Operation Love Ministries, Inc., (OLM) began with the heart of one individual – volunteering her time – to share the love of Christ by meeting the physical needs of her neighbors. Over time, other volunteers, groups and churches joined alongside her to work together as the hands and feet of Christ in Madison County.
Today, the very same call exists for volunteers at Operation Love, who work both in the background and on the front lines to help provide physical goods, services, and a listening ear for those who are struggling. Volunteers are a vital part of this ministry! Thank you for your interest in serving.
Volunteering with Operation Love Ministries is a simple 3-step process that provides education regarding existing programs and opportunities and matches volunteers with ministry needs:
1. Step One: Sign Up for Volunteer Orientation
Orientation includes a quick tour of the building and verbal review of safety rules, guidelines, and expectations for service. Orientation times are scheduled in advance according to staff availability and typically last no more than one hour. Contact us by phone at 765-644-2121 to begin your in-person introduction to Operation Love Ministries!
*Please Note: If you are interested in bringing a group to volunteer, at least one leader is required to attend orientation. This designated group leader agrees to be held responsible for communicating OLM volunteer policies and guidelines to the rest of the group and will need to uphold these guidelines throughout their service experience.
2. Step Two: Complete Necessary Paperwork, Including a Current Background Check
Each volunteer or group leader must fill out an information sheet and bring a current background check. Group leaders that fill out a volunteer application are accountable to keep their group members compliant with OLM guidelines. Volunteers 17 years of age and younger must have a parent or legal guardian sign a release of liability for minors and must be accompanied by an adult 18 or over.
A current criminal background check for each volunteer or group leader is required from the Anderson Police Department (APD) or accredited reporting source (such as a background check received for your church, job, or another source) and must be brought before your first date of service. There is a $7 charge to obtain a background check from the APD. A records search will also be performed from the Indiana Department of Correction Offender database.
To uphold the standards and safety of Operation Love Ministries, those with any record of violent offenses cannot serve as a volunteer. Offenses of this nature may include, but are not limited to: homicides, assault and battery, domestic violence, robbery, sexual assault or abuse, resisting an officer, abduction, harassment, or any acts intended to cause injury or harm to another individual.
Those with a record of nonviolent offenses may be allowed to serve on a case-by-case basis upon review of the history of offenses.
3. Step Three: Program Training
Your staff supervisor or volunteer guide will train you fully in whichever program best matches your skills and the current need. Volunteers complete specific training for each area in which they will serve.