Thank you for your interest in volunteering. Below you will find answers to our most commonly asked questions. We hope this will give you the information you need — and help you decide to volunteer with us!
How do I become a volunteer?
After reading our list of opportunities, volunteers must call our office to set up a time to visit the mission. During this visit we will go over any training that is needed, and determine when you’d like to volunteer. See a list of our opportunities here.
What will be expected of me?
- As a volunteer, you may be exposed to information and/or materials that are of a confidential nature. SRM assures confidentiality to all residents.
- SRM prohibits the sharing of confidential or identifying information (ex. Phone numbers, email addresses, physical addresses) or befriending SRM residents on social media sites (ex. Facebook or Twitter, etc). Use of information, acquired through your volunteer position, should never be shared outside SRM, with anyone, for any purpose. This includes photographs, videos, and personal information.
- SRM is a safe haven from monetary and sexual exploitation. SRM also serves as a residential recovery house. Therefore, the consumption, possession of alcohol and/or drugs are prohibited on SRM property. There is zero tolerance for persons under the influence and/or in possession; and SRM will ask you to leave its property.
- Volunteers and staff are not allowed to date residents.
- It is prohibited to loan or borrow money from residents. It is also prohibited to purchase items or services from residents or sell items or services to residents.
- Volunteers and staff are not allowed to hire residents for their personal business or accept labor or services from residents.
- Please do not offer residents transportation unless you have arranged it through the SRM staff.
- Volunteers should be cautious about accepting and/or giving gifts to residents. However, token gifts on special occasions are acceptable. If a gift is elaborate or expensive, please decline politely.
- For safety reasons, we need to know who is in the building. We ask all Volunteers to wear a nametag. Your Volunteer Coordinator or Program Leader will provide you with one.
- It is in the best interest of our residents, staff and volunteers that service ministry opportunities be coordinated through our Volunteer Coordinator.
- You are responsible for recording your volunteer hours.
- Should you feel any hesitancy or confusion about a task or interaction with the residents, please seek assistance, guidance, or interpretation, on difficult ethical and/or legal issues from your Volunteer Coordinator or from other SRM Staff.
- Volunteers should stay with their group at all times unless instructed by the SRM staff. Minors will never be asked to perform a task alone or alone with a resident.
- Our goal at SRM is to equip our residents with the confidence and skills necessary for success, not to enable them by doing what they can or could do for themselves.
- SRM residents are to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of ethnic group, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender, race, or capabilities.
Can we host another meal?
We would love for groups to host a meal on a frequent basis. We believe the constant presence of groups who truly care about our residents is helpful in the process of bringing people to a transformed life.
Can we donate to the Mission?
We are always open to monetary gifts, gifts in kind, and other forms of donations. Please visit the donations page at www.smithfieldrescue.org.
Is there a minimum age requirement?
Volunteers under the age of 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult chaperone over the age of 21 years old.
Is there a dress code?
Volunteers are asked to lean towards the modest side of dress. We ask that there be no clothing that reveals back, stomach, or cleavage. Volunteers participating in work projects or doing any work in the kitchen must dress by the following dress code: Short-sleeved shirts are ideal. NO halters, NO cutoff shirts or shirts without sleeves (for guys), NO tank tops. Shorts MUST be close to the knee. No rolled soccer shorts or short shorts. Flat shoes (NO sandals or open-toed shoes while working)