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Volunteer FAQ

How does the application process work?
All volunteers should complete an application and attend an orientation/training. Contact the Volunteer Services Coordinator to register for the next volunteer orientation.

How long is my time commitment?
The length of your commitment depends on you and your availability. For those who cannot make a long-term commitment, we can arrange short-term and special project opportunities. For positions such as delivery driving and café work, we ask that you commit to at least 6 months, as these opportunities involve more training on our part and an emotional commitment for our seniors.

What is the minimum age for volunteering?
For most positions, volunteers must be at least 18. Younger volunteers require parent consent and adult supervision. The minimum age for volunteer drivers is 23.

If I work a regular 9am-5pm job, when can I volunteer?
We can arrange short-term and special projects, such as helping at evening/weekend activities, representing MoW at an exhibit or fair booth, putting together special meal items for holidays, and other projects.

Do you do background checks?
In order to ensure the safety of our seniors, certain volunteer positions require background checks. Volunteer drivers in particular must pass a background check, as they have access to our participants’ homes.

What do I do if I’m sick?
To protect the health of our seniors, we ask that volunteers who are sick not to volunteer until they have recovered. Please let us know as far in advance as possible of your absence, so that we can arrange for someone to cover for you. Even if your illness starts a few days before and you think that you may be “okay” in time, please give us a head’s up so that we can have a back-up plan.

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