Changing the World ... One kid at a time.
Taking Care of Volunteers
Aesop tells of an old farmer with a very special goose. This goose looked like any other goose, but she laid eggs unlike any other eggs. The eggs were solid gold. The farmer and his wife were thrilled, they had never owned much. Their lives had been filled with endless work in the hot blistering sun. Now they were blessed with this incredible goose that laid pure golden eggs. You can imagine their excitement as they waited each morning for the mother goose to lay yet another golden egg. But the farmer and his faithful wife grew weary of waiting for the daily one egg to be deposited in the feather lined nest. They wanted more gold and they wanted it now. So they decided the goose must be made of gold inside. In order to get the gold, they decided to kill the goose and remove all the gold so they would be rich now instead of later. So they killed the goose but inside they only found goose organs and not a single ounce of gold. The moral of this story is "Don't love the gold more than the goose!" Take good care of the goose that lays the golden eggs. In ministry terms that means take care of the workers that God gives you.
Now if the old farmer was very wise like most farmers are, how do you think he would have cared for his goose? If that goose was mine I would protect it. I would watch over it carefully, feed it the best food money could buy, see that all of its needs were met. Are you getting the picture?
These volunteers that God has trusted us with are the ones that are doing the work. They are the ones that are teaching the kids, making the visits, on and on. They are making our vision of reaching children possible.
We value the workers and team that God has sent us!
Rules for Youth Volunteers
- Have fun! Ask a Site Coordinator or any Coalition Staff member how you can get involved.
- Take initiative! If you are sitting, it should be because you are tutoring, eating, or playing with the kids.
- No personal phone calls unless there is an emergency. Also, our kids may NOT use your personal phone for ANY reason.
- No smoking on the Coalition's property.
- No iPods, MP3 or CD players/headsets: If you bring them they will be turned over to staff until you leave.
- No conversation that is inappropriate for children: No cursing, negative or derogatory comments.
- Wear a name tag! We want to know who you are, our kids love volunteers!
- Please avoid snacking or eating unless the kids are having snack or dinner.
- Computer lab may not be used during program hours.
- Come upstairs only for a specific reason, not just to hang out. Feel free to contact Travis Grant, Volunteer Coordinator, with any questions, comments or concerns.
- Help clean up after snack/dinner and after kids go home.
- Stick to your scheduled times for volunteering: No youth volunteers on Wednesdays during KIA. If you have a schedule change, please notify the Volunteer Coordinator, Travis Grant.
- Check in with Coalition staff to get job assignments: Respect what they say.
- Finish any jobs/projects you start - Do your best!
- Do not leave the building for any reason, unless you are leaving or performing a task assigned by a staff member.
- Follow any additional rules outlined in your Volunteer Orientation meeting and other rules put in place by your group leader if applicable.
If you would like to participate and get your youth involved in a wonderful life changing ministry please call Travis at 423-434-2031.
If you would like to download the Volunteer Application Form, please click HERE.