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    By sharing your time and talents you immediately impact lives through Goodwill and Goodwill Inn programs.

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    529 volunteers supported staff, guests, and customers.

    15,317 volunteer hours invested to support our neighbors in need.


There are many ways that you can volunteer. By sharing your time and talents you immediately impact lives through Goodwill Northern Michigan programs.

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Current Volunteer Opportunities

Administrative Support-Clerical
We’re growing to better serve our community, but with growth comes additional volume for our Accounting and Human Resources staff.  Do you have good office skills and enjoy lending a helping hand?

WHEN: Two half days per week. We can work with your schedule!
WHERE: Goodwill offices at 2279 S Airport Rd W, Traverse City, MI 49684
Get Directions

Goodwill Inn Prep Cook/Server
Each day, more than 80 people call the Goodwill Inn “home”. In this volunteer role, assist with the preparation and service of a warm, nutritious dinner, learn about food insecurity in Northern Michigan and make a difference in the lives of your neighbors in need.

We are currently seeking subs that can be “on-call” when regularly scheduled volunteers cannot make their shifts. We will email you when there is an opening to see if you are available to stand-“INN” and help serve our community.

WHEN: Monday – Sunday 4pm-6:30pm
WHERE: 2943 Keystone Rd, Traverse City, MI
Get Directions

Food Rescue Rider
Help us feed the hungry! Food Rescue, a program of Goodwill, in partnership with grocers, restaurants, etc. picks up “soon-to-be-expired” food and distributes it among food pantries. Our Food Rescue drivers need your help. Ride along, learn about the program, help load/unload.

Benzie Route – Benzonia 6:45am – 11:00am

Antrim/Kalkaska Route – Ellsworth 6:45am – 1:30pm
Traverse City Route – Aeropark 6:45am – 10:30am

Antrim/Kalkaska Route – Ellsworth 6:45am – 1:30pm every other week
Traverse City Route – Aeropark 6:45am – 12:30pm

WHERE: 2889 Aero Park Dr, Traverse City, 49686
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Opportunities for Families and Youth

Meals on Wheels Decorative Bags Families and youth can help make a recipient of Grand Traverse and Leelanau County Meals on Wheels program feel special by decorating the bag that their meal comes in! Simply pick up a package of 8# bags during your next grocery store visit and decorate them using paint, stickers, crayons…the sky is the limit! Drop off the bags at the Goodwill Inn Homeless Shelter, located at: 2943 N Keystone Rd, Traverse City, MI 49686 at the main desk. It will surely bring a smile to those receiving meals through the Meals on Wheels program!

Event Assistance and special projects Goodwill has several events throughout the year that we need many volunteers to make them happen. From cheering on participants at our annual Run for Shelter, to sticker books for us to hand out at our local parades, we have many group activities for which we are looking for help! Please contact Jen P at: jenp@goodwillnmi.org or 231-995-7737 to get on a lit to be contacted when group projects are available.

Donation Drives are a great way that a group or family can help support our mission. We are always in need of items for guests staying at the Goodwill Inn and for our Street Outreach program! Simply take donated items to the Goodwill Inn Homeless Shelter, located at: 2943 N Keystone Rd, Traverse City, MI 49686 and leave them at the main desk. Here is a list of (NEW) items that are regularly needed:

Underwear all sizes male and female
Socks men’s and ladies
Flip flops for the shower
Wash clothes
Sun screen
Shaving cream
Long Underwear
Sleeping bags
Large black garbage bags
Gallon size zip lock bags
Disposable plastic gloves
Bata Bus tickets

Court Ordered Community Service Hours
If you are seeking to fulfill court ordered community service hours:

Fill out the online background check form to volunteer in one of our retail stores.
Fill out our printer friendly PDF form and fax it to: 231-922-8514 or mail to: Goodwill Northern Michigan, 2279 South Airport Road West, Traverse City, MI 49684

Share your special talents – Let us know what your talent is:

Are you a beautician – Cut hair at the Goodwill Inn
A graphic designer – Help with designing advertising and promotion for special events
Volunteer as an individual or as a group.

Become a Volunteer
Contact Volunteer Services
Phone: 231-995-7737   Email: Volunteer