After School Program Volunteers Needed!!!

Do you have 2 hours per week to make a difference?
Here’s what we’re looking for! Intern with SPY kids
Our After School Program needs just 2 hours of your time to help make a real difference in the education of Avalon youth who face a number of challenges as a result of experiencing homelessness. That’s where you come in!
We need volunteers on an ongoing basis at the following two locations and times throughout the school year:
  • 31 Carrot Way Community Center, full program from 3:15-5:15PM, Monday – Thursday
  • 1500 Pauline Apartments Community Center, full program from 4:15-6:15PM on Mondays and Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4-5:45pm

If you feel this may be a good fit for you, please contact Avalon’s Community Relations Coordinator, Andrea, via email at or via phone at 734.663.5858 ext. 212.

Most of our youth have experienced multiple instances of homelessness already. The majority are also from single female-parent households, with the parent having a challenging mental or physical disability. As part of our commitment to providing stable housing and improving the quality of life for our residents, we provide a safe, familiar environment for kids to engage in activities that promote academic and social development.

Sign Up to Volunteer Today – Make a Difference. Help Students Succeed. Have Fun!

Other Volunteer Opportunities 

get-involved-3We always have a need for volunteers who would like to share their skills and passions with us. If you have an interest in any of these areas and are willing to volunteer, please contact Andrea Wilkerson at or 734-663-5858 ext. 212.

  • Landscaping or Gardening
  • Office help
  • Fundraising
  • Event Planning
Legislators Building Community with Michigan State Legislators Rebekah Warren and Jeff Irwin at Carrot Way Apartments.

Legislators Building Community with Michigan State Legislators Rebekah Warren and Jeff Irwin at Carrot Way Apartments.

Avalon's Wish List

Now that the weather is nice, our community centers could really use some help stocking up on new or gently used outdoor sports equipment such as:
  • Soccer balls
  • Basketballs
  • Frisbees
  • Baseballs/Bats/Gloves
  • Volleyball with net
  • Badminton Set
  • Fishing Equipment

Other general items on our wishlist include:

  • Bikes
  • Baking pans, pots, crock pots, etc.
  • Yoga Mats
  • Towels
  • Vacuums
  • Microwaves
  • DVD and VHS Players
  • Items for babies such as Car Seats, Strollers, Diapers, gently used clothes, etc.
Items can be dropped off at Avalon’s main office at 1327 Jones Drive Suite 102, or to coordinate pickup, contact Andrea at or 734.663.5858 ext 212

Our Supporters

get-involved-1Molly Dobson

“When it comes to Avalon’s mission, I have a strong conviction that Ann Arbor should be an inclusive community and that everyone deserves a safe place to call home,” said Molly Dobson. Molly, together with her late husband Bill Dobson, has been a supporter of Avalon for 20 years.

Molly recounts that Bill believed that when a cause really moved you – you should lead. That is exactly what he did in the early 1990’s when he assumed a leadership role in the fundraising efforts to create more affordable housing in Ann Arbor. That movement is what helped ignite Avalon Housing.

“Bill was an Ann Arbor native and I have lived here since my early teens,” explained Molly. “I love this community and like Bill, I will do all I can as a leader and donor to maintain its trail blazing reputation.”

“I believe in giving locally- in enhancing our community and making it a place I’m proud to call home. A place where everyone is welcome. We’re talking about a ‘cutting edge’ community. That’s our goal, isn’t it?” asks Molly.

Molly is still very involved in the Ann Arbor community, helping wherever and whenever she can. She is a true inspiration and a shining example of living a life of service.

get-involved-2Gary Boren

Gary Boren wants to see his money ‘do some good in the world’. That’s why he has been an avid supporter of Avalon Housing for nearly 20 years.

“For me, it’s more than just supporting a good cause. I want to know who is running the organization, so I can be assured they have integrity. By knowing the leaders I can see the good things they are doing and that they are making a significant difference in our community.”

Gary started giving small amounts and increased them over the years as his resources allowed him to.

“I always knew I wanted to give back to the community and I felt lucky to have it to give. I knew about these great organizations and I felt they could do some good with my donations. It also makes me feel good to know I am making a difference in causes I care about.”

Gary’s support makes a huge difference at Avalon, allowing us to provide much needed services to the most vulnerable in our community. We can’t thank Gary enough for his support both financially and of our mission to end homelessness!

We gladly accept:

  • Monetary Donations – You can mail a check or money order, call with a credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover), or donate online
  • Corporate Sponsorships for Events or Special Projects
  • Stock Donations
  • Planned Gifts, such as bequests and estate planning
  • In-Kind Gifts such as gently used furniture, clothing, and food