Volunteer Principles

Jackie Yeates

"An opportunity to do something for someone else is a gift.  The most closely guarded secret is this: helping others brings the greatest joy of all" Mia Farrow

A volunteer is one who is recruited, trained, appreciated and supervised. A volunteer contracts to perform a specific job with certain responsibilities and in return is entitled to certain rights. Both volunteer and organization have obligations to each other.

As a volunteer you have made a wise choice. At Richmond Family Place you, as the volunteer, are a very important person to our organization. You will be a valuable asset to Richmond Family Place, receiving the recognition that you so highly deserve. As a volunteer you have responsibilities, rights and, of course rewards.

Volunteer Rights:

As a volunteer you have the following rights:

  • To be treated as a co-worker and part of our team. 
  • To a suitable assignment with consideration for personal preference, temperament, abilities, education and employment background. 
  • To be given a variety of experiences and an increasing amount of responsibility, as warranted. 
  • To know as much about the organization as possible, its policies, its people, its program. 
  • To sound guidance and encouragement. 
  • To be heard and to have a part in planning, to feel free to make suggestions, to be shown respect for an honest opinion. 


Volunteering at Richmond Family Place can be very rewarding. Some of the rewards are to:

  • Gain work experience.
  • Make new friends.
  • Gain valuable insight and experience.
  • Gain practical use of skills in a new setting.
  • Meet personal challenges.
  • Work for a cause.
  • Receive recognition of abilities.
  • Receive satisfaction of a job well done.
  • Improve self-confidence.
  • Make your community a better place to live.


As a volunteer, you are responsible to:

  • Maintain smooth working relations with staff.
  • Be committed to the job at hand.
  • Be dependable and sincere.
  • Maintain the integrity of the agency and respect all confidences of the staff and clients.
  • Be willing to make a time commitment.
  • Perform duties promptly, in a reliable manner and with enthusiasm.
  • Be willing to learn and take part in orientation and training sessions.
  • Maintain good client relations.
  • Accept direction and decisions of the Co-ordinator.
  • Give reasonable, advance notice if you will be absent.

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