The ACCESS “Helping Hands” program is designed to give individuals the opportunity to be a part of all aspects of ACCESS’ work at the community and administrative levels. ACCESS is dedicated to empowering and enabling individuals, families, and communities to lead informed, productive, culturally sensitive and fulfilling lives.
The “Helping Hands” program works to engage the community as a partner in meeting the needs of ACCESS and the community in southeast Michigan. It also exists to provide individuals with the opportunity to hone their skills and grow their experience, while providing ACCESS with critical resources and talent.
For more information on the “Helping Hands” program, contact Tamiko Crowe-Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for volunteering!
There are many volunteer opportunities throughout ACCESS. Read what some of our past and present volunteers have to say about their experience as a volunteer!
"I have been volunteering with the Arab American National Museum since January. I truly enjoy it. The staff at the museum are all very nice and welcoming, as well as encouraging and inspiring, especially Dave Serio, Ashley and Lindsey. I have volunteered for the Arab American Film Festival and other events. I mostly do docent work. I am training to be a docent, and volunteering at the museum has really helped me build confidence in myself. It forces me to put myself out there and speak, but in a positive way. All-in-all my experience has been great!" ~ Gabriel 'Gabby' Jackson, Arab American National Museum.
"My family and I immigrated to the United States as refugees from Iraq a year and a half ago. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Iraq. I heard about the ACCESS Home-Based Child Care (HBCC) program through Lutheran Social Services. I enrolled in the first session and learned a lot. I began to volunteer on and off since February 2013. I am now volunteering 20 hours a week in the HBCC program. I am responsible for copying handouts for the classes, filing, contacting clients for upcoming classes, helping with projects and translating for women with little English speaking skills. I have learned many job responsibilities that will help me in the future with my job searches when the opportunity comes. I look forward to coming each day as if it was a job for me!" ~ Reem Youssef, ACCESS Growth Center.
"In order to gain experience and to fulfill the volunteer hours needed to graduate, I decided to volunteer at the Social Services Department at ACCESS. At first, my main concern was to satisfy my academic requirements and get all the hours I needed and then leave. That wasn’t the case after spending a few days helping clients. At first, it felt like it was something that I had to do. A few days into volunteering, I was helping clients not because I had to, but because I wanted to. It wasn’t so much the sense of fulfilling what I needed in order to graduate; it was more about helping clients because it felt like that was what I was meant to do. I had a great experience volunteering at ACCESS because I enjoyed helping the diverse clients that came to ACCESS. Additionally, the staff was extremely kind, polite and understanding. I liked being a volunteer in the Social Services Department. It was just like being among your family members." ~ Rasha Thabet, ACCESS Social Services Department.