PROCESS TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER
Persons expressing an interest in volunteer work at CCH are required to meet with the Volunteer Organizer and/or the Personnel Coordinator at CCH. At these meetings, interested individuals are informed verbally and with handouts of the history of CCH, programs currently at CCH, types of youth served. Volunteer services needed, and the timeline and process necessary for becoming a Volunteer. All questions of participants will be answered by the Volunteer Organizer and/or the Personnel Coordinator.
Individuals still interested after this initial meeting, would complete forms given to them and return to the Personnel Coordinator. The receipt of these forms would indicate the interest and start the process for becoming an approved Volunteer. After receipt of completed forms, all references will be contacted and work history reviewed. After references are returned, the Volunteer Organizer or Department Director/Coordinator will contact the applicant to schedule an appointment to discuss the potential Volunteer position, relay procedures, work out a schedule, answer questions and complete other necessary paperwork (D.C.F.S. Physical Form, Emergency Treatment Form, Confidentiality Form, D.C.F.S. Background Check, Mandated Reporter).
A required training session with the Training Coordinator, lasting approximately 4 hours, will be provided to all volunteers. At this training session, volunteers would learn about and discuss professionalism, youth rights and ethics, problem situations with youth, assisting staff during problems that may develop, etc.
If the individual wishes to volunteer in a residential home or the School Department, they must always be monitored by a Catholic Children's Home staff member. A volunteer may achieve the ability to be in a situation alone with youth after they have worked as a CCH volunteer for 200 hours with youth.
Although volunteers can begin donating their time upon CCH's receipt of reference forms, individuals are not considered "official" volunteers until the receipt of all other documents and the completion of training. Any questions or concerns of the Volunteer may be directed to the Volunteer Organizer, or if the Volunteer is working in a residential home, the Volunteer Liaison.
If a Volunteer wishes to become a paid substitute, e.g. family educator, teacher, etc., they must contact the Personnel Coordinator. The Personnel Coordinator will have an interview with the prospective substitute to discuss the possibilities, requirements, pay and the process of becoming a substitute.
WHAT A VOLUNTEER CAN DO AT THE CATHOLIC CHILDREN'S HOME
This a list of a few examples to provide ideas for a prospective volunteer.
Any volunteer's interests, desires or suggestions are possibilities.