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Court-Ordered Community Service

Skilled Based Volunteering

Volunteer Bill of Rights

Things to consider before you begin to volunteer

Some questions to ask yourself


  • How much time do you have to volunteer?
  • How much of a commitment can you make?  A one-time project?  A week, a month, a year? 
  • Do you want to volunteer alone, with friends, family, or co-workers?


  • What do you want to do?
  • Do you have interests, hobbies or experience that you want to share?
  • How do you want to volunteer - directly with people? on a committee or Board? 


  • Where would you like to volunteer -- outdoors, school, nursing home, office?
  • What kind of atmosphere would you like? Quiet? Fast-paced?

 Who do you want to help?

  • Students, adults, elderly, animals? 
  • People with physical, mental or learning disabilities?
  • Individuals (one-on-one) or groups of people?

Next Steps

  • Research the many agencies and opportunities by using our database. 
  • You contact those agencies that you are interested in directly.
  • Still not sure? Call the Volunteer Center if you need more guided help while looking for a position that works for you.


Staff Contact: Debbie Emery

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Staff Contact: Debbie Emery

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Find exciting and meaningful volunteer opportunities -- for individuals 55 and older.

  • Chore Service

Staff Contact: Maureen McCormick

The Chore Service is sponsored by the Volunteer Center to provide minor home repairs to elderly and disabled clients and engaging volunteer handymen and women.

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Staff Contact: Debbie Emery

Click here for a list of Family Volunteering Ideas

Benefits of Family Volunteering
Family volunteering strengthens families and strengthens our community. When you decide to become a family volunteer, you are not only contributing to an important cause, but you are also helping your family and children in ways you never thought possible. Here is a sample of benefits your family and your community can achieve through family volunteering. (From
  • Children are able to develop compassion and an understanding for others. Not only will involving children in the decision-making process and volunteer activity help them feel appreciated and respected, but the volunteer activity will also enable them to acquire new skills.
  • Parents can help others while spending more time with their kids, passing on important values, and sharing meaningful conversations in a positive environment.
  • Nonprofits are often understaffed and overstressed and need additional help. Family volunteering helps them broaden their outreach to the community while improving community image and relations -- 97% of social service agencies that involved families found it to be very effective. Depending on their interests, family volunteers may want to help many types of non-profits, including the homeless, the sick and disabled, the elderly, children, animals, and the environment.
  • Society benefits from family volunteering, as it is a natural multiplier of volunteers. Studies show that children who volunteer are much more likely to continue as adults and carry on the tradition with their own children.

Click here for a list of Family Volunteering Ideas

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Staff Contact: Debbie Emery

Harness the collective power of people to solve problems in your community.

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The Volunteer Center offers two mentoring programs.

Staff Contact: Cindy Andrake

Mentoring Moms are mentors and role models to isolated and/or overwhelmed mothers who need guidance in parenting and life skills.

Staff Contact: Faith Samples-Smart

Mentoring Youth are adult role models to youth who have experienced abuse, neglect, trouble or isolation.

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Volunteer Bill of Rights

Every volunteer has:
  • The right to be treated as a co-worker, not just “free help” or a prima donna.
  • The right to a suitable assignment, with consideration for personal preference, temperament, life experience, education and employment background.
  • The right to know as much about the organization as possible, it mission, is policies, its people and its programs.
  • The right to training for the job, thoughtfully planned and effectively presented.
  • The right to sound guidance and direction, by someone who is experienced, well-informed, patient and thoughtful.
  • The right to a place to work, orderly, designated, conducive to work and suitable for the job to be done.
  • The right to enhance skills and knowledge, through advancement to assignments of more responsibility.
  • The right to be heard, to have respect shown for comments and suggestions.
  • The right to recognition, through means of appreciation and by being treated as a bone-fide co-worker.
(taken from  Volunteer Services at Vanderbilt Medical Center.)


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