Volunteer FAQ's

What is the age requirement to volunteer?
  • The volunteer age requirement for general programs is 16 years old. Volunteers under 16 should be accompanied by an adult, with the exception of youth program activities. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have the written consent of a parent or guardian prior to volunteering for SOAR Fox Cities.
  • The minimum age for youth program volunteers is 13 years old. Volunteer peers (youth without disabilities) do not need to pre-register to volunteer for TnT activities. Click here for the TnT flyer.
How do I get started with volunteering at SOAR?
  • For Camps, Special Olympics and Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities, complete a Volunteer Registration Form online (applications are also available to be sent through the mail).
  • Some youth programs, such as TnT, do not require volunteer peers (youth without disabilities) to pre-register. Peers can show up and participate! Click here for the TnT flyer.
  • For Special Event Volunteer Opportunities and Corporate & Group Volunteer Opportunities, please contact Ashley Gustafson at 920-731-9831 x114 for more information.
What happens after I submit my volunteer application?
After submitting the Volunteer Registration Form, SOAR will conduct a background/reference check and follow-up with you to schedule a time to meet with you.

Note regarding background/reference check: SOAR Fox Cities performs background and reference checks on all volunteers.  Background checks will be performed on volunteers on an ongoing basis and can result in dismissal from placement as a SOAR Fox Cities volunteer at any time. Any applicant or existing volunteer found to have been convicted of or having charges pending for a felony or misdemeanor involving theft, sex offense, child abuse or neglect, or related acts that would pose risks to participants or SOAR Fox Cities Inc.’s credibility, or the circumstances of which are otherwise substantially related to the volunteer’s duties, is not eligible to be a volunteer.

Is there a volunteer orientation?

Yes. After submitting the Volunteer Registration Form, SOAR will follow-up with you to schedule a time to meet for a New Volunteer Orientation. This is an opportunity for us to learn about your interests, experience and availability as well as an opportunity for us to tell you about SOAR, provide you with a brief disABILITY awareness training and go through the volunteer handbook. The meeting takes approximately 45 minutes.

Do you accept community service?
Those with community service hours may be eligible to volunteer, depending on the reason for the community service. SOAR Fox Cities performs background and reference checks on all volunteers, which community service applicants must also pass in order to volunteer. Any applicant or existing volunteer found to have been convicted of or having charges pending for a felony or misdemeanor involving theft, sex offense, child abuse or neglect, or related acts that would pose risks to participants or SOAR Fox Cities Inc.’s credibility, or the circumstances of which are otherwise substantially related to the volunteer’s duties, is not eligible to be a volunteer.
Who do I contact for questions?

Please contact Ashley Gustafson at 920-731-9831 x114 for questions or more information.

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