Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions
Neighbors holds group volunteer orientations twice a month. After you apply, you will be given information regarding signing up for an orientation. All volunteers are asked to complete an orientation before their first shift. Duty-specific volunteer training will be done by the volunteer supervisor in each department.
Neighbors, Inc. has implemented a preparedness plan for all aspects of our organization – including health and safety protocols for volunteers, staff and those we serve. Neighbors regularly reviews and updates its health policies and protocols based on recommendations from the county, state and CDC.
Neighbors, Inc. provides tangible outlets for the inherent goodness in the hearts of our volunteers. We create a safe environment for our volunteers and clients by using tools available for background checks. All volunteers agree to complete a background check. Volunteers who wish to work with our Transportation Program are required to complete an additional background check.
There is something for almost every age to do to help at Neighbors. As a general guideline, here are the adult to child ratios we recommend for safety purposes:
- Grades K – 3: 1 student to 1 adult
- Grades 3 – 6: 3 students to 1 adult
- Grades 7 – 9: 5 students to 1 adult
- Grades 10 and above do not require an adult on site for volunteer opportunities.
Please note – some volunteer duties include a minimum age requirement.
Volunteer commitments are flexible and ongoing.
Most of our volunteer opportunities are within our office hours (M-F, 9:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.), with the exception of some extended hours in the Clothes Closet and some off-site fundraising events.
Neighbors does not have opportunities available for court-mandated or diversion program volunteers.
We are 100% committed to working with our volunteers who request accommodations. Please inform the Volunteer Department of any needs. We will work as a team to find solutions.
Yes. Feel free to visit the Donate or Events section of the website for more ways to support the local community.