Help Connect

What We Do

Help Connect is a collaborative effort between the Michigan Community Service Commission and other community and state partners to create a hub for nonprofits to find volunteers with the interests and skills they need, including nonprofit board and committee placements. Our vision is to build better communities, and a stronger state, and Help Connect is the tool that helps achieve that vision.

Volunteer Candidates

Strong and passionate candidates fill out their experience and interests indicating how they are interested helping, including boards and/or skills opportunities.


Nonprofits seek volunteers, skills volunteers or post board and skills opportunities, defining the role, board expectations, time commitment and more.


Nonprofits contact volunteers who have the skills and interests to fill their needs.  For board positions, Help Connect calculates a “relevancy” score to show candidates their best fits, connecting them with open positions.

How It Works

Complete Your Profile

Highlight your experience, skills, cause interests and if you have any board desires.

Explore Custom Matches

If interested, review a list of all open board or skills based opportunities.  Or wait to be asked by a nonprofit to help .

Search Open Opportunities

Search for nonprofits or specific opportunities by name or filter by causes, skills, location and more.

Connect with Nonprofits

With just one click, send connection requests to non-profits to indicate your interest and share to your profile.

Your Personal Dashboard

Stay up to date on suggested matches, connections and placements through your personal dashboard.

Start to Help

Once you and a nonprofit find the right fit, you start to help.

Complete Your Profile

Highlight your organization’s mission, vision and goals.

Post A Need

Use our templates or create your own board position or skills need description.

View Interested Candidates

Review candidates with the best fits or search other candidates.

Email Notifications

Set notification preferences for emails to help you stay up to date with candidate suggestions.

Nonprofit Dashboard

Use your organization’s customized dashboard to see all candidate types and your communication with them.

Fill Your Need

The technology reveals potential candidates and together, you determine fit and next steps.