Summer in the City has simple goal — service that serves — a lot of moving parts. Here is a How To Video and answers to some frequently asked questions. If you have any other questions, suggestions or concerns, we would love to hear from you.


Anyone who is 14 or older or done with 8th grade can volunteer.
What if I am done with 8th grade but not yet 14? A. You are eligible to volunteer.
Q. What if I have one child in high school and another in middle school? A. Contact us.
Q. Can I bring a group of people to volunteer? A. Sure! Fill this out.

Dedicated, dynamic volunteer leaders run every facet of Summer in the City.
How old do you have to be to serve on the Crew? A. You need to be done with junior year of high school or older.
Q. Do I need to have prior volunteer experience? A. No, we’ll train you to be an effective leader and facilitator.
Q. How much time do I have to commit? Q. Generally, you should be able to do at least 20 out of the 30 project days for Crew.
Q. If I can’t commit to joining the Crew, can I still help lead? Q. Everyone at SITC has the opportunity to be a “servant leader.”


We develop and facilitate our projects to work for both volunteers and community partners.
Fun? A. It’s a blast — social, inclusive, fast-paced, action-packed.
Q. Flexible? A. Just register online and come whenever you want.
Q. Fulfilling? A. It feels great to do good and you can “fulfill” your community service requirement while you’re at it.

No prior experience necessary — just positive energy and purposeful engagement.
Paint? A. Murals. They are all over the city. You don’t have to be an artist to contribute.
Q. Plant? A. Community gardens and farms that are part of the city’s urban agriculture movement.
Q. Play? A. Day camps with fun activities for volunteers and campers do to together. And Friday Field Trips!

How do I know what I will be doing each day? A. You don’t. We work to have a variety of options available and count on volunteers to be flexible.
Q. What if I only want do to one kind of project? A. Let us know — just know that we can’t guarantee you’ll always get the project of your choice.
Q. Can I volunteer at the same site as my friends? A. Yes, as long as everyone arrives on time and is flexible about their project.


Where do I go in the morning? A. Any of these carpool sites at 8:45.
Q. What if I don’t live near any of the carpool sites? A. You can go straight to the project site. Let us know and we’ll give you the location.
Q. Is there a bus? A. No, we carpool in Crew, Volunteer and occasionally Parent cars.

Where are the projects? A. Neighborhoods throughout Detroit, as well as Highland Park and Hamtramck.
Q. Is it safe for me? A. Yes. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have additional concerns.
Q. Is it safe for my car? A. Yes. Don’t leave any valuables in plain site.



JUNE 25 to AUGUST 16
9:00 to 2:00

What time should I arrive? A. Get to your carpool site and check in at 8:45 so we can leave at 9:00.
Q. What time will I get back? A. Around 2:00. A little earlier or later depending on distance, traffic, etc.
Q. Is there a bus? A. No, we carpool in Crew, Volunteer and occasionally Parent cars.
Q. When do you send out certificates? A. Late August, between Finale Friday and Labor Day.



How do I let you know when I’m planning on volunteering? A. We have a “heads up” feature that will be online soon.
Q. Why should I give you a Heads Up? A. It helps us estimate attendance and can help you get your preferred project.

How do you make sure you’ll have enough transportation for everyone? A. We have enough Crew drivers for most volunteers most days. If there is overflow, we lean on Volunteers (17 or older) to drive round trip or Parents to drive at least one way. At that point, if we still have more volunteers than we can transport safely, we may need to turn a handful of people away. That’s pretty rare and we give those volunteers first choice of project next time they attend.
Q. Why don’t you have buses of passenger vans? A. Bus and van transportation is cost prohibitive. By relying on Summer in the City participants and parents to drive (and reimbursing them for gas), we can put more of our resources to our projects, programs and partnerships.

How can I get my community service forms filled out and signed? A. Nine times out of 10, you don’t need to. Just turn in our certificate to get credit for your service.
Q. Why don’t I need to get my forms filled out and signed? A. Over the years, we have built a strong reputation for high-quality, high-impact volunteer experiences and local schools, clubs and orgs know that our focus on the volunteer work reduces the need for their paperwork. That said, if you have an urgent need for us to complete your forms, we’re happy to accommodate you.

Why is there a fee to volunteer? A. We spend about $20 per volunteer per day to make sure Summer in the City is safe, substantive and sustainable. We couldn’t do what we do without the investment of both volunteer time and financial support.
Q. How does the fee work? A. It’s a one-time fee of $40. You can pay online when you register (and get a 10% discount) or by cash/check on your first day. We are committed to making Summer in the City inclusive and will waive the fee for anyone who cannot afford it, no questions asked.

How do you keep everyone hydrated? A. We have water on every site and strongly encourage volunteers to bring a reusable water bottle.
Q. How about lunch? A. On Fridays, we end with a barbecue around 1:00. Other days, we don’t break for lunch. We have some snacks on site, but it’s best to eat a hearty breakfast.