FAQs for Individual Volunteers

Is there a minimum age requirement to be an individual volunteer?
Yes, all volunteers must be at least 19 years old.

Can I just show up to volunteer? Can I volunteer just once?
To ensure the smooth operation of our programs and services, and the safety of the vulnerable populations we serve, we require volunteers to go through an orientation and screening process before volunteering.

If you are seeking a one-time volunteer opportunity, our holiday meals may be a better fit. Watch our social media streams for registration information.

What is the minimum time commitment per month?
Most volunteers plan to spend 2-4 hours per month with us, but your commitment will vary according to your volunteer role and your schedule. Position descriptions will always outline the time commitment required. Our community meals offer the most flexible scheduling, so if you work rotating shifts or have an unpredictable schedule, they are a great fit!

How do I sign up as an individual volunteer?
The basics:
1. Create a volunteer account at http://bttr.im/cafab and register for an upcoming orientation session.
2. Start the criminal record review process – instructions will be sent to you when you’ve registered for orientation!
3. Attend orientation – you’ll get to know us, learn about our policies and opportunities, and meet our Manager of Community Resources.
4. Wait for your clearance letter!

It takes an average of 6 weeks to go through our volunteer intake process. Our clients and their safety are always our priority, so we require that every volunteer completes our screening process, including a criminal record check. You must attend orientation AND receive CRRP clearance before volunteering. Please note: additional screening (references, interviews) may be required for some positions.

Why does it take so long to be screened as a volunteer?
The safety and wellbeing of our residents and guests is critically important, so we need to know more about you before you join our community. Please be patient – we want to make sure that you are the right fit for our opportunities and that we are the right fit for you!

Why do you use the Criminal Record Review Program? Can’t I go to my local police for a criminal record check?
We participate in the CRRP because it’s free for volunteers, and it offers a comprehensive risk assessment process with consistent standards. You can learn more about the program on their website.

I still have questions!
That’s okay – we’d love to talk to you! Please reach out to our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .