Volunteers form an integral part of Community Living North Grenville. They help us provide very individualized support in times where financial resources may be limited.
Volunteers help us with:
- Leisure activities
- building friendships
- Recreation, dances, bowling, soccer, swimming, horseback riding, and other sports activities utilizing generic resources in the community
- Bolstering membership in our Association
- Connecting our individuals in the community
- Being involved in local, regional, and provincial committees
- Fulfilling Board of Director requirements
It is important to recognize and define the role of a volunteer, and to understand that the volunteer has as many expectations of us, as we do of them. An overview of From a Volunteer’s Viewpoint which follows articulates some of those expectations.
We’ve considered the needs of the volunteer:
- I need a sense of belonging, a feeling that I am honestly needed for my l self, not just for my hands, nor because I take orders well.
- I need to have a sense of sharing in planning our objectives. My need will be satisfied only when I feel that my ideas have had a fair hearing.
- I need to feel that the goals and objectives arrived at are within reach and that they make sense to me.
- I need to feel that what I’m doing has a real purpose or contributes to human welfare - that its value extends even beyond my personal gain, or yours.
- I need to share in making the rules by which, together, we share, live and work towards our goals.
- I need to know in some clear detail just what is expected of me - not only my detailed task but where I have the opportunity to make personal and final decisions.
- I need to have some responsibilities that challenge, that are within the range of my abilities and interest, and that contribute toward reaching my assigned goal, and that cover all goals.
- I need to see that progress is being made toward the goals we have set.
- I need to be kept informed. What I’m not up on, I may be down on. (Keeping me informed is one way to give me status as an individual.)
- I need to have confidence in those who guide my efforts - confidence based upon an assurance of consistent fair treatment, or recognition when it is due, and trust that loyalty will bring increased security.