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Thank You for Your Interest In Volunteering With PATH!

PATH relies on donated time to help meet the needs of our neighbors. In 2019, 425 volunteers gave 22,239 hours of service to those in need. We simply could not achieve the level of impact in our community without our generous volunteers. 

PATH has several ways for individuals and groups to volunteer throughout the year. Scroll down to learn more about how you can donate time to support PATH’s mission.

Food Pantry

PATH operates the largest choice food pantry in our area.  We offer a wide variety of healthy pantry items including fresh produce, dairy, meat and bread.  We are able to assist families and individuals once every 30 days. Please bring proof of residency and an ID for all adults in your household. Food assistance is available from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Casework

Caseworkers meet with one family unit at a time to have a private conversation with them about their current situation and needs. Under the supervision of PATH’s experienced staff, they are trained to listen and provide encouragement and information and potential resources needed by that family, whether the needed resource is available within PATH or elsewhere in the community. The caseworker is responsible for accurately updating the records for each family in our web-based software Charity Tracker after each visit. Basic computer skills, excellent listening skills and attention to details are great attributes for a PATH volunteer caseworker. Typically these positions are scheduled for a 5 hour shift (8 am – 1 pm, or 1 pm – 6 pm) on a weekly basis, but scheduling can be flexible.

Reception

Volunteer receptionists are the first faces most of our neighbors and visitors encounter at PATH. They offer a friendly greeting to everyone entering our main office, including donors, collaborating partners, officials and neighbors in need. Under the supervision of experienced staff, receptionists help direct visitors to the appropriate staff member, where appropriate, provide basic information about PATH services, and encourage families seeking assistance to enroll as a PATH neighbor and visit with a Caseworker. Currently, PATH serves over 100 families per day with our immediate assistance programs. Our receptionists must be able to maintain a calming presence and work well with other volunteers and staff members. Basic computer skills, excellent organizational skills, dependability and a ready smile are great attributes for a PATH volunteer receptionist. Normally these positions are scheduled for a 5 hour shift (8 am – 1 pm, or 1 pm – 6 pm) on a weekly basis, but scheduling can be flexible.

PATH Community Homes

PATH owns 52 rental homes in Tyler and that need year-round maintenance. Skilled and unskilled volunteers, under the supervision of experienced staff, tackle maintenance, repair and renovation tasks. This position is a great opportunity for an individual or a group of volunteers.  We welcome volunteers on a recurring or one-time basis.

Special Projects

Throughout the year, PATH holds special donation drives in the community to meet seasonal needs. We collect food, soup, personal care items, baby items, fans, coats and blankets. Volunteers are very helpful with these drives and offer community service opportunities outside traditional work hours. These can be great chances for groups from offices, schools, teams and churches to serve and grow together. .

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