Thank you for completing the Volunteer Application, the next step is to complete the Code of Conduct form below. The Volunteer Code of Conduct that is used to guide volunteer actions and responsibilities.  Please feel free to email [email protected] with any questions. Thank you for volunteering with the YMCA of Greater Erie.  We appreciate your time, talent and enthusiasm.

Purpose of Volunteer Code of Conduct

The purpose of these policies is to provide overall guidance, structure and direction to volunteers and staff throughout the volunteer process.  This Code of Conduct does not constitute, either implicitly or explicitly, a binding contractual or personnel agreement.  The YMCA reserves the right to change the Code of Conduct at any time and to expect adherence to the changed policy. 

Code of Conduct

  • a. I should never be alone with program participants. Staff members must be with me during program time.
    b. I shall not abuse participants or staff members in any way including: physical, verbal, sexual, emotional / psychological abuse and neglect. No type of abuse will be tolerated and is cause for immediate dismissal and will be reported to the appropriate authorities.
    c. I will respect program participants’ rights to not be touched in ways that make them feel uncomfortable, and their right to say no. Program participants should never be touched in areas that would be covered by a bathing suit, and I must be careful and respectful of other’s comfort level even when giving a pat on the back or a friendly hug.
    d. I will use positive techniques of guidance, including redirection, positive reinforcement and encouragement rather than competition, comparison, criticism and anger. I am not allowed to discipline the participants; this responsibility is for staff only.
    e. I should report to my volunteer supervisor any concerns regarding staff, participants, or other volunteers
    f. Staff may not be alone with children they meet in YMCA programs outside of the YMCA. This includes babysitting, sleepovers, and inviting children to our home. Any exceptions require a written explanation before the fact and are subject to administrator approval.
    g. All volunteers are prohibited from accessing displaying, producing, possessing, or distributing pornography on YMCA property or equipment or during any organization-associated activity.
  • Under Pennsylvania State Law, volunteers taking an integral part of a regularly scheduled program, activity, or service and accept responsibility for a child, are considered mandated reporters of child abuse. This includes unpaid (volunteers) individuals. Child abuse, according to the CPSL, includes any recent act or failure to act by a perpetrator which causes non-accidental serious physical injury, or non-accidental serious mental injury to a child under 18 years of age, sexual abuse or sexual exploitation to a child under 18 years of age, and serious neglect. “Recent” is defined as an abusive act within two years from the date ChildLine is called. Sexual abuse has no time limit. Child abuse also includes any recent act, failure to act, or series of acts or failures to act by a perpetrator that creates an imminent risk of serious physical injury to or sexual abuse or exploitation of a child under 18 years of age. The law says that mandated reporters must immediately make a report or notify the person in charge. The person in charge or the designee must make a report of suspected child abuse immediately to ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313. Follow up with your supervisor to ensure that appropriate action has been taken.
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