Volunteer

Volunteers play a critical role in ensuring Pathfinders can successfully fulfill its mission throughout the community.

Pathfinders has many volunteer opportunities available in programs throughout the agency to help youth and young adults achieve their goals. We do our best to match volunteers to their interests, needs and experience.

Our volunteer requirements are simply to have an interest in working with teens and young adults and to be a good role model. All programs require a minimum age of either 18 or 21.

All volunteers are required to:

  • Submit a completed  volunteer application. Click here to fill one out.
  • Pass a Wisconsin Caregiver Background Check.
  • Provide three letters of reference.
  • Complete an interview with the Volunteer Manager.
  • Adhere to the policies and procedures of their specific program.
  • Attend a two hour orientation and training followed by program specific training's at their sites.

Support, supervision and on-going training are provided by the specific program’s staff and Pathfinder’s Volunteer Manager.

If you have a special interest or talent you would like to share either with youth or staff, have an idea for a one-time event, or would like to volunteer at one, please contact us.  We are always open to offers of special youth programming or administrative support.

For more information on volunteering at Pathfinders, please contact Susan Raines at 414-988-6870 or sraines@pathfindersmke.org

Click on the tabs below to learn more about our different volunteer opportunities:

Service Enterprise Certified
The Points of Light Foundation, an organization founded by former President George HW Bush to engage more people to solve serious social issues through volunteerism, has credentialed Pathfinders, Inc. as a Service Enterprise. A Service Enterprise is an organization that effectively leverages volunteers and their skills to successfully deliver on its social mission.
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Become a Program Assistant
Drop-In Center Program Assistants build relationships that provide positive role models for Drop-in Center youth members. They supervise and interact with the youth and assist staff with day-to-day center management. Responsibilities include providing access to the kitchen, shower, laundry and computers; participating in client orientations and programs; and other related activities. The hours needed are Monday through Friday, Noon – 7:30 PM.

Program Assistants:

  • Supervise & interact informally with clients as a positive adult role model.
  • Maintain direct and constant individual or group interaction with the youth inside of the center.
  • Take an active role in monitoring kitchen/locker room/shower/laundry room/computer lab access and also with preparing and debriefing for scheduled programs.
  • Participate in client orientations
  • Participate in groups/programs.
  • Assist staff with overall center management. This includes documentation, filing and supportive related duties.

To be a Program Assistant, you must:

  • Be 21 years or older.
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED.
  • Possess an interest in working with teens and young adults.
  • Participate in client orientations
  • Have a willingness to work cooperatively with paid staff and accept supervision.
  • Be able to adhere to program policies and procedures.
Fill out a volunteer application >Download an information sheet  >Learn more about
the Drop-In Center  >

BECOME AN ASSISTANT ADVOCATE
The Youth Shelter counts on Assistant Advocates to assist with the needs of its residents and maintain the high level of care that it provides. Under staff supervision, Assistant Advocates have direct and constant one-on-one interaction with the residents, and provide them with a positive role model.

Program Assistants:

  • Answer phones, provide information and crisis counseling.
  • Complete intakes and resident orientations.
  • Participate in daily groups.
  • Assist staff with general house management.

Assistant Advocates are required to participate in an initial 22 hour orientation and training and receive ongoing training and supervision. A six month commitment to work one 4 ½ hour shift per week is also required.

To be a Assistant Advocate, you must:

  • Be 18 years old or older
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Have experience or an interest in working with teens and their families.
  • Possess a non-judgmental attitude.
  • Be willing to work cooperatively with paid staff and accept supervision.
Fill out a volunteer application  >Download an information sheet  >Learn more about
the Youth Shelter  >

BECOME A YOUTH MENTOR
Youth Mentors build on-going relationships with students while serving as a positive role model. They provide guidance, support and assistance to build life skills, academic success and confidence. Youth Mentors meet with their student during normal school hours at Southeastern Education Center.

Youth Mentors:

  • Plan and participate in activities that will strengthen the relationship and build self-esteem.
  • Assist youth to set goals and work towards accomplishing them.
  • Spend at least one hour a week with youth.
  • Attend sponsor/youth group events.
  • Maintain at least monthly contact with program staff.

To be a Program Assistant, you must:

  • Be 21 years or older.
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Be tolerant and respectful of individual differences.
  • Be a willing listener, supportive, patient and flexible.
  • Be willing to adhere to program policies and procedures.
Fill out a volunteer application  >Download an information sheet  >Learn more about
Southeastern E.C.  >

BECOME A LIFE SUPPORT COACH
Make a difference by helping a young person with social, emotional and day-to-day living support. Life Support Coaches are trained and matched with a young person age 18-25 that identifies as LGBTQ and is living independently, in order to provide guidance and encouragement that empower them to make positive life choices.

Life Support Coaches:

  • Build an ongoing and trusting relationship with a young adult while serving as a positive role model.
  • Provide guidance, support and assistance to build life skills.
  • Assist the young adult in setting goals and working towards accomplishing them.
  • Plan and participate in activities that will strengthen the relationship and build self-esteem.
  • Communicate with the young adult weekly.
  • Attend sponsor/young adult group events, support groups, and program recognition events.
  • Communicate regularly with program staff and submit monthly activity reports.

Life Support Coaches are required to participate in an initial training and attend quarterly two hour mentor/young adult group events. A one year commitment of 8 hours per month spent with their young adult is required.

To be a Life Support Coach, you must:

  • Be at least 25 years old.
  • Have access to an automobile, auto insurance and a good driving record.
  • Pass a background and reference check.
  • Not use alcohol or controlled substances in an inappropriate manner.
Fill out a volunteer application  >Download an information sheet  >Learn more about
Q-BLOK  >

BECOME A Transition COACH
Many young adults moving from homelessness into their first apartment need support, guidance and assistance to make the transition a smooth one. Transition Coaches are matched with a young adult transitioning from homelessness to their own home and work as a team with Housing First and Drop-In Center Case Managers to make the move a success!

Transition Coaches:

  • Provide young adults with the guidance, support and assistance needed for a smooth transition to living on their own.
  • Build an ongoing and trusting one-to-one relationship with a young adult while serving as a positive role model to build life skills.
  • Communicate regularly with staff and submit monthly activity reports.
  • Communicate with the young adult at least weekly via text, e-mail or phone and meet face-to-face at least monthly.

To be a Life Support Coach, you must:

  • Be at least 25 years old.
  • Possess an interest in working with teens and young adults.
  • Have a willingness to work cooperatively with paid staff.
  • Be able to adhere to program policies and procedures.
  • Pass a background and reference check.
  • Not use alcohol or controlled substances in an inappropriate manner.
Fill out a volunteer application  >Learn more about
Supportive Housing  >