SÍclovÍa Application Form
**Must agree to below terms.**
The YMCA of Greater San Antonio follows EEOC guidelines and selects volunteers without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, disability, age, or veteran status of applicants. Applications will be reviewed carefully; however, its receipt does not imply the applicant’s acceptance as a volunteer.
I understand and agree to immediately report incidents or injuries of myself and participants to the YMCA Branch Supervisor.
In the event I am made aware of, or suspect child abuse, I will immediately notify the Executive Director of my YMCA Branch. If the Executive Director is not available, I will immediately notify the staff member in charge of the Branch.
I understand that if I use my automobile, I will not be reimbursed by the YMCA and that the YMCA does not provide automobile insurance.
My personal insurance is my only coverage. I also understand that I am not authorized by the YMCA to transport children on behalf of the YMCA, other than my own, to and from YMCA events.
I understand the policy of the YMCA is to refer all inquiries from the media or press to the Executive Director of my YMCA Branch, and that I am not authorized to speak with the media or the press on behalf of the YMCA.
I understand the policy of the YMCA is to cooperate with the authorities in the investigation of suspected child abuse and molestation situations. I agree to cooperate with the investigations as requested.
I understand and agree that my participation is completely voluntary and I accept full responsibility and assume all of the risks and hazards associated with my participation. In consideration for the YMCA of Greater San Antonio allowing me to participate, I hereby agree to unconditionally release and agree to hold harmless, the YMCA of Greater San Antonio from any and all damages to or loss of property, including attorney’s fees, resulting from or relating to participation as a volunteer whether or not caused by the negligence or gross negligence of any one or more of the released parties. I hereby further conditionally covenant and agree that I will not make any claim or institute any suit or action at law or in equity against any of the Released Parties that is based upon any injury, illness, accident, incident, occurrence or damages to or loss of property arising out of, incidental to or in any way resulting from my participation.
VOLUNTEER CODE OF ETHICS AND RULES
In keeping with the promotion of healthy life-styles, smoking or the use of tobacco products while in service to the YMCA is prohibited.
Using, possessing, or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs is prohibited and will not be tolerated.
Volunteers must not abuse children including:
Physical Abuse – strike, spank, shake, slap
Verbal Abuse – humiliate, degrade, threaten
Sexual Abuse – including inappropriate touching and exposure
Volunteers are required to treat all children with equal respect and consideration regardless of their race, color, religion, national origin, gender or economic background.
Volunteers are required to use positive techniques of guidance, including positive reinforcement and encouragement rather than competition, comparison or criticism.
Volunteers should not use frightening or humiliating discipline techniques.
Volunteers should not use profanity anywhere on a YMCA facility, at a YMCA function or in front of children, families, visitors or other volunteers.
Volunteers should not engage in any intimate displays of affection toward others in the presence of children, families, visitors or other volunteers.
Monetary and expensive gifts to volunteers are prohibited and should be refused.
Volunteers should be free of physical and psychological conditions that might adversely affect the childrens’ health including fever or contagious conditions.
Volunteers should be a positive role model for youth by maintaining an attitude of respect, loyalty, patience, integrity, courtesy, tact and maturity.
Volunteers should do everything in their power to avoid being put in a situation where they are alone with a YMCA child other than their own.
Any suspected abuse or neglect of a child shall be immediately reported to the Executive Director of the Branch. If the Executive Director is not available, the staff member in charge of the Branch should be notified immediately.
By my electronic signature, I verify that I have read and agree to comply with the Volunteer Code of Ethics and Rules. I fully understand that if I am in violation of the Volunteer Code of Ethics and Rules, I am subject to immediate removal as a volunteer at the sole discretion of the YMCA. I hereby affirm that the answers provided on the Volunteer Application and Agreement are true and correct and that I have not knowingly withheld or omitted any fact or circumstance that would, if disclosed, affect my application unfavorably. I understand that any false information submitted in this application may result in my removal as a volunteer.
I certify that the foregoing statements are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief and hereby grant the YMCA permission to verify such information. I understand that any misstatement, false statement, omission or incomplete response on this application may be considered as sufficient reason for rejection of my application or for dismissal if discovered after I begin volunteering. I authorize any of the persons or organizations referenced in this application to give the YMCA any and all information concerning my previous employment, volunteer work, and criminal background check. I release all such parties from all liability from any damages or claims that may result for furnishing such information to the YMCA.
Consent For Criminal Background Check
The YMCA of Greater San Antonio is committed to provide an environment dedicated to its mission and Judeo-Christian values.
Your association with the YMCA as a volunteer is contingent on the results of a background check, including a criminal background history records check and execution of an authorization/waiver/indemnity, along with the other factors consistent with YMCA policies and practices.
I hereby give my permission for the YMCA to obtain information relating to my criminal history (federal and state) through an agency with access to law enforcement records. The criminal history record, as received from the reporting agency, may include arrest and conviction data as well as plea bargains and deferred adjudications and delinquent conduct committed as a juvenile. I understand that this information will be used, in part, to determine my eligibility for an employment/volunteer/independent contractor position with the YMCA. I also understand that as long as I remain an employee, volunteer, or independent contractor, the criminal history records check may be repeated at any time. I understand and agree that if I dispute the content of a background check it is my responsibility to clarify the records to the satisfaction of the YMCA. The YMCA may, in its sole discretion, deny my application to be employed or volunteer, or terminate my employment and service as a volunteer solely on what is learned through the background check.
The findings of this investigative action will be held in confidence and the information will be used only to further the purpose of promoting the values and mission of the YMCA, especially those related to the safety of children in its care. Criminal history records are reviewed only by specifically designated YMCA staff.
I also understand that as long as I remain a volunteer, the YMCA may repeat this criminal history records check at any time, and I authorize the YMCA to repeat this criminal history check at their sole discretion.
I, the undersigned, do, for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, hereby release and forever discharge and agree to indemnify and hold harmless the YMCA of Greater San Antonio and each of their officers, directors, employees, and agents from and against any and all causes of actions, suits, liabilities, costs, debts and sums of money, claims and demands whatsoever, and any and all related attorney’s fees, court costs, and other expenses relating from the investigation of my background in connection with my application to become a volunteer or employee.
I have read or had explained to me the information presented above and understand its contents.