Volunteers Wanted: Have time to Give Back?

First-of-its-kind volunteer recruitment fair hosted by Detroit Metro Airport will showcase volunteer opportunities with 25 local community groups

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Mar 06

DETROIT, (March 6, 2015) – Want to learn how to become a Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) customer service ambassador? How about sharing extra time with the American Red Cross, Romulus Animal Shelter, Gleaner’s Food Bank, the Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum, Karmanos Cancer Institute, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, Ann Arbor and Detroit Convention and Visitor bureaus, DTW Freedom Center or other organizations that have a need - - and you may have interest in or a calling for?

On Friday, March 13th from 10:00 a.m. until noon, Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) will be hosting a first-of-its-kind volunteer recruitment fair to provide information on how individuals with a little extra time can find a worthwhile passion they enjoy, and help give back to their community. The recruitment fair will be held at Detroit Metropolitan Airport’s NOMADS building, 10100 Middlebelt Rd, Romulus, MI 48174.

“We have a strong history of great partnerships here,” said Airport Authority CEO Thomas Naughton. “The airport is a community, and we pull in travelers, customers, employees, and volunteers from all over. The nature of what we do is helping facilitate connections - what better place to illustrate that we are stronger when we work together, and that there are tremendous opportunities to give back and help contribute to many worthwhile causes throughout our region?”

Twenty five local organizations will be participating in the recruitment fair, and each will have a table and representatives on hand to answer questions from potential volunteers. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from the groups listed below, understand more about their organizations and learn about volunteer opportunities and how to get involved.


  1. Airport Ambassador Volunteer Program 

  2. American Red Cross 

  3. Ann Arbor Convention & Visitors Bureau 

  4. AYUSA – Academic Year, U.S.A. - A non-profit Foreign Exchange student program. 

  5. Charles H. Wright Museum 

  6. City of Romulus Animal Shelter 

  7. Detroit Institute of Arts 

  8. Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau 

  9. Detroit Riverfront Conservancy 

  10. Detroit Zoological Society 

  11. Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry 

  12. Ford Piquette Avenue Plant 

  13. Freedom Center 

  14. Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter 

  15. Gabrielle's Angels 

  16. Girl Scouts of SE Michigan 

  17. Gleaners Food Bank 

  18. Karmanos Cancer Institute 

  19. Old Newsboys Goodfellow Fund of Detroit 

  20. Paws With A Cause 

  21. RSVP - Retired Senior Volunteer Program 

  22. Stop the Violence 

  23. The Parade Company 

  24. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service/International Wildlife Refuge Alliance 

  25. Wayne Main Street 

“We are always looking for opportunities to recruit new volunteer customer service ambassadors here at the airport,” said DTW Customer Service Manager Fran Wood. “Finding passionate and committed volunteers is our challenge; but there wasn’t a shared local venue or platform to find new recruits, so we thought we would create one. Many of the organizations we have worked with over the years, thought it was a great idea as well, and the response has been wonderful.”

Michael Conway
Brian Lassaline
Erica Donerson
Vice President, Communications and External Affairs
Wayne County Airport Authority
Lisa Gass
Media Relations Manager1
Wayne County Airport Authority