Volunteering FAQ's

ARC welcomes your inquiries about our program and volunteer opportunities. For your convenience, we have prepared answers to some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Who can volunteer?

Anyone who is 18 and older, passes a background check and is willing to share their skills and experiences is eligible to volunteer.  Special skills are not required and training is provided.

Licensed Insurance Agents and individuals who sell programs and services to seniors are limited in the volunteer activities they can perform.  They cannot be volunteers with the GeorgiaCares program.

To become a member of Metro Atlanta RSVP volunteers must be 55 or older.

Do volunteers undergo background checks?

Yes.  All volunteers must complete and pass a background check.  This usually takes approximately five business days to complete.  All information returned is kept confidential.   

Have questions about what might exclude you from becoming a volunteer?  Review the complete background check policy 

What is involved in the process of becoming a volunteer?

  1. To become a volunteer simply attend one of our monthly RSVP Open House/Orientation sessions, which are held the first Monday of the month (except July, August and December). At this session you will learn more about the work that we do, speak with the volunteer services coordinator to identify opportunities of interest and complete a volunteer application. For information or to register for an upcoming RSVP Open House/Orientation email volunteer@atlantaregional.com

  2. Once paperwork is complete, you work with the volunteer services coordinator to take appropriate training for selected volunteer opportunity.

  3. Once training is complete, volunteers are able to start working on their identified volunteer activity.


What time commitment is involved?

We ask that volunteers are able to commit to their assignment for at least 6 months. A minimum of 4 hours a month is preferred. Volunteer training and most opportunities occur during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. For most opportunities days and hours are flexible to fit the schedule of the volunteer. There are occasional weekend opportunities.


How will new volunteers be supported in their volunteer positions?

Staff will work with each volunteer to ensure they have the training needed to perform assignments. Depending on the opportunity, volunteers may be partnered with other more seasoned volunteers for ‘shadowing’ opportunities before they preform responsibilities on their own. Some opportunities provide the chance for volunteers to be paired with other volunteers during assignments.

What training is required?

Volunteers participate in training classes based on their volunteer jobs.  Training time varies depending on topic. View the current list of topic trainings (PDF). Volunteers participating in administrative and special projects will receive one-on-one training for these opportunities.

Volunteers participating in administrative and special projects will receive one-on-one training for these opportunities.

Where will I volunteer?

Depending on the volunteer assignment, volunteers work out of various locations (ARC office, senior centers, congregate residences or other community organizations). Volunteers serve in the 10 county metro Atlanta and we attempt to provide volunteers with opportunities near their home. Occasionally, there may be volunteer opportunities which can be done from home.

Are volunteers recognized for their service?

Yes.  Volunteers are recognized informally for their contributions on an ongoing basis and receive more formal recognition at an annual recognition luncheon. 

What are the expectations of a volunteer?

Volunteers are expected to arrive prepared and on time to all volunteer commitments; notify staff if an emergency arises;  take direction from staff; and  share information appropriately without promoting specific programs, services or options.

Can we accommodate volunteer groups?

No.  Unfortunately the majority of our opportunities require a significant amount of training and are not conducive for groups of volunteers. 

Can we provide opportunities for individuals doing court mandated community service? 

No.   We cannot accommodate individuals who have court mandated service opportunities.  The training is prohibitive.

Do we offer internship opportunities? 

Yes.  We do have opportunities for individuals looking for internships.   Opportunities are dependent on current projects and staff availability.  For more information on internships, contact volunteer@atlantaregional.com or 404-463-3119.

 

 

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