Volunteers

Volunteers

Volunteering to Make an Impact

The goal of the PEARLS Volunteer Program is to create meaningful relationships that add real value to the lives of both the girls and the volunteers. The program is designed to provide community members with opportunities to share their skills, experience, resources, and hearts with the girls of PEARLS.

Women and men, professionals, students, and parents who want to be positive role models are invited to submit a volunteer application. We are looking for individuals capable of modeling the PEARLS attributes of Personal responsibility, Empathy, Awareness of self and others, Respect, Leadership and Support. Volunteers must be positive, progressive thinkers who believe in their own personal power and who can translate that belief into meaningful action.

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Volunteers who are comfortable working and communicating with teen girls are essential. It is also critical that volunteers be open to diverse cultures and to building their own multicultural competency skills.

How do I get started

Volunteer Job Descriptions

Following is a summary list of Volunteer Job Descriptions. This list is not all inclusive. If you have other ideas please contact jessie@pearlsforteengirls.com.

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Higher Education Coach
Provide one-on-one coaching to PEARLS high school and college students regarding scholarship opportunities. Aid in the process of applying to schools and being successful once in college. See full job description
Field Trip Chaperone
Provide adult supervision for girls during field trips. Duties may include accompanying girls on local/short travel for field trip excursions; possibly being asked to drive (personal vehicle or rented vehicle); assisting with chaperoning during events. See full job description
Office Support
Assist in various clerical duties at the office. Duties may include assisting in preparing mailings and stuffing packets; assisting in organizing board mailings and projects; filing; data entry. See full job description
Speakers Bureau Participant
Speak to girls on a variety of topics important to teens. These might include teen pregnancy, career or college counseling, violence prevention, anger management, proper hygiene, etiquette, healthy practices and nutrition or other topics that could be of value to the girls. See full job description
Volunteer Application
To apply for any of our volunteer opportunities, please download and fill out the following application. Please complete the entire volunteer application. All items are required for a complete application. To ensure the safety and security of the girls we serve, PEARLS conducts a full review of all applications including criminal background check. Download Volunteer Application
Career Shadowing
Provide career exploration for girls interested in your particular field to allow them the opportunity to see what it is like working a specific job, while observing day-to-day tasks of someone in that particular position.See full job description
College Readiness Drop-In Center Volunteer
To provide individual and small group coaching/support to PEARLS high school students regarding the process of applying to colleges and universities, scholarship opportunities, FAFSA, ACT and SAT prep, career exploration, academic support and non-traditional careers.See full job description

Volunteer Application

You can submit your application (editable PDF) one of two ways. Once completing the form:

  1. Save and email to jessie@pearlsforteengirls.com
  2. Print and mail to:
    Jessie Lidbury
    C/O Pearls for Teen Girls
    2100 N. Palmer Street
    Milwaukee, WI 53212

Volunteer Program Policies & Procedures

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Policies

Volunteers are vital to the success of our organization. Volunteers will work together with staff to provide the best possible programs and services to our girls.

Volunteer Reporting and Management

The appropriate staff member will be assigned oversight for each volunteer depending on the activity.

The Operations Coordinator (Coordinator) will provide a central coordinating point for effective volunteer management within the agency, and will assist staff and volunteer efforts. The Director will be responsible for recruiting suitable volunteers, and for tracking and evaluating the contribution of volunteers to PEARLS For Teen Girls Inc. (PEARLS). All staff should be prepared to supervise volunteers when appropriate.

Definition of ‘Volunteer’

A volunteer is anyone who performs a task at the direction of and on behalf of PEARLS, without compensation or expectation of compensation. A volunteer must be officially accepted and enrolled by PEARLS staff before performing any tasks. Volunteers are not considered employees of PEARLS For Teen Girls Inc. Relatives of our girls will not be placed in a position of direct service or relationship to the girls receiving services.

Code of Ethics

The PEARLS Leadership Compass is a guide that points to the purpose of everything we do at PEARLS. It is imperative that each volunteer have a basic belief in the PEARLS Leadership Compass, maintain the highest standards of conduct, and demonstrate their ability to perform the requirements of the volunteer position. A copy of the PEARLS Leadership Compass will be provided to each volunteer.

Service at the Discretion of PEARLS For Teen Girls Inc.

PEARLS accepts the service of all volunteers with the understanding that they serve at the sole discretion of our agency. PEARLS may at any time, for whatever reason, decide to terminate the volunteer’s relationship with the agency. The volunteer may at any time, for whatever reason, decide to end their relationship with PEARLS.

