Become a Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteering at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oshkosh is a fulfilling experience that gives you an opportunity to make a direct investment in the future of our community’s youth. We are always looking for skilled and dedicated volunteers to help us achieve our mission of improving the lives of children and families.

We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available to match your schedule and interests. The Club is open Monday through Friday in the evenings during the school year and during the daytime in the summer.

Spend Time with the Kids

Volunteers can engage youth through tutoring, homework help, art projects, board games, sports, field trips and other recreational activities. For more information about volunteer opportunities with kids, please contact Program Director Danielle Bittelman at 920-233-1414, ext. 24 or danielleb@bgcosh.org.

Mentoring Program

If you would prefer to invest in a Club member one-on-one, our Mentoring Program is a great fit. We match adult volunteer mentors to individual Club members in need of a role model.

Mentors meet with their mentees at the Club four hours a month, participating in fun activities together and developing a plan for the mentee following high school graduation.

Mentors are asked to commit to meeting with their mentee for at least two years.

For more information about becoming a mentor, please contact Mentoring Coordinator Carlea Liermann at 920-233-1414, ext. 27 or carleal@bgcosh.org.

Grief Support

Many children and teens are or will be affected by the death of a loved one which can feel very isolating, like nobody understands. There are ways adults can help children navigate their grief.  One way to challenge that feeling is through support groups, like the Club’s Children and Teen Grief Support Network program. Groups are facilitated by caring adult volunteers who help children find strategies to heal.

Volunteers (adults over 21 are preferred) participate in a two-part training and commit to one evening per month for as many months as they are able. While the volunteer experience can be a bit heartbreaking when seeing small people experience such sadness, it can also be one of the most meaningful and rewarding experiences imaginable. If this sounds like something you may be interested in, and if you feel you meet the requirements listed, we would love to make you part of the grief support group for grieving children program.

For more information or to volunteer for this program contact Program Coordinator Amy Reed at amyr@bgcosh.org or 920-267-0047.

Assist with Special Events

The Club organizes multiple events throughout the year—from fundraisers to family events—that require the assistance of numerous volunteers. Event volunteers help in a variety of ways, from registration and set up/tear down to serving meals and wrapping holiday gifts.

Fundraising Events

  • WineFeast (April)
  • Forever Young Prom (June)
  • Afternoon Tea (July/August)
  • WI Cornhole Tourney (August)
  • Turkey Trot Beneficiary (November)

If you are interested in volunteering for a fundraising event, please contact Development and Marketing Director Tracy Ogden at 920-233-1414, ext. 16 or tracyo@bgcosh.org.

Family Events

These events serve our members and their families:

  • Back to School Fair (August)
  • Halloween Party (October)
  • Thanksgiving Dinner (November)
  • Christmas Party (December)
  • Youth of the Year Dinner (April/May)
  • Family Nights (Monthly)

To volunteer for youth and family-related events, please contact Center Director Lori Fields at 920-233-1414, ext. 13 or lorif@bgcosh.org.

Plan a Group Project

One-time volunteer projects can be set up to fit your group size and specific time frame. Projects range from beautification (planting flowers, raking leaves) to general maintenance projects (painting, cleaning). If you are interested in volunteering for a one-time group opportunity, please contact Facilities Manager Jamie Wilcox at 920-233-1414, ext. 11 or jamiew@bgcosh.org.

Coordinate a Supplies Drive

We are always in need of new school supplies, hygiene products, new coats and shoes, holiday toys, sporting equipment, games, crafts and other supplies necessary in making the Club experience great.

If you would like to organize a supply drive for the Club, please contact Center Director Lori Fields at 920-233-1414, ext. 13 or lorif@bgcosh.org.

I know how I want to volunteer, what’s next?

Before volunteering, you will need to complete an online employment application and a background check*. If you prefer to fill out a paper copy of our employment application, you can download it here.

Completed forms can be emailed to Administrative Services Coordinator Angie Koepke at angelak@bgcosh.org, or submitted in person at the Club.

*If you are volunteering for a one-time opportunity and children will not be present, a background check may be waived.