Volunteer Inquiry Form
Our volunteers come from all stages/walks of life – but the one thing they have in common is a desire to offer encouragement and consistent support to a young person.
Read a bit about the volunteering process below, and then complete the inquiry form to get started. One of our Mentoring Coordinators will contact you to guide you through the enrollment process.
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How The Volunteering Process Works
The order of the steps in the application and assessment process can vary, but the following is a general overview of the process. Applicants should be aware that the process could take as long as two months, depending on the speed of each stage and the turnaround time for police checks and references. But rest assured, the wait is worth it!
The volunteer applicant:
- Completes required forms (Release Form, Confidentiality)
- Completes Orientation & Training
- Completes an application with their local agency
- Submits a vulnerable sector check, criminal records check, child abuse registry, and three or four references
- Participates in a one-to-one interview with a staff member.
- Depending on the program, may be asked to participate in an assessment of their home environment
- Successfully completes an orientation and child safety training
- Is notified of their acceptance/non-acceptance
- If accepted as a volunteer mentor, will be considered for matches.
The Matching Process
Similar to the application and assessment process, the matching process can vary from program to program, but in general:
- The staff, now familiar with the volunteer and the children and youth waiting to be matched, discusses a potential match with the volunteer, the child or youth, and, depending on the program, with the family
- The staff arranges for a meeting between the child or youth, the volunteer mentor, and often the parent or guardian
If everyone agrees, the match can begin!