Bryan, TX 77802
Volunteer Opportunities Summer 2022 Family Care Volunteer When children are brought to Scotty’s House to receive a forensic interview and/or a forensic medical exam, Family Care volunteers (FCs) welcome these child clients and their non-offending family members to our center. FCs appropriately interact with families to provide comfort and support while maintaining client confidentiality. FCs provide supervision for clients of Scotty’s House in a fun, child friendly setting. FCs also provide support for our counseling program by monitoring our counseling waiting area and assisting our therapists with clients. The primary goal of the FC is to help make our child clients feel welcome and comfortable while visiting our agency. All individuals interested in participating in the FC program must attend New Volunteer Orientation and must also complete Family Care training. New Volunteer Orientation is offered three times a year in the spring, summer, and fall. FC training is offered twice a year, in the spring and fall. FC volunteers sign up for shifts only when there is a child scheduled to visit our agency. Shifts are usually two to three hours in length and during the week (Monday through Friday), between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm. Scotty’s House Ambassadors Scotty’s House Ambassadors provide a variety of support for our agency including: staffing our agency information booth at health fairs, assisting with Child Abuse Prevention Month activities during April, helping with our two annual fundraisers in spring and fall, decorating for seasons/holidays, assisting with our annual Star Program at Christmas, and providing support at other activities involving the agency. Ambassadors sign up for events and activities throughout the year. Events can be during the week, after hours, and on weekends, depending on the specific activity. All individuals interested in serving as an Ambassador must attend New Volunteer Orientation. New Volunteer Orientation is offered three times a year in the spring, summer, and fall. On-Site Medical Volunteers Medical volunteers assist our forensic medical staff during on-site forensic medical exams. Ideal medical volunteer applicants are nurses, nursing students, medical students, retired medical staff, or individuals with a medical background, but certainly not required. Medical volunteers sign up for shifts only when a medical is scheduled. Shifts can vary between one to three hours, depending on the situation. Exams are usually scheduled during the week (Monday through Friday) between 9:00am and 5:00pm, however some exams are scheduled after hours and on weekends. Direct-Service Virtual Volunteer Program When a Scotty’s House counselor identifies an additional supportive service for a client that would benefit the client’s therapeutic process, but does not require the immediate direction of the counseling professional, the counselor may request the use of a Direct Service Virtual Volunteer to provide the supportive services. (Supportive services involve teaching a specific skill or leading an activity that will benefit the client(s) in therapy. This does not include discussion of trauma.) All individuals interested in participating in the Direct Service Virtual Volunteer Program must attend New Volunteer Orientation, submit a completed Volunteer Application Packet, complete a face-to-face interview with the volunteer coordinator (either in-person or virtual), and pass a Child Abuse/Neglect Central Registry, a DPS Criminal History Background Check, as well as a National Sex Offender Registry check. In addition, all volunteer files will be reviewed before acceptance into the Direct Service Virtual Volunteer Program. The volunteer coordinator will notify each applicant of the results of the file review. Once a volunteer has been successfully matched with a client and met with the counseling professional, the volunteer will make contact with the client via email or telephone. At this time, the volunteer and client will agree upon a day and time to meet and determine whether Zoom or Google Meet will be used for the session. The volunteer will email the volunteer coordinator the time of the scheduled session and include a link to the session via Zoom or Google Meet. The volunteer coordinator will add this session to a master Direct Service Virtual Volunteer calendar. The counselors, counseling coordinator, director of programs, and volunteer coordinator all have access to this calendar. During the virtual volunteer session, one of the previously mentioned staff members may drop into the session (without video) and listen for a few minutes, just to make sure everything is going smoothly. These "visits" are a requirement of the virtual program, since services are being provided off-site and must be audited by staff. Medical Accompaniment Volunteers (MAV) The Medical Accompaniment Volunteer Program was developed to provide informational and support services to our clients 13 through 17 years of age that receive forensic medical exams at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in College Station. The program has been expanded to include children younger than 13 that receive medical exams at Baylor Scott & White. Medical Accompaniment Volunteers assist Baylor Scott & White staff to help make the forensic exam process less stressful for child clients and their families. Virtual Volunteers Virtual volunteers provide technical assistance for Scotty’s House by completing tasks via the internet through a home or work computer. Virtual volunteer opportunities include: translating documents from English to Spanish, designing newsletters and brochures, editing and proofreading publications for proposals, designing logos and illustrating documents, posting upcoming events on web-based community calendars, submitting press releases, surveying volunteers via email, as well as other technical assistance and virtual opportunities.
Date Posted: Nov 15, 2022