VOLUNTEER PROGRAM INFORMATION
The Family Resource Center values volunteer involvement from our community. Each volunteer goes through a screening process which consists of: filling out an application interview session, reference checks, second interview session if needed, and final evaluation. The Family Resource Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, or national origin. After determining eligibility for the program, the applicant must complete numerous hours of training prior to becoming a volunteer. (10hrs. Level 1; 34hrs. Level 2; 40hrs. Level 3)
If you are not sure about working directly with clients but want to volunteer for a good cause, this may be the area for you. Volunteers may provide assistance to the secretary and/or case managers in the shelter office by answering phones, answering the door, retrieving supplies needed for clients, office, trainings, groups; entering data for statistics, tax receipt information or activities/projects into the computer; moving large items, bags, boxes, furniture/household items; typing, printing and folding of brochures, flyers or information for program use; cleaning in the office areas; filing; organization of office supply room/ client supply room and client resource room.
Some clients in-shelter have a vehicle of their own or a support person help them meet their transportation needs, some don't. If they are trying to go to support group, counseling, training, court or put job applications in, we do our best to help them get there.
In the follow-up program, we try to bring our families together, including the families in the shelter, at least four times per year. If a volunteer has a specialty in this area or would like to help organize and run one of these functions, they would need to share ideas with the Director and help to develop activity objectives, date and time, and any qualifications in the specified area.
The Family Resource Center conducts year-round women's support groups, stress/anger management group, training, etc. We would like all of our clients to have the opportunity to participate. To insure their ability to do this, we have the ability to arrange childcare and children's group with activities to be provided during these specific times, IF the participant notifies FRC of this need. Any volunteer willing to provide these services would need to meet with a case manager to obtain necessary information.
EMERGENCY CONTACT PERSON
Volunteers wishing to participate in this need to understand it is a mix of all areas listed above, plus: being a good listener, taking time to call and/or visit the individual or family you are matched with for the duration of their stay in the shelter. Sometimes this will continue even after their exiting the shelter if they choose to participate in the follow-up program.