nature of group membership and participation, group volunteers will be considered occasional/casualvolunteers. Catholic Charities must ensure that the policies and procedures of sponsoringorganizations providing volunteers to serve in Catholic Charities shelter or foster care programscomply with the intent of rules relating to volunteers in the applicable Texas Department of FamilyProtective Services Minimum Standards. The procedures that follow have been written toaccommodate this requirement.Volunteer Categories:
Catholic Charities’ Volunteer
Services are divided into three categories:
Direct Services: Activities designed to include direct contact with and service delivery toclients/service recipients, and include the types of activities or services to clients offered by paidstaff. At this time, volunteers are not utilized to provide child care services, treatment services, or other programmatic services as defined by applicable TDFPS Minimum Standards.
Non-direct Services: Activities in which the primary focus is not direct contact or service to clientsand that do not routinely involve direct contact with clients/service recipients.
Employee Volunteers: An individual who is employed by Catholic Charities who chooses toprovide volunteer services to the agency. In order for the time employees donate to beconsidered as volunteer work it must
be outside of the employee’s normally scheduled work hours
and the type of work must be significantly different from the activities that the employee performsduring his or her work with Catholic Charities. Stages of Volunteer Engagement
Recruitment: Process of finding, attracting, and engaging new volunteers in any or all programs of the agency
Training: Orientation, initial and continuous education and instruction for volunteers of the agency
Retention: The process of continuous engagement and utilization of volunteers
Conclusion: The end or ending stages of the volunteer commitmentTB: Tuberculosis; a potentially contagious bacterial infectionUnsupervised Access to Clients: Unsupervised access to clients includes any situation in which anindividual not employed by Catholic Charities is left alone with a Catholic Charities client.
Recruitment and Training of Volunteers:
The staff of the Volunteer Program will solicit and maintain current information on volunteer needsand opportunities throughout the organization and prioritize volunteer needs based off of feedback bydepartment/program managers.
The Volunteer Program will regularly conduct volunteer outreach activities that include, but are notlimited to:
Call to action in The Advocate;
Speaking engagements at community functions, parishes, churches and schools; and
Communication with Catholic Charities’ existing volunteers and donors
All individuals who express an interest in becoming a volunteer must be directed to the Volunteer Program. No division, department, or program of Catholic Charities has authorization to engagevolunteers without the volunteer first completing the volunteer process as outlined below.