What is Volunteering? A person is volunteering when they work for a program, agency, project, community endeavor, etc., and provide time, talent and resources without receiving financial payment. Volunteers agree to the policies of the program in which they volunteer and often go through required interviews. In our agency, they also agree to a background and reference check. Volunteers also agree to be placed into a weekly work schedule. We require a signed commitment to confidentiality. A sample of the varied jobs at our site is as follows:
Sally volunteers for the probation & parole office with the domestic violence team. She is helping with the paper work involved in tracking the requirements for clients to complete supervision successfully. Sally has been trained on the state data base so that she can enter notes into each client’s file. She has her own designated number to use when she works at her station so her work corresponds to her specifically. Sally attends the DV team meetings from time to time. She is a senior at Portland State University Administration of Justice degree program. She may be here 3-6 months for two days each week.
Randy works at the Community Corrections Center where he provides assistance to the Employment Specialist. In this capacity he helps with residents’ resume writing, job searching, employment retention groups, etc. Randy is a work-study student from Portland Community College. He also helps the staff with other work in the Center including monitoring residents’ attendance at group treatment and signing residents in and out of the building. Also, Randy has an opportunity to be in the Learning Center to provide literacy instruction to Center residents.
Erin is a graduate counseling intern from Pacific University, working at the Center for Victims’ Services. She sees clients from Probation & Parole, Center for Victims’ Services, Community Corrections Center and the public at large. She completes a minimum of 600 hours at our site and receives weekly individual and group supervision by a licensed professional mental health counselor. She also gets to know and work with 10 - 15 other graduate counseling interns representing other graduate schools in the metro area. Upon her completion, Erin may pursue becoming a registered graduate intern working on a LPC or LCSW license with us.
Emily is reentering the work force through Steps to Success and begins a six month work position as an administrative support staff. In this way she sees how well she performs in the work environment, brushing up on rusty skills and/or engaging in new skills for the work place. She may also continue with us after the first six months as a Jobs Plus worker, thereby earning a wage while broadening her resume and strengthening her work skills. Her tenure of five days a week gives her ample opportunity to make friends, be in great training workshops, and practice her capacity to become a positive role model for others, including her children.
If you are interested in volunteering, we'd love to talk with you. Our volunteers and interns are valuable members of Washington County Community Corrections.