Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.