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Resources for Volunteers

Do you have a talent or skill that you want to share with others?
Do you want to help a cause that you are passionate about?
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Not sure how to get started?

Step 1. Narrow your search
The answers to these questions may help you decide what opportunities will be right for you

How much time do I have to volunteer?
What time commitment do I want to make to an organization (week, month, one-time)?
What skills do I want to use or learn?
Do I want to work directly with people, in an office, or on a committee?
How far do I want to travel?
What atmosphere would I be most comfortable in?
Who would I like to help (youth, seniors, animals, disabled)? 
What "causes" am I passionate about?
Do I have any limitations that would restrict my involvement?

Step 2. Review the opportunities.  

Use the "Get Connected" feature on this website. Use the search feature to narrow the opprotunities to those that will interest you.

To Express Interest in an opportunity: Click Log In/Join in the upper left hand corner and then fill in New User Registration. Create an Account and use it to start your search. When you register an email comes to the Volunteer Center.  If you add your interests it will be easier for us to direct you to opportunities that you may have missed.

Everyone has skills that can benefit others and help make a difference in our community. This site is to help you learn about the various non-profit organizations in the Fox Valley Region and to be connected with volunteer opportunities.  

It is our suggestion is to start by selecting two or three opportunities that sound interesting. 

Step 3. Contact the agency.
You can notify the agency of your interest by "Respond to Need" , email the volunteer coordinator directly or review their website. 

It is our suggestion to Respond to Need and and register, then the Volunteer Center can assist you in making your connection, follow-up with you or offer additional ideas.  The Volunteer Center also sends out a quarterly newsletter to registered volunteers. Keep current on upcoming volunteer activities.

Step 4.  Become acclimated to the culture of the agency

Participate in the agency's screening process. Most, if not all, agencies will have an application for you to fill out prior to volunteering. Be prepared that some will ask for personal references and will do a criminal background check. Processing the application and doing the screening and reference check make take several days.  Ask the agency contact when you can expect to hear back from them. 

Attend an orientation/training session. Most meaningful volunteer opportunities will require that you attend a full training or at least an orientation. You may want to ask about the upcoming training dates to pencil them in on your calendar.  

Step 5. Start volunteering!  

Make sure you communicate clearly your availabity to the agency. It is important that you find a good balance between you volunteer job and your other activities.

Ask questions so that you are clear on the expectations. Also let your supervisor know if you are uncomfortable with a task or need more instruction. Often there is an employee or another volunteer that you can shadow until you feel confident.

Need More Direction?

Choosing which agency to volunteer at can be a difficult decision. If you would like more assistance in choosing an agency, The Volunteer Center would like to help. Please feel free to contact us if you are not finding what you are looking for or have special circumstances that make it difficult for you to find the right opportunity.


Your Rights as a Volunteer

To be informed of the duties, time commitment, and responsibilities before you commit to volunteer.
To receive information and assistance to carry out your responsibilities.
To be provided appropriate orientation, training, and supervision.
To be treated with the respect due any paid employee.
To receive feedback about the effectiveness of your work.  

 Your Responsibilities as a Volunteer

To accept only the assignments you can commit to.
To realistically outline your time and energy limitations.
To ask questions when you do not understand a responsibility, goal, activity, or guideline.
To communicate concerns and suggestions to the appropriate people.
To be properly prepared to handle your responsibilities, and to seek assistance when you are not. 

 For more assistance in finding the right opportunity to meet your needs, call (920) 832-9360 or email us.  We are here to help.