How to Apply
You can apply for any of our volunteer opportunities simply by contacting Volunteer Services. The steps below let you know what to expect from the application process.
All new volunteers are required to attend a new volunteer orientation
prior to their first day of service. These orientations are held twice a
month at different days and times to fit your schedule, and all are
held at our Administrative offices. Visit our main Volunteer Services page for the current orientation schedule.
At orientation, you will learn about the history of Volunteers of
America Oregon, the different programs we operate, the current volunteer
opportunities available, and be able to begin the application process
by filling out a few forms and having your ID checked for our mandatory
background check. See the "Qualifications" section below for more
information about our background check policy.
Following orientation, you will be given contact information for the
program of your choice so that you can follow-up with them to apply to a
specific position. Completing orientation does not guarantee a
placement at any of our programs.
If you do not feel ready to make a commitment after orientation, you will have the option to receive our monthly Volunteer E-News list
or join us for a one-time group project.
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At orientation, you will be given contact information for the Program
Volunteer Coordinator, who can answer your questions and see if you are a
good fit for each other. If you are brought on-board, they will
provide your program orientation and connect you with a supervisor for
your position. This supervisor will be sure you have the training and
resources to succeed at a position you enjoy, and will be your main
contact for any questions or concerns you have during your service.
If at any time you would like to explore volunteer opportunities at any
other program, simply let your supervisor know or contact Volunteer
Services. It is easy to transfer between programs once you are a VOA
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To ensure the safety and quality of our volunteer program for all
clients, volunteers, and staff, you will go through a screening to
determine your fit for the position you are interested in. Although
qualifications for specific positions vary, all of our short- to long-
term positions have the following requirements:
- Confidentiality - Client and agency information shared with you during your service must be kept confidential.
Commitment - The ability to commit to a given shift is necessary for you
to fully benefit from training provided and build relationships with
clients and staff.
- Respect - Open communication, willingness to learn, teamwork, and respect of diversity are vital qualities for all of our programs and positions.
Background Check - Due to the nature of our services, background checks
are required for all of our positions. In most cases, this is a simple
process initiated at orientation and completed when you are accepted
into a position. We are committed to providing opportunities for those
with criminal histories to build work experience and serve the community
in an appropriate position.
If you have any concerns about whether
your history might be an obstacle to the position of your choice, please
contact Volunteer Services.
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The benefits we offer vary widely due to the great diversity of our
programs and positions, but we focus on providing agency-wide opportunities for on-going training. All current VOA volunteers are given access to our private blog, VOA Volunteer Bridge, that provides a discussion forum, links to resources and webinars, and information about in-person trainings they can attend free of charge on a wide range of topics relevant to their service.
Volunteers also find that service with VOA
As a VOA volunteer, you are a part of the agency-wide community,
giving you easy access to new positions and programs, on-going
trainings, social events, and group service projects.
- A wide variety of ways to help your community
- The chance to share your expertise
- The opportunity to gain new skills and explore a new career
- A sense of belonging and connection with others committed to service
- One-on-one supervision by staff experienced in their field
- Support with developing your ideas for new positions or special projects
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