Our missionTo improve the quality of life of area residents through cultural, educational and recreational activities in the Sterling Heights area.
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Ways to help

Adopt A Road

Keeping the streets of Sterling Heights clean, one mile at a time. Groups sign up for this program and pick up litter along their assigned roadway four times per year. The roads are marked with the group's name to let everyone know the fine work the volunteers are doing.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Outdoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekends

Youth Sports Programs

Imagine helping along a young child who later becomes a world athlete, the Sterling Heights Parks & Recreation Department needs volunteers to help with a wide variety of youth sports programs.
  • Occasional, Weekly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Senior Citizen Activities

The City of Sterling Heights has a very active senior citizen community. Volunteers are always welcome to help out with the many activities held at the Senior Citizen Center.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Sterling Heights Pride & SHINE Day

The Citywide cleanup is part of the SHINE (Sterling Heights Initiative for Neighborhood Excellence) program through the Neighborhood Services Division. Volunteers from area churches, businesses and the Sterling Heights Volunteer Corps will be available on the Pride and SHINE Day to help residents with such chores as raking, pruning dead flowers and picking up debris. There are SHINE projects and special events throughout the year.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • None
  • Weekends

Police Department (CERT, Neighborhood Watch, Explorers, Citizens on Patrol, etc.)

The police Department offers several volunteer programs. Residents can become as involved as they would like - from heading up a neighborhood Watch team in their subdivision to being trained as a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) member.
  • Occasional, Weekly
  • 21+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Sterling Heights Public Library, organized in 1976, is a volunteer non-profit group dedicated to enhancing and improving library services for our community. Friends contributions, fund-raising activities, and volunteer efforts support adult and youth programs, maintain and improve collections, and provide new technologies and capital improvements.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

SterlingFest

More than 150,000 people visit this 3-day festival that includes, music, good food, arts and crafts, and a midway. Be a part of this exciting event. Volunteers are needed to pass out brochures, booth sit for artists and keep the picnic area clean.
  • One-time
  • Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Event support, Outdoor
  • None, On-site
  • Evenings, Weekends

Cultural Exchange

Each year the City celebrates its ethnic diversity through food, information and plenty of entertainment. More than 1,000 people attend this event. Volunteers are needed for registration, entertainment lineup and food serving.
  • One-time
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Event support
  • None, On-site
  • Weekends
How you helpThe City has an extensive volunteer system where more than 3,600 resident volunteers contribute thousands of service hours annually.
About usThe Sterling Heights Area Community Foundation, established in 1991, is a non-profit organization established to improve the quality of life of area residents through cultural, educational and recreational activities.
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