OUR VOLUNTEERS ROCK! They are the helping hands that make everything we do at ACO possible. Without the 32,000+ hours given each year by more than 3,500 volunteers, services and programs offered to families in need would not be possible. Volunteers may give as much or as few hours of their time as their schedule allows.
Volunteering is easy, and we have just a few requirements!
- The “Volunteer Application” can be found by clicking the button below.
- To insure everyone’s safety, all adult volunteers are required to pass a criminal background check. Adults 18 years or Older are required to complete the volunteer application on ACO’s website.
- All adults are subject to a criminal-only background check. ACO wants to keep our families and fellow volunteers safe so background checks are required with no exception.
- Theft and assault charges are not accepted.
Once you have received notice that your application has cleared please contact us to get started as a new ACO VOLUNTEER!
Here are the three possible parts that are needed to become a volunteer at ACO:
- Part 1 – Everyone (regardless of age) that will be a volunteer MUST complete an ACO Volunteer Application online
- Whether it is as a General Volunteer, Student Service Hours, or Court Appointed, you must complete the ACO Volunteer Application online
- Whether you are 15 years old or 90 years old, an ACO Volunteer Application must be completed online
- Part 2 – Pay for the Volunteer Background Check or Court Appointed fee if you are under 18
- If you are 18 years old or older, then you must complete Part 2 and pay for the Volunteer Background Check regardless if you are a General Volunteer, Student Service Hours, or Court Appointed
- If you are under 18 years old and are serving Court Appointed Service Hours, you must also pay for Court Appointed fee (same fee/amount as the Background Check, but there is no background check performed under 18 years of age)
- It is only if you are under 18 years old and are volunteering as a general volunteer or school service hours that you are NOT required to complete Part 2
- Part 3 – Complete the Online Background Check (Volunteers 18 and Older Only)
- Once you have paid for the Volunteer Background Check in Part 2, you will receive the instructions on how to complete this last required step.
- Only those people over 18 years old must complete this last step.
- If you are under 18 years old, then you do NOT need to complete this step.
Are you a student and want to Volunteer with ACO? Then read this info!!
- College and High School students may volunteer independently at the ACO Resale Shop and the ACO Food Pantry.
- Students under the age of 18 are required to get parent’s consent and must complete only Part 1 of the application.
- Students in Middle School (12-13 years of age) are required to work with a parent and are eligible to work at the ACO Resale Shop, the ACO Food Pantry, and special events or projects. Students may complete only Part 1 of the ACO Volunteer application, parents will need to complete all parts of the application.
Here are some of the many different ways you can volunteer your time at ACO. Click on the links below for detailed information:
- The ACO Resale Shops, including the Treasure Chest need volunteers for sorting clothing and items donated in the back of the store, preparing displays and items in the front of the store, and helping customers.
- Summer Kids Food and “Back to School” Supplies – these programs support families of Allen area kids who during the school year receive free or reduced meals. Volunteers are needed to help sort and bag summer food, as well as new school supplies for Back to School
- Holiday Food Drive – A large holiday food drive is held in early November and bags of food are packed just before Thanksgiving and distributed to families in need of food. Bags are again distributed to families at Christmastime.
- Holiday Adoption Program – A Christmas Adoption program for children, teens and seniors is coordinated by volunteers and a toy drive is held to benefit Allen area families.
- Office Assistance/ Front Desk Volunteers During special times of the year such as holidays or before big events volunteers are also vital to the office staff to provide the extra helping hands to take care of the paper work, phone calling, and organization.
- GED Class Tutors are needed to help the GED Instructor assist students during class time on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the ACO community room.
- Special Events are short-term projects to raise funds for ACO and are volunteer intensive. The Wine Tasting, Golf Tournament, and other events are fun and provide major fund-raising opportunities for ACO. They also provide a variety of ways for volunteers to help out.
There are also many opportunities to help out ACO that you can do on your own! Here are a few ideas…
- Service Projects Ideas Held Outside of the ACO Center Great for students, churches, scouts and organizations working as a group. Have a parent or adult verify your total hours spent on your project and the Director of Volunteer Services will sign off on your project.
- Food Drive for ACO Food Pantry (see list of items needed on ACO website)
- Clothing Drive for ACO Resale Shop (keep it broad or make it specific such as a blue jean drive, coat drive, used book drive, – visit the shop for more ideas)
- Hold a Care & Share Drive to help provide local families with household cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items.
After your application has cleared you may contact the following to get on the volunteer schedule.
- Food Pantry, (972) 727-9131 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Resale Shop, 1-844-9RESALE (1-844-973-7253) or email@example.com
- Treasure Chest, firstname.lastname@example.org
For other programs and special projects contact Janis Christie, Director of Volunteer Services, 972-727-9131 or email@example.com.