigan programs but you have a heart for making sure kids and teens get to attend. This volunteer opportunity is perfect if you have experience in grant writing, are able to reach out to the community with the message of Fostering Hope in Michigan, have a knack for community events or want to host your own fundraiser. 

    Time Commitment: varies depending on type of fundraiser. 

  • Grandparents - Aunts - Uncles

    FTC RFK Camps

    T.R.A.C. Camps

    Description: These roles serve in much the same way that grandparents, aunts and uncles would in the “real world”. They come alongside counselors to help and lend support. They help by giving the counselors time away, making crafts, telling bedtime stories, going fishing and swimming. They are an extra set of arms for hugs and eyes for safety. They need to be patient, caring. Often described as the "best job at camp".

    Time Commitment: RFK Camps: This is role is full time for a duration of 5 days.  T.R.A.C. Camps: This role is full time for a duration of 3 days. Volunteers may commute vs. stay overnight at camp.

  • Marketing Team

    FHIM

    Description: We need help spreading our message and looking for caring people who have skills in: marketing, advertising, creating marketing campaigns, social media, graphic design, copy writing and keeping our website current (WIX).  Contact us at Marketing@FosteringHopeMI.org.

    Time Commitment: varies each month depending on projects and marketing pieces that need to be created. Most of the work will be from home and you'll occasionally meet up with others to plan upcoming launches.

  • Host a Special Event

    FTC RFK Mentoring Club

    FHIM Teen Mentoring

    Description: If you own a business or have a place that you think the kids and mentors would enjoy coming to, let us know.  Places we have visited in the past: horse ranch, ice skating, farm & hayrides, Tri-City Motor Speedway and Chippewa Nature Center.

    Time Commitment: time it takes to set up and host the event.

  • Life Guard

    FTC RFK Camp (July only)

    Description: We have one certified lifeguard and can always use more to keep our campers and staff safe at the waterfront! This role is a perfect match for someone who loves being by the water and is a certified life guard.

    Time Commitment: This role is full time for a duration of 5 days. Volunteers may commute vs. stay overnight at camp.

  • Music - Worship Leader

    FTC RFK Camps

    TRAC Camps

    Description: Do you always want to burst out in song and dance? If so being a worship leader is the perfect fit. The worship leader gets the kids/teens involved during chapel or the monthly Mentoring Club meetings. 

    Time Commitment: 

    Camps:This is role is full time for a duration of either the 5 day or 3 day camps.  Mentoring Club: Four hours once a month of the third Saturday, September through May.

  • Music - Director

    T.R.A.C. Camps

    Description: If you are able to play a guitar or keyboard, can "hold a tune in a bucket" and want to lead teens, we want to speak with you!

    Time Commitment: This role is full time for a duration of 3 days. 

  • Nurse/Health Care

    FTC RFK Camps

    T.R.A.C. Camps

    Description: All camps need nurses who are able to dispense prescribed medications. Additionally, they give TLC to scrapes, cuts and bruises. Nursing license or physician license required. EMTs may serve too but not as leads.

    Time Commitment: 

    RFK Camps: This role is full time for a duration of 5 days.

    TRAC Camps: This role is full time for a duration of 3 days. 

  • Prayer Coordinator

    T.R.A.C. Camps

    Description: The prayer coordinator is at least 25 years old and is passionate in praying for FHIM, with gifts in recruiting and organization. They organize a list of prayer partners to pray for all staff, counselors, and campers, pass out prayer partner cards and make sure thank you notes are written and sent. Keeping requests confidential is a MUST!

    Time Commitment: flexible

  • Photographer/Videographer 

    FTC RFK Camps

    T.R.A.C. Camps

    Description: Capture the moments of camps and mentoring clubs, so kids can take home long-lasting memories in their scrapbooks. This volunteer role is great for people who own their own equipment and can get a lot of work done in a short amount of time. Multiple photographers/videographers are needed to capture all of fun times.  This also entails, printing and sorting photos and creating a welcome home video for the kids and caregivers.  Thought should be given for taking photos which can also be used in FHIM promotions. 

    Time Commitment: This role is full time should be shared by more than one person.

  • Registration

    FTC RFK Camps

    T.R.A.C. Camps

    Description: Registration kicks off the beginning of camp.  Are you creative? Have great ideas for fun times as campers are registering? Willing to greet caregivers and foster parents in Christ's name? If so, this will be a fun volunteer experience for you.

    Time Commitment: Pre-camp planning takes 10-20 hours. Registration is the first day of camp and takes about 3 hours.

  • Social Worker

    FTC RFK Camps

    FTC RFK Mentoring Club

    T.R.A.C. Camps

    FHIM Teen Mentoring

    Description: All of our programs must have trained social workers who can provide guidance in times of need. Christian social workers play a pivotal role at camps and group mentoring events. They provide insight and wisdom to both the staff and kids & teens we serve.

    Time Commitment: This role is full time for duration of camp or group mentoring event. 

  • Fundraiser Team

    FHIM

    Description: Fostering Hope in Michigan needs to raise a $120,000 annually to host all of its programming. Our annual fundraiser brings in a large portion of our operational budget. We are seeking people who have experience hosting events, fundraisers or are willing to learn and assist with making our fundraisers a success.  Email us at Info@FosteringHopeMi.org.

    Time Commitment: varies each month. Fostering Hope in Michigan's annual fundraiser is held in April. Most of the fundraising efforts take place January - April.

  • Tech Team

    FTC RFK Camps

    FTC RFK Mentoring Club

    T.R.A.C. Camps
    FHIM Teen Mentoring

     

    Description: the tech team prepares slides for worship using PowerPoint, sets up microphones, plays music and encourages kids to come up and help with the process all while making sure everything runs smooth. 

    Time Commitment: 4 hours a month for group mentoring events plus prep time. Time varies for camps.

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