Yes, you can decline a position following the interview process if it does not interest you or does not seem to fit your needs.
Do you check references?
Any volunteer who completes an application and is interviewed will have his or her references checked. In addition, those volunteers who coach or work with youth or are active in the Police Department will have a criminal background check run.
How do I find out about other upcoming opportunities?
Current volunteer opportunities are found on the city’s website, in the Plymouth News, and on Channel 16. In addition, volunteers who assist with special events receive regular updates on upcoming events.
How does volunteering benefit me?
Volunteering builds your resume, develops new skills, introduces you to new people, and helps you feel good about giving back to your community. In addition, research has shown that volunteering can improve a person’s mental and physical well being.
What do volunteers do for the city?
Volunteers are active in every city department and provide a wide variety of service, including coaching t-ball or soccer, handling outdoor maintenance work, adopting a park or storm drain to keep clean, providing clerical support, assisting with special events and more.
What if there is no volunteer position open when I apply?
When you meet with the volunteer coordinator, your preferences will be kept on record and you will be contacted if a good match occurs in the future.
Why do I have to be interviewed?
During an interview, you will have the opportunity to discuss with the volunteer coordinator what skills and abilities you have to share with the city and if there are any specific goals that you would like to accomplish by volunteering. From that information, the volunteer coordinator will find the best match between what you have to offer and the work that city needs to get done.
Why do I have to fill out a timesheet?
Volunteers often just want to volunteer and not track their time. Timesheets (PDF) are important. By keeping track of the time you contribute each year, we can measure the program’s growth and accurately represent the value of the volunteer program to the City Council and city staff. Each of your hours contributes to the total; no time is insignificant.
Why do I have to fill out a volunteer application?
We take volunteering very seriously. Therefore, it is important to maintain accurate records on each volunteer.