Volunteer

United Way of Southwest Louisiana is working to advance the common good. But we can't do it alone. We need the heads, hands and hearts of committed people like you to help us tackle the problems facing our communities. Each of us has special talents, things we can do to help. Put your talents to work! 

NEW GUIDELINES FOR VOLUNTEERS FROM THE STATE OF LOUISIANA

During this National Emergency, we understand that those who are not suffering from the virus or who may have already recovered from the virus, may want to help. However, United Way of Southwest Louisiana's activities adhere to critical health and safety protocols in order to

  • Protect Volunteers
  • Protect Residents
  • Protect Clients
  • Protect Agencies

PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY BEFORE CONTINUING TO THE VOLUNTEER FORM BELOW.

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO VOLUNTEER IF YOU HAVE:

  • Have experienced symptoms that could be related to COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • Been around anyone who has COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • Traveled to any foreign country in the last 14 days
  • Been on a cruise or been in an airport in the last 14 days
  • Been to an event where more than 50 people were in attendance in the last 14 days
  • DO NOT show up to volunteer for any activity without confirming that there is a need for the activity, that it will be conducted, and that volunteer support is needed and expected.
  • DO NOT consider volunteering if you live with or are in frequent contact with people in the higher-risk categories for the virus.
  • DO ask about any risk that may be associated with the task and DO NOT take part if you are uncomfortable with the level of risk.
  • DO practice universal infection control precautions.
  • Clean and wash your hands before, during, and after volunteering for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • Avoid physical contact with others and maintain a social distance of 6 feet.
  • Cover your cough and sneezes with your elbow or tissue.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Liability Release: I hereby release and hold harmless United Way of Southwest Louisiana, the agency where I volunteer, and sponsors and supervisors of all activities, from any and all liability for any injury I may suffer (including any injury caused by negligence) in conjunction with the volunteer activity. I also certify that I am in good health and able to participate in the program activities. I certify that I am 18 years of age or older and am competent to contract my name as far as the above is concerned. I have read the foregoing release, authorization and agreement, before affixing my initials below and warrant that I fully understand the contents thereof.

Communications Release: I hereby waive any claim to the rights of photographic recordings made of me during United Way of Southwest Louisiana's volunteer activity. I hereby authorize the editing, duplication, reproduction, copyright, exhibition, broadcast and/or non-profit use and distribution of said recordings for purposes deemed suitable by United Way of Southwest Louisiana. I hereby waive any right to approve the finished products. I certify that I am 18 years of age or older and am competent to contract my own name as far as the above is concerned. I have read the foregoing release, authorization and agreement, by accepting I fully understand the contents thereof.

Acceptance

COVID-19 AGREEMENT & WAIVER

I understand that United Way of Southwest Louisiana is a trusted, community organization committed to serving people in need; therefore, I attest that I am not experiencing any symptoms of illness such as a fever or cough. Furthermore, I aware that I am expected to adhere to the safety and hygiene protocols that have been implemented by United Way of Southwest Louisiana including but not limited to Washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially before and after your volunteer shift, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. • If soap and water are not readily available, I agree to use provided hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze and to throw used tissues in the trash. • Waving to friends or acquaintances rather than hugging or hand shaking.

I agree on behalf of myself, my child, my heirs, successors, and assigns, to hold harmless and defend United Way of Southwest Louisiana, its board of directors, employees, volunteers, chaperones or representatives associated with the event, arising from or in connection with my Volunteer Services Program or in connection with any illness or injury or cost of medical treatment in connection therewith.

United Way of Southwest Louisiana does not endorse any political party or candidate therefore no political attire may be worn during the time of volunteering to limit confusion by other volunteers and the clients receiving our services.