Recruiting, screening, and supervising volunteers with targeted skill sets will remain a priority in achieving agency goals, as well as developing new programming. 

Douglass Pride Ambassador
Role modeling and informal mentoring to engage youth in an effort to build relationships provide love, attention, and interventions in affirming, positive, non-judgmental, and trauma informed ways.

Diaper Bank
Unpack, stock, and give out diapers and wipes to individuals and families. Inventory is every other Monday after 3:00 pm. Distribution days are Tuesday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Food Distribution
Unpack, stock, and give out food to individuals and families. Distribution days are the third Wednesday* of each month from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm. *Days are subject to change.

Office Team Support
Provide office support by completing general office duties (front desk coverage, filing, data entry, etc.) as well as for special projects, fundraisers, and community events. A person who is a creative thinker and is comfortable leading projects from start to finish would thrive in the DCA environment.

Volunteer Organizer
Reach out to volunteers who have applied to the Douglass and arrange appropriate experiences that meet the volunteer’s skill level and ability, personality, desire, and schedule. Provide large groups with special opportunities.

Douglass Caretaker
Assist with cleaning Douglass’ facility (offices, common rooms, gym, and bathrooms), room set up for events, maintenance needs, and grounds keeping, which includes both indoor and outdoor work.

Welcome people who come to the Douglass and help direct them where they want to go. Provide information about programs and services, events, and resources that Douglass and other occupants in the building offer.

DCA offers internship opportunities and encourages innovating project ideas to enhance the Northside community. Individuals who are self-motivated would be a good fit at the Douglass.

Special Projects
DCA has a variety of projects throughout the year like decorating for the holidays, working in the garden, repackaging diapers, bulk mailings, community events, and so on. You also might have your own project
idea to support the Douglass – either way, we welcome your support!

Study To Play

Study to Play is an incentive-based program for middle school and high school youth during the school year on Tuesday. Volunteer tutors needed for the hour of studying 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and for basketball playtime, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. By working with kids in a one-on-one setting on their homework, we are engaging and mentoring our youth and building relationships of trust.

Douglass Community Association believes that every person will be treated with dignity and welcomed to our organization. We embrace and encourage our differences in age, color, ability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make us unique as individuals and contributes to our wholeness as the human race.

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1000 W. Paterson Street

Kalamazoo, MI 49007

269.343.6185 Tel


Office Hours
Monday – Friday
8AM – 5PM
Saturday – Sunday: Closed