Want to Volunteer?
Operation Love Ministries, Inc., (OLM) began with the heart of one person, volunteering her time. That desire to share the love of Christ spread to other volunteers, groups and churches. Eventually, OLM became a multi-group effort to work together as the hands and feet of Christ in Madison County.
Today, volunteers at Operation Love fulfill the very same call. Volunteers work both in the background and on the front lines as a vital part of this ministry! Operation Love volunteers outnumber staff members and make this ministry happen. Whether you’d like to help provide physical goods and services or a listening ear for those who are struggling, thank you! We welcome your unique gifts and callings.
Volunteering with Operation Love Ministries is a simple 3-step process. Throughout your tour and orientation, you will gain education regarding existing programs and opportunities and match your skills 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 service at 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. They 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 responsible for making sure their group members follow OLM guidelines. Volunteers 17 years of age and younger must have an adult 18 or over to supervise them. All minors must have a parent or legal guardian sign a release of liability.
Operation Love requires a current criminal background check for each volunteer or group leader. Volunteers can find these at the Anderson Police Department (APD) or use an accredited reporting source (such as a background check received for your church, job, etc.) and must bring them before their 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, no one with a current record of violent offenses can 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.
A candidate with a record of nonviolent offenses may serve as determined 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.
For questions or to arrange your volunteer orientation, call 765-644-2121 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org today!