You are a true asset to our programs at the University of Minnesota and our Community Outreach and you as a volunteer have the rights and we would like to share those with you.
You have the right to be treated as a co-worker, who is an integral member of our team. Not just free help.
You have the right to know as much about the organization of Bunny Besties and the University of Minnesota PAWS program. All of the policies, procedures and people involved.
You have the right to a volunteer position description when requested.
You have the right to be trained in your volunteer role and receive continuing education that includes training to gain additional responsibilities if desired.
You have the right to new opportunities and new experiences throughout campus in regard to therapy animals and animal assisted interactions.
You have the right to sound guidance and direction from supervisor.
You have the right to be heard. Feel free to make suggestions and have a part in planning events.
You have the right to be recognized for great efforts!
You have the right to look for communication from the supervisor on progress through day to day expressions of appreciation and by being treated as a respected co-worker.
You have the right to treat your position as a job and see the members of the team as your co-workers.
Your Responsibility as a Volunteer:
There are responsibilities that accompany your rights as a volunteer. All those involved in the working relationship must have a respect for one another and for the mission we have on campus. As a volunteer your responsibilities are:
Be prompt and reliable in reporting for scheduled work. Keep accurate record of your hours by signing in and signing out through our flipcause app at events.
Be prompt in signing up for events either as going or not going. Please see this as good communication. Know this is the first step in volunteering with us.
Come appropriately dressed with a Bunny Besties Shirt, pants and closed toe shoes.
Be considerate and respectful of other team members, respect the abilities and gifts that our diverse team brings, and work as a member of the team.
If you have feedback about another person, please convey it to the supervisor and keep business on the up and up.
Always bring a good attitude.
Carry out assignments in good spirit and seek the assistance of senior team members that require special guidance.
Decline work that is not acceptable to you or to our Best Practices. Do not skimp on our best practices as our professionalism is of utmost importance.
Maintain an open mind in regard to other people’s standards and values. We have a wonderfully diverse team and our mission is to embrace each other with love and acceptance.
We are always looking to improve our offering. Please feel valued to share your feedback, suggestions, and recommendations to your supervisor. They will be welcomed!
Communicate personal limitations to supervisor and team members.
Accept the right of the PAWS program and Bunny Besties to dismiss any volunteer for poor performance, poor attitude and poor attendance or lack of communication.
Give notice to Jennifer Smith with Bunny Besties if you cannot continue in your volunteer position.
All volunteers are required to have a background check completed to begin volunteering with Bunny Besties. Thank you for your help in getting this vital step completed.
It is the policy of this organization to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual preference, age, or disability. Thank you for completing this application form and for your interest in volunteering with us.