- Pray about where God is calling you to serve. You don’t need to know exactly where you want to volunteer to attend a volunteer orientation.
- Determine your time: how much time and how often are willing to invest in Shepherd (one-time, once a week, one or more years, etc.).
- Fill out the Volunteer Sign Up Form or call us at (317) 375-0203. A member of our volunteer department will contact you to schedule a time for a volunteer orientation.
- Complete/review paperwork at orientation including:
- Background Check
- Statement of Faith agreement
- Volunteer Manual
- Begin Volunteering: Once your background check is complete, you will be contacted by the volunteer department to discuss your areas of interest and your availability so you can begin volunteering.
What is a volunteer orientation? Volunteer orientations are an important part of the volunteer process. At orientation, you will hear about the history of Shepherd, our philosophy in ministry and our holistic approach to ministry through our continuum of care. You will also be able to tour our facilities and learn about the geographical area in which we serve. At the end of orientation, you will have the opportunity to fill out the necessary paperwork to begin volunteering at Shepherd.
Why do I have to consent to a background check to volunteer?
Shepherd Community, Inc. carefully screens volunteers to help ensure that the relationship between volunteers and our neighbors will be safe and rewarding for everyone involved. All prospective volunteers are screened through an application, background check, character references, and personal interviews. All information collected is confidential.
How long is my volunteer term?
Terms can be determined based on your availability and desire. For volunteers working directly with children we ask for a minimum of a one-year commitment. Many children in generational poverty expect to be disappointed and abandoned by adults. We are striving to show them they are loved, and that takes time.
What kind of special skills or training do I need to volunteer?
None. If you have one to two hours each week and know how to have fun; if you have the ability to give attention, stability and support to a group of children, you have what it takes to be a great Shepherd Community volunteer. We have many skilled and unskilled jobs that do not work directly with children as well.
Is it possible for the youth group at my church to volunteer on the weekend? Yes. We welcome all youth groups and have several possibilities for volunteer projects, depending on the time of year and day that your group is interested in serving. Please fill out our Volunteer Sign Up Form to learn more about youth group opportunities.
Is there a minimum age requirement for volunteers? Yes. For our individual volunteers, the minimum age requirement is 16 years of age. Any volunteer under the age of 18 must be directly supervised by an adult. For our group volunteers, the minimum age requirement is 12 years of age. Any volunteer under the age of 18 must be directly supervised by an adult at an adult-to-minor ratio of no less than 1 to 10. The minimum age requirement may be waived for families serving together at special events.
Are background checks required for Special Events? No. Due to the nature of our special events and holiday programs, we rely on a great number of volunteers to ensure the event/program runs smoothly. We encourage group and family participation at our events and do not require background checks be completed. Please visit our Special Events page to keep informed about opportunities available throughout the year.