Many of the youth we serve at YouthCare have experienced trauma, abuse, neglect, or rejection for their identities. To protect themselves, they have learned to trust no one. Meal service at YouthCare's Orion Center is often the very first point of entry for youth to get off the streets, come inside, get warm and dry, and begin talking to staff. These conversations are key: "Where are you sleeping tonight?" "Do you need a doctor?" "Are you safe?" Without volunteers helping in the kitchen, YouthCare's staff wouldn't be available to begin these dialogues. Meals provide critical opportunities to stay in touch with youth, build their trust, and connect them with services. Thank you for your help in meeting an important basic need for our young people and for enabling our staff to connect with them.
 
Before filling out this form, please make sure you have looked at which dates have available volunteer opportunities on the online meal calendar. Additionally, please review the Meal Group Guide. This is an important document that will help you and your group understand meal guidelines and expectations, as well as give you some ideas as you plan your meal shift.
**Please note: we will not be scheduling any new meal groups with volunteers under the age of 18 as of March 1, 2016. All volunteers must be a minimum of 18 years old.
 
Please fill out the application form below so we can understand your group's goals and availability. After completing and submitting this form, you will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator to coordinate further details. Thank you!

* 1. Contact Information

* 2. On what date would your group like to serve?

First preference
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Additional/alternative date(s) if desired:
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Other:
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* 3. If you entered an additional/alternative date(s), please leave comments here:

* 4. Which meal are you signing up to serve?

* 5. Help us plan for the meal appropriately.

* 6. What organization or company is your group affiliated with?

* 7. What would you like your public group name to be?

* 8. Please provide a website or sentence describing your group for the online calendar:

Meal Group Agreements

* 9. The statements below are requirements for all meal group volunteers. If you have any questions, please read the Meal Group Guide. By agreeing, you acknowledge that you understand and will comply:

  Fully Agree Cannot Comply
I have read and understand the Meal Group Guide.
We have a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 8 people in our volunteer group.
All volunteers must be age 18 or older. Everyone in our volunteer group is age 18 or older.
If we take pictures, we will only take pictures of members of our volunteer group. No YouthCare youth will be included in these pictures.
My volunteer group agrees to refrain from proselytizing in any way, including but not limited to refraining from religious proselytizing.

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Demographic Information (optional):

These demographic questions are used to help the YouthCare Volunteer Program plan its recruitment and outreach efforts. Answers to these questions have absolutely no impact on applicants and are strictly used for internal analysis. Applicants are encouraged but not required to answer these questions.

* 10. Please enter your birthdate

* 11. What gender do you identify as?

* 13. How did you hear about YouthCare?

* 14. United States Military Veteran?

* 15. My group needs special accommodations

* 16. Do you have any other comments, questions, or concerns?

The online meal calendar is updated as quickly as possible. We will be in touch with you shortly to confirm and/or coordinate with you on this meal.
Thank you for your willingness to show our community's homeless youth you care!

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