Become a Volunteer

Make a difference in the life of a youth by volunteering!

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. Our Peer Volunteer program at the Youth Shelter accepts high school students age 14-18.  All other programs require a minimum age of 18 or 21.

All volunteers are required to:

  • Submit a completed application.
  • Pass a Wisconsin Caregiver Background Check.
  • Provide three letters of reference.
  • Complete an interview with the Volunteer Manager.
  • Attend a three hour orientation and training followed by program specific trainings at their sites.
  • Adhere to the policies and procedures of their specific program.

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.


Current Volunteer Opportunities

On-going and short-term volunteer opportunities are available in many of our programs:

Youth Shelter

Learn more about our Youth Shelter.

Be 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. Click here for more information.

If you would like to be an Assistant Advocate, please complete a volunteer application.

Be a Peer Volunteer

Peer Volunteers are teens who interact with the residents as positive peer figures and assist the staff with house management tasks. Under the supervision of shelter staff, Peer Volunteers orient the new residents, participate in group sessions and help plan and participate in activities. Click here for more information.

If you are between the ages of 14-18, attend school regularly and interested in being a Peer Advocate, please e-mail Joseph Stanley, jstanley@pathfindersmke.org. Please note that parental/guardian consent is required.


Drop-In Center

Learn more about our Drop-In Center.

Be a Drop-In Volunteer

Drop-In Volunteers support staff with the programming and daily operation of the Drop-In Center. Volunteers interact with and supervise youth and young adults ages 11-25 individually or in groups inside the Center, providing direction and mentoring. Click here for more information.

If you would like to be a Drop-In Volunteer, please complete a volunteer application.


Southeastern Education Center

Learn more about Southeastern Education Center.

Be 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. Click here for more information.

If you would like to be a Youth Mentor, please complete a volunteer application.


Noah House

Learn more about Noah House.

Be a Shelter Assistant

Shelter Assistants help staff with the physical and counseling needs of adolescents at Noah House.  Under staff supervision, Shelter Assistants help staff meet the physical and counseling needs of the residents and provide a positive role model. Click here for more information.

If you would like to be a Shelter Assistant, please complete a volunteer application.


Q-BLOK

Learn more about Q-BLOK.

Be 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 is living independently, in order to provide guidance and encouragement that empower them to make positive life choices.  Click here for more information.

If you would like to be a Life Support Coach, please complete a Q-BLOK Mentor volunteer application.

 

LOCATIONS

Pathfinders
4200 North Holton St.
Suite 400
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Phone: 414-964-2565
Fax: 414-964-0102
TDD: 414-964-4633
info@pathfindersmke.org
Drop-In Center
4200 North Holton St.
Suite 400
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Phone: 414-964-2565
Fax: 414-964-0102
TDD: 414-964-4633
info@pathfindersmke.org
Emergency
Youth Shelter

1614 East Kane Pl.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414-271-1560
Fax: 414-271-1831
Noah House
Group Home

W222 S3210 Racine Ave.
Waukesha, WI 53189
Phone: 262-549-6638
Fax: 262-549-5024
Southeastern
Education Center

4050 North 34th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53216
Phone: 414-875-9452
Fax: 414-875-9004