BE THE PROMISE FOR CHANGE.
Put your talents to work for the individuals, children, and families in your community!
Pathways, MI has many opportunities for individuals who would like to volunteer their time and skills to become actively involved including:
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate- Ottawa County
CASA Volunteers are strong child advocates helping children in the foster care system find safe permanent homes. They are needed to serve as the voice of abused and neglected children during court proceedings. Volunteers meet with children weekly in order to get to know the child and report what they believe is in the child's best interests, as well as what the child wants for their own life.
No experience required - just a strong desire to help children in need. All training is provided including information on the Child Welfare system, the court process, family dynamics, and child development.
Training sessions are provided twice a year, in the spring and fall.
Participation Requirements: Must be 21 years of age or older, High school diploma/ GED, strong written and/or verbal skills, clear a background check, 30 hours of initial training, 12-16 hours of volunteer work monthly, objectivity, and a commitment to the best interests of children.
Contact: Sheryl Brink at 616-396-2301 x130.
Total Trek Quest Coaches- Ottawa County
The program is dependent on volunteer coaches who are willing to give their time, support and effort to a group of boys in their community. Help 3rd-5th grade boys train for and complete a 5k race!
Who: Anyone interested in mentoring and encouraging Ottawa County boys in making healthy choices. Coaches must be 18 years of age and pass a criminal background and central registry clearance check. All coaching tools, curriculum's and trainings will be provided by TTQ.
When: Practices are after school for 9 weeks, 90 minutes, 2 times a week. Coaches must attend Kick-off Event, Final Event, a 4 hour curriculum training, and CPR for those who need it.
Download Coach Application (PDF)
Download Informational Coach Flyer (PDF)
Contact: Tiffany VanVelzen, Youth Development Coordinator at 616-396-2301 x126.
Foster Parents- Allegan, Muskegon & Ottawa Counties
Foster Parents are needed to provide short or long term care for children ages birth to 18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Foster homes for teenagers are especially needed at this time.
Pathways provides: Assistance from case workers, 24 hour on-call assistance, bi-weekly reimbursement.
Participation Requirements: Must be at least 21 years old, can be married or single, may own a home or be a renter, must be able to pass medical and criminal background clearances.
Contact: In Holland/Allegan counties, contact Catherine Brink at (616) 396-2301 or
and in Muskegon county, contact Anita Barrett at (231) 777-2222 or
Stop Child Abuse and Neglect Council (SCAN)
- Join the SCAN Council Host a pinwheel garden
- Assist with mailings and general office work
- Join a Parent Support Group
- Have your faith community or another organization you are involved with host a Parent Support Group
For other opportunities, contact Leigh Moerdyke at
or call 616-396-2301.
General Support- Allegan, Muskegon & Ottawa Counties
Basic data entry, filing, copying, and special projects as needed on a one time or ongoing basis.
Participation Requirements: Be at least 18 years old, have a High School Diploma/GED, be responsible, dependable, detail oriented, and must clear a criminal background check.
Contact: Tillie Cazares at 616-396-2301 or