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FAQs

1. Do I have to be Catholic to volunteer?

No, we welcome all volunteers regardless of religious preference, personal belief, race, age, nationality, and ability. Our volunteers reflect the diversity of our clients and the community in which we serve.

2. What if none of the opportunities listed fit my interests?

We will try to find a place for you at Catholic Charities, but if we cannot, we will do our best to find a fit for you with another agency. To further discuss volunteer opportunities with Catholic Charities, please call Sara Dougherty at 523-3000.

3. Am I required to go through orientation?

Catholic Charities requires all volunteers to go through orientation which takes approximately an hour and a half. Volunteers working directly with clients who are minors are required to complete the two-hour Safe Environment Training program in addition to attending orientation. If you have previously completed the Safe Environment Training program through the Archdiocese, you will need to request a copy of your certification from the Safe Environment facilitator who trained you.

If you are participating in a special one-time group volunteer activity sanctioned by an authority (United Way, school or faith based group, etc) a formal application will not be required. You will go through a shortened orientation.

4. Is there flexibility with time commitment?

Due to the expense and time required for background checks, volunteers who wish to work directly with clients must commit to at least 80 service hours. For those volunteers who choose not to work directly with clients, time commitment will be as needed for administrative/clerical assistance and/or special events. Please discuss time commitments and flexibility with Sara Dougherty at 523-3000.

5. What hours can I volunteer?

Most of our volunteer positions are between the hours of 8a.m. and 4:30p.m., Monday through Friday. However, some will allow for night and weekend hours after training.

6. How long do I need to commit?

Some programs require a longer time commitment than others. Our clients are best served with long-term volunteers that aid them in their journey towards self-sufficiency.

7. How can I use my special skill as a volunteer?

If you have a special skill you would like to use as a volunteer, please let us know. We will do our best to accommodate you or refer you to a more appropriate agency where you skill will be utilized.

8. Can my youth/church/school/etc. group volunteer?

We will try to organize a one-time volunteer project for your group. When groups consist of minors, we require that the group sponsor be an adult who is Safe Envirnment-trained through the Archdiocese. If the sponsor is not Safe Environment-trained, we may still be able to accomodate you, but if not, we will refer you to an agency that can. Please call Sara Dougherty at 523-3000 for more information.

9. Are there internship opportunities at Catholic Charities?

Yes. We can only accept a limited number per semester, so please contact Aimee Ryan at 405.524.0969 if interested.

12. I am a retired professional - are there opportunities for me at Catholic Charities?

We love our retired volunteers - they have so much skill and knowledge to offer our clients and our staff as well!

 

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