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Volunteer FAQs2020-01-03T11:24:24-06:00

Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions

What times are available for me to volunteer?2020-01-03T11:34:04-06:00

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.

Is a background check required to volunteer?2020-01-03T11:39:37-06:00

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.

How long are volunteer commitments?2018-07-30T20:32:27-05:00

We ask that ongoing volunteers serve at least one, 3-hour shift/week. Shorter shift times with more flexible scheduling can be found on the Self-Schedule Volunteers page.

Can kids volunteer?2020-02-10T13:52:21-06:00

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.

How will I be trained to volunteer?2018-07-30T20:33:40-05:00

All new volunteers will receive training and orientation upon their first shift. Orientation will be provided by a Volunteer Department staff, while training will be provided by the program’s supervisor.

Can I do my community service hours at Neighbors?2019-08-08T09:52:48-05:00

Neighbors does not have opportunities available for court-mandated or diversion program volunteers.

What if I need accommodations?2020-01-03T11:33:19-06:00

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.

If I don’t have the time to volunteer for Neighbors, are there another ways for me to help?2018-07-30T20:34:33-05:00

Yes. Feel free to visit the Donate or Events section of the website for more ways to support the local community.

The responses to these questions reflect policies last updated on 1/2/20 with the approval of the Volunteer Advisory Team, Neighbors’ President & CEO, Neighbors’ insurance representative and related staff. These decisions were made with compassion and discussed at length. If you have a question that is not answered by the above information, please submit it to volunteer@neighborsmn.org.