Volunteer as a Community Member

UCP’s volunteer program enhances the lives of families and people with disabilities. Volunteers impact the well-being of the children and adults we serve, share their talents  and become advocates for those with disabilities. We welcome any talents, commitments, and time that volunteers are able share with others at UCP of Central Arizona! Volunteers make the world a brighter place!

Volunteering as a College Student at UCP in the Early Learning Center, Therapy Clinic or in the Early Intervention Program is a great way to learn, grow, and make a difference. UCP offers a variety of ways for students to learn about a profession and serve at the same time.

Volunteer as a College Student

Matching UCP Programs with Your Interests:

UCP’s programs seek college student volunteers whose field of study or degree aligns with the various programs. This allows students to gain much needed experience and at the same time ensures a knowledge base for the college student to engage in the volunteer program. Direct contact with patients or children should not be expected but the program opportunities will still attempt to provide experiences that will help the college student gain valuable knowledge. Managers and/or Directors of the programs will review applications and will require a phone interview. Students in the following bachelors’ programs are prioritized in the following programs:

Therapy Clinic or Early Intervention:

Kinesiology, Psychology, and Biology, and Health Sciences, Speech & Language Pathology, Audiology, and Communication Disorders

Early Learning Center:

Early Childhood Education, Human Development and Family Studies, Early Elementary Education, and Psychology

FAQ

What volunteer opportunities are available?

Volunteers are able to volunteer in varies programs and departments:

Volunteer with the members: Assist in various programs with children or adults in a classroom setting. Provide support to staff in preparing activities and snacks for the day, participating in field trips, share talent, and engagement with members, staff, and community!

Volunteer in administration: Provide clerical support in the office, such as filing, scanning, preparing mailings, data entry, organizing, and any other projects assigned.

Volunteer in special events: Assist UCP staff during their annual events including galas, fun run, program parties and celebrations, community fairs and more.

Serve on committees: As we increase awareness, we are always looking for new people to bring another perspective.

Can my child or young adult volunteer at UCP, or a special event?

Yes. Each volunteer case may vary, depending on the program, department, project, or special event. Volunteers under 18 years of age can be accepted. However minors will need to be accompanied by parent, legal guardian, or adult at all times. Any volunteer service assigned to a minor will be performed in a non-hazardous environment and will comply with the appropriate requirements of child labor laws. All waivers and forms will be completed with consent of a parent or legal guardian prior to volunteering.

Do volunteers take the place of an employee or ratio?

Volunteers will never take the place of an employee, or be used as a staff ratio for any classroom, program, or service at UCP. Each volunteer has an identified supervisor or lead that is responsible for direct management their volunteer duty or task. The supervisor or lead is responsible for the day-to- day management and guidance of the work of the volunteer and shall be available for consultation and assistance.

Does UCP pay for volunteer fingerprint clearance level one clearance card?

UCP can start the process of fingerprinting the volunteer, and or provide them with intructions on how to complete however the fee will be at the volunteer’s own expense.

Does UCP allow court order community service hours, for persons to complete with our organization?

Depending on the court order, UCP may or may not be able to accommodate the court ordered community service hours. This will be discussed with the Human Resources Director or Manager.

What are the age requirements for a volunteer?

Volunteer age requirement starts at 12. However each volunteer case may vary, depending on the program, department, project, or special event, volunteers under 12 can be accepted. The volunteer services assigned to a minor will be performed in a non-hazardous environment and will comply with the appropriate requirements of child labor laws. Minors will need to be accompanied by parent, guardian, or adult at all times. All waivers and forms will be completed with consent of a parent or legal guardian prior to volunteering.

Are volunteers covered under UCP’s insurance?

In general, UCP insurance covers volunteers while they are acting as agents for UCP for: Liabilities they might incur while performing UCP duties Liabilities incurred as a result of accidents in a UCP owned or leased vehicle Medical expenses incurred in conjunction with their UCP volunteer activities (injured volunteers should first turn to their own personal health and medical insurance). Questions about insurance for volunteers can be referred to UCP’s Human Resources, Community Relations Manager.

Can volunteers be left alone with any of our members?

Although volunteers are required to take Article 9 training in which they may provide direct service to our our members; depending on the length of volunteer commitment; volunters will never be left alone with any of UCP’s member.

If a parent of a UCP member expressed an interest in volunteering, on a regular basis, or for a special event; are they still required to go through the volunteer process? Background check, waivers, confidentiality, etc.?

Yes. Depending on the time length of service, and what area or program the parent/gaurdian will volunteer their time in, they will still need to go through the volunteer process. Applications, credentials, trainings, etc.

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Leslie Friedman

Community Relations Mng

602-943-5472

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