Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers provide important services for their community. Whatever your interest, Berrien County has a wide-range of volunteer opportunities available throughout the County.

Alternative - Donate

Can't volunteer, but you'd like to assist with a donation? Please visit our Donation page for ideas on where you can make a difference!

Actions If You Love Animals

Consider volunteering at the Animal Control Department in Benton Harbor. Volunteers are needed to:

  • Care for Cats
  • Feed Animals
  • General Office Work
  • Greet Visitors
  • Participate at Special Events
  • Walk Dogs

If interested, contact Tiffany Peterson at 269-927-5648.

"People Person" Activities

Volunteer at the Courthouse in St. Joseph to greet the public and provide assistance and directions throughout the building. If interested, contact the United Way of Southwest Michigan, Volunteers.

Volunteer at the Self Help Legal Resource Center assisting patrons with procedural steps involved in filing court documents. Contact Dee Kuelbs at 269-983-7111, ext. 8793.

Actions for Drivers

Our Veterans Services Department is in need of volunteers to drive our local veterans to Battle Creek VA Medical Center at:

5500 Armstrong Road
Battle Creek, MI 49037

For more information, contact Lee Lull at 269-983-7111, ext. 8118.

For Those Who Want to Protect Our Environment

The County Recycling Programs occur all over Berrien County and benefit thousands of people a year. Volunteers are needed to help carry out these recycling programs. Opportunities include in-office work, teaching children, helping at outdoor recycling collections, and more. Visit our Recycling page for current Recycling Program volunteer opportunities.

Those With Law Enforcement Backgrounds

Our Sheriff's Office relies on a trained volunteer staff to assist with various operations:

  • Chaplain's Unit
  • Mounted Division
  • Reserve Deputies
  • Victim Services Advocates

Applications may be picked up at the Records Bureau during business hours at:

919 Port Street
St. Joseph, MI 49085

For more information, visit the Sheriff's Office website.