Volunteer Opportunities

MSU Safe Place relies on volunteers to implement many of our services. We ask for a minimum commitment of 2-4 hours per week for at least one semester (approximately 4 months). Volunteers are typically needed Monday-Friday between the hours of 9am-5pm and Tuesday evenings from 6:15-8:15pm.

Client Support/Advocacy:
Provide support through one-on-one contact with shelter residents. Complete intakes and ongoing tasks with those in our shelter. Client Support/Advocacy volunteers have the option of being on a 24-hour on-call list. This responsibility includes being readily available to meet someone who needs assistance and performing intakes after normal business hours.

Child Care:
Spend time with individual or small groups of children in our shelter. Occasionally assist with field trips and special events. Some knowledge of child development is helpful, but not required.

How to Apply:
Note: Please contact Alyssa (baumann9@msu.edu) before submitting a volunteer application to check the status of current volunteer openings. 

Volunteer Training is held in January, May and September and applications are accepted the month before each training (when there are open positions). If you are interested in applying to volunteer, you will need to submit your volunteer application and an indication of the populations that you would prefer working with (adults, children, or both). In addition, please include times that you would be available to do a short interview (about 20-30 minutes). Applications can be submitted to Alyssa Baumann either by e-mail (baumann9@msu.edu) or U.S. mail at Mail Processing – MSU Safe Place, 166 Service Road, Room 113A, East Lansing, MI 48824. All volunteers will also need to pass a background check and driving record check prior to the start of volunteer training.

Click here for a volunteer application.