Volunteer Selection Process & Training
1. Application: This gives Lambert House staff basic information about your qualification and interests in volunteering with Lambert House. This allows us to determine if you might be a good match for a volunteer role and will be followed by an interview if there is a potential for a good fit. Please complete and return your application as soon as you can.
2. Interview: All potential volunteers will interview with the Program Manager, sometimes accompanied by other staff as appropriate depending on the volunteer role. Interviews include a tour of Lambert House and can take 1 to 1.5 hours in total. Please bring a photo ID as we will need a copy to conduct a background check.
3. Shadow Shift: Volunteers wishing to work directly with youth must complete a 3 hour “Shadow Shift” with current volunteers in our drop-in center. Potential volunteers have the opportunity to meet youth and other volunteers during drop-in hours to get an idea of what they may expect before making a commitment to Lambert House youth. Volunteers & youth may also give feedback about how the potential volunteer would fit in the role.
4. References Check: Lambert House staff will conduct checks of all references provided via phone or email. Including both pieces of contact information for references, as well as talking with your references in advance, is helpful in completing this step in a timely manner.
5. Seven Year National Criminal Background Check: This step is required by the City of Seattle and will be completed prior to volunteers being invited to training. This will be followed by an annual Washington state check each year a volunteer stays with the organization. An additional driving record check will be done for staff-approved volunteers wishing to transport youth to and from off-site programs and events.
6. Training: Drop-in Center, CyberCenter, Meals Providers, or other volunteers working closely with youth must complete Lambert House volunteer training which is approximately 23 hours long over three weekend days. Training is only scheduled 3 times per year (generally February, June, and October). Only very limited exceptions may be made to start volunteers prior to completing training. Topics include adolescent development, active listening, building allyship to transgender youth, healthy boundaries, limit setting, drug/alcohol abuse, homelessness, crisis intervention, and anti-oppression 101. Some project volunteers may require additional training depending on the needs of their role with us.
7. Commitment: So that Lambert House may continue to offer a wide variety of robust services on a small budget, we ask volunteers to make a 1-year minimum commitment. Many volunteers stay much longer.
Have questions? Send an email to our Program Manager.