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Volunteer opportunities for young adults in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Brew City Catholic has been asked to share the following volunteer opportunities for young adults. Brew City Catholic is not formally affiliated with any of these organizations. For specific questions, please contact the individual groups.

Riverwest Food Pantry

The Riverwest Food Pantry is a community of generosity where all have a place at the table. We alleviate food insecurity by providing access to healthy food through an interactive shopping experience. We grow and cook food together since solidarity is the best entry point into our shoppers lives.  We sit and listen so we can create nurturing mentor relationships that connect people to needed resources. We invite young adults to find greater meaning in their lives through a year of service and living in community.  We create a space where members of our community discover the gifts they are meant to offer and the gifts they are meant to receive.

If you're an individual, the easiest way to get involved with the Riverwest Food Pantry is to drop in to one of our sites on Saturday morning at 8am – no need to sign up or apply. Tasks vary based on need and volunteer interest. Volunteers assist pantry clients with registration, grocery selection, helping shoppers carry bags, serving snacks, cleaning up -- and anything else we can use help with. Hands-on training and assignments are given upon arrival. 

Individuals are always welcome to drop in at our St. Casimir site on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday mornings. Groups of 3 or more, please contact or leave a voicemail at 414-301-1478.

If you are a young adult, or know a young adult interested in giving a year of service with the Riverwest Food Pantry, please email Samantha Vosters at

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Tutoring at St. Michael’s

Participate in this wonderful volunteer opportunity at St. Michael’s Parish, 1445 N. 24th Street. We are looking for tutors to help the adult refugees from Myanmar, the former Burma, in learning English. Tutoring would be on a one-on-one basis for one hour once a week. The day and time are agreed upon by the teacher/tutor and the student. Easy to follow materials are provided. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Pat Roehrig, at

Vitae Corps Members (Live-In Volunteer Staff)

Living The Pro-Life Calling, Hand-in-Hand with Mothers & Their Babies
Aid for Women is seeking full-time and part-time Vitae Corp members (VCs). Vitae Corps members are recent female college graduates who volunteer by living and working together in community at Aid for Women’s residential programs, Heather’s House and Monica’s House.  Vitae Corps members must possess a passionate commitment to Aid for Women’s vision and mission, which include a strong commitment to pro-life and sexual integrity values.
Vitae Corps members assist staff in providing our residents with safe and nurturing homes.  Vitae Corps members play a vital role in affirming and supporting each mother in her decision to choose life — providing her with the emotional, practical and spiritual support she and her baby need while participating in our residential programs. To be considered for this position, please submit cover letter (including a pro-life statement), resume and three references to Frances Jimenez, Assistant Director, at, 8 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 812, Chicago, IL, 60603, or fax to 312-275-7532. No phone calls please.


Catholic Charities Volunteer Opportunities


Become a Cultural Mentor and Teach English as a Second Language 

We currently provide English as a Second Language sessions Monday through Friday.  There is a morning class at our office on 60th and Lloyd Street and an afternoon class at Our Lady of Lourdes parish.  These ESL classes do include some of the options you listed under cultural mentoring.  Catholic Charities’ Cultural Orientation and ESL Coordinator is JoAnn Bouikidis.  She provides all the training for volunteer tutors and direction on sessions.  Program Contact: JoAnn Bouikidis at or 414-771-2881 Ext. 4141

Prepare Home for a Refugee’s Arrival 

We receive many calls from people in the community looking to donate household furniture and clothing for our refugee resettlement program. One of the challenges we face is coordinating delivery/pickup, and storing items for new arrivals, so timing is important. I’m not sure if we’ve had volunteers provide ethnic food, do you mean Americanized food to the newcomers, or shopping for foods our refugees are familiar with from their homeland?   
Program Contact:  Mira Hayes, Assistant to the Refugee Resettlement Director at or 414-771-5963

Job Readiness

We currently have three Job Developers in our Refugee Resettlement program.  They actively connect with local employers to find jobs for our refugee clients, both male and female. I would suggest any links volunteers have to job openings in the Milwaukee County or Sheboygan County areas be directed to both Steven Xiong at or 414-771-2881 Ext. 4121 and his Lead Job Developer, Mohammed Alyaqoobi at or 414-771-2881 Ext. 4139. 


Food Pantries

There are many food pantries throughout the archdiocese. Find one near you and get information on how you can help!

Young Adult Ministry Contacts

Pete Burds
Campus and Young Adult Ministry - Director

Margaret Rhody
Evangelization - Associate Director

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