Heart House Volunteer Application

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Introduction

Welcome! At Heart House, we believe every child deserves the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe environment where self-expression, creativity, and diversity are celebrated. For more than twenty years, Heart House has been that safe space for numerous children in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood of Dallas. Our afterschool program provides Heart House students with academic help and social-emotional support. 


As a volunteer, you will be providing classroom support to students of Heart House. During the school year, program runs Monday - Thursday from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM. During summer, program runs from Monday - Thursday from 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM. 


As part of your application, you will be guided through the following sections:

    1. Volunteer Application
    2. Volunteer Code of Ethics
    3. Consent for Criminal Background Check: Authorization/Wavier/Indemnity (non-minors only)
    4. Criminal History Records Check Statement (non-minors only)
    5. Donation for Background Check (non-minors only)
    6. Parental Consent & Liability Release for Minor (minors only)


Before submitting your application, please ensure that all information is current and accurate. You must complete and e-sign this form to be considered for volunteering. 


Acknowledge the below statement and click "Next Page" to begin your volunteer application!

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Skills & Interests


Availability
Most volunteer opportunities occur during the following times:

School Year: Monday - Thursday from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Summer: Monday - Thursday from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM

***After hours and Saturday opportunities arise as needed.




Emergency Contact



Heart House Volunteer Code of Ethics
1.   Smoking or use of tobacco in the presence of children is prohibited.

2.  Using, possessing, or being under the influence of alcohol/illegal drugs will not be tolerated.


3.  Volunteers shall not abuse children in any manner, including, but not limited to:

    • Physical Abuse: striking, grabbing, spanking, shaking, or slapping
    • Verbal Abuse: humiliation, degradation, cursing, or threats
    • Sexual Abuse: inappropriate touching, exposure, or conduct which creates a sexually hostile environment
4.  Volunteers must treat children of all races, gender, religious backgrounds, and cultures with equal respect and consideration. 

5.  Volunteers must use positive techniques of guidance, including positive reinforcement and encouragement, rather than criticism.

6.  Volunteers shall abstain from use of humiliating or frightening discipline techniques. 
Volunteers shall not use inappropriate or offensive language.

7.  Volunteers will serve as a positive role model for Heart House youth by maintaining an attitude of respect, patience, integrity, courtesy, tact, and maturity.

8.  Volunteers will not babysit or invite children to  their homes or social events without written consent from the Heart House Executive Director and the children's parents/guardians.

9.  Volunteers will adhere to dress code policies while working with children, including:
    • Wearing modest clothing, including: shorts and skirts of modest length and no spaghetti strap tops, tube tops, or low cut tops
    • Covering tattoos and piercings when reasonably possible


I understand that as a volunteer for Heart House, I will be subject to a criminal background check. I have read the Volunteer Code of Ethics and fully agree to comply with them. I understand that Heart House Board may relieve me of my duties if it concludes in the exercise of its' sole discretion that I have violated these rules or other Heart House policies and procedures. 


After submitting your application, our team will send you the link to begin your background check. Individuals under 18 are exempt.
Art Work, Photos, and Writings Release
I hereby authorize that photographs or recordings of myself and writing or artwork collected from me may be taken or used in connection with my participation in learning center programs and activities and give permission for such artwork, photographs, and writings to be published and/or sold in marketing or fundraising activities. This may include photos and other representations used in printed materials, videos, online newsletter or websites.


Parental Consent & Liability Release for Minor

I acknowledge that my child, 
, is at least sixteen (16) years of age and has voluntarily applied to assist Heart House Dallas in providing homework and tutoring assistance to the low-income children that Heart House Dallas serves. I understand that as a volunteer, my child will not be paid for his/her services and that he/she will not be eligible for any Worker's Compensation benefits. 

Signed this
day of  
in Dallas, Texas.
Emergency Parent/Guardian Contact