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It is rewarding knowing that my time spent volunteering for the CAN Council is helping our community. Yet, being part of the volunteer team for the CAN Council enables me to be involved (and have fun) at many of our community events!
— Jan Makl, Special Events Volunteer


We Need You! Volunteer.

January 2017
Volunteer Opportunities

*CAN Volunteers must complete a
volunteer application, screening
process, and orientation.


Volunteering for the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region means you can make a difference in a child’s life and fulfill your own.

When you volunteer, you:

  • » Make a meaningful difference in your community.
  • » Have flexible options and opportunities that fit your schedule.
  • » Build relationships and networks that last a lifetime.
  • » Learn and grow personally and professionally.
  • » Involve your family and friends.
  • » Prevent child abuse in Bay & Saginaw counties.

Volunteer Opportunities

The CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region has many opportunities.  If you are interested in learning more about any of these opportunities, please review the information below then call Jason L. Appleby, Volunteer Coordinator, at (989) 752-7226, with any questions. Click here to go to Volunteer Job Descriptions.

» Office Assistant » Special Event Volunteer
» Council Representative » Event Planning Committee Members
» CASA » Internships
» Children’s Event Assistant » Group Projects
» Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign Assistants

Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a Volunteer?


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Each volunteer is required to complete a volunteer application and have a clean criminal records check prior to a volunteer interview. The interview will determine volunteer interests and skills, availability and inform volunteers of agency needs.  If you have questions, please call (989) 752-7226 or email cancouncil@cancouncil.org

Who can volunteer?

Anyone interested in the well-being of children in Bay or Saginaw Counties is invited to share their capabilities, skills and talents. Volunteers range in age and educational levels and may come to us as individuals and community service groups. Background checks are conducted on all volunteers prior to any assignment.

How much time is involved?

Volunteer hours vary according to availability and interest and the varying needs of the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region. Both offices are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. However due to special events and activities, opportunities are generally available during the evenings and weekends.

Is there training?

All volunteers receive an orientation which includes information about the programs and services of the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region, our policies and procedures for volunteering and requirements for the position they are accepting and a tour of the facilities. Individual training is provided on a one-to-one basis by the staff coordinator of a specific CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region program.

Volunteer Application Process

How do I get started?

To begin your volunteer experience with the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region, simply complete the following documents and mail them to the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region or drop them off at either the CAN office in Saginaw or Bay City.

  1. Print and complete Volunteer Application and the Background Check Authorization form. Three signatures are required, one for the application, one for the State background check and one for the DHS background check:
  2. Mail or drop off application to: 
  • Volunteer Coordinator

    CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region

    1311 N. Michigan Ave.
    Saginaw, MI 48602
    Phone: (989) 752-7226
    Fax: (989) 752-2777

If you are interested in learning more about any of these opportunities, please call Jason L. Appleby, Volunteer Coordinator at (989) 752-7226.

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