​​​​VOLUNTEER ROLES 

 

BABY PANTRY ASSISTANT

  1. A baby pantry is maintained for program clients. This includes diapers, baby and maternity clothing and baby items, such as cribs, changing tables, bottles, toys and rocking chairs.  Volunteers are needed to maintain the pantry and inventory, including occasionally washing, folding and sorting clothing. 
  2. Time commitment.  You can be available on your own schedule and spend as little or as much time as you want. 
  3. If interested, volunteers can do community outreach to solicit gently used items as well as work with stores willing to donate new items. 
  4. There is no client contact with this position. 
  5. No formal training is required. 


MENTOR

  1. Mentors work individually with one client at a time. Clients and mentors are carefully matched based on such variables as compatible personality, geographic location, and client needs.​
  2. The mentor’s primary role is to serve as a support person and friend to one client.   This will be different in every situation.  Activities are mutually chosen, such as cooking a meal together, taking your client to an appointment, or going to the park or out for coffee.
  3. Time commitment: Minimum of one year commitment (preferably longer) and a minimum of one contact each week.   
  4. Training and support for mentors will be provided. All mentors will be required to attend a six session training prior to client contact. Mentors will be supported by the program Director and program Social Worker. There will also be quarterly support groups for the mentors to share their experiences and receive additional professional development. 
  5. Mentors may be in a position to “teach” life skills, such as cooking, basic parenting, making and balancing a budget, filling out job applications and getting a driver’s license.   However, their primary role is to support their clients and spend enjoyable time together – this should not be “all work.”   
  6. Many clients have unreliable or no transportation. When mentor and client get together for an activity, it may require picking up the client at home, school or work. Mentors may choose to assist with other transportation needs, but are not expected to be available on a moment’s notice.  When available, assistance with transportation will be provided by other volunteers for appointments or other matters.   
  7. All mentors must complete the TCAPS volunteer screening, including a fingerprinting, at no cost to themselves.  


TRANSPORTATION SUPPORT

  1. Many clients have transportation difficulties, with unreliable or no transportation. Volunteers are needed to help drive clients to medical appointments, services at agencies, school, work or the Generations Ahead office.   
  2. Time commitment.  You can be available on your own schedule and spend as little or as much time as you want. 
  3. At this time, we cannot reimburse for your mileage unless there is an extenuating circumstance.
  4. Training is provided on working with this population. You will be required to attend the first two sessions of the training.    
  5. Transportation volunteers must complete the TCAPS volunteer screening, at no cost to themselves.   


LEARNING GUIDE

  1. Volunteers can serve as resource guides in very specific areas, such as 
  • One-on-one financial literacy coaches
  • One-on-one tutors
  • One-on-one assistance with college applications and financial aid applications
  • Parenting education, either a one-time class or series 
  • Outreach to young adult fathers, individually or in a group setting.  Ideally these volunteers would be dads.
  • Life skills or enrichment classes that meet just once or a few times, such as cooking, yoga, music with babies.

Screening and training may or may not be required, depending on what the volunteer is doing. A conversation with the Program Director will help determine what training, if any, is required.  


SERVICES AND SPECIAL EVENT VOLUNTEERS

  1. Volunteers are always needed to serve as party planners for special occasions such as Mother’s Day, Winter Holidays and Halloween.  Others provide specific services such as photography, sewing, or enrichment opportunities for our clients.     
  2. Screening and training may or may not be required, depending on what the volunteer is doing. A conversation with the Program Director will help determine what, if any, is required.    


CHILDCARE

  1. Weekly playgroups are offered to program clients. Twice a month, after a shared parent/child snack, parents will meet together with the program social worker and childcare will be provided for their children. This will be in the afternoon for about 1.5 hours.​
  2. All childcare providers must complete the TCAPS volunteer screening, including a fingerprinting, at no cost to themselves.  
  3. A short training will be provided, depending on the volunteer’s experience and background.


If you have an idea for involvement or a service you’d like to offer, please contact Marjie Rich, Program Director, at 231-360-0053 or info@generationsahead.org.  

Generations Ahead empowers teen and young adult parents to take positive control to move their lives forward.

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There are a variety of ways to become involved with Generations Ahead.  You can help out occasionally or become highly engaged. You can work directly with program participants or perform supportive tasks.  

If you’d like to sign up or learn more, please contact Marjie Rich, Director of Generations Ahead, at 231-360-0053 or info@generationsahead.org.  

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