Volunteer with RCS
RCS offers many opportunities for individuals and groups who want to make a difference in the community. In addition, coordinators of food and item drives are always needed. Please call the RCS Volunteer Manager to schedule your group at 727-584-3528 ext 402 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is volunteer orientation? How often do you offer it? Where is it? How long is it?
Volunteer orientation is an opportunity for you to learn about RCS, its programs and the ways you can support it. It is about 30 to 45 minutes and is a brief overview of all of our programs and the opportunities we have with in those programs. We offer orientations once a month at our administrative office, 503 S. Martin Luther King Jr., Avenue, Clearwater, FL 33756. Please complete the Volunteer Application to learn more!
For a one-time group project, does everyone need to attend volunteer orientation?
No. A brief agency overview will be provided at your site.
What is included in a background check?
We ask you to provide your current name, Florida driver’s license number, date of birth, and gender so a local background check can be done. Results will not necessarily prevent you from volunteering with us.
What is FCADV Training?
This is only required for volunteering at The Haven of RCS. If you wish to work directly with our participants, it is RCS’s policy to train you through the FCADV curriculum. FCADV stands for the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence. They created a 24-hour training course called Core Competency. By completing Core Competency and passing the written test, you receive certification and the knowledge necessary to work in the field of domestic violence. You will also receive “privileged” status, meaning any information shared between you and a participant will be held confidential.
How much does Core Competency cost?
The course is free for those who volunteer!
What happens during the staff interview?
A staff interview is an opportunity for you and our staff to get to know each other. Our staff will give you a tour of the facility and explain what the volunteer job you are seeking is like. They will ask what you wish to gain from your volunteer experience and you can ask any question about RCS, our policies, our philosophy, etc. From there, you and our staff will decide what job is best for you.
How can I get more information?
Call 727-584-3528 ext. 402 or Christi.Snyder@RCSpinellas.org
Volunteer Opportunities are available at all programs
RCS Food Bank
Volunteers help with the most basic part of our mission, getting food to the people who need it most. Most donations need sorting, packing and marked before they are ready to be distributed. That is where you come in! Help us prepare food to be distributed through our program to fight hunger.
Another way to help is through a Food/Fund Drive. This is an excellent project for our younger volunteers or as a group project.
Volunteer opportunities available at the RCS Food Bank (March 2016):
- help in the interview room;
- help in the warehouse;
- drivers who do light pick up (bread);
- people to clean
- on Fridays, a person with a strong back to help load crates.
The Haven of RCS
The opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life is at the heart of the volunteer experience. At the Haven of RCS, we recognize that volunteers are a valuable resource and our best ambassadors. We know individual skills and interests vary and that everyone can’t volunteer the same amount of time. Therefore, we offer many opportunities with various time commitments.
Persons interested in working directly with clients need to complete the state mandated 30 hour training class. For those who would like to get started right away or cannot take the training programs there are other opportunities available.
Currently The Haven of RCS seeks volunteers:
- victim advocates
- people to clean
- adults to work with children
*Volunteers at The Haven of RCS must also complete CORE Training (three days of classroom training (24 hrs) and 6 hrs on on-site shadowing that is required of certified domestic violence center advocates and volunteers in order to qualify for victim/advocate privilege communications under Florida law.)
RCS Grace House
As a volunteer, you can support the mission of RCS Grace House in countless ways. We are currently looking for enthusiastic volunteers to organize donation drives for programs essential to the needs of our residents as well as organize the storage room. Mature mentors and tutors are always needed to work directly with residents of all ages in our new state of the art computer science room.
And of course, for those of you who enjoy “getting your hands dirty”, there are many opportunities for landscaping, gardening and general maintenance available.
RCS Thrift Store
As in all of our programs the best benefit of all is the good feeling of helping others and making a difference in the life of someone less fortunate. At the RCS Thrift Store there is a need for volunteers to sort donations are they are received. Volunteers with a retail background are always welcome! Your skills of displaying merchandise, assisting customers and customer service are essential to our operations.
Various volunteer opportunities available.