Volunteer Job Descriptions

Duties and qualifications for all volunteer positions are on file at the PEARLS offices. Staff will request volunteers through the Director using the job description format. Each volunteer is given a copy of the written Volunteer Job Description.

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Volunteer Recruitment

Volunteers will be recruited by PEARLS on a pro-active basis, with the intent of expanding the volunteer involvement of the community with the agency. Volunteers shall be recruited without regard to gender, handicap, age, race or other condition. All volunteer recruitment is coordinated through the Director with all staff assisting in this effort.

Volunteer Placement

All potential ongoing volunteers must complete an application and must be interviewed by staff to ascertain their suitability for and interest in a position. The interview should determine the qualifications of the volunteer, their commitment to fulfill the requirements of the position, and should answer any questions that the volunteer might have about the position. Volunteers may be asked to provide references and/or submit to a background check. Volunteers who do not agree to the background check will be refused assignment. All volunteers will be given written job descriptions and will sign an agreement. Interviewing of special event or one-time volunteers may not be required. These individuals will volunteer at the discretion of staff.

Volunteer Information

A current list of volunteers, schedules, contact information and dates/times available will be kept up to date. In addition, the volunteer hours, with date and times, will be recorded. Volunteer personnel records shall be accorded the same confidentiality as staff personnel records.

Volunteer Expenses

Reimbursement for “out of pocket” expenses is available for certain appointed volunteers. The volunteer’s supervisor must approve any reimbursement requests before the purchase is made. Appropriate documentation of the expenses must be provided (such as a receipt).

Transportation

Any motor vehicle used to transport PEARLS For Teen Girls participants, staff, and volunteers must be duly licensed, insured, and operated by a responsible adult with a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.

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Volunteer Rights and Responsibilities

Volunteers are viewed as a valuable resource to this agency, its staff, and the girls. Volunteers who meet the criteria for placement, have the right to be given meaningful assignments, the right to effective supervision, and the right to recognition for work done. In return, volunteers shall agree to actively perform their duties to the best of their abilities and to remain loyal to the goals and procedures of the agency.

Confidentiality

Volunteers are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of all proprietary or privileged information to which they are exposed while serving as a volunteer, whether this information involves a single staff, volunteer, client, or other person or involves overall agency business. Failure to maintain confidentiality may result in termination of the volunteer’s relationship with the agency or other corrective action.

Orientation

All volunteers will receive a general orientation on the nature and purpose of PEARLS, the operation of the program for which they are recruited, and specific information on the position which they fill.

Dismissal of a Volunteer

Volunteers who do not adhere to the rules and procedures of the agency or who fail to satisfactorily perform their volunteer assignment are subject to dismissal by the Executive Director. Possible grounds for dismissal may include, but are not limited to, the following: gross misconduct or insubordination, being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, theft of property or misuse of agency equipment or materials, abuse or mistreatment of participants, staff or other volunteers, failure to abide by agency policies and procedures, failure to meet physical or mental standards of performance, excessive absenteeism, and failure to satisfactorily perform assigned duties.

Exit Interviews

Exit interviews, where possible, should be conducted with volunteers who are leaving their positions. The interview should ascertain why the volunteer is leaving the position, suggestions the volunteer may have for improving the position, and the possibility of involving the volunteer in some other capacity with the agency.

Volunteer Recognition

Volunteers will be recognized to highlight and reward their contribution to PEARLS. All staff and volunteers responsible for volunteer supervision are encouraged to undertake on-going methods of recognition of volunteer service.

Procedures

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  1. Application — Prospective volunteers will complete an application which will be reviewed and used during the interview.
  2. Interview — Each volunteer will be interviewed to determine their skills, commitment, and interests. An initial indication of the “fit” can be determined during the initial telephone call. A standard interview questionnaire is available to assist in the process. Interviews will be conducted by the staff member who will supervise the volunteer, unless other arrangements are made.
  3. References — References will be checked and a criminal background check will be completed for each volunteer before they begin any assignment. Volunteers will be denied if they have a negative reference or have violence or theft in their background, at the discretion of the staff.
  4. Job Description — A job description will be developed for each position indicating duties and qualifications. This information will be reviewed with the volunteer.
  5. Schedule — If the person has the skills, interests and background required, a volunteer schedule will be established.
  6. Agreement — A Volunteer and PEARLS For Teen Girls Inc. Agreement will be signed.
  7. Orientation — Each volunteer will get an orientation, using a standard checklist. Each volunteer will receive a packet of information. (Packet will include a welcome letter, information about staff, information about all programs, the Annual report, brochures and any other relevant information.)
  8. Sign-in — Volunteers will sign-in and out when they volunteer so their hours can be tracked.
  9. Recognition — Volunteers will be thanked every day and will be recognized formally.
  10. Evaluation — Regular informal follow-up on performance will be completed on a regular basis. Evaluation information will be shared with the volunteers.
  11. Information — Volunteers will receive information on programs and new initiatives. When appropriate they will be invited to attend staff meetings. Volunteers will be added to our regular mailing list.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Who can volunteer?

