commit to creating a safe and nurturing community where
the physical, emotional and spiritual safety of members,
adherents, staff and visitors of all ages is honoured,
recognized, protected and celebrated. We do this by
developing and implementing policy, terms of reference,
job descriptions, orientation, training and developing
methods for supporting the discernment of individual
gifts that make clear our expectation of healthy
goals of a volunteer co-ordination program should be to
assist members of the church to discover their gifts and
talents; to find the place in which those talents can be
best utilized in a way that serves both the volunteer
and the mission of the church; and to minimize risk to
volunteers and to the church.
Such a program should consistently and systematically:
Offer opportunities for members to identify ministry
areas of interest, to understand the commitment required
in various church roles, and to use their skills and
talents with the aid of written job descriptions,
training and orientation.
Provide opportunities for volunteers to gain insights,
knowledge and experience and to develop the skills and
capabilities, in areas such as leadership, fund-raising,
financial co-ordination and education, that are
necessary in order to assure the sustainability and
build the effectiveness of church programs.
Provide support to volunteers, which would include
opportunities for feedback and evaluation.
Address safety through screening for positions of
greatest trust or responsibility.
the First Unitarian Church of Hamilton, believe our
volunteers are the lifeblood of our community. Only
with their contributions can we succeed in our goals of
ministry to all.
Volunteers grow spiritually, emotionally and
intellectually within these walls and guided by our
mission and the Unitarian Universalist principles, they
contribute their love, time, talents and energy to our
faith. To that extent, we commit to the practices of
sound volunteer management that will recognize, train,
celebrate and protect the volunteer and provide a safe
environment for all."
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