Volunteer Services

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CVTC promotes and encourages volunteers and community involvement as a means of complementing and enhancing services for the people who reside here.  Volunteers can enhance the quality of life by offering their time, talent, love and skills so that others can have a better, more fulfilling day.  Additional opportunities for assistance to CVTC exist through event sponsorship, donations and internships.

 Campus volunteers fall into three categories.

1. Religious Activity Volunteers:  CVTC holds weekly, non-denominational chapel services.  These services provide the opportunity for people to voluntarily participate, consistent with their capabilities and capacity, in activities of a spiritual nature within the program setting.  The religious programs may not proselytize and often stress music combined with simple messages of faith.  We welcome the participation of churches from the surrounding area in our chapel activities.  Volunteers for religious activities must be approved by the Volunteer Services Director (and the Interdisciplinary Team if appropriate), are always accompanied by CVTC staff and must receive appropriate facility orientation.  CVTC reserves the right of review and final approval of the content of any on campus religious program.     

2. Guest Volunteers:  These individuals or groups provide enrichment activities to the people that live at CVTC.  Such activities include, but are not limited to, music or dance programs, spring carnival, Special Olympics, and community trips.  Guest volunteers must be approved by the Volunteer Services Director (and the Interdisciplinary Team if appropriate), are always accompanied by CVTC staff and must receive appropriate facility orientation.      

3. One-to-One Volunteers:  These individuals are approved to work directly and independently with a specific individual or group of individuals.  These volunteers, after background checks, approval, and facility orientation, usually assume a relationship with an individual facility resident.  The threshold of scrutiny for persons who care for intellectually and physically disabled individuals is extremely high, and this level of screening also applies to one-to-one volunteers.  These volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and must establish that they are free of any criminal conviction for a barrier crime or any other behavior that may pose a risk to our the people they will assist.  All such volunteers are subject to fingerprinting, a criminal history background check and approval by the individual's authorized representative, the Volunteer Services Director and the client's Interdisciplinary Team.  CVTC Social Workers serve as the primary liaison for these volunteers.   

 For further information on any volunteer activity, please contact Deborah Mays, Volunteer Services Coordinator at 434-947-2258 or deborah.mays@dbhds.virginia.gov