Are there age restrictions or requirements?
Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age to volunteer on-site. Volunteers ages 13 to 16 must be accompanied by an adult (parent, teacher, group leader) that is over the age of 21. Volunteers between the ages of 13 and 18 must have a signed release from their parent or guardian to participate in volunteer activities. Camp Counselors must be 15 years old AND have completed their freshman year of high school.
Do I need anything more than a volunteer application?
All volunteers must complete an on-line volunteer application. All volunteers 18 years and older must also complete an on-line background check (except Beans & Bread’s meal service or one-time special project or event volunteers). All volunteers must complete an orientation prior to beginning their volunteer service. Orientation will be scheduled by the on-site Volunteer Coordinator.
Student Interns, Camp Counselors, and Head Start parent volunteers must complete a separate volunteer application.
One-time, Special Event or Group Volunteers do not need to submit a background check. All need to submit a required volunteer information form.
What are the time expectations?
There are many volunteer opportunities available across our organization. There are opportunities for a one-time volunteer experience which may include a one-time special project, leading a youth or family activity, helping at a special event, or participating in meal service. Many volunteer positions are continuous and due to the investment of time to process volunteer applications and provide orientation and training, we ask volunteers to commit to a regular and consistent schedule (weekly, monthly, etc.) for at least 1 year. Camp Counselors must commit to a minimum of 2 weeks.
How Can My Group Help?
Groups of volunteers enable us to get big projects done fast! There are many opportunities for small and large groups to participate on a regular basis or provide a one-time service. Volunteer groups can help serve meals, provide youth and family activities, provide help at events, and can participate in service projects. A designated group coordinator is responsible for making sure all group participants have the appropriate paperwork/permission slips completed and each member has completed orientation.
Volunteering as a group is a great way to:
- Perform a community service
- Build teamwork
- Promote volunteerism
Groups can also hold drives to collect needed items from our wishlists or raise money to support our organization or specific program. If you would like to run a drive or collect items, please view our wishlists for the most needed items or contact us to be sure we can accept the items. Click here for more information on in-kind donations. Groups who wish to raise money to support us, will be asked to submit a Third Party Fundraiser Form.
What can kids under 13 do to help?
The act of service for others is good for all ages! Anyone can volunteer and support our programs and services in other ways including making casseroles or bagged lunches, hosting a wish list drive, making bowls for Empty Bowls or helping raise money. Fundraising ideas can include hosting a fundraiser or getting sponsors as a Flashlight participant.