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Volunteer Opportunities


We would not be able to accomplish any of the programs that we offer without the help of our volunteers. We are so grateful for you and all of your help with the following programs:

  • Hunter Park GardenHouse
  • Neighborhood Canvassing
  • Allen Farmers Market
  • Youth Service Corps
  • Bread Basket
  • Take Root Garden Club
  • Senior Coffee


Click here to get more information on volunteering with us!


Internship Opportunities

All of our internships will work to increase knowledge of community resources, view social justice issues first-hand, and utilize communication skills with a diverse population. We are happy to offer credit/non-credit positions for student interns. Click here to get more information on interning with us!

Active Neighboring Caféneighbor cafe

Every few months, Allen Neighborhood Center hosts Active Neighboring Café, where neighbors meet to talk and learn about pressing topics in the neighborhood. We invite guest speakers for discussion.

 Senior Discovery Group

The lively Wednesday Senior Discovery Group has been meeting weekly since October 2000 and offers “pretty good coffee and great conversation” to older neighbors from the Eastside and, indeed, from throughout the region.

senior discovery group table spread

“It has given me a new purpose in life as one of the coordinators of the Senior Group.” -Judy Cox, member for 11 years

Each weekly gathering features a speaker on a wide range of pertinent and interesting topics.  For instance, on the first Wednesday of each month, the group is joined by a speaker, courtesy of MSU International Programs, who hails from another country.  Guest presenters have come from dozens of African, Asian and South American countries to provide a fascinating look at their culture and customs.

Election time brings candidates for local and state offices to discuss their views and gather information from our well informed and engaged group.  Other speakers focus on health, food issues, gardening, music, weather, practical housing resources, and personal development.  Authors, artists, and librarians are frequent presenters.

Judy Cox, Joan Nelson, and Connie Swix

Judy Cox, Joan Nelson, and Connie Swix

Join us every Wednesday,10:00 am until 12:00 pm, in the Allen Market Place classroom/conference room for delicious coffee, fresh fruit, baked treats, social time and a stimulating presentation. The group also part takes in a variety of activities for birthday and holiday celebrations.  There are no costs or fees for participation in this unique program. Check out our tentative list for 2017 Senior Discovery Group Guest Speakers!

Contact Joan Nelson at 517.999.3912 or if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. We hope to see you there!


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