Volunteer

There are many ways to get involved with Path of Life and our new online volunteer application makes it easy to get started.

How to Get Started

For more information, fill out an application online. We’ll give you a call, discuss opportunities that might be a fit, and  get you plugged into an area that interests you. Our goal is to offer positions that will not only benefit our guests and clients, but will be a fulfilling experience for our volunteers.

Group Volunteer Information

One-Time Group Events:

The first step toward community service for many group members is a one-time group activity that exposes them to the need, to the opportunity to partner with God and fellow members in meeting that need, and to the incredible personal reward they can receive in giving of themselves in this way.  Though Path of Life can’t always accommodate groups’ requests to host a group service project at one of our sites, we always try our best to do so.  These projects can include manual labor days, group activities for our guests, fundraisers, and donation drives.

Note: The availability of group work days and/or activities is based on current needs at each site and the staffing resources to accommodate and host the group.  Groups are expected to cover the costs of all supplies used in the projects unless otherwise arranged by Path of Life.  Path of Life requests that groups provide an additional $250.00 suggested donation to Path of Life to cover additional staffing costs related to planning with and hosting the group.  This donation is not expected from groups who give regularly to the ministry. 

Ongoing Group Activities:

  • Guest Chef Program- Guest Chefs are teams of 5 to 8 people who purchase, prepare, and serve meals to guests in one of our shelters.
  • Angel Allies- Angel Allies are individuals or groups who invest in a homeless guest’s or a housing client’s effort to become self-reliant by meeting a specific need that will make a huge difference in their determination toward a stable and self-sufficient future. Angel Allies can work anonymously through one of our Support Team or directly with the individual or family.  Our experienced Support Team helps to ensure that the Angel Ally’s investment is implemented in a way that empowers those we serve.

Due to capacity concerns at our shelters, groups can generally consist of 10-15 people, but larger groups can be approved at the discretion of the Shelter Director, Assistant Shelter Directors, Program Directors, and Administration.  If your group would like to volunteer with us, please email us at volunteer@thepathoflife.com and include this information in your inquiry:

  1. How many people plan to volunteer?
  2. Does your group intend to volunteer once or on an ongoing basis?
  3. When are you looking to volunteer and at what time?
  4. With which program does your group want to volunteer? (Family Shelter, Community Shelter, Employment Program, etc.)

Internships

General Internship Information:

If you are a student interested in completing an internship with our organization, please send your information to volunteer@thepathoflife.com:

  1. What school are you attending?
  2. What is your major?
  3. How many hours do you have to complete? When do you need to begin your internship and when will it conclude?
  4. Please describe what you would like to accomplish in your internship. Report, project, etc.

Please do not submit your Volunteer Application until you have received a response about your internship inquiry.

 

Behavioral Health Internship Information:

If you are a student interested in completing a Behavioral Health internship with our organization, you must go through an interview process.  To be considered for an interview, please send your information to volunteer@thepathoflife.com:

  1. What school are you attending?
  2. What degree are you pursuing?
  3. How many hours do you have to complete? When do you need to begin your internship and when will it conclude?
  4. Who is your Field Placement Director? Please provide his/her contact information.
  5. Provide us with a description of your practicum requirements.

Please do not submit your Volunteer Application until you have received a response about your internship inquiry.

We highly encourage male interns, undergraduate and graduate level, whom are mature and majoring in Sociology, Psychology, Counseling, Clinical and/or Forensic Psychology to apply for an internship.

Interns’ Orientation Information

  • If you are selected to be an intern with our organization, you will be contacted to schedule an orientation. On the day of the orientation, please bring a copy of your Resume and be prepared to be photographed for your ID Badge.

Disclaimer: Please be advised that if it is found after placement that the ethical and professional standards are not met, your internship will be terminated. 

 

Class Assignment/Project

Class Assignment/Project:

If you are a student interested in completing a class assignment/project, please send your information to volunteer@thepathoflife.com:

  1. What is your class assignment/project?
  2. When is it due?
  3. Please describe how we can help you to complete your assignment/project.

Please send us your information at least one week BEFORE your assignment/project is due. 

 

We appreciate your interest in our organization, and please review additional Volunteer Information below before submitting your application.  

Click Here to Fill Out a Volunteer Application Online.  

 

Areas of Opportunity


 

*Descriptions about these opportunities will be provided upon request.  

 Administration Office

  • Administrative Duties
  • Special Events

Behavioral Health Program

  • Calendar Updating
  • Document Creation

Community Shelter Program

  • Administrative Duties
  • Clean Areas
  • Guest Chef for Breakfast or Dinner
  • Organizing Areas

Employment Program

  • Beauticians and Barbers
  • Career and Life Skills Mentors
  • Computer Literacy
  • Drivers
  • Lead Workshops
  • Provide Snacks for Clients
  • Resume Building
Family Shelter Program

  • Administrative Duties
  • Arts and Crafts (Bring supplies)
  • Birthday Club (Bring cake and ice cream)
  • Clean Areas
  • Drivers
  • Guest Chef for Breakfast or Dinner
  • Movie Night Crew (Bring a movie and snacks)
  • Organize Areas
  • Play Board Games (Bring games)
  • Purchase Snacks for Shelter Guests
  • Reading Time
  • Seasonal Decorating

Housing Programs  

  • Gratitude Guru
  • HUD-Speak Researcher
  • Prayer Partner
  • Resource Broker
  • Storyteller
  • Volunteer Housing Navigator
  • Volunteer Outreach Navigator

 


Volunteer Information            

  • Volunteer Time Slots: Our Shelter Guests leave the shelters by 8 a.m. and return by 4 p.m. seven days a week. Regular volunteer times are from 4 p.m.- 8 p.m. seven days a week.  Other volunteer times can be scheduled at the discretion of the Shelter Director, Assistant Shelter Directors, Program Directors, and Administration.
  • Background ChecksOur organization conducts background checks on all individuals interested in volunteering with us.  Therefore, please submit your Volunteer Application at least two weeks in advance if you have special circumstances because we may not accommodate last minute requests.
  • Elementary, Middle, and High School Students: If you are under 18-years old, you must be accompanied by an adult when you volunteer.  Your parent/guardian must submit a Volunteer Application prior to your service.  If you have to complete a community service project, which has specific requirements, please send your project information to volunteer@thepathoflife.com. Please do not submit any Volunteer Applications until you have received a response about your project inquiry.
  • College Students: If you are a student interested in completing an internship and/or a class assignment/project with our organization, please send your information to volunteer@thepathoflife.com.  Please do not submit your Volunteer Application until you have received a response about your inquiry.
  • Group Volunteers: If you are a group interested in learning about current volunteer opportunities, please contact us at volunteer@thepathoflife.com prior to having your Group Leader submit a Volunteer Application.
  • Application Process: Once your application has been submitted, it will take at least one week to process and respond to your inquiry.