Definition of a Volunteer
A volunteer is any person who voluntarily gives of their time, with no expectation of remuneration, to NICRO by assisting with various tasks and activities.
Some volunteers are very knowledgeable and have many years of experience of the communities issues, others are highly qualified professionals, skilled in community development, administration, legal work, finances and other areas .Volunteers, depending on their skills and interest can be utilized at various levels of NICRO.
Reimbursement of Expenses
NICRO is unable to offer formal reimbursement of any expenses incurred by volunteers due to the huge costs involved.
However, we believe that everyone has the right to volunteer and wish to avoid preventing a suitable person from volunteering for us due to having low income. Thus, we are able to pay travelling expenses incurred as a result of the volunteering duties at NICRO with a limit of 20hrs per volunteer per month. Volunteers receiving reimbursement will be required to submit completed time sheets.
NICRO is unable to host international volunteers due to capacity constraints.
Types of Volunteer Work at NICRO
The bulk of NICRO’s activities take place during working hours. This does, unfortunately, reduce the possibility of employed people volunteering at NICRO. Examples of the kinds of volunteer work one could do at NICRO is as follows
- Administrative help
- Assistance with fundraising
- Assisting with aftercare and tracking of clients
General volunteers may not work directly with clients by providing counselling or programmes.
What We Need You To Do…..
Different NICRO offices have different needs which change and vary over time. Your local office may need someone to help with a big office spring-cleaning or painting. Other suggested projects for volunteers include:
- Collecting items on the NICRO Wishlist from your friends, colleagues and family
- Helping a NICRO office redecorate. This would have a huge positive impact on staff morale etc. Volunteers could then help in sourcing donated paint, plants and other items.
- Collecting and donating magazines for the office reception area
- Collecting and donating items for a small play corner in the reception area
- Gathering a team of friends and colleagues to have a fun run / walk to raise money for your local NICRO office
Our social workers often need to access other professional services such as doctors, psychiatrists and clinical psychologists for their clients. The majority of our clients cannot access these services due to costs. If you are a lawyer, doctor, psychiatrist or clinical psychologist, you might consider donating a fixed number of hours per month / year to NICRO where you would see a NICRO client for free.
For further details contact your nearest NICRO office to enquire about their volunteer needs and to suggest activities you would like to become involved in.