Help nurture the spirituality of young people; this is intended for individuals, couples or groups. The Spiritual Life program provides children with an additional outlet for support during their treatment at Youth Villages. The program is sustained by individual and group volunteers from local churches and other faith groups who meet with the children regularly for a wide variety of spiritual and inspirational activities. You can decide how often and when you volunteer to match the needs of your schedule; all spiritual life volunteer activities occur on our Residential Campuses located at:
Dogwood Residential Campus (2890 Bekemeyer Drive Arlington, TN 38002)
Bartlett Residential Campus (7410 Memphis Arlington Road Memphis, TN 38135)
To become a Spiritual Life Volunteer, you must:
- Be at least 21yo or older
- Complete a volunteer application, liability waiver, confidentiality and vaccination attestation forms, background and reference check, one hour training, and a commitment of faith
Youth Villages COVID-19 Volunteer Protocols
· Volunteer Vaccination Policy
o Youth Villages asks that all in-person volunteers who work face-to-face with our children provide proof of vaccination in the form of a signed volunteer vaccine attestation agreement; if this is not a possibility, we encourage you to volunteer virtually and am more than happy to explore other opportunities.
§ Please reach out to the Volunteer and Donor Engagement Coordinator if you have not received a copy of the vaccine attestation agreement, and need to complete it.
o Volunteers are required to wear a surgical mask covering the face and nose at all times inside, however it is optional outdoors; if you need a mask and do not have one Youth Villages will provide one.
o We ask that all volunteers use hand sanitizer or wash their hands before volunteering on campus and especially while handling food.
§ We will provide hand sanitizer in volunteering areas.
· Social Distancing
o We ask that all volunteers maintain a minimum distance of six feet from children, staff and other volunteers.
o Please refrain from physical contact including hand-shakes, high fives, fist or elbow bumps or hugs.
o Additionally, we ask that you sneeze or cough in a cloth or tissue; if that is unavailable please use the inside of your elbow.
o In the event that a youth is not complying with social distancing guidelines, volunteers will be asked to refrain from interacting with that youth, and will be given an alternate activity that can be safely conducted.
· When you arrive on campus, all volunteers will check in at the front desk, receive a temperature check and answer screening questions.
o Your temperature must be lower than 100.0 degrees.
o Your response to the following questions must be no:
§ Have you had close contact with someone who recently tested positive for COVID?
§ Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath or a sore throat?
§ Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?
§ Have you experienced vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?
o Please note that volunteers should not access our facilities if they have COVID-like symptoms unless they test negative or their symptoms resolve; representatives who test positive for COVID must not visit Youth Villages until they have been cleared by a physician.
· Exposure Guidelines
o Please note that volunteering activities are limited to one hour increments with a maximum of five volunteers on campus at a time; this number is easier to oversee and reduces the amount of exposure.
o We ask that volunteers do not bring in outside items including food or drink.