If you are passionate about helping people going through an abusive relationship, need elderly care service and free legal aid, are victims of gender-based violence and all other forms of abuse; become a volunteer with SAHARA and help the community!!
All SAHARA volunteers can expect to be treated with fairness, respect, and without discrimination. As representatives of the organization, we want to equip volunteers with all of the necessary information you need to feel confident in working with the community. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Volunteer Coordinator.
Volunteers are considered to be non-paying individuals who are voluntarily donating their time towards a service or undertaking.
Volunteer Program Process
All volunteers are required to follow and complete the same process in joining the SAHARA Volunteer Program. One must go through the entire process before being eligible to volunteer with SAHARA.
- Fill out Volunteer Application Form
- Interview with Volunteer Coordinator
- Attend Volunteer Orientation & Training The only two exceptions to this process are when a volunteer offers a special skill in facilitating an educational workshop or class (i.e. financial literacy, career development, etc.) and/or offers pro bono services in their chosen career or field. A volunteer in either of these cases would NOT be eligible to volunteer in any other capacity with SAHARA.
Punctuality & Attendance
Volunteers play a vital role in the operation of the agency. Staff, agency participants, and community members depend on volunteers to carry out their commitments responsibly. As with any group effort, functioning effectively takes cooperation and dedication from everyone. Therefore, attendance and punctuality are very important.
SAHARA strives to maintain a positive work environment. The following are grounds for either limitation or termination from the volunteer program:
- Disclosure of confidential information including, but limited to, verbally sharing personal data, transmitting, and/or making copies of private documents.
- Repeated failure to be on-time for volunteer assignments and/or excessive absenteeism.
- Possession, distribution, sale, transfer, use, or under the influence of alcohol and/or illegal substances.
- Sexual or other unlawful harassment or discrimination.
- Falsification of timekeeping records.
- Theft or inappropriate removal or possession of SAHARA property.
- Abuse, threats, or mistreatment of other volunteers, staff, and community members.
- Misuse of agency funds, equipment, or materials.
- Possession of dangerous or unauthorized materials, such as explosives or firearms.
- Repeated use of inappropriate language not in line with SAHARA’s mission.
- Using profanity when working with staff, participants, or other volunteers.
- Advising, counselling, or advancing one’s own agenda under the name of the agency and/or while interacting with community members and participants.
If you would like to know more about SAHARA or help us continue to provide these services, please give us a call at 562-402-4132 or contact us.
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