Volunteer

We need your help!

Fostering Hope in Michigan 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.

 

Most adult roles require volunteers to be age 18-20 or older depending on the program when working directly with our kids and teens. Teen staff volunteers must be age 16, and in special circumstances, age 15. 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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This application is for volunteers who participated with us in the past.

Return completed applications to the address listed at the top of the application. 

Volunteer 

Opportunities

 

Fundraiser Team

Fostering Hope MI

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 spring fundraiser 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.

Marketing Team

Fostering Hope MI

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.

Activities Director (Crafts)

RFK Camps

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

 

Description: Plans and gathers all supplies needed for activities at any of our programs and tries to connect activities to our theme if possible. This is great for a  creative/crafty volunteer.
 

Time Commitment: 4 hours for group mentoring events plus time planning and gathering supplies. We ask for a full time commitment to camp, but volunteers may commute vs. stay overnight at camp.

Activity Center Workers

RFK Camps

Description: Provide assistance to campers in the Activity Center. This is a fun volunteer role for adults who like to encourage creativity with sit-down arts and crafts projects.“

 

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

Administration Support

RFK Mentoring Club

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

 

Time Commitment: 3.5 hours a month during the monthly club meeting on the third Saturday of the month. No camp experience necessary.  Club training of 7 hours for new volunteer or 5 hours for a returning volunteer.

Adventure Rec Director

RFK Camps

RFK Mentoring Club

T.R.A.C. Camps

Teen Mentoring

Description: 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.

Time Commitment: 4 hours for group mentoring events plus time planning and gathering supplies. We ask for a full time commitment to camp, but volunteers may commute vs. stay overnight at camp.

Adventure Rec Workers

RFK Camps

Description: We love to play games with campers and Adventure Rec leads the way for RFK! This is an amazing volunteer role if  you like to come up with creative games, relays, scavenger hunts, etc.

Time Commitment: We ask for a full time commitment for the 5-day camp, but volunteers may commute vs. stay overnight at camp.

Bible Story Teller

RFK Mentoring Club

Description: Tells the monthly Bible story. Plans and collects any supplies to share the monthly lesson with the kids. Curriculum is provided by RFK National. This volunteer role is perfect for people who like to bring stories to life and getting the kids involved in the story.

Time Commitment: 4 hours on the third Saturday per month at club plus time planning and gathering supplies.

Birthday Party Help

RFK Camps

Description: At camp, every kid gets to celebrate their birthday at an "Everybody's Birthday Party" with fun, games and of course, cake! This role is perfect for people who like to play games and make sure kids are having fun.

Time Commitment: this is a one-day volunteer commitment.

Birthday Party Pre-Camp Gifts

RFK Camps

Description: If you like to shop, this one's for you! As part of the birthday party, we give each camper a birthday box full of surprises and we like to buy the same types of gifts for each camper in the cabin.

Time Commitment: Hours vary, part time.

Camp Counselor

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 make the sacrifice 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.

Camp Day Counselor

RFK Camps

T.R.A.C. Camps

Description: Day Counselors assist at camp during the day in the cabins. 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.

Camp Teen Staff

RFK Camps

Description: Teens ages 16-18 are encouraged to volunteer for camp. June and July camp have different needs regarding teen staff numbers. July needs around 20 teens each year and June can use around 10. 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)

RFK Mentoring Club

Description: Helps run the club, doing set up, clean up and most importantly, hanging out with the kids. 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 per month.

Club Super Buddy (Staff)

RFK Mentoring Club

Description: A club super buddy has the same role as a club buddy and they also receive extra training to be able to pick up kids and transport them to and from club when needed. Must be at least 18 years of age.

Time Commitment: 4 hours on the third Saturday per month plus transportation time.

Food - Meal Prep

RFK Camp (July only)

RFK Mentoring Club

T.R.A.C. Camps

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. Camps require a full-time role for the duration of camp.

Food - Welcome Back Meal

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.

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

Fundraising Helper

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

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 need to be patient, caring.

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.

Host a Special Event

RFK Mentoring Club

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

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.

Mentor

RFK Mentoring Club

Teen Mentoring

Description: one adult mentor is paired with one of our kids or teens and becomes a friend who provides positive guidance. 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. This is for the security of the child, mentor and program. Teen Mentoring mentors should have attended T.R.A.C. camp before becoming a mentor.

Time Commitment: RFK Mentoring Club: Four hours per month with child, plus attending the monthly meetings. Teen Mentoring: Four hours per month recommended which can include optional monthly meetings and required quarterly meetings.

Music - Camp Worship Leader

RFK 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 involved during chapel time twice daily and is responsible for worship music, games, themed message of the day/week, puppets, participates in drama skits. Also presents the gospel at Tuesday night campfires.

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

Music - Mentoring Leader

RFK Mentoring Club

Teen Mentoring

Description: Do you always want to burst out in song and dance? If so being a music leader is the perfect fit. This person leads the songs the kids and teens learned at camp, performs the song motions and encourages participation for the group, then spends time with kids during games & activities.

Time Commitment: 4 hours a month at group mentoring events plus planning time.

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

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. T.R.A.C. 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 gifted 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.

Time Commitment: flexible

Photographer - Camp

RFK Camps

T.R.A.C. Camps

Description: Capture the moments of camp 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 are needed to capture all of fun times at camp.

Time Commitment: This role is full time but may be shared among more than one person.

Photographer - Mentoring

RFK Mentoring Club

Teen Mentoring

Description: Takes pictures at group mentoring events, for the mentors to use in memory books.  Also creates a monthly slide show of the last month's club activity.

Time Commitment: 4 hours a month during group mentoring events plus photo corrections and slide show prep time.

Videographer

RFK Camps

RFK Mentoring Club

Description: capture video of our kids and staff at camp or club to look back on the fun they had. 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 videographers are needed to film the fun times at camp.

Time Commitment: This role is full time but may be shared among more than one person.

Registration

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

RFK Camps

RFK Mentoring Club

T.R.A.C. Camps

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. 

Tech Team

RFK Camps

RFK Mentoring Club

T.R.A.C. Camps
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.

Wood Shop Helper

RFK Camps

Description: If you like to build things with wood and can hit a nail square on the head, this is your calling. You'll provide campers with guidance as they build items that they can take home from camp.

Time Commitment: We ask for a full time commitment for the 5-day camp, but volunteers may commute vs. stay overnight at camp.

Wood Shop Pre-Camp 

RFK Camps

Description: Do you love the smell of fresh cut wood and can't attend camp? Help by cutting our projects parts before camp. You'll need your own cutting tools/machinery. Wood is provided.

Time Commitment: Hours vary, part time.

Fostering Hope
In Michigan

(989) 492-0030

info@fosteringhopemi.org

Fostering Hope in Michigan:

Royal Family KIDS and T.R.A.C.

PO Box 1665

Midland, MI 48641-1665

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