Youth twelve and over gain new skills and impact their community. Youth 7-11 may volunteer with a parent or guardian. All youth under eighteen must have parental permission to volunteer in county departments.Adults learn new skills or share acquired ones while they help their neighbors and contribute to the livability of Marion County.Families benefit by adopting a section of county road, cleaning a county park or helping during special activities such as one-time community events.Students such as high school and college students prepare for the workforce as volunteers while gaining experience and, often, class credit.Groups such as church, community, service, support and youth groups find adopting projects or conducting programs within county departments connects them with the needs of their neighbors.
How do I become a volunteer?
Inquire if you do not see a volunteer job that interests or suits you. You can check with the county's volunteer coordinator about additional possibilities. Many departments are willing to create a job with a volunteer's unique skills or interests in mind.Additional information about becoming a Marion County volunteer is available to you. E-mail or contact the county's volunteer coordinator:
PO Box 14500Salem, Oregon 97309-5036Phone: 503-588-7990Fax: 503-588-5495E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
As a volunteer, what can I expect?
An interview will occur after you apply to ensure a successful match between you, the department, and the job. However, for some short-term or one-time positions the interview process may be waived or modified.An orientation is provided that acquaints you with Marion County policies and procedures. Also included in the orientation are the expectations you should have for the county, expectations the county has of you, and general information about departments, advisory boards, and volunteer opportunities. The county volunteer orientation is provided by the county volunteer coordinator.Training is provided by the department or program. At that time you will receive a department orientation, workplace safety requirements, department procedures, and supervision to develop necessary job skills.Recognition is important to the county. As a Marion County volunteer you will be thanked for your contribution. Each spring during National Volunteer Week, county volunteers are thanked and recognized.Evaluation and feedback of the work that you have accomplished and guidance on the expectations of the position should be provided by your department supervisor. As a valued volunteer, you are invited to offer ideas and suggestions that help keep the county's programs and services in touch with the needs of the people of Marion County.