Tips for volunteering
What students and parents should know before accepting a Volunteer Placement?
Find out what opportunities are available in your community; call your Volunteer Center, or individual organizations/agencies that you already know about and would be interested in the opportunities they have to offer.
Does the volunteer placement match your interests and values?
- Does the time commitment match?
What is the learning opportunities associated with the placement?
- Is the location easily accessible?
- Is it a safe environment to be in?
- What is the Mission Statement of the organization?
Is there a written volunteer position description?
Who will be supervising the volunteers?
- How many volunteers work with the organization?
Is there a screening policy in place?
As a parent be aware of your child's volunteer placement. Give your support and encouragement; encourage your child to assess what he/she has learned from the volunteer experience. Make sure the overall atmosphere of the organization is a warm, friendly and supportive one. Report any concerns to the volunteer center promptly.
Given a chance, youth will flourish in the non-judgmental and supportive atmosphere often offered in community organizations.
Youth are our leaders now; positive volunteer experiences in the early years will benefit our communities now as well as in the future.
Reasons for volunteering are as diverse as our community.
To learn new skills
To met people who share similar interests
To use individual talents to help build a better community
To gain experience, knowledge and confidence
To help others
To have fun
Volunteering can take as much or as little time as you have available. Whether you want to volunteer once a week, once a month or once a year, there are opportunities to fit your schedule and interest.
You can make a difference!
Screening — What Is It?
Screening is an important part of good Volunteer Management. A screening policy is in place for the protection of the vulnerable people the organization serves, as well as for the protection of the volunteer staff, the organization and the community. It is based on what someone does or wants to do for an organization. Each volunteer position has a degree of risk; it is therefore imperative that organizations have a thorough screening process in place and specific screening steps for each volunteer position.
- Recruitment (includes application form)
- Reference checks
- Police check (if relevant; not all positions require police checks)
- Organization orientation
- Evaluation (informal and formal)
- On-going monitoring and supervision