“When I had a mentor, that was the best thing ever. I had her pick me up, we’d go to lunch and I had someone who was unbiased, who just listened and was compassionate. That’s all I needed, even if it was for five minutes.”                                    (a 21 year old client)

read more about our volunteering opportunities!




  • Work individually with one client at a time (mothers and fathers). Serve as a support person and friend to one client.  
  • Have fun with activities such as cooking a meal together, taking your client to an appointment, or going to the park. 
  • Some transportation assistance may be required.

Time commitment: One year, with weekly contact.

Training: Training and support for mentors will be provided.  Mentors need to attend a six session training prior to client contact.  

All mentors must complete the TCAPS volunteer screening, including a fingerprinting. ​

Baby Pantry Assistant


  • Maintain the pantry  including washing, folding and sorting clothing. Solicit gently used items.
  • There is no client contact with this position. 

Time commitment: you can be available on your own schedule and spend as much time as you want. 

Training: No formal training is required

Share a Talent/Teach a Group


  • Resource guides in specific areas, such as  financial literacy coaches, tutors, etc. 
  • Assistance with college applications and financial aid applications. Parenting education, either a one-time class or series. 
  • Life skills or enrichment classes that meet just once or a few times, such as cooking, yoga, music with babies.

Training: May be required, based on what the volunteer is doing. 

Services and Special Events Volunteers


  • Party planners for special occasions such as Mother’s Day, Winter Holidays and Halloween.  
  • Services such as photography, fundraising, grant writing are needed.    

Training: may  be required, based on what the volunteer is doing. 


What: Weekly groups with childcare are offered to program clients. 

Training: A short training will be provided, depending on the volunteer’s experience and background. TCAPS volunteer screening, including a fingerprinting are required.

If you have an idea for involvement or a service you’d like to offer, please contact Marjie Rich, Program Director, at 231-360-0053 or info@generationsahead.org.  

Interested in volunteering?

I love my mentor! She is such a sweet kind, genuine person. She is a really good listener and I like that I can have someone to talk to and basically vent. She's really my only friend honestly. Words really can't describe how grateful I am that she became my mentor. I thank you guys for setting her up with me. I like that I can get out and have me time without my kids and be able to hangout with such an awesome person!! 

 (a 22 year old client)