Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Kearney Center! The electronic version of our volunteer application can be found at the bottom of this page, as well as upon request at our front reception desk and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are wanting to volunteer in the kitchen, please select the “Kitchen Volunteers” option from the “Volunteer” menu option. Once your application is turned in, you will want to attend a mandatory volunteer orientation session. With the exception of kitchen volunteers and large groups, volunteers are required to attend a 30-minute volunteer orientation to take a quick tour of the facility, learn more about what we do, and schedule you to volunteer according to your availability. Orientation takes place every Wednesday at 11:00 a.m., and every Thursday at 4:00 p.m. Please send us an email if you are unable to make it to these orientation times. Further inquiries can be directed to the volunteer coordinator at (850) 329-2201.
There are many different opportunities to volunteer at the Kearney Center. Knowing your availability and interests will help us appropriately accommodate you as a volunteer. Possible volunteer opportunities may include preparing and serving meals in the kitchen, assisting staff at the reception desk, working in the dormitory wings, or working at the Welcome Desk and Services Desk in the lobby. Large groups wanting to volunteer may consider working in the kitchen, doing a neighborhood cleanup, or organizing a donations drive for facility needs. We also have opportunities for volunteers to facilitate groups and classes for clients, if you have special expertise that would support our program goals.
Volunteer responsibilities are dependent upon days and times when you wish to volunteer, as well as the type of involvement in which you are interested. Opportunities will be based upon staffing and client needs and therefore may be subject to change. The Volunteer Coordinator will be your primary point-of-contact for schedule changes and questions, but all volunteers will be supervised by professional staff and, therefore, additional direction will come from the supervisor on your shift. All volunteers must adhere to the policies and procedures of the Kearney Center and show respect for all Kearney Center clients, visitors, volunteers, staff, and physical property.
All student and community volunteers are expected to dress in an appropriate manner that reflects a professional environment. Tops that are low-cut or expose your midriff, as well as leggings, yoga pants, and shorts are not acceptable work attire. You must wear closed-toe shoes for safety reasons. You are expected to adhere to all Kearney Center policies and maintain professional boundaries with clients. Volunteers must be present for their scheduled hours, unless shift changes are discussed in advance with the Volunteer Coordinator. Please sign in and out each day in the log book located at the front reception and return your volunteer badge at the end of your shift.