To assure you of our deep appreciation for your services and to indicate our commitment to do the very best we can to make your volunteer experience here a productive and rewarding one, we at the Coalition For Kids commit to the following:
- To provide adequate information, training, and assistance for the volunteer to be able to meet the responsibilities of their position.
- To ensure diligent supervisory aid to the volunteer and to provide feedback on their performance.
- To respect the skills, dignity, and individual needs of the volunteer, and to do our best to adjust to these individual requirements.
- To be receptive to any comments from the volunteer regarding ways in which we might mutually better accomplish our respective tasks.
- To treat the volunteer as an equal partner with agency staff, jointly responsible for accomplishment of the agency mission.
Make a Difference
We have had a huge expansion of volunteers and, believe it or not, we always need more. We tell our volunteers that if they can do fifth grade math then they can help with our after school tutoring. Maybe you have a gift or talent that God has given you that you can share with children. It could be piano, cooking, singing, or playing a sport. What’s most important are the smiles that you share with the children to make their days brighter by knowing that someone out there really cares. That is the job of a volunteer. However, believe it or not, we still need more volunteers. We all have 168 hours in our week; can you spend one of those with some children that need it?
Characteristics we look for in Volunteers
- Honest in approach and attitude
- Patient when working with students
- Flexible in responding to the needs of students
- Prompt, dependable, and regular in attendance
- Friendly to tutors and children
- Supportive of administration and tutoring staff
- Willing to discover interests and strengths of each child and able to generate enthusiasm about each child
- Willing to be discreet, sincere, dedicated, and punctual
- Able to recognize the child’s need to improve self-image and independent learning habits
- Willing to communicate regularly with the staff, expressing concerns and questions with tutors or the Volunteer Coordinator
We value the workers and team that God has sent us!
Taking Care of Volunteers
Aesop tells of an old farmer with a very special goose. This goose looked like any other goose, but she laid eggs unlike any other eggs. The eggs were solid gold. The farmer and his wife were thrilled, they had never owned much. Their lives had been filled with endless work in the hot blistering sun. Now they were blessed with this incredible goose that laid pure golden eggs. You can imagine their excitement as they waited each morning for the mother goose to lay yet another golden egg. But the farmer and his faithful wife grew weary of waiting for the daily one egg to be deposited in the feather lined nest. They wanted more gold and they wanted it now. So they decided the goose must be made of gold inside. In order to get the gold, they decided to kill the goose and remove all the gold so they would be rich now instead of later. So they killed the goose but inside they only found goose organs and not a single ounce of gold. The moral of this story is “Don’t love the gold more than the goose!” Take good care of the goose that lays the golden eggs. In ministry terms that means take care of the workers that God gives you.
Now if the old farmer was very wise like most farmers are, how do you think he would have cared for his goose? If that goose was mine I would protect it. I would watch over it carefully, feed it the best food money could buy, see that all of its needs were met. Are you getting the picture?
These volunteers that God has trusted us with are the ones that are doing the work. They are the ones that are teaching the kids, making the visits, on and on. They are making our vision of reaching children possible.
Getting involved in missions is not as complicated as most people believe. At its most essential core, a mission field is simply a place where the love of God is shared. It is the focal point, the root of a life changing movement that has been spanning the globe for centuries. The message of salvation was designed to be carried from person to person. Today, it is as real, relevant and compelling in small-town America as it is in the mountains of Romania or along the costal waters of Chile.
The mission field begins at home … in the community where you live … with the people God puts in your path everyday. At the Coalition For Kids we are impacting the lives of children and their families on a daily basis. This is an investment in our community. We are pouring ourselves into the lives of these children with the fervent desire not to simply impact their lives for a day … but for eternity.
Involving the community in our mission is essential to the strategic success of the Coalition For Kids. It takes everyone-staff, board members, teachers, churches, businesses, universities, civic organizations and individual volunteers-working together to reach the lost children and families of our community. Strengthening and maintaining this critical interconnectivity has yielded a tremendous abundance of resources for our organization. Nearly 70% of our annual budget comes through local channels. Hundreds of community supporters give of their time, talent and financial resources each year.