Alpena Volunteer Center

Alpena Volunteer Center
The Volunteer Center provides a variety of community outreach services in partnership with Alpena Community College.

The Alpena Volunteer Center coordinates the following programs:
~ Community Education: short, inexpensive, non-credit classes on a wide variety of topics at convenient times.
~ Volunteer Matching: Linking volunteers with community requests for assistance.
~ Christmas Wish List: The Christmas Wish List is a charitable holiday program that has become a tradition in our area. Through this program th

The Alpena Volunteer Center coordinates the following programs:
~ Community Education: short, inexpensive, non-credit classes on a wide variety of topics at convenient times.
~ Volunteer Matching: Linking volunteers with community requests for assistance.
~ Christmas Wish List: The Christmas Wish List is a charitable holiday program that has become a tradition in our area. Through this program th

Operating as usual


The Community Education Program classes are cancelled until further notice


In lieu of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) All Community Education Spring Schedule classes have been cancelled thru April 5


The Community Education Spring Schedule is now available. Please click on the link to view our brochure. There are many fun, short and inexpensive classes. Something for everyone! Hurry....seating is limited. *Be sure to share with your family and friends.


The Community Education Program Spring Schedule will be available by the first week of March.


Alpena Volunteer Center staff are busily matching Christmas Wish List gift recipients to donors! Through the Christmas Wish List, these generous donors are matched with specific wishes of needy children in our community. An ideal way to donate is by combining resources with co-workers or family members in lieu of gifts to one another.

Though we are very busy matching donors with children on the list, and making progress, we still have hundreds of children for whom we must find donor matches. Please consider calling to help or sending a cash donation.

Donors may call the Volunteer Center Monday - Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and Friday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at 989-358-7271. If lines are busy, please leave a message and we will return your call!

Cash donations are welcome and allow us to purchase unmatched children’s wishes, food and grocery gift cards. Please send donations to the Volunteer Center, 665 Johnson Street, Alpena, 49707.


The Volunteer Center is ready to 'kick-off' it's 42nd year of the Christmas Wish List Program. If you would like to become a donor and be matched with a child or family, or would like to make a donation, please contact 358-7271.


We still have seats available for 19-33: "Seafood Cooking for the Holidays" Monday, October 21 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Join Jess as she shares tips and techniques for seafood dishes that are fun and easy to make. Jess will demonstrate a tasty shrimp scampi in a pressure cooker and other delicious seafood dishes. Call 358-7271 to register. Fee: $35.


Here are upcoming classes for next week. We still have seating available.

Tuesday, October 1
ACC Community Education presents "Reflexology" with Yvonne Robinson from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Through application of pressure on areas of hands or feet, reflexology is said to promote relaxation of tension, improvement of circulation, and support of function in the related area of the body. Learn about the home treatment technique and how it can help you. Fee: $35. Registration required. Call 358-7271.

Wednesday, October 2, 9, & 16 (3 sessions)
ACC Community Education presents "Intermediate Excel" with Cathy Abraham from 5:30-7:30 p.m. In this class, learn advanced features such as charts, utilizing multiple worksheets, advanced formulas, data filters, and sorting information. Prerequisite: Beginning Excel or equivalent Fee: $70. Registration required. Call 358-7271.

Thursday, October 3, 10 & 17 (3 sessions)
ACC Community Education presents "Light Painting Photography" with Tom Sherrill-Mix from 5:30-7:30 p.m. In this class, learn to create amazing images with light painting; making light trails, highlighting parts of your image and other techniques. Students will need to bring: camera (with manual settings), cable release, tripod and a flashlight. Fee: $75. Registration required. Call 358-7271

Tuesday, October 8
ACC Community Education presents "Seeing Comedy in Life to Avoid Anxiety, Depression and Anger" with Joe Garant from 5:30-7:30 p.m. In this class, you'll explore negative emotions, external circumstance, and how we choose to perceive a situation. Learn about irrational thoughts we engage in that make us miserable and how to apply positive emotions. Fee $15. Registration required. Call 358-7271.


We still have seating available for the following classes:
Registration is required. Call: 358-7271.

Tuesday, September 24 - "Personalized Basket Weaving for Beginners" with Diane Kamyszek from 5:30-9:00 p.m. Fee: $45, includes all materials.

Thursday, September 26 - "Fairy Garden" with Doug Pratt of PRATTScape Gift Shop from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Fee: $60, includes fairy garden door, fairy & 1 misc. item.

Monday, September 30 - "Survival Skills for Hunters or any Outdoorsman" with Bill Camp from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Age limit of 15 years and older. Fee: $15.

Mondays, September 30 & October 7 (2 sessions)- "Shooting Star Stain Glass" with Alexis Werda and Lynn Beaudoin of My Glass Wings from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Age limit of 14 years and older. Fee: $35, includes all materials.


There are still seats available for:
19-44: Personalized Basket Weaving for Beginners
19-48: Fairy Garden, Thurs. Sept 26 (Ages 10 years and up)
19-56: Shooting Star Stain Glass, Mons, Sept 30, Oct 7 (Age 14 and up)
19-55: Survival Skills for Hunters or Any Outdoors-man, Mon. Sept 30 (Age 15 years and up)
Call The Volunteer Center to register: 358-7271. Visit our website to see a complete listing of upcoming classes at


We still have space available for: Beg. Excel, QuickBooks, Cucina Italiana, Basket Weaving, Fairy Garden, Survival Skills and Shooting Star Stain Glass. Please contact The Volunteer Center on 358-7271 for details. Thank you!


Only two more seats available for 19-43: Self-Massage Techniques and Qi Gong, November 5, 5:30-7:30 pm. Call the Volunteer Center to reserve your spot. 358-7271


Community Education Program 2019 Fall Schedule is now available! Click on the link to see all of our classes!
Please feel free to share!


Community Education Program 2019 Fall Schedule coming soon.


Coming soon. Community Education Program 2019 Fall Schedule!


Coming soon.... Community Education Program Fall Schedule.


I still have two seats open for Dot Mandela Plate and openings for Silk Scarf. Contact The Volunteer Center to register 358-7271.


C.E. 2019 Spring Schedule is now available: visit us at:


Looking for cooking instructors, computer, painting, arts and crafts, etc. Please contact 358-7271 for more information


Community Education Program Spring Schedule Coming Soon!


A special thank you to all of our community donors that participated in the Christmas Wish List Program, radio stations, newspaper, and television media, ACC staff, schools, non profit agencies and all of the volunteers that assisted in pulling this wonderful program together. Merry Christmas and Happy New year to each and everyone of you!


Our Gift Receiving week will conclude Thursday, December 6 at 6:00 p.m. There are still many unfulfilled names on the list. If you are interested in being matched with a child, please contact the Volunteer Center on 358-7271. Office hours are 8:30 am-5:30 pm Mon. - Wed. and 6:00 pm on Thursday.


With only a few weeks remaining, there are names left on the list needing to be matched with a donor.Contact the Center to warm the heart of a child this season. 358-7271.


665 Johnson St
Alpena, MI

General information

Alpena Community College Newport Center Building Room 108 Phone: 989-358-7271 or 888-468-6222 X 7271 Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Opening Hours

Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00


(989) 358-7271


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