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What Every RDC Volunteer Should Know

What Every RDC Volunteer Should Know






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    • What Every RDC Volunteer Should Know
    • Logging Your Time & Achievements
      Volunteer Sign-In Binders
      • It is vital that you sign in for every shift you attend.
      • If you do not sign in for your volunteer shift, you will not get credit for that shift. This is because we have no way of verifying your attendance.
      • If you come late or leave early, please note this next to your name.
      • If you come to a shift other than the one you are normally scheduled for, please add your name to the bottom of the sign-in sheet with the number of hours you volunteered and your normal volunteer shift.
    • Logging Your Time & Achievements
      • Youth Program Log
      • Please make sure that an intern or volunteer coordinator logs information about EACH student you work with over the course of your shift.
      • If you work with a student that you don’t think got logged, please talk to the intern or volunteer coordinator to verify.
      • Childcare sign-in/out log
      • This log is used to ensure that our childcare program is safe and secure.
      • Please make sure that every parent signs their children in AND out when dropping them off and picking them up. Ensure that they mark what ESL class they are attending so we can easily find them if there is an emergency with their child.
    • Logging Your Time & Achievements
      Adult Drop-In Center Log
      • This log is used to track adults (including college-aged students) and your hours spent helping them.
      • Please fill out the Driving Simulator Log in addition to the Drop-In Log when you work with a client on the driving simulator.
    • Reporting Absences
      If for any reason you will be absent, please email us at:
      • Please include your name, student ID (if applicable), volunteer shift, and reason for absence.
      • We use this information to determine reliability for every volunteer at the end of the semester.
      • Please DO NOT call the RDC office or email any staff member personally to report an absence.
      • Please review the “Things Every Service-Learning Student Should Know” document on our website for a list of acceptable and unacceptable reasons for absence.
    • General Guidelines & Info
      You are permitted to work with RDC students only during program hours. Do not work with them off-site or transport them in your vehicle.
      • When in the presence of children, please make sure that there is always a second adult with you in the room. Should a child need to visit a restroom, please bring another volunteer with you.
      Please keep your cell phone turned off. Do not text or call during your volunteer shift.
      Be sure to dress modestly and appropriately.
      Youth Program Volunteers: when there is a snow day, you are responsible for finding out that the Lansing School District is closed.
    • Volunteer Evaluations
      The RDC has its own evaluation protocol. For those volunteering for class credit through CSLCE, this has already been communicated with your professor.
      You do not need to bring any evaluation forms to us at the end of the semester. We complete our evaluations electronically and email them to your instructors, so there is nothing for you to pick up at the end of the semester.
      Students are expected to tutor consistently throughout the entire semester, regardless of the amount of hours they are required to complete for their class.
      Failure to do so will be reflected in the end-of-semester evaluations.
    • Background Checks
      We need four background checks from each of our volunteers.
      DHS Central Registry Clearance
      Michigan Sex-Offender Registry
      National Sex-Offender Registry
      • If we do not have all four documents by February 18, you will stop receiving credit for your volunteer hours. These hours cannot be reinstated.
    • A Few Notes About the RDC Building:
      The RDC is housed in a church building, and out of respect to the others with whom we share the building, we ask that you help us:
      Keep conversations and noise in the hallways to a minimum. PLEASE help us keep children out of the hallways, and remind them to be quiet and respectful as they come in and out of the building.
      The elevator is off-limits to youth 
      For information about the location of RDC and our other program locations, please see our website: www.refugeedevelopmentcenter.com.
    • Contact Information
      (also listed on the website)
      Nikki McCabe
      AmeriCorps VISTA / Volunteer Coordinator at the RDC
      Contact Nikki with questions regarding volunteer scheduling, hours, evaluations, or general volunteering concerns.
      Ariel Rodriguez Peña
      Youth Education Specialist / Lead ESL Faculty at the RDC
      email: arp.refugeedevelopmentcenter@yahoo.com
      Contact Ariel with specific concerns regarding ESL classes or Eastern youth programming.
      Amanda Gillis
      Youth & Volunteer Outreach Assistant
      email: ag.refugeedevelopmentcenter@yahoo.com
      Contact Amanda with specific concerns regarding Pattengill youth programming.
      • Telephone: 517.482.2252
    • Programming & Scheduling
      Pekham ESL classes
      Tuesday & Thursday 3:30pm – 5:30pm
      All Peckham volunteers need to have their own transportation, since there is no CATA bus line to this location.
      Evening ESL classes
      Monday – Thursday 6:00pm – 8:00pm
      ESL Childcare
      Monday – Thursday 6:00pm – 8:00pm
       Adult Drop-In Center
      Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 5:00pm – 8:00pm 
      Youth Program
      At Eastern High School: Monday – Thursday 3:00pm – 5:00pm
      At Pattengill Middle School: Tuesday & Thursday 3:15-5:15
      Scheduling Order:
      1. Math and science/Youth tutoring
      2. Non-MSU volunteers
      3. Students with transportation
      4. TE-250
      5. All other MSU students