Required training for general volunteers will include an interview with the Recreation Coordinator, a tour of the facility, arranging a schedule, and an introduction to a specific resident and a home staff, if appropriate. Background checks for child abuse and dependent adult abuse are mandatory before a volunteer is involved with a resident.
A transportation volunteer will receive the same training as a general volunteer, but will need additional training in order to assist 1:1 or a Faith, Hope & Charity employee on an outing involving a child who requires a two-person lift. This training will include, as a minimum, the following: 1) receive in-house training in proper lifting techniques for the resident to be assisted; and 2) receive a personal profile of the person being assisted, covering all areas which may be necessary for a safe outing. The Recreation Coordinator will schedule the volunteer interview and will coordinate the in-house training with the Residential Coordinator in the home where the resident lives.
One-to-one (1:1) volunteer training includes 25 contact hours with the same resident, and an interview with home staff or advocate on a general profile of the resident. Background checks for child abuse and dependent adult abuse are mandatory before a volunteer is allowed to become 1:1 with the resident. The 1:1 volunteer will not be able to take residents on unsupervised overnight visits, unless they are on the parent guardian approved list. Prior to taking a resident on an outing, the 1:1 volunteer must complete the 1:1 volunteer checklist including providing a copy of their chauffeur's license and certification from their insurance carrier of their liability coverage. Permission from the resident's parents/guardian must be granted as well.
- Background checks for child abuse and dependent adult abuse are mandatory before a volunteer is unsupervised with a resident.
- Visitors/Volunteers do not replace staff on duty. Visitors/Volunteers do not administer medications. Visitors/Volunteers do not administer physical therapy.
- All volunteers shall be 18 years of age or older. Persons under 18 years of age may serve only as a General Volunteer and only if accompanied by a parent who will also agree to meet the General Volunteer guidelines.
- All volunteers shall complete a training checklist, initialed and dated by the Recreation Coordinator, prior to beginning their volunteer service.