This Volunteer Policy has been developed to provide important information and guidelines. No one may begin volunteering for So Many Angels without signing and agreeing to this Policy. Potential volunteers will be screened prior to undertaking any activities on behalf of So Many Angels, but it is the ultimate responsibility of the volunteer to use their best judgment as to what they are able to do and all activities are undertaken at the volunteer’s own risk.
Volunteers agree not to post any work product or other images, recordings, writings, etc. to social media or any website without written permission from So Many Angels. Volunteers are free to share or repost from So Many Angels’ social media, however.
Any and all copyrights or other intellectual property generated by volunteers in the course of their volunteer work for So Many Angels are assigned to So Many Angels.
So Many Angels depends on a positive reputation. Because volunteers’ behavior reflects on So Many Angels, volunteers are expected to have a professional demeanor and appearance, and to behave in an appropriate and polite manner. Inappropriate conduct, including but not limited to violations of this policy or applicable law, bullying, discriminatory remarks, or sexual harassment will not be tolerated, and will be grounds for immediate removal from the volunteer program. Any points of conflict between volunteers or with program participants should be promptly reported to So Many Angels staff.
While it is not expected that volunteers will handle confidential information, it is conceivable that they may be exposed to information of a sensitive or personal nature to So Many Angels, its staff, or the individuals So Many Angels serves. Volunteers must protect such information using at least the level of care they would use in protecting their own confidential information. This provision should not be read as interfering with mandatory reporter requirements or with volunteers making reports to authorities.
Volunteers with questions regarding tax deductibility of their volunteering expenses should consult a tax professional. Unless an expense has been expressly authorized in writing by the Board of Directors or the Executive Director in advance, volunteers are not eligible to seek reimbursement for their expenses. Volunteers do not receive any monetary compensation for their efforts. Volunteers understand and agree that volunteering is not a prerequisite for and is not a path to employment at So Many Angels.
Conflicts, Influence & Gifts
It is understood that volunteers have multiple commitments and affiliations in their communities. However, volunteers may not engage in activities that would undermine the work or success of So Many Angels, including but not limited to diverting donor funds, drawing away staff or other volunteers, or competing with So Many Angels.
Volunteers may not attempt to influence business decisions or political actions based on their participation in So Many Angels activities. Volunteers are not authorized to speak on behalf of So Many Angels or engage in any activities beyond those authorized by supervisors.
Volunteers may not accept any payments or gifts in return for volunteer service, whether from those So Many Angels serves, So Many Angels affiliates, or outside entities.
So Many Angels values the on-the-ground experiences of volunteers, and welcomes input on how to improve the organization’s programs and operations. Volunteers should feel free to make suggestions to So Many Angels staff, as long as such suggestions are made in a constructive and polite manner. If a volunteer wishes to make an anonymous suggestion, it may be mailed to the So Many Angels’ registered office.
Cessation of Volunteer Relationship
The volunteer relationship may be terminated by either So Many Angels or the volunteer, for any reason. Upon termination of that relationship, the volunteer must return any property, documents, or information belonging to So Many Angels within seven (7) calendar days.
Release of Liability
In agreeing to this Volunteer Policy (by signing the Volunteer Agreement), volunteers expressly release So Many Angels, as well as its staff, board members, heirs, assigns, and licensees, from any liability for any loss of property or personal injury incurred while volunteering for So Many Angels.
Volunteer editors must have images completed within five days and must follow editor guidelines as provided.