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SHIELD Volunteers

 

Thank you for your interest in joining SHIELD!  Volunteers are vital to us and we greatly value their contributions. Currently, we are seeking volunteers to join our group for the 2015-2016 Program Year.

The SHIELD Mentor Program welcomes volunteers from the entire community. Volunteers will have an opportunity to learn non-profit management principles and will work directly with the Executive Director. It's a great way to feel good about yourself, connect with your community and help others.The mentoring program uses volunteers to support, guide, and be a trusted friend to a young person for a period of at least one year. There are many ways to volunteer, depending on your time, interests and abilities.We have numerous volunteer opportunities ranging from mentoring to helping at special events.Volunteer Opportunities are individually tailored to meet each volunteer’s needs, talents, and interests.We will work out the specifics of your experience with you. 

Volunteer/Mentor Application

 

Note: We are still accepting applications on a rolling basis.  Please bring it along with you to the next meeting. 

 

To return the completed forms, please schedule an appointment or bring it along with you to the next upcoming meeting (See Calendar).  **Please return the completed volunteer application and provide a photocopy of a photo ID, such as a driver's license, passport or a social security card to be placed in your file to verify your identity. 

 

Background Checks: SHIELD reserves the right to conduct a background check on all volunteers at any time.  This includes a National Criminal Check, a National Sex Offender Check and an Identification Verification.

 

Note: Submitting an application does not guarantee being selected.   Part of the process of being selected is actively completing orientation and training. If an applicant is not selected, it is based on the availability of volunteer mentors in the program.  SHIELD staff will review the volunteer applications and respond to you via email of acceptance into the program.

Volunteer Mentors

 

Mentoring is one of the most significant ways that you can make an impact on the life of a young person. A small time commitment can make a significant difference in a child’s life. No special skills are needed, just the willingness to care and spend time with someone who needs you. Mentors share life experiences, support goals, and encourage children to reach their dreams and their full potential. By becoming part of the social network of community role models and supporters who care about the youth, the mentor can help youth develop and reach positive personal goals. Other job responsibilities and duties include:

 

  • Be able to commit to attending group mentoring workshops for the academic year with approximately 12 -20 mentees (2 hours)
  • Using SHIELD's curriculum, plan mentor group discussions
  • Lead/facilitate discussion during mentor group meetings
  • Facilitate cooperation between all participants in a group setting
  • Check-in with the Program staff once per month to discuss planned activities (1 hour)
  • Engage youth in positive activities and conversations
  • Work with volunteers and program staff to create positive learning opportunities for youth and to meet the needs of the program
  • Serve as a positive role model by modeling desirable behaviors—e.g. patience, tolerance, and reflective listening
  • Be encouraging and supportive of the mentees to draw out positive feedback during interactions
  • Strive for mutual respect
  • Build self-esteem and motivation
  • Help set goals and work toward accomplishing them
  • Attend on-going trainings when needed or requested
  • Complete evaluation surveys as requested
  • As primary contact with participants, maintain a report log of behavioral issues, using forms provide

 

Requirements

  • Be able to commit to spending at least one year (or three semesters if college student)
  • Honor, all commitments made to the SHIELD Mentor Program
  • Attend all volunteer staff meetings
  • Participate and attend on-going trainings and periodic volunteer support workshops, when needed or requested
  • Complete appropriate hour logs and forms provided
  • Complete evaluation surveys, as requested
  • Recognize role as a mandated reporter and report any problematic issues
  • Adhere to all program policies and procedures

 

Benefits

  • Personal fulfillment through contribution to community and individual
  • Satisfaction in helping a young person mature, progress, and achieve goals
  • Training sessions and group activities
  • Personal ongoing support

Additional SHIELD Volunteer Opportunities

We offer a variety of additional volunteer opportunities for volunteer placement in the following capacities:

Marketing/Public Relations Volunteers

A volunteer in this area will work in cooperation with the executive director to determine the communication and PR needs of the organization. Volunteering in the marketing/public relations area would support the development of marketing and promotional materials for the SHIELD Mentor Program. Interns might research pricing for materials, organize past and current marketing materials to archive, work with a graphic designer when relevant, assist with program brochure design, and research marketing opportunities. Interns in this area need to be self-motivated and have good computer, writing and editing skills. Familiarity with Power Point, Adobe Creative Suite, or Publisher is a plus.  Other job responsibilities and duties include:

  • Maintains and updates the http://www.shieldyouth.com web site.  May be responsible for monitoring/managing other sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Youtube, etc.
  • Takes photos at SHIELD events
  • Keeps a detailed record of the projects and how events are being publicized
  • Creates presentations for various community groups
  • Updates the activities calendar
  • Develops the marketing plans of the various areas of SHIELD
  • Prepares fliers for all SHIELD Mentor Program events, meetings, workshops
  • Maintains publication and distribution of the quarterly newsletter.
  • Writes and sends approved articles and/or press releases for SHIELD events
  • Creates visually appealing annual report
  • Publication and distribution of the quarterly newsletter.

 


Events Planning Volunteers

A volunteer in this area will secure event sponsorships, table sponsors, venue, menu, invitations, seating arrangements, decor, and entertainment.  A volunteer in this area needs to present a positive image and communicate effectively via the telephone, email and in person. Other job responsibilities and duties include:

  • Plans and coordinates program-wide special events, such as Open House, Mentor Youth! Initiative, etc.
  • Helps plan, organize, and coordinate events and speaking engagements
  • Sends mass emails concerning SHIELD’s events
  • Provides information to the Marketing/Public Relations Intern for mentoring services content for publication in newsletter and website as needed
  • Assists in special events, such as annual fundraising projects

 


Fundraising Volunteers

A volunteer in this area would work as an assistant to our executive director and might assist in assessing data, making pie charts and graphs, preparing fundraising materials, working on donor campaigns, or working on grant requests, timelines, and report criteria. A volunteer in this area needs to know MS Office, especially Excel, and would need to be organized and detail-oriented. Writing skills are a plus.  Other job responsibilities and duties include:

  • Designs and implements special Investment programs, fundraising events, and tracks, as well as solicits, donors
  • Leads the effort in the identification of appropriate sources of funding and will execute strategies to secure needed funding
  • Conducts an annual giving campaign and phonathon

 


Recruitment and Intake Volunteers

SHIELD is a heavily volunteer-driven agency. Recruitment, retention, and recognition of volunteers are very important to the successful daily operation of the SHIELD Mentor Program. A volunteer in this area would assist the volunteer coordinator in such duties as responding to inquiries by potential volunteers, confirming volunteer schedules, assembling volunteer orientation packets, answering phones, and processing volunteer data.  A volunteer working in this area must be well organized and able to multi-task. The volunteer must have the ability to work independently.  Other job responsibilities and duties include:

  • Identifies, implements and coordinates a variety of recruitment methods to increase the number of participants
  • Recruits volunteers from the community to work with the youth that are referred
  • Ensures that all volunteers are approved for the program screening, interviewing, and reference checking all volunteers
  • Maintains CONFIDENTIAL files on all participants
  • Designs and implements strategies to recruit diverse volunteers and youth
  • Assists with training, as needed
 

For more information, contact us at 336-337-2771 or mckoyp@shieldyouth.com.