Volunteer

Corporate and Individual Volunteer Opportunities
To volunteer, please contact Peggy Kerr, Agency Communications and Outreach Manager peggy_kerr@judsoncenter.org.  or 248-837-2019
 
The safety and privacy of our consumers is of the upmost importance. To volunteer directly with Judson Center consumers, volunteers must be at least 14 years of age. Additional requirements: Complete volunteer application, training, provide a negative TB test result, and background check. Volunteers may be asked to be interviewed by Program Manager to determine if he/she is the right fit for the program. Please allow up to 2 months for appropriate paperwork, training, and clearance to be processed.
 
OPPORTUNTIES- Autism Connections
 
Kids Night In - Autism Connections, Oakland County
A support service for families! Drop ALL your kids off at Autism Connections for a night of movies, snacks, games, and fun! Let Autism Connections provide a fun night in for the kids while parents get a fun night out! Each volunteer will be paired with 1-2 children with ASD to spend the night playing games and having fun! Dress casual. Must complete necessary training, background check, and application process, at least 2 months before desired volunteer date.
Dates: One Friday a Month, 6:00-8:30pm
Upcoming Dates: March 20th
Number of Volunteers Per Date: Up to 15
Age Limit: Volunteers Must be 14 or older
 
 
Teen Night Out - Autism Connections, Oakland County
Teen Night Out provides a social and community outing for teens to interact with their peers and practice the social and life skills needed in community settings. Outings are designed to be fun for teens, but also give them a place to learn and develop new skills. Parents provide transportation to and from the activity. Locations and activities are decided by both our Autism Specialist and the teens themselves. Volunteers will assist our teens with the activities of the event, promoting conversational skills and encouraging the teens to engage with one another. Dress is casual. Volunteers meet at the community location.
Dates: One Friday a Month, 6:15-9pm
Upcoming Dates: February 27th, March 27th
Number of Volunteers Per Date: 2-3

Age Limit: Volunteers should be 14 or older; particularly interested in Teen Volunteers for this event to serve as Typical Peer Mentors
 
 
Teen Night In - Autism Connections, Oakland County
Teen Night In provides the same social opportunities as Teen Night Out, but is based at the Judson Center. Games, movies, food, and more will be provided to give teens a full place to interact with their peers. Teen Night In is suitable for teens with conversational language skills who can participate independently in a group setting. Teens should also be able to participate in a group setting with a staff ratio of 1:6. Volunteers will assist our teens with the activities of the event, promoting conversational skills and encouraging the teens to engage with one another. Dress is casual. Event is held at our “Teen House” located on the main Judson Center campus.
Dates: One Friday a Month, 6:15-9pm
Upcoming Dates: March 13th
Number of Volunteers Per Date: 2-3

Age Limit: Volunteers must be 14 or older; particularly interested in Teen Volunteers for this event to serve as Typical Peer Mentors
 
 
Break Away - Autism Connections, Oakland County
On break from school with nothing to do? Let Autism Connections help fill your child's hours during the vacation from school! Break Away activities consist of structured activities, weaving in both play and social opportunities for the children involved, including music, art, sensory, outdoor play, and more! Field Trips will be available (Mid-Winter and Spring Break only). Children must be able to participate in a setting with a 1 staff: 2 children ratio. (1:1 staffing may be provided at an additional cost). Volunteers work directly with children with ASD, assisting them through a variety of recreational activities including arts and crafts, games, music, cooking, and field trips.
Dates:
Spring Break Away
April 6th-10th (Monday-Friday)
9am-noon: Ages 5-10
1pm-4pm: Ages 11-16
 
Number of Volunteers Per Day: 2-4
Age Limit: must be 14 or older
 
 
Typical Peer Buddies - Autism Connections, Oakland County
We are always on the lookout for typical peers (children without Autism Spectrum Disorder) to serve as peer buddies in our Facilitated Play Dyads. These dyads are essentially a play date between an identified client and the volunteer buddy, all facilitated by our therapists.
Dates: Dyads are scheduled for 45 minute sessions either weekly or every other week. We ask for at least a 4-session commitment from the peer, but sessions can continue past that.
Age Limit: Most of our requests are for preschool and elementary age peers, but we can accommodate ages 3-18. 
 
 
CONTINUING OPPORTUNTIES
We welcome volunteers throughout the year in any of our programs! Below is a list of some of the different types of standing volunteer opportunities available to children, teens, and adults.
 
 
Group Volunteers
Deep cleaning in Autism Connections twice a year, Spring and Fall 
 
 
Holiday Committee
  • Halloween trick or treating for our children in Autism Connections and/or Foster Care
  • Food baskets for our families in need
  • Christmas parties for each program area
  •  Host a party for Adoption/Foster Care Program (holiday seasonal parties) various locations throughout Southeastern Michigan
  
 
Holiday Wish Program:
  • Provide gifts for children in fostercare adoption program, as well as children and families in need throughout Southeastern Michigan that Judson Center serves.
  • Assist with Holiday decorating in Judson Center headquarters lobby
  • Holiday parties for each program area
  • Holiday Food Baskets
  • Assist with Wish Room Holiday Set-up
  • Organize filled wishes by program (We receive approximately 800 wishes!)
 
 
Spring and Fall Grounds Clean up and planting (Oakland & Macomb County):
  • Macomb  Children’s Respite Home
  • Beverly Hills Children’s Respite Home
  • Adult Group Homes in Lathrup Village, West Bloomfield and Southfield.
  • Royal Oak Headquarters
 
 
Back to School Drive (August):
Business and organizations partner with Judson Center to hold backpack and school supply drives for children in foster care in Southeastern Michigan.
 
 
Events and Fundraisers:
Fore the Kids of Judson Center Corporate Golf Challenge
  • Join the planning committee
  • Volunteer for the event day (July)
A Night to Embrace Our Children Families Gala:
  •  Join the planning committee
  • Volunteer for the event day (Fall)
Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon 
  • Volunteer at the Detroit Free Press Expo at Cobo Hall to excite people about Judson Center 
  • Cheer station the day of the Marathon in Detroit
 
 
Join a Committee:
  • Fore the Kids of Judson Center Corporate Golf Challenge
  • A Night to Embrace Our Children and Families Gala
  • Marketing Committee
  • Development Committee
 
 
Clerical/Administrative support (Oakland County)
Autism Connections, Development,and Accounting
  • Stuffing envelopes/mailings
  • Calling/soliciting for auction items
  • Covering the desk for phone calls
  • Filing/organizing
  • Event Volunteer
  • Event volunteers range from assisting with décor, checking people in at event, and everything in between! Perfect for someone who enjoys entertaining and mixing with people to engage them in the Judson Center mission at a special event.
 
 
Videography:
Record and edit consumer stories for website and other media opportunities.
 
 
Social Media Teams:
 
Tweet, hashtag,  and use other social media platforms to engage great community to learn about all the work and events  Judson Center is doing to serve Southeastern Michigan.
 
  
Jeans for Judson:
Go casual for a cause! Jeans for Judson can provide fun and team-building for your organization while raising vital funds to help Judson Center continue its mission of building brighter futures for children and families right in our own backyard. It’s easy! Here’s how it works:
  • Wear your jeans at the office on designated casual day
  • Make a donation in whatever amount you choose
  • Send donations to Judson Center
  • Build camaraderie while raising funds to help Judson Center build brighter futures for children and families
 For more information on Jeans for Judson please contact Andrea Coronado at 248.541.5717 or andrea_coronado@judsoncenter.org