St. Johns Volunteers! is pleased to offer the following responses to Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteering:
Q: How do I become a Volunteer?
A: St. Johns Volunteers! was created to make becoming a volunteer is as easy as 1-2-3.
Step#1: Review the menu of Volunteer Opportunities available on our website or visit our Volunteer Center to learn about specific opportunities which are aligned with your interests and skills.
Step#2. Contact the organization which has advertised the Volunteer Opportunity and need with St. Johns Volunteers!
Step#3. Complete the educational or training requirements of the organization before being placed into service. If you aren’t certain if you are ready to volunteer or would like assistance being matched with a specific community need, please drop in or schedule an interview with one of our St. Johns Volunteers! team members at our physical Volunteer Center to discuss your personal interests, experience and skills.
Q: I do not have any special skills or talents…Can I still volunteer?
A: There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities which have no special skill requirements, and feature simple easy to complete tasks that almost anyone with a heart for service can perform. Each volunteer activity posted on our website references whether or not any special skills or expertise is required.
Q: I am a former executive with over a decade of experience in my profession which I would like to apply in a way that benefits a local non-profit organization which needs assistance in this area of expertise. Can you help me to identify an organization which is looking for an expert with my experience?
A: The staff of St. Johns Volunteers! is excited to be able to match experts with local needs and will discuss your interest in using this advanced expertise for positive purpose during your initial interview at the Volunteer Center.
Q: I am a high-school student seeking to volunteer and to obtain credits and/or service hours applicable to future college scholarships. How do I know which organization offers programs for high-school students?
A: Many of our member organizations have opportunities specific to high school students and reference these opportunities in their posted opportunities; however, the best method of determining whether any activity will qualify for credits and/or service hours is to communicate directly with the staff coordinator managing the activity. Every opportunity posting on the St. Johns Volunteers! website includes the name of the staff coordinator for the activity.
Q: I have health limitations which limit my mobility? Can I still volunteer?
A: Absolutely! There are opportunities for volunteers with health limitations to be of service to others in our community. Our team members will look forward to discussing your interests and will seek to match you with an opportunity which harnesses your talent and skills, but also takes any health limitations into account.
Q: Is there any cost associated with Volunteering?
A: There is generally no cost associated with volunteering, as you are donating your time in service. Depending on the organization and activity selected there may be minor costs associated with arranging your transportation to and from the site where you are volunteering, or special requirements of each organization, such as attire or background check screening in instances where volunteers will be working with youth or seniors. The best way to determine any costs associated with service is to contact the Volunteer Coordinator for the activity which you may be interested in.
Q: A friend has recommended that I volunteer as a way to stay active and engaged, but I have never volunteered before. Will the lack of prior volunteer experience matter to an organization?
A: The single most important requirement to be a great volunteer is the desire to serve others. If you are ready to volunteer your time in support of a local need, there are many organizations who will be grateful for your time and energy. If you are uncertain about whether or not you are truly ready to begin volunteering, St. Johns Volunteers! is delighted to offer classes each month to help new, newly retired or newly relocated citizens to learn more about “How to Be A Great Volunteer” and can help you assess whether you are ready to begin experiencing the incredible reward of volunteer service.
Q: I’d like to Volunteer with a group of my friends or co-workers. Are there special volunteer opportunities where groups of people can volunteer?
A: Certainly! There is a wonderful saying that “Many hands make quick work.” St. Johns Volunteers! would be delighted to learn more about your interest in having a group of friends or co-workers participate in a fun, group volunteer activity. Many of volunteer opportunities listed on our website will list the number of volunteer slots available for a specific activity which can provide one level of guidance to you in reviewing these options. If you have a specific organization or service activity in mind, one of our St. Johns Volunteers! team members would be pleased to assist you in matching your interests with an organization which could benefit from the time and talent of your group.