Volunteer FAQ’s

When can I volunteer?

Click here to check out True Friends’ Volunteer Services calendar of available dates.
How do I apply to volunteer?
To submit your online application click here. In the application form you will be presented with the most current dates available.

I’ve never worked with people with disabilities before, is that okay?

Yes. A majority of our new volunteers have limited or no experience working with our population.We will provide training to help your initial introduction to our community, and thereafter volunteers will work in tandem with a staff member – when working with our campers.

Where am I going to stay?

It will depend on the program you’re volunteering with, and not all volunteer positions require volunteers to reside on-camp.

Weekend programs at Camp Friendship and Camp Eden Wood-volunteers will reside in the cabin with campers and staff. Volunteers will not sleep in the same room as a camper, nor will a youth volunteer sleep in the same room as a member of the opposite gender.

Week-long camps at Camp Friendship-the V-house will be home to volunteers. Females and males sleep on separate floors and have their own bathrooms. A supervisor sleeps in the volunteer house each night and an internal alarm system ensures the safety of all volunteers. Note: camper and staff cabins may be used if larger groups of volunteers are at camp.

Week-long camps at Camp Eden Wood, Camp New Hope, Camp Courage and Camp Courage North-volunteers will reside in the cabin with campers and staff. Volunteers will not sleep in the same room as a camper, nor will a youth volunteer sleep in the same room as a member of the opposite gender.

All sleeping quarters have running water & electricity and bathrooms are private with locks on the door.

Can I bring food / snacks?

Yes! Some living quarters have kitchens and volunteers often bring bottled water, pop, chips, and more. You are not limited for the amount of snacks you can bring.

Can I volunteer with a friend?

Sure, as long as they’ve applied for a volunteer position, have been accepted and trained by the Volunteer Services Department.

Do I need to bring money?

No. However many volunteers do choose to bring money to buy camp apparel at our Camp store.

What if I’m a vegetarian, or have another special diet?

As long as we know about your diet ahead of time, we can accommodate you in most cases. We do cater to staff and volunteers who are vegetarians and lactose & gluten free. Make sure to note your dietary restrictions on your health form.

Can I get credit hours for volunteering?

Volunteer Services staff members can fill out any documentation to show you have completed volunteer hours. References can also be written upon request. Volunteers receive 35 hours for a 3 day weekend program, and 79 for a 6 day week-long program. Failure to comply with volunteer policies/expectations may jeopardize your ability to participate in the program or loss of credit hour confirmation.

Can my family volunteer?

Yes. True Friends’ supports family, youth, adult, group and individual volunteers. Families most often volunteer with our Camp Courage, Camp Courage North and Camp New Hope locations throughout the summer. We can accommodate up to ten family members of one family.

Does volunteering with True Friends cost money?

No! For most volunteer positions we will provide food and accommodation as part of the package. Many volunteers wish to make donations to help support True Friends’ Volunteer Services or our core programs.

Can I use my experience at camp on my resume?

Yes! The Volunteer Services Department can also supply written or verbal references upon request. Check out the full list of volunteer benefits here.

I don’t meet the minimum age rule, but I am very mature. Do you make exceptions based on maturity?

No! To ensure we are providing consistent, safe and equitable services to all of our volunteers, groups and families, we don’t make exceptions on any policies.

Specifically regarding age, all programs are designed to engage volunteers at an age whereby self-direction, initiative and motivation can be consistently applied. Learn more about True Friends Age Policy.

If you have additional questions, please contact the
Volunteer Services Department: 952-852-0101 x399

 





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