Bound Together is located at:
All Saints Episcopal Church
171 West Pike Street
Pontiac, Michigan 48343-1750
Find out more on Bound Together's website, too.
What is it?
Bound Together is an after school tutoring program with special enrichment activities for the disadvantaged children of Pontiac. It operates three days a week – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the school year, following the Pontiac Public School calendar. The site for Bound Together is All Saints Episcopal Church on Pike Street in Pontiac. The children served are generally between 6 to 12 years of age. It is a 501c3 non-profit charity that utilizes All Saints' facilities but is a separate entity with a separate Board of Directors. The Kids' Café is a program within Bound Together that feeds between 20 and 30 children three times a week after tutoring. The Kid’s Café program also purchases food. While they are currently funded and well run, there is a need for volunteer help and financial donations to sustain the program. Currently, simple meals are planned by a dietician on a monthly basis. St. Philip's and Christ Church, Cranbrook are also involved in buying food for, preparing, and serving these meals.
What are we asking people to do?
The children arrive at All Saints around 4:00 pm to start after school tutoring. The children have dinner at approximately 6:00 o’clock and are picked up by their parents after 6:00 PM. We are asking people to help prepare and serve the meals; and then, help clean up after the meals are served, three times a week, October through May. We need people to cover two shifts each day: 3:45 to 5:30pm and 4:45 to 6:15pm. First shift volunteers help prepare and set-up for the meal. Second shift volunteers help serve the food and clean-up after the meals. Currently, we believe four volunteers are needed on a daily basis – two for meal prep and setup; and two for serving and clean-up. (Of course people are welcome to work both shifts, thus reducing the total number of people needed on any given day.)
You may also serve as a Tutor. This would involve a couple of hours on a given day to help the children learn. More information on this function can be acquired from Jane Porter, Program Director @ (248)334-3827.
For anyone unable to do the food serving and clean-up due to the time of day, we have opportunities for people to buy the food for the meals. We currently have three and possibly four doing this, which involves several hours on Saturdays for a whole month. Delivery of the food from St. Philip’s to All Saints is another opportunity to serve, which would take a couple of hours on Monday’s , in the late morning. Please call Chuck if these alternative jobs are of interest.
Families are welcome to volunteer as a group, including children that are supervised. Please volunteer by calling Jane Porter at (248)334-3827.