Volunteer Opportunities


Building Bridges Multicultural Community Garden 

Detroit Friendship House Garden is located at Hamtown Farms , 9026 Lumpkin St, Hamtramck, MI 48212. Our garden was created through a grant from Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. It is dedicated to promoting healthy food choices, teaching nutrition, providing healthy fruits and vegetables, and teaching Hamtramck’s richly diverse population to collaborate on projects and live together in harmony. To volunteer, call Cathy at 734-507-9825 or email Cathy at cathy.maher@att.net.



Client Intake Assistance 

Volunteer opportunities in our Administrative area includes registering clients and signing them in on distribution days. This is an opportunity to work directly with our clients. Hours are:

  •  Tuesdays from 3 pm to 4:30 pm
  •  Thursdays from Noon to 4:00pm
  •  Saturdays from 9am to Noon

To volunteer: call Cathy at 734-507-9825 or email Cathy at cathy.maher@att.net.


Clothes Closet

Our Clothes Closet offers clothes, coats, hats, gloves, scarves, shoes, and boots for men, women, children, and babies. Volunteers can help sort and organize the clothes and help clients “shop” by assisting in sizes, etc. The hours are:

  • Tuesdays from 10 am to 11am, and 3 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Thursdays from 10 am to 11 am, and Noon to 4:00pm
  • Saturdays from 9am to Noon

To volunteer: call Cathy at 734-507-9825 or email Cathy at cathy.maher@att.net.


Detroit Friendship House needs to volunteers to help with the events we
are involved in.

  • Fowling for Food Fundraiser: Volunteers to help set up, register and sign in participants the day of the event (always the end of April.) The hours are usually 5:30 to 7pm but volunteers are welcome to stay during the event.
  • Detroit’s Slow Roll: Once a year Slow Roll hosts a food drive for Detroit Friendship House. On that Monday evening (TBD) ten volunteers are needed to help receive food donations, register donors for the raffle, hand out give-aways, signup participants to receive our newsletters, etc. To volunteer, call Cathy at 734-507-9825 or email Cathy at cathy.maher@att.net.
  • Kroger and Gleaners joint collaborative event, called Bringing Hope to the Table, is always held a weekend in January. Volunteers are needed both the Saturday and Sunday of each Kroger stores assigned to Detroit Friendship House. Several shifts are set up throughout both days, and generally we use up to 30 volunteers. To volunteer, call Cathy at 734-507-9825 or email Cathy at cathy.maher@att.net.

Food Organization and distribution

We receive truckloads of food from Forgotten Harvest and Gleaners every Friday. Volunteers can help unload the pallets to organize, sort, and place food on shelving, etc. Volunteers can help from 1pm to 3pm any Friday. To volunteer, call Cathy at 734-507-9825 or email Cathy at cathy.maher@att.net.

Also, we use volunteers twice a week to sort and store canned goods and other non-perishable food items.

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to Noon.

We can use volunteers to help distribute the food to our clients. Since we are a client-choice pantry, this entails helping place the food, and then walking the clients through the food-selection process. Occasionally we help older clients get their food to their car.

  • Tuesdays Noon to 4:30pm
  • Thursdays 10 am to 4 pm
  • Saturdays 9 am to Noon

On Fridays: We receive our food trucks every Friday and can always use volunteers who can help unload the trucks and move food into refrigeration/freezer, and on shelves for distribution or storage.

Fridays Noon to 4:30 pm

Once Per Month:  We use volunteers to help prepare boxes of food and help deliver them to our senior clients at the Hamtramck Senior Center.

youth group help

If you have a Youth Group willing to volunteer, we could use them to help clean the warehouse, pull weeds, stack and/or tear down boxes, prepare cardboard for recycling, wash windows, clean driveway area, wash chairs in the lobby, etc.


We need volunteer(s) to help create a video of our ministerial work to place on our website and a photographer to occasionally take pictures for our Facebook posts, newsletters, use in our Annual Reports, donor solicitations, and in general ways to help showcase us.

Computer and social media technology

We need a volunteer who is proficient in Microsoft Excel to help us streamline our in-take process and design a system that enables us to extract important data and reports.