Check Your Readiness
Following are some questions you may wish to ask yourself in assessing readiness to volunteer at the Zebra Centre:
- How much time and energy do I have to give? Can I reasonably afford to offer the minimum of two hours every week?
- How will my volunteering affect my commitments to family, work and other obligations? Will the commitment I make interfere with other important aspects of my life? Have I considered discussing my intentions to volunteer with those who may be impacted?
- What is my motivation for becoming a volunteer? Am I prepared to make a minimum one year commitment?
- Can I compassionately and objectively work with families and children who have suffered child abuse? Volunteers need to be aware of their limitations and personal boundaries around the difficult field of child abuse when considering child advocacy roles.
- Would I be better suited to a role that requires direct contact with children and families (child advocacy) or a centre support role that allows me to work behind the scenes?
- Am I willing to grow and be part of a learning organization where my thinking and attitudes may be challenged? The Zebra Centre is striving to achieve “best practice” standards in every facet of its service as outlined by the National Children’s Alliance (the American governing body for child advocacy centres). The Centre depends upon the commitment of its team – volunteers and staff – to grow to be the best we can be.
You can be assured that your contributions as a volunteer in any capacity will be valuable.