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High Desert Homeless Services is seeking volunteers to help with our community’s response to COVID-19. A variety of volunteer roles are needed at this time and applicants may select their skills/interests on the volunteer application. Your support in our community will help meet the needs of our most vulnerable population during this difficult time. If you would like to volunteer, please complete the application below.
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Volunteer Application for High Desert Homeless Services
  • No volunteer will be forced to do anything they are uncomfortable with
  • Orientation will be provided
  • Work hours/days are flexible (we will work around your schedule)
  • Volunteers must be 18 year of  age or older with valid ID
  • There will always be a lead/experienced shelter operator on shift to offer guidance
  • None of the shelters have registered sex offenders or violent criminals
  • All shelters practice CDC/COVID19 safety guidelines and are equipped with PPE (personal protective equipment) for staff & occupants as deemed appropriate
  • It is preferred that volunteers reside locally within the High Desert area
General Information:
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Are you willing to help the homeless population?
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Are you willing to help the homeless population?
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Name:
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Date:
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Address:
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City:
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State:
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Zip Code:
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Home Phone:
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Cell Phone:
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Email:
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Gender:
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Gender:
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Are you 18 years of age or older?
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Are you 18 years of age or older?
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Do you belong to a Church or Group?  If so, please include name.

Experience:
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Highest level of education achieved:
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School:
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Occupation:
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Employer:
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Volunteer Experience:
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Skills/Interests: (Check all that apply)
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Skills/Interests: (Check all that apply)
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Do you prefer to work with:
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Do you prefer to work with:
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Why would you like to be a VVCWS volunteer? 
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Have you received services from HDHS or VVRM or any other rescue mission?
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Have you received services from HDHS or VVRM or any other rescue mission?
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If so, please specify if homeless shelter or give name of rescue mission, date(s) of services, and outcome: 

Availability:
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How often would you like to volunteer?
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How often would you like to volunteer?
Please select your availability
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Monday:
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Tuesday:
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Wednesday:
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Thursday:
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Sunday:

Emergency Contacts:
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Relation:
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Relation:

VICTOR VALLEY COMMUNITY WARMING SHELTER VOLUNTEER GENERAL INFORMATION AND POLICIES

High Desert Homeless Services, Inc. (HDHS) and Victor Valley Rescue Mission (VVRM) an outreach of Rescue Mission Alliance (RMA) will not tolerate any form of harassment (verbal or physical) exploitation or intimidation of any nature from volunteers, interns, staff members, program participants or guests.
We are a rescue mission that provides emergency services and recovery programs for the poor and homeless. Please maintain a friendly but respectful and professional interaction with our mission guests and clients. Do not assist any guest or resident with money, medication, gifts or transportation. Do not give out personal contact information, including email addresses or phone numbers. Should a guest or resident request to contact you personally, please report to the Volunteer Coordinator. Please be sensitive to the personal space of our guests (men, women and children). Ask permission before touching any guest or resident for any reason.

DRESS CODE/SAFETY ISSUES
• Administrative volunteers may wear casual clothing appropriate for a professional business environment.

• All non-administrative volunteers must wear closed-toe and closed-heel shoes. Wear modest clothing you are comfortable moving in and don’t mind getting a little dirty!

• All volunteers should be aware that by volunteering in any area assigned, you may be subjecting yourself to wet floors, sharp kitchen utensils, and all such related safety issues of that workspace, and if not careful could potentially result in bodily harm to you or others around you. HDHS/VVRM is not responsible for any accidents that may occur while you are volunteering at this facility or any of the offsite locations where we conduct outreach or special activities.

GENERAL CODE OF CONDUCT RULES
As a volunteer you represent HDHS/VVRM to the public. You accept responsibility for this status and will conduct yourself in a professional manner. You are expected to be clean and sober when participating as a HDHS/VVRM volunteer.

