Guidelines and Policy for Catholic Charities Volunteers

 Volunteer Waiver and Release of Claim

This Application is NOT for Court Ordered or Goodwill Volunteers. Please be sure to fill out the correct application.

If you are interested in volunteering for Christmas Day we ask volunteers to call (719) 866-6559 starting on December 1. A list will be created with the date and call timestamp of volunteer requests. By December 7,  we will have determined how many recurring volunteers with be in that day, how many volunteers can be added, and we will start contacting those on the list with a status. There are two shifts, the 7am to 10am food preparation shift and the 10am to 1:15pm food service shift, a preference can be stated when calling in.  Please note for Christmas Eve,  New Year's Day or any other days surrounding the holidays, there is no wait list and if we have open spots, we are happy to plan the volunteering. 

 

Catholic Charities of Central Colorado screens to provide a safe environment for children participating in our programs and/ or on our premises. A signed release will be required for all volunteers directly interacting with children. This release will provide Catholic Charities the authority to conduct a background check and talk to past supervisors where applicant work/ volunteered with children's organizations and programs. Abuse of children is taken very seriously, and all outcries or reports of abuse are reported to police or Child Protective Services (CPS), and we fully comply with requests from authorities investigating child abuse. Catholic Charities has adopted policies/ procedures specifically created to safeguard children in its programs. Contact/ interaction with children in all program contexts will be randomly monitored.

 

The undersigned acknowledges and understands that accidents resulting in injury occasionally occur during such activities as the undersigned will be engaging in. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the undersigned hereby agrees to fully assume any and all risk of harm or injury which may occur to the undersigned during any activity, and to release and hold harmless Catholic Charities and its officers, agents, employees, and other volunteers from any claims or causes of action as set forth above. Finally, it is understood and agreed that this waiver, release, and assumption of risk is binding on the heirs, successors, and assigns of the undersigned.

 

 
Harassment:
Harassment is prohibited and includes:
  • Abusive language, derogatory statements, gossip and disrespectful comments, slurs, and innuendos;
  • Assault, battery, bullying, unwanted touching, rude gestures, and sexual advances;
  • Inappropriate posters, drawings, electronic images, text messages, e-mails, and social media postings.
Every volunteer who witnesses or is a victim of harassment should immediately report the matter to management. All complaints of harassment will be investigated. Volunteers must cooperate with any investigation. 
 
Volunteers must comply with The Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and all provisions of the Diocese Sexual Misconduct Policy attached as Appendix A.
 
Some people have medical conditions where touch is painful; also, some of our clients may have life experiences that make unsolicited touch distressful. For your safety and the safety of the people we serve and volunteer with, please request a client’s permission before providing supportive physical contact of any kind to assist a person who appears to need it. You can offer or accept a handshake at your own discretion. Both physical contact with a client who has expressed a reservation, or inappropriate physical contact of any kind regardless of client consent, are unacceptable.
 
 
Proselytizing:
This can be defined as efforts to induce someone to convert to one's faith or to recruit someone to join one’s party, institution, or cause. Volunteers for Catholic Charities are prohibited from proselytizing in any capacity. Our services are not contingent on individuals participating in our faith or any faith. However, this does not prohibit productive or helpful spiritual discussion, especially when invited to do so by the people you meet. Do not argue with people about the faith. Rather, find a compassionate way to share the truth.

 

 

 

Dress Code At All Locations: 
Appropriate business attire shall be worn during work hours. Volunteers are expected to be neat, clean, and professional, consistent with their work situation and applicable safety concerns. In general, the following are not appropriate:
  • Clothing with logos or graphics must not reflect any form of violent, discriminatory, abusive, offensive, demeaning, or otherwise unprofessional message.
  • Clothing which is revealing, tight-fitting, sheer or provocative. No yoga pants/leggings. 
  • Clothing which is torn, dirty, worn or contains holes.
  • Shorts, halter tops crop tops tube tops.
  • Mini-skirts or skirts with high slits.
  • Flip flops, slippers, or beach footwear. 
  • Poor hygiene.
  • Strong fragrances.
  • Visible excessive or dramatic piercings, tattoos, or body art.
Radical departures from what the Agency considers conventional dress or personal grooming are not permitted regardless of the nature of the job performed. If in doubt whether attire is appropriate, do not wear it, or ask your supervisor ahead of time. 
 
Additional Requirements at the Marian House: Shoes must be closed-toed, closed-heeled, and slip-resistant. Skirts will be permitted if religious practice dictates; however, job duties may be modified to accommodate compliance with existing health codes and Marian House safety practices. The wearing of jewelry is discouraged. If you wear a watch, it must be covered by a glove (provided by Marian House) or removed. No headphones or cell phone use while working. If hair is below the chin or touches the shoulder, it must be tied back. If you have an open wound, management must be notified upon your arrival. If you fail to comply, you must leave.
 

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