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Volunteer / Internships

NorthWest Initiative is a great place to gain wonderful experience in the field of community development. We have four major program areas – Community Outreach, Food Systems, A.R.R.O. (ex-offender assistance), and Administration. We are always seeking dedicated student interns and volunteers to work in our office, school gardens, and to help with projects like flower planters, events, advocacy and more!


Please fill out our Volunteering/ Internship form or email the relevant program. 

Outreach (food distribution, community gardens, Mobile Farmers Market, MI Bridges navigation, resource allocation etc.) – Maddy Knott 

A.R.R.O. (prison diversion and prisoner reentry support) – Monica Jahner 

Food Systems Project (school-based gardens and nutrition education) – Stephanie Onderchanin 

→ view Food Systems Project internship descriptions here
→ apply for Food Systems Project internships here

Administration – Peggy Vaughn-Payne