Volunteer and Internship Program
Cunningham Township provides the opportunity for local residents to volunteer to help their neighbors in need. Township Volunteers keep regular, daytime hours and provide as much support as they are able - from 2 hours a week on up. They take on assignments as needed - helping with garden work and events, calling participants, filing, answering phones, handing out and reviewing applications, and looking up and entering information. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.
If you are interested in volunteering, please complete this online form.
Cunningham Township offers a structured internship program with the following purposes:
- To provide formal and informal field experience to students and members of the community interested in the fields of Social Work, Urbana Planning, Non-Profit Administration, and Public Policy.
- To provide a conduit for local residents to collaborate with the Township on projects that are aligned with their interests or passions.
- To support Cunningham Township with administrative, planning and direct service needs.
The logistics of the program as follows:
- All interested interns should submit a cover letter and resume to Program Coordinator, Tomas Delgado, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- CTSO may follow up with a request to interview.
- We require a two week volunteer period to assess fit where no stipend is paid.
- Interns are assigned to one of these teams: Housing Advocacy, Employment Advocacy, Disability Advocacy, Administration, or Outreach and Event Organizing, or they may work on special projects.
- Interns offer 10-40 hours per week of service.
- Interns typically serve for 4 months, which may be renewed at the discretion of the Supervisor typically for interns working on a project in process.
- Interns receive a stipend as set by the Supervisor.
- Course credit may be arranged if requested.
All volunteers and interns are invited to participate in training opportunities, which are usually held Friday mornings. Examples of past include supporting domestic violence survivors, providing trauma-informed care, how to help participants with predatory landlords, using case management software, supporting disabled residents in accessing federal disability payments, navigating employment options with disabled residents.
"I walked into Cunningham Township as a volunteer passionate about serving my community but unaware about where to engage in these efforts and completely bewildered about my career path. I was welcomed in on critical community projects and immediately felt like a part of the team. The staff were knowledgeable mentors and teachers; they continuously inspired me by their dedication to providing wholistic care for our community members and encouraged me to find my tenacity and persistence in addressing the needs of my neighbors. As I climbed from volunteer, to intern, to a staff member, Cunningham Township instilled in me the value of dignity and respect for all and provided a foundation for my understanding of how social services should function in our modern world. As I embark on my new journey as a housing counselor in Detroit, I will be forever grateful that I found my purpose at Cunningham Township."