PEARLS is open to accepting women and men volunteers of all ages and walks of life. Of course, applications are carefully reviewed and include background checks for the safety and security of the girls. Mostly, we are looking for positive adult role models who can model the PEARLS attributes of Personal responsibility, Empathy, Awareness of self and others, Respect, Leadership and Support. Volunteers must be positive, progressive thinkers who believe in their own personal power and who can translate that belief into meaningful action.

Volunteers who are comfortable working and communicating with teen girls are essential. It is also critical that volunteers be open to diverse cultures and to building their own multicultural competency skills.

What volunteer opportunities exist?

PEARLS needs adults who are willing to help girls prepare and apply for college, coordinate and chaperone field trips, assist in the office and share a variety of specific professional skills. Volunteers can also assist with fund raising events, design their own fund raising events, sign up for our Speakers Bureau and much more. PEARLS can work with you to help find the right fit. See current volunteer job descriptions.

What kind of training and support is offered to PEARLS volunteers?

To ensure the success of volunteers, PEARLS hosts periodic two-hour training sessions for groups of volunteers. Training is scheduled after a volunteer application has been checked and accepted. Volunteers will also enjoy the support of PEARLS fulltime Operations and Volunteer Coordinator, Nichole Muex. Nichole has a deep understanding of the organization, girls we serve, and issues we face. Nichole Muex has received specialized volunteer management training from the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee. Email Jessie Lidbury with questions.

What sort of time commitment do volunteers make?

Volunteer opportunities range from one-time commitments to ongoing specific support. It really depends on your availability and how you want to help. Look over our job descriptions to determine the opportunity that best suits your schedule.

Does the Volunteer Program have a set of policies and procedures?

Yes. Click here to view Policies and Procedures.

How can I get started?

Fill out the Volunteer Application.

How can I find more information?

If you have additional questions, please call or e-mail Jessie Lidbury at (414) 265-7555 or jessie@pearlsforteengirls.com

Volunteer Testimonials

What are others saying about the PEARLS Volunteer Program?

Nicole Cuccio, PEARLS Volunteer
“Volunteering for PEARLS is something I am proud of because I believe in the program; but more importantly I believe in the girls. I was volunteering to hopefully help inspire the girls and they ended up inspiring me.”
Dana World-Patterson, PEARLS for Teen Girls Board Member
“My volunteer work with PEARLS is a perfect fit of passion meets heart’s desire. One of my first loves is to see women and girls be ladies, walk in excellence, and strive to be all they can be. As a child and product of the inner city, I looked up to the positive women in my family and community. I love being a part of PEARLS because it models perseverance, integrity and hope. Hope for a better world, as each girl lifts as she climbs. PEARLS girls come from all walks of life. They are accepted where they are and leave with an expanded view of the world, a responsibility for their actions and goals and a desire to "Go for It"; go for good grades, go to college and go for their dreams. PEARLS for Teen Girls is making a difference! It is my pleasure to serve and support with time, talent and money.”
Andrea Khan, PEARLS for Teen Girls Board Member
“I am very proud to volunteer for PEARLS for Teen Girls, an organization that makes a difference right in our own community. PEARLS reminds me of the women who influenced my life and helped me become the person I am today. I feel I am able to return that favor as a volunteer for PEARLS for Teen Girls. It’s amazing to watch these young girls realize their potential and discover that they can be anything they want. We are not all given the same opportunities in life, but if we can help increase those opportunities for more young people, why wouldn’t we? I am honored to be a part of such a great organization that is contributing to changing our community for the better. Thank you PEARLS!”
Barbara Jahncke, Marketing Manager, Business Environments @ Kahler Slater, FUEL Milwaukee Member
“FUEL Milwaukee has been proud to work with PEARLS through our 2008-2009 Adopt A Non-Profit program. The organization has given us an opportunity to use our leadership skills and life experiences to help design the Higher Education Coach program. The PEARLS girls have found a special place in our hearts and have inspired our young professionals to become more involved in the Milwaukee community.”