“From Christ the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Ephesians 4:16
We are thankful that you have shown interest in becoming a volunteer for the Anchor Association. It is important to us and to our residents that you are willing to volunteer your gifts to help provide support and friendship. Volunteers are a vital part of our organization, in order that we can offer a greater variety in activities geared towards individual residents. Volunteers form an important link between the community and our residents.
Steps to become a Volunteer:
- Complete the volunteer application form and send to Head Office at
secretary (at) anchor-association.com
You will than receive the Volunteer Handbook and it is your responsibly to know the content.
- We expect our regular volunteers to provide a Police Vulnerable Sector Clearance. At times the police department will ask for confirmation from the agency you represent. You can email Head Office at [email protected]
Volunteer Code of Ethics
As volunteer you assume certain obligations and responsibilities. The residents you serve depend on you. As volunteer you will:
- make an honest effort to perform your activities to the best of your ability
- honour the commitment you made when you started
- be held accountable for your actions, in your guiding role
- accept direction and leadership provided by the group home
- accept the goals, methods and philosophy of the group home
- maintain strict confidentiality
- reflect a Christian lifestyle in your personal appearance, words and actions
- cooperate with other volunteers and staff
- not accept gifts from any residents
In general we expect our volunteers to have reached the age of 18. Exceptions can be made from time to time.
- shopping trips
- leisurely drives
- zoo visit
- museums visit
- library visit
- church functions
- farm visit
- social visits
- special events
- Anchor camp
Declaration of discharge of duties and declaration of confidentiality
I hereby declare that I will faithfully discharge my duties as a volunteer of the Anchor Canadian Reformed Association for the Handicapped and I will observe the policies and procedures of same and, except as I may be legally required, will not disclose or give to any person any information or document, that comes to my knowledge or possession by reason of my being a volunteer of Anchor Canadian Reformed Association for the Handicapped.
Statement of release from liability
This is to certify that I and any or all agents working on my behalf, do hereby release Anchor Home, its employees and Board of Directors, from any liability for, or actions arising from any alleged liability of, any or all injuries or misadventures suffered while working within the sphere of their responsibility.
Volunteer policy acknowledgement
I am aware of and in agreement with the mission statement and philosophy of the Association and I promise to abide by the said policies in as far applicable to me as volunteer.
As far as I am aware, I am free from active tuberculosis or other communicable or contagious disease. I am not aware of any circumstances in me which would place adults with a developmental disability at risk. I have never been denied work involving children or adults.
Police Clearance Certificates
The non-profit sector has widely accepted volunteer screening. The challenge organizations face is how to screen, finding a practical balance between the duty to provide a safe environment and the limits of what organizations can afford to do, or have time and resources to do.
Organizations that provide programs to children and other vulnerable people must take responsible measures to protect them. The Anchor Association already has screening policies for staff and we would like to extend this to our volunteers. The Association is registered with the Niagara Regional Police. Volunteers must get a Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC).The contributing agency (Anchor Association) will need to fill in a portion of the form. (Niagara area) This form must be dropped off at a local police department. Fees vary from $15-25 for volunteers. Once the form reaches the police department it takes 2-4 weeks to process. The person involved is the only one who can pick up the document from the police station. Police checks can also be purchased online in a number of jurisdictions.
While it is not convenient to ask for clearance certificates, it is important for our organization to show we are concerned about the safety of our charges. Screening is legally required under the principle of ‘Duty of Care.’ We are placed in a position of trust and authority as we have care and control over a person who is a position of dependence on others and at greater risk of being harmed by a person in a position of authority or trust.
Please check with your local police station for further requirements.