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The purpose of the volunteer program is to promote and support volunteer activities, serve as a clearinghouse for volunteer opportunities, and link the interests and talents of citizens who want to volunteer with the needs of the Village. A successful program will benefit both the volunteer and the community by:
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Individuals interested in volunteering should download and complete the McFarland Volunteer Application Form (PDF) and a Waiver of Liability and Assumption of Risk Form (PDF) and submit them to the Village Volunteer Coordinator, Katie Gletty-Syoen. You can also complete the Volunteer Application Form online.
Minors must have a parent or guardian sign this form. Some opportunities with the Village of McFarland will require a criminal background check, often for positions of greater responsibility or authority. If an applicant does not qualify for a position they are interested in, we will make every effort to place the volunteer in an appropriate role. Sensitive personal data used for background checks is deleted from our records after the check is complete. Some volunteer programs have limited capacity for participation and positions are filled on a first come, first serve basis.
Individuals, organizations, Village departments, and other entities may request one or more volunteers. These requests may be short or long term. To request one or more volunteers, a Volunteer Request Form (PDF) must be completed and submitted to the Village Volunteer Coordinator, Katie Gletty-Syoen. The form may be picked up at the Municipal Center or downloaded from McFarland’s website.
The Volunteer Coordinator will receive both volunteer applications and volunteer requests. The Coordinator will make the best match of the volunteer’s skills with those needed to successfully complete the specific task.
The Village of McFarland makes every effort to keep volunteers safe in their activities by providing adequate instruction and safety equipment. Volunteers are encouraged to ask about safety procedures and take precautions. The Village of McFarland does not provide personal insurance for volunteers. Should an individual be injured while volunteering, he or she is responsible for all expenses.
The Village of McFarland’s general liability insurance provides coverage against claims resulting from volunteer activities completed as directed or instructed by Village staff. This applies to claims made by the public where a volunteer was involved. As a Village volunteer, while not insured for injury, you are insured for liability.
Individuals selected as volunteers will be required to sign a Volunteer Waiver Form (PDF). Minors will need to have a parent or guardian’s signature. Some volunteer opportunities will require a criminal background check. If an applicant does not qualify for a position they are interested in, every effort will be made to place the volunteer in an appropriate role. If no opportunity exists which would be a good match for an interested volunteer, the application will be retained on file until such time as an appropriate opportunity presents itself.