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Volunteering for the CAN Council makes me feel good knowing that I have helped in a small way in their work to stop child abuse and neglect. Their work is very important not only for the children but for the community.
— Marge Leuenberger, Special Events Volunteer

Volunteer Job Descriptions

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The CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region has many opportunities for volunteers and interns.  If you are interested in learning more about any of these opportunities, please call (989) 752-7226. Click here to review application process and download a volunteer application.


  • CASA Unpaid Internship: CASA Internship

  • Unpaid Internship
    :
    40-Hour/Semester Field Placement/Internship

  • Unpaid Internship
    :
    100+ Hours/Semester Social Work/Human Services Internship

  • Office Assistant: Volunteers are needed to assist with general office work. Duties include answering the phone, making calls, filing, copying, organizing, etc. The volunteers are assigned to staff to help with routine tasks. Time commitment: 3 hours per week.

  • Council Representative: Volunteers staff information booths/tables (examples:  Annual Baby Shower, Home & Lifestyle Show, Delta College Agency Fairs, etc.) during requested shifts and provide information about the CAN Council. Volunteers will pass out agency information/parent packets and engage participants to utilize the information provided.  Time commitment: 2 - 3 hours per event.

  • CASA: Court Appointed Special Advocates are highly trained volunteers serving as the voice for children who are in the system due to abuse or neglect. 30 hours of classroom training and 10 hours of courtroom observation is required. Once sworn-in by the court, volunteers average about 12-18 hours a month.

  • Children’s Event Assistant: Volunteers assist with a children’s activity at community events (examples:  COPOCO Safety Day, Bayside Health Round-up, DEAR Day at Zoo, and National Night Out).  Time commitment:  2 - 3 hour shifts per event.

  • Community/Public Awareness Event Volunteer: Volunteers staff the information booth/table during requested shifts and act as a Council Representative providing information about the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region. Volunteers will pass out agency information/parent packets and engage parents to utilize the information being provided. In addition, volunteers may assist with a children’s activity. Time commitment: 2-3 hour shifts per event.

  • Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign Assistants: Volunteer will assist with coordinating activities during the month of April - Child Abuse Prevention Month. Positions begin in January and end in May. Events/activities include: Awareness Kick-off Day, Pinwheel Campaign with Credit Unions, Pinwheel Gardens at the High Schools, Blue Ribbon Tree Campaign.  Hours vary.

  • Special Event Volunteer
    : Volunteers represent the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region at collaborative community events (examples: CAN Council Krusin’ 4 Kids Fun Run, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Prevention Awareness Day in Lansing and United Way activities).  Time commitment: 2-3 hour shifts per event.

  • Event Planning Committee Members: Volunteers play an active role on the committee for one of our annual fundraising events (examples: Wines Around the World and Golf Scramble). Committee members attend regularly scheduled meetings; assist with corporate sponsorship solicitation, auction item acquisition and marketing.  Time commitment: monthly meetings and event.

  • Group Projects: Please call either of our offices for more information and current needs.  Bay City office (989) 671-1345 or Saginaw Office (989) 752-7226.

If you are interested in learning more about any of these opportunities, please call (989) 671-1345 for Bay City opportunities and (989) 752-7226 for Saginaw opportunities.


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