Volunteers

Volunteers

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The BRICK Ministries is powered by volunteers. Over 100 residents of Bayfield and Ashland counties help at the four Food Shelf locations every month.

We are looking for kind, compassionate, and respectful people to join us in serving our neighbors in need. Click here for a volunteer application.

There are a range of volunteer opportunities, either working in the Food Shelf, assisting at the front desk, or helping to pick up food donations.

To schedule an appointment to tour the Ashland, Cable, Cornucopia, or Mellen locations and learn how you can help, call 715-682-7425.

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The following is a basic volunteer job description that applies to all volunteers. Each volunteer must work within this description, as well as position-specific requirements detailed in additional sections.

Requirements:

  1. Volunteer Application: The volunteer application gives us information regarding your contact information, preferences, interests, and availability.
  2. Criminal Background Check: Criminal convictions never disqualify an applicant from serving. Information gathered with background investigations is completely confidential, and is used to guarantee the safety of staff, volunteers, and program participants.
  3. Confidentiality Agreement: You must sign a confidentiality agreement before volunteering. Volunteers are required to respect the privacy of program participants. No volunteer is to disclose confidential information on any individual served through The BRICK other than to staff members. Information regarding individuals served is not to be shared with family members of that individual without their authorization unless the individual is a minor or in imminent danger.
  4. Press Release Form: This form is voluntary, but if you are comfortable we ask that you give us permission to use your name and photos of you on news media releases, our website, pamphlets, and other publications related to the activities at The BRICK Ministries.
  5. Orientation with Office Manager: New volunteers will partake in a short orientation with the Office Manager to review the mission and vision of The BRICK, receive a building tour, and receive and review key points within the volunteer handbook.
  6. Orientation Specific to Volunteer Role: Whether you are volunteering in the office, food shelf, or for a special event, there will be additional training and learning sessions for you to complete with a staff member.

Skills and Abilities:

  1. Able to handle physical aspects of assigned volunteer task
  2. Work in a collaborative, team environment
  3. Willingness to follow instructions and ask for assistance when needed
  4. Commitment to being on time and adhering to volunteer schedule as discussed with Office Manager or Outlet Site Manager

Responsibilities:

  1. Follow all guidelines, policies, and safety procedures as outlined in the handbook and provided by staff
  2. Act in a safe and respectful manner when working with program participants, staff, and volunteers
  3. Represent The BRICK, as well as The BRICK’s mission and vision, with a professional, positive, and friendly demeanor
  4. Adhere to the confidentiality agreement, which all volunteers are required to sign on the Volunteer Application
  5. Daily report of volunteer hours to the Office Manager or Outlet Site Manager

Volunteer Applications:

Please review and fill out the following forms for the volunteer application. You may print and return these forms in person to the Office Manager at The BRICK in Ashland, scan and email them to officemanager.thebrick@centurytel.net, or fax them to (715)682-7427 ATTN: Office Manager.

There are three forms required for the volunteer application:

Volunteer Application
The volunteer application gives us information regarding your contact information, preferences, interests, and availability. It also includes a confidentiality agreement. You must sign a confidentiality agreement before volunteering. Volunteers are required to respect the privacy of program participants.

Disclosure and Release Form
This form gives us permission to run a background investigation. Criminal convictions never disqualify an applicant from serving. Information gathered with background investigations is completely confidential, and is used to guarantee the safety of staff, volunteers, and program participants.

Summary of Your Rights
While there is nothing to fill out on this form, please read and review the information.

 

Internships:

 

Students interested in working with The BRICK should complete  an internship application and schedule at appointment with The BRICK’s Director.

The application can be obtained at The BRICK during office hours or via email: director.thebrick@centurytel.net.

We have a variety of  opportunities and are willing to work with students’ advisers to arrange for college credit based on students’ experiences here. Interns much be able to commit to a minimum of ten hours on-site work per week for one full college semester.