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City Description

Rich in diversity, Detroit contains a notable network of peace and justice advocates and service providers. The Mercy presence is strong in Detroit with a network of ministries, Sisters of Mercy, Associates, Companions, and MVC alumni. Mercy Volunteers live in a community-oriented and socially-conscious neighborhood known as southwest Detroit’s Mexican Town, within walking distance of Clark Park. Volunteers can expect to build rich relationships and grow to love the old motor city. There are extensive opportunities for arts and sports lovers, health and reading enthusiasts, and great entertainment.

Housing: House
Transportation: 2 cars
Number of Volunteers: 4

Service Site Descriptions

Detroit Cristo Rey High School

Mission: To provide excellent college-preparatory Catholic high school education, in the Cristo Rey model, to students from economically disadvantaged families in Detroit.

Detroit Cristo Rey High School is part of a national organization of Cristo Rey high schools that provides a powerful and innovative approach to career-focused and college-preparatory education that equips students from families of limited economic means with the knowledge, character, and skills to achieve their aspirations. The school integrates classroom experience with real-life work experience by partnering with businesses and corporations in metro Detroit.  A volunteer is needed as a leader in campus ministry and assistant to the dean. This volunteer will have ongoing interactions with students and parents. Conversational Spanish would be a great asset but is not required.

Site Details

Skills: Education, Campus Ministry, Student Services

Detroit People’s Water Board

Mission: To ensure that all people have the human right to clean, accessible, and affordable water and sanitation.

The People’s Water Board (PWB) is a grass-roots coalition of thirty Southeast Michigan organizations (anti-poverty, social justice, environmental, conservation, faith-based) working together to protect our water from pollution, high water rates, privatization, and the denial of water and sanitation services to people unable to afford it. Founded in 2008 by the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization (MWRO), PWB works collectively with Michigan community-based groups and national coalitions to advocate for policies and programs to ensure clean and affordable water for all residents—regardless of ability to pay. A volunteer is needed as a services coordinator to organize community forums, press conferences, monthly meetings, presentations, demonstrations, and legislative visits as well as manage the social media. The volunteer will support residents to access clean and affordable water.

Skills: Community Organizing, Advocacy, Communication, Social Services

St. Frances Cabrini Clinic

Mission: To provide a holistic approach toward meeting the primary health care needs of economically disadvantaged residents of southwest Detroit and beyond. 

As the oldest free healthcare clinic in the United States, Cabrini Clinic provides a holistic approach towards meeting the primary health care needs of economically disadvantaged residents of metro Detroit and beyond. They serve those who fall through the medical-social safety net and help connect them with basic resources. They offer education, prevention, and treatment without charge, but with deep compassion and respect for the people they serve and their needs. A Mercy Volunteer supports the daily operations of the clinic as a patient navigator and clinic assistant. The volunteer will provide hospitality, supporting patient intake and documentation, organizing events, and various front desk responsibilities. It is preferred that the volunteer has fluency in Spanish or French, but is not required.

Skills: Healthcare, Hospitality, Administrative Support, Patient Care

SAY Family Health Clinic Detroit


SAY Clinic is a primary care clinic serving the uninsured and underinsured patients who may be homeless or do not qualify for medical coverage. The Clinic has a primary care provider on staff and additionally works with volunteer specialty providers to deliver comprehensive care to patients in the metro Detroit area. A volunteer is needed to support healthcare administrative operations. This includes documentation, supporting clinical buildout, developing operational policies and procedures.  The volunteer will also work directly with patients on health improvement, connection to other local resources, or insurance enrollment.

Skills: Healthcare, healthcare administration, social work, patient care


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