Our volunteers are at the heart of what we do.

Volunteers from the community make it possible for us to accomplish our mission. We have students, retirees, professionals, and other community members donate their time and talent daily. Volunteers come to SOS with a diverse set of skills that can be used to help us prevent and end homelessness for families. Our volunteers help operate the food pantry weekly, provide administrative support, assist with organizing and helping at events, work on committees, and more.

Interested in helping out? Contact us today at volunteer@soscs.org.


Building a Stronger Community

Historically, SOS has mobilized volunteers for decades to help those most in need.  Over the years SOS has been a place where people have had the opportunity to develop skills, connect to others, experience personal growth, and impact others’ lives. SOS has played a pivotal role in developing  future leaders, and still does so today working with local college students.

We appreciate our volunteers! They help to provide budget relieving support, and gives the organization increased capacity. In Michigan, the estimated value of volunteer time is $23.56 per hour.  On average, SOS’ 250 volunteers work 9,000 hours per year, which shows that the impact of annual volunteer time is approximately $200,000 per year.

Become a Volunteer

There are a variety of ways to get involved at SOS. We want to help you find a volunteer opportunity that matches your skills and interests. To become a volunteer today, please complete the volunteer form. If you have questions, please email volunteer@soscs.org.

volunteers helping at food pantry

Volunteer Opportunities

Resource Specialist
Help families access emergency food Mondays 9 am to 1 pm, Thursdays and Fridays 9 am to 4 pm. Volunteers talk with walk-in consumers and asses their needs, connecting them with SOS or other community resources. Resource specialists work directly with our clients to address needs in addition to food. Please note the position requires some computer training.
Food Pantry Appointment Scheduler
Answer phones and work with consumers one-on-one to schedule them a time to shop in the SOS Choice Pantry. Our needs for this position are on Thursdays and Fridays from 1 pm to 4 pm.


Truck Unloading
Help unload our food truck and fill the pantry. This is a great group or individual opportunity. Bring your muscles and your enthusiasm as we stock the shelves that will feed our neighbors in need on Mondays from 1 pm to 3:30 pm. Food organization is also needed during the week Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 4 pm.


Food Pantry Assistant
Help consumers shop in the pantry. You will help them with their choices and with gathering their bags as they move through the pantry. Our needs for this position are on Tuesdays from 1 pm to 6:30 pm and Wednesdays from 9 am to 1 pm.


Food Pantry Stocker
Help to keep the pantry shelves stocked. Throughout the distribution time, this volunteer will ensure that food is well stocked. Our needs for this position are on Tuesdays from 1 pm to 6:30 pm and Wednesdays from 9 am to 1 pm.


Administrative Assistant
Do you have great customer service and phone skills? We can use your help with clerical work, mailings, answering phones, and greeting visitors. Our needs for this position are on Monday – Friday from 9 am – 5 pm.
Special Event Volunteer
Do you enjoy events? We can use support working at upcoming events.
Special Event Volunteer
Do you enjoy events? We can use support working at upcoming events.
Professional Services: Design, Photography, Other
We are always looking for people with talent in professional services such as graphic design, photography, or other areas.