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. 

Rewards:

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.

Responsibilities

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.