To accept an assignment of your choice with only as much responsibility as you can handle.
To respect confidences of your sponsoring organization and those of the recipients of your services.
To fulfill your commitment or notify your supervisor early enough that a substitute can be found.
To follow guidelines established by the organization.
To decline work not acceptable to you; not let biases interfere with job performance.
To use time wisely and not interfere with performance of others.
To continue only as long as you can be useful.
To stipulate limitations: what out-of-pocket costs you can afford, when it is convenient for receive calls from the organization or recipient.
To provide feedback, suggestions and recommendations to supervisor and staff if these might increase effectiveness of the program.
IT IS YOUR RIGHT…
To be assigned a volunteer position that is worthwhile and challenging with freedom to use existing skills or develop new ones.
To be trusted with confidential information that will help you carry out your assignment.
To be kept informed through newsletters, attendance at staff meetings, memoranda, etc., about what is going on in your organization.
To receive orientation, training and supervision for the volunteer position you accept and to know why you are asked to do a particular job.
To expect your time will not be wasted by lack of planning, coordination or cooperation within the organization.
To know whether your work is effective and how it can be improved: to have a chance to increase understanding of yourself, others and your community.
To be reimbursed for out-of pocket costs, if it is the only way you can volunteer.
To expect valid recommendation and encouragement from your supervisor.
To be given appropriate recognition in the form of awards, certificate of achievement, etc. but even more importantly, recognition of your day-to-day contributions by other participants in the volunteering relationship.
To ask for a new assignment within your organization.
*Volunteering…A Booming Trend. Experience Personal Fulfillment and Satisfaction Later in Life through Volunteering. Volunteer Canada, Canadian Centre for Philanthropy, 2000.