Adopt A Family

About Adopt A Family

The Adopt A Family program has been serving those in need across Michigan since 1993. In the 22-year history of this special program, hope and joy – along with toys, clothing and meals -- have been brought to children, seniors and veterans in poverty during the season that is supposed to be the happiest time of the year. In 2014, our community came together and served over 9,000 unique individuals.

Families and individuals apply and are screened for participation. All must demonstrate need (income at no more than 20% above the federal poverty level). Families and individuals must have children younger aged 16 and younger or be above 62 years in age and complete an application at

Sponsors (individuals, families, teams, organizations, businesses) adopt families for the holidays. Sponsors provide at least one new toy and one new outfit for each child in the family, as well as a special holiday meal. Many sponsors provide much more!

Two Ways to Give


By directly sponsoring a family, senior or veteran, you get a personal, hands-on experience in making the holidays better for someone else. Using their profile information and wish list, you do the shopping and deliver the items to your adoptee! Families range in size from a single parent or grandparent with one child to families with multiple children. Sponsors are able to pick a family, senior, or veteran based on their profile once they’ve registered.


Adopt A Family welcomes cash donations. Each cash donation is combined with other gifts and benefits families, seniors, and veterans who were not directly adopted for the holidays. Local retailers give the VOA deep discounts on items to allow your contribution to reach even further into our community. Your gift of any amount will help ensure a wonderful holiday for someone in need.

Every Donation Counts!

  • $150 provides a family of 4 with a complete holiday experience of warm clothes, new toys and a Christmas dinner
  • $500 provides 25 children with a gift item
  • $1,000 provides 33 children with warm winter clothing

Adopt A Family begins each year in early September and runs through the end of December. For more information about the program, contact Stephanie Doud at

Donations to the Volunteers of America are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.