You must maintain the confidentiality of all volunteers, clients, guests, residents and donors about whom you have personal or identifying information. You must not participate in and will report any and all instances of any sort of harassment, exploitation, and/or intimidation. You must maintain an atmosphere of physical and emotional safety for everyone associated with HDHS/VVRM including but not limited to employees, volunteers, clients, guests, residents and visitors.

HDHS/VVRM is an organization assisting vulnerable men, women and children. No one who has ever been indicted or convicted of a violent crime, child abuse or neglect, child pornography, child abduction, kidnapping, rape or sexual offense may serve as a volunteer.

As a volunteer, your activities may include potential hazards, including but not limited to (a) physical activity (including without limitation work with heavy tools and materials), (b) contact with unidentified and unfamiliar persons, (c) travel to and from various unspecified locations and (d) other potential risk of injury. You must be willing to provide volunteer service with the knowledge of the potential hazards involved and agree to accept any and all risks of injury without any recourse to or against HDHS/VVRM.

 

High Desert Homeless Services, Inc. Victor Valley Rescue Mission Volunteer Agreement and Liability Release

I wish to volunteer for Victor Valley Community Warming Shelter, High Desert Homeless Services, Inc. (HDHS), Victor Valley Rescue Mission (VVRM) or its affiliates (together with RMA). I agree and release HDHS/VVRM as follows:

I have read, understand and will observe HDHS/VVRM’s Volunteer General Information and Policies, as may be updated from time to time.

I acknowledge that HDHS/VVRM is an organization assisting vulnerable men, women and children. I hereby confirm that I have never been indicted or convicted of a violent crime, child abuse or neglect, child pornography, child abduction, kidnapping, rape or sexual offense, nor have I ever been ordered by a court to receive psychiatric or psychological treatment in connection herewith.

I understand that my activities as a volunteer may include potential hazards and risk of physical harm. I am voluntarily participating in this service with the knowledge of the potential hazards involved and hereby agree to accept any and all risks of injury without any recourse to or against HDHS/VVRM.

I hereby release HDHS/VVRM, and the RMA, its directors, officers, partners, agents, employees, successors, assignees, licensees, sponsors, donors, representatives, guests and affiliates from all actions, claims, suits or demands that I, my assignees, heirs, guardians and legal representatives now have or may hereafter have arising out of, based upon or relating to my participation as a volunteer.

I have carefully read this agreement, and the Volunteer General Information and Policies referenced herein, and fully understand their contents. I am aware that this is a release of liability and I acknowledge it of my own free will. †

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Volunteer Agreement
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Name (volunteers must be 18 years of age or older):
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Phone:
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† I acknowledge that I have been informed and am aware of the provisions of California Civil Code § 1542, which reads as follows:

“A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE, WHICH IF KNOWN BY HIM MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR.”

I expressly waive and relinquish all rights and benefits which I have or may have had under said section, and any similar provision of state or federal law. I further understand and acknowledge the significance and consequences of a specific waiver of Section 1542, and any similar provision of state or federal law, and hereby assume full responsibility for any damages or losses sustained by me of any sort or nature that might otherwise have been or are assertable as claims arising directly or indirectly out of, or relating to, this agreement, and any other aspect of my volunteer activities.

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I also irrevocably grant to High desert Homeless Services, Inc. (HDHS), Victor Valley Rescue Mission (VVRM) and Rescue Mission Alliance (RMA), its assigns and successors, my consent and full right to use my name, photo, likeness and written feedback in any and all media, publications, advertising and publicity. I grant permission to be filmed or taped by VVRM or the news media.
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I also irrevocably grant to High desert Homeless Services, Inc. (HDHS), Victor Valley Rescue Mission (VVRM) and Rescue Mission Alliance (RMA), its assigns and successors, my consent and full right to use my name, photo, likeness and written feedback in any and all media, publications, advertising and publicity. I grant permission to be filmed or taped by VVRM or the news media.
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Please type your initials to indicate your consent:
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