Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions
1) Do you have to be Catholic to volunteer with Catholic Charities?
No, you do not have to be Catholic to volunteer. Our staff and the people we serve are of all faiths and beliefs.
2) Is training provided for the volunteer assignments? Will I have a mentor for my assignment?
Each program is responsible for training. Some programs provide shadowing or mentors for new volunteers, other programs do not. Please discuss this with your volunteer coordinator.
3) How many hours do I need to commit?
Each program has different time requirements. The number of hours you commit depends on you and the needs of your program.
4) How long do I need to commit?
Some programs require a longer time commitment than others. If you don’t feel you can commit to a project or program for the length of time requested, then revisit the programs that suit your schedule.
5) Can I volunteer if I have a criminal record?
A criminal record may not preclude a person from volunteering, but each report is reviewed on an individual basis for a final decision. Although we cannot guarantee a placement, in many cases there are opportunities that may be appropriate.
6) How can I use my special skill(s) as a volunteer?
If you have a special skill you would like to use as a volunteer, please let your Volunteer Coordinator know. Many times there are projects that need special skills that may not have been posted with our regular assignments.
7) Am I required to fill out an application?
Catholic Charities requires all volunteers who work with clients, and/or who may have access to confidential information, to fill out an application. The application for one-time volunteers provides us with your name and emergency contact information. If you will be volunteering on a regular basis the application also gives us information about your interests and background.
8) What’s next after I fill out the application form?
Once Catholic Charities receives your application it will be forwarded to the Volunteer Coordinator. This person contacts you to coordinate orientation, training, scheduling, and will be a general point of contact during your volunteer assignment.
9) Why will you complete a background check if I do not work for you? Background checks are required for the protection of our clients and staff. Background checks are a standard practice we follow with all individuals who are interested in volunteer positions that involve contact with clients and/or confidential information. There is a $7.00 service fee for all background checks.
10) How old do I have to be to volunteer for Catholic Charities? In order to volunteer without parental supervision, we prefer that our volunteers are fourteen years or older.