Pathways to Prosperity Volunteer Navigator
Pathways to Prosperity is a unique partnership between local food pantries, Centers for Strong Families and other nonprofit partners working together to move families from crisis to stability by providing benefits screening, referrals to additional support services and financial coaching. Financial and benefits navigation is a client-driven process in which individuals and families receive support in navigating the social services system along with some basic financial coaching related to improving their financial well-being. Navigators provide tools, resources and encouragement, enabling participants to move from crisis to stability.
The partnership's core service of food distribution provides essential assistance to thousands of vulnerable, food-insecure households every week, but the traditional food assistance model is not achieving an end to hunger in this county. "Hunger is a complex issue that does not exist in isolation," says Maura Daly of Feeding America. "When people visit food pantries, they are not only struggling to put enough food on the table, they are often struggling to pay for rent, utilities, childcare and medical bills." By integrating food distribution services with the services of others in the community, we begin to address these all too common problems and bring families one step closer to self-sufficiency.
Every year, billions of dollars of government aid for struggling families goes unused. Many people are not aware of the programs available to them, or they assume they don't qualify so they don't explore the option. By integrating wraparound services within traditional food pantries, we can begin to address these all too common problems.
No previous experience is necessary; comprehensive training and ongoing support is provided!
To see the Pathways to Prosperity Navigator volunteer job description, visit https://uwpc.galaxydigital.com/files/dl/a90f8ca0067bf59a76772469a134a10a/.
To fill out a volunteer application, visit https://fs30.formsite.com/SMPaton/UWPCVolApp/index.html.