Volunteerism is one of the noblest of human endeavors. That is why SMILE welcomes and appreciates volunteers as much as donations, sponsorship and partnerships. Not only can volunteerism transcend current market values for time and effort, but it also provides that special personal touch that is often lacking in today’s society.
SMILE needs volunteers in many areas of its operations. For instance, its Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, known as RSVP, places senior volunteers throughout Lafayette in various positions.
The Head Start/Early Head Start Program also needs volunteers, and uses their service as the non-federal match required by the federal government in order to receive funding. Head Start/Early Head Start volunteers complete a range of activities, from helping out in the classroom to reading to children. Head Start/Early Head Start parents, guardians and grandparents are especially invited to serve as volunteers.
In addition, SMILE needs professionals to volunteer as consultants, and provide in-kind service in their areas of expertise for training and workshops. The Agency can also use volunteers to provide general office assignments, or complete improvements to property such as painting and maintenance.
Community service can also be completed through SMILE.
To Become A Volunteer
Persons interested in volunteering for SMILE should contact the Human Resources Department.
The volunteer process includes completing an application and a Personnel Record Update Form, as well as signing off on the Agency’s Confidentiality Statement, Drug-Free Work Acknowledgment and Sexual Harassment Policy Statement.
Volunteers must receive official approval for their service, and document their volunteer hours with a Sign-In/Sign-Out Form.
Head Start/Early Head Start volunteers are also required to have a physical (including TB testing), as well as a criminal background check.
For more information, contact the Human Resources Department at (337) 234-3272, Ext. 220.