Mentors & Job Coaches

Volunteers – Job Description
Job: Lily Pad Trainee Mentor/Cafe Job Coach
Reports to: Kitchen Manager, Executive Director


The mission of The Lily Pad Foundation is to enhance the lives of adults with special needs with work force training through internship opportunities at The Lily Pad Cafe. We are looking for mission-minded volunteers to join our team as Mentors and Job Coaches. These individuals will work side by side with our Lily Pad Cafe interns as they learn the basic skills for the culinary and hospitality industry. Come join the fun!



As a volunteer trainee mentor and/or job coach, this role is to support, prompt and encourage the interns in their various roles at the café (see roles below). A mentor will assist during the training program. Job coaches will assist during times we are open to the public for lunch service. Both roles will serve the same purpose, with a title to designate the time when volunteering. The purpose of having a job coach is to shadow the intern and offer prompts and suggestions to encourage the correct performance of the task at hand. Upon arrival, please introduce yourself to all interns. Job coaches should not perform duties without an intern present. Please allow the interns to self-correct by asking questions and giving gentle reminders and/or prompts. All regular (more than once a month) job coaches in the cafe must complete a background check and maintain an understanding of food safety standards. Thank you for your interest in our mission!

Cafe roles include, but are not limited to: Greeting, Dish Pit, Bussing, Register, Serving, Kitchen.




Additional tasks for job coaches with a trainee/intern:

  • Cleaning Windows and the front door
  • Watering outdoor plants
  • Wrap Silverware
  • Sweep/Mop
  • General Cleaning
  • Put Chairs Up/Down
  • Set Up Tables
  • Make sure patio is swept and clean
  • Walk the square with samples
  • Role Play greeting: practicing welcoming guests, asking them if they have been in before, stating
    mission statement, mentioning specials, and showing how the menu works
  • Review menu with a trainee/intern (go over what’s on each sandwich, etc.)



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  • Waiver and Release

    As a volunteer of The Lily Pad Foundation. I agree to act as a representative of the organization. In doing so, I understand that I am a reflection of the The Lily Pad Foundation. mission and brand. I agree to conduct myself within the mission and principles of the The Lily Pad Foundation organization while performing my volunteer responsibilities. I understand that I will be volunteering at my own risk and that The Lily Pad Foundation, its board of directors, or its employees cannot assume any liability for any accident, injury, or health problem which may arise from any volunteer work I perform. I agree that all of the work I do is on a volunteer basis and that I am not eligible to receive any compensation.