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Volunteers are the lifeblood of The Cathedral Center. They are an invaluable resource to our agency. The interaction between Cathedral Center clients and our volunteers from all walks of life throughout the Milwaukee-area helps to dissolve barriers between the rich and the poor, eliminating stereotypical ideas of what it means to be “homeless.” This cross-class, cross-culture communication ultimately leads to a better sense of community for all.

How to Volunteer

Volunteering at The Cathedral Center involves three simple steps. First, you must fill out a volunteer application and specify which volunteer position you are most interested in, see below for our list of opportunities. Second, the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to schedule an interview. Third, if you are offered a position after the interview you will be scheduled for an orientation and given your official start date. Then you are all set to begin volunteering!

Current Volunteer Opportunities

The following are all of our current openings for volunteers. These change on a regular basis based on the needs of the agency. If you do not see an opening for the opportunity you are interested please check back frequently.

Hospitality Group (Group Opportunity):

Volunteer as a Hospitality Group and experience what a night in shelter is really like. This volunteer position is catered towards small groups of volunteers (church groups, professional groups, families, neighbors, or friends). The position purchases, prepares, transports, serves, and cleans up an evening meal for residents at The Cathedral Center. Find a full description here.

Reception Volunteer:

We have an active community here at the Cathedral Center; each day is a little different and there is always something to do. Our reception volunteers are the calm in the storm to keep us afloat when the phone rings, visitors check in, and clients need assistance. Find a full description here.

Shelter Aid:

Our Shelter Aids works diligently to respond to client requests, restock supplies, and manage shelter environment. Aids support our staff by taking initiative, working with dedication, and having a passion for serving our clients with respect and care. Find a full description here.

Student Intern Position (Individual Opportunity):

Internships are available starting Fall 2014 for students majoring in Social Work, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Public Relations, and Nonprofit Management. If interested in interning at The Cathedral Center please send a current resume and cover letter specifying the term you will begin and the requirements of your internship to the Volunteer Coordinator.

Additional Downloads

Please fill out the application and send it to:

The Cathedral Center
c/o Ana Treptow,Volunteer Coordinator
845 N. Van Buren St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Alternatively, you can FAX your application to 414-831-0439. Or you can email your application to

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Qualifications: Must be at least 18 years old, and be able to follow directions of multiple staff. Must be flexible. Outgoing but calm personality a plus, as you will be interacting with women and families under stress. At least 3 semesters of higher education in related field (social work, psychology, sociology, criminal justice, education, and others) is a plus.
Commitment Required: entire semester commitment, weekly schedule to be determined by Student Intern and supervisor (week days shelter is open 5pm-10am and dayDuties: All duties of Student Intern are done in partnership with assigned staff until it has been determined that the intern is able to complete duties independently. Interns can perform all or some of the following tasks: coordinate nightly activities, complete resident intakes, facilitate conflict resolution meetings with residents, coordinate exit interviews for residents, locate resources for residents, complete needs assessments, facilitate groups, teach workshops, complete documentation (case notes, serious incidents, etc), and other duties as assigned.


Updated 7/23/2012
Student Intern Position Description


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