Please complete this application form if you are interested in becoming a Denton County Friends of the Family volunteer. Once you complete the form, click the submit button at the bottom.
We like to keep volunteers informed of important news, schedules, and volunteer opportunities by email, however will not send you any email you prefer not to receive. Use the checkboxes below to select the kinds of email you would like to receive from us.
We provide an online "Volunteer Information Center" where volunteers may check their schedules, update their information, and receive messages. Please select the password you would like to use to access the online Volunteer Information Center.
In order to volunteer with our agency, you must meet the following requirements: pass a criminal background check, pass a child abuse/neglect registry check, have not received DCFOF services within the past year, and are 18 years or older.
You may optionally provide the following information. It is used only to help us get a better idea of the demographic make-up of our volunteers.
Please indicate the days and times you are usually available to volunteer. Many of our volunteer and internship roles require extensive screening and training; thus, we prefer a minimum one year commitment of volunteer service.
Help us find the best volunteer opportunity(ies) for you!
For volunteers seeking to work directly with clients:
Many clients have chaotic lives, tragic circumstances, and are very, very distressed. Sometimes, volunteers can feel similarly overwhelmed and distressed. There is also a phenomenon called “vicarious traumatization”, where you may feel similar victimization after listening to clients tell their story. Additionally, volunteers often have their own past experiences of abuse or assault. These similar experiences may be what gave you the passion to reach out and help others! Giving back and making a difference can be rewarding and healing, however, it can also trigger unresolved issues and pain. If you have not obtained counseling to work on past abuse or trauma, we strongly encourage you to do so before volunteering to work with victims. Due to potential conflicts of interest, we ask that current clients seek volunteer opportunities at other agencies. A client must have terminated services at least a year prior to volunteering with our agency. If you choose to receive client services at Friends of the Family, we will ask you to stop your volunteer activities. If you want to seek counseling elsewhere can provide some referral options. There are many volunteer options that do not include direct work with clients!
Considering the above information, please let us know whether or not you would like to work directly with clients.
Every DCFOF volunteer is required to attend Volunteer Orientation. Please schedule a time to attend an orientation. If you have already attended an orientation, please indicate that below. Since COVID began, we have moved to Zoom Orientations. You will be sent a link to the meeting two days before your scheduled Orientation. We will let you know if we are able to start opening them up in person again.
I understand and agree that submitting this application form does not automatically register me as a Denton County Friends of the Family volunteer, and that there may be certain qualifications I must meet, including the acceptance of established volunteer policies and procedures before I may begin volunteering.
By submitting this form, I attest that the information I have provided on the form is true and accurate.