Effective Friday, May 31, our address will be: 9100 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53226


Five volunteers from Cornell Cares pose in the Kathy's House kitchen

Give Your Time to Help Create Community

We invite you to find a place at Kathy’s House. Our volunteers are teens, adults, retirees, former guests, and community members. Whether you volunteer regularly or just once, your support is greatly appreciated.

Volunteering at Kathy’s House can be both memorable and rewarding. Because many of our volunteers serve guests directly, they have a unique opportunity to connect with guests. Often, a volunteer is the first voice guests hear on the phone and the first face greeting them at the door.

We have an opportunity for every skill set and schedule.

New and Current Volunteers

Create an account, view available opportunities, sign up for shifts, and make schedule changes.

If you have any questions, email our Director of Volunteer Services Marie at: marieg@kathys-house.org.

Examples of Individual Opportunities

  • Welcome Desk: Answering phones, assisting guests, work with staff on projects.
  • Cooking a Meal: Providing dinner, bag lunches, or brunch. We’ll give you a handout with more details.*
  • Baking: Bread, cookies, bars. Can be done at Kathy’s House or dropped off.*
  • Cleaning: Guest rooms, common areas, tidy up library.
  • Gardening: Watering, weeding, planting pots, tending vegetable garden.
  • Arts & Crafts: Create and provide materials for the art table.
  • Events: Gala, Golf.
  • Linen Organization: Sort and fold clean laundry.
  • Decorations: Create decorations for guest doors, dining room tables, etc.
  • Inspirational Quotes: Research inspiring quotes, write them up and place on the dining room tables.
  • Note writing: Write inspirational notes to guests. Staff will deliver the notes to guests.

*This opportunity does not require attendance at a Volunteer Training Session.

Examples of Group Opportunities

  • Preparing Meals for Guests at Kathy’s House*
  • Preparing “Meals to Go”*
  • Preparing “Snacks to Go”
  • Preparing Bag Lunches
  • Baking: Breads, cookies, bars, and/or healthy snacks for our guests.*
  • Grab ‘n Go Breakfast Greeters: 4-6 people needed. Welcome our guests in the morning with a light breakfast before they head off to the hospital to be with their family member or loved one.
    • Suggested menu: bagels/muffins/pastries, fruit, orange juice and coffee.
  • Donation Drive: Make it a company-wide or office activity.*
  • Cleaning & Organizing: 4-6 people to help give the “home” a little extra TLC.
    • Volunteers must be able to perform manual cleaning and possess the ability lift 15-20 pounds.
  • Welcome Bags: The welcome bag might include such things a small hygiene items like hand sanitizer, travel tissues, puzzle books, memo pad, inspirational journal, bottled water, snacks, note of encouragement.*
  • Crafts for Guests: Notes of encouragement, door decorations, placemats and other crafts brighten our home. This is a great project for classrooms or scouts.*

*This opportunity does not require attendance at a Volunteer Training Session.