Volunteering at MMFC
Volunteer service has been a part of practically every civilization and society. It can be defined as the contribution that individuals make as a no profit, no wage, action for the well-being of their neighbourhood, or community as a way of giving back.
To Millennium Motorist Foundation (Welcome House) volunteering must be free. The service must be done for free, meaning without any financial payment. An organization may compensate a volunteer for out-of-pocket expenses incurred in volunteering, but if it compensates a volunteer for his time, s/he is no longer a volunteer. The service must be freely offered, and not required by the courts, by a course or graduation requirement, or by an employer. Such required service can appropriately be called community service, but is less appropriately called volunteering. DBNC promotes both volunteering and community service.
Everyone can volunteer. A volunteer needs only to begin with a willingness to give of their time and their talents. Given this attribute, everyone can volunteer somewhere, sometime, somehow.
People volunteer for a wide variety of reasons, especially wanting to help others. But it's also OK to recognize the personal benefits of volunteering.
There is a misunderstanding that the true spirit of volunteering prevents a volunteer from receiving something back for the experience. There are essential rewards a volunteer will also enjoy like skill development and friendship.
Instead of considering volunteering as something you do for people who are not as fortunate as yourself, begin to think of it as a way of giving back to your community. Most people find themselves in need at some point in their lives, and have benefited from someone else’s volunteer effort. Adding your effort to the work of others makes everyone's life better.
Why do you want to volunteer? You may have several different reasons. Here are just a few of the many reasons identified by other volunteers:
You will probably have some special reasons of your own. During your volunteer experiences at DBNC you will find that acceptance, appreciation and friendships you form will motivate you to continue supporting your community. In fact the positive experiences you have supporting others will not only benefit the community but also drive you to share your volunteer experiences with your peers.
Once you are convinced that you would like to become a volunteer, the question that remains is How? It is very important to find a volunteer opportunity that is right for you.
Consider why you are volunteering - above and beyond your general interest in making the world a better place to live in.
Give back to your community
what are your motivations?
You can go to the volunteer section and fill out the volunteer application form, submit it to the Manger, Community Outreach, along with your resume (if you have one) and you will be called in for an interview within a two (2) week period.
As a volunteer understanding the rights and responsibilities of the volunteer is the key to successful volunteering. It is at the heart of what makes a good volunteer and a good volunteer experience.
The list below is a short version of the most important rights and responsibilities of volunteers. They may seem like common sense, but they are often violated by those who do not consciously recognize their importance.