Make a Difference

What would Open Door be without its selfless volunteers?

Walk in on any given weekday and you will see the volunteer crew stocking food shelves or assisting a client at the Outreach Center.

Over at our Open Door Thrift Store (located next door to our Food Pantry) volunteers are busy accepting and processing donations, stocking merchandise on the floor and welcoming a new customer or client.

Since 1980, hundreds of men, women, and children have stepped forward to make the Open Door Outreach Center available to struggling families in our community. We simply could not exist without the 125+ caring individuals who donate their time and talent to those in need.

They bless us with their time, talents and hearts every day.

They organize and oversee the majority of fundraisers, events and special programs.

They are the model for our “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” creed.

You could be one of those volunteers. The need is great and we invite you to donate a few hours a week or month. We train!

We have flexible hours and appreciate part-time helpers who can contribute as few as 3 HOURS PER WEEK. Just want to help occasionally? We need you. All positions also have substitute positions available for occasional volunteering. If you care about others and have a little time to share, we will provide meaningful ways for you to contribute.

Volunteer Positions

Please call us at (248) 360-2930 for a description of each position

  1. Receptionist
  2. Resale Store Helpers
  3. Events Helpers
  4. Project Managers: Various Promotions
  5. Church and School Liaison Persons
  6. On-call Food Pick up volunteers and Errands




    Our Open Door Outreach Center can use your help. Please consider donating either your time or the items below. Call us at 248-360-2930 with questions.

    Cash donations
    Gently used or NEW household items
    Grocery gift cards
    Gas gift cards

    We are in need of a "transit style" van that will allow our team to transport food to those in need who cannot get here; the transit vehicle would also allow our team to pick up food excess off site to bring back to our Food Pantry to distribute.  





    White and wheat sliced bread

    Fresh produce

    Canned meat (tuna and chicken)

    Canned vegetables and fruits

    Canned chili, stew and baked beans

    Canned ravioli, Spaghettios, etc.

    Spaghetti sauce


    Boxed cereals

    Cake mixes and frosting



    We accept all shelf-stable items

    Hygiene and Household Items

    Toothbrushes, toothpaste

    Soap, bar or liquid

    Shampoo and conditioner

    Combs, brushes

    Feminine products

    Razors, shaving cream


    Cleaning products, dish soaps

    Laundry detergent, fabric softener

    Diapers - sizes 4, 5, 6


    Home décor

    Kroger customers: If you have signed up for Kroger Community Rewards thank you if not, please sign up and select Open Door Outreach Center.  Note: this does not affect your Kroger awards.

    Simply go to, log into your account and select Open Door Outreach Center. Thank you!

    Besides Volunteering, How Can You Help?

    • TELL SOMEONE about Open Door Outreach Center's services and about our Thrift Store, Food pantry and Client services.  
    • RECYCLE your gently-used clothing at the Resale Store and shop there too!
    • DONATE non-perishable foods, paper products, and hygiene items to our Food Pantry
    • ORGANIZE A FOOD DRIVE at work, on your block, at your child's school, etc.
    • REQUEST AN OPEN DOOR SPEAKER for a group, class, club, etc.

    We are also asking you to think of unique ways to fundraise for us.

    It could be a garage sale, scout project, class project or even friends working together at a lemonade stand!  Would your business or place of employment help?  Could you host a food drive? Or raise funds for us to feed and help others?

    We will guide you and provide you with a tax voucher for your records.

    Send us your ideas to us by using the Contact Us form.