Volunteer FAQ

Q: What are the requirements?
A: Volunteers must be 16 or older, complete application, pass a background check (if required for volunteer opportunity), and have a phone or in-person interview with the volunteer coordinator.

Q: How do I get started?
A: Check our current volunteer opportunities and if something interests you, fill out the online volunteer application. 

Q: What is my time commitment?
A: Each volunteer opportunity is different, so times will vary. We like to work with your schedule and circumstances when it comes to scheduling volunteer opportunities. 

Q: May I volunteer in more than one opportunity?
A: Yes! For instance, you may enjoy helping with life skills, but also want to share a meal with our young men at the Carolyn Williams Center. 

Q: I only need 20 hours of community service for school. Can I fulfill this requirement at NSO?
A: While we accept students working toward earning community service hours, we cannot make accommodations for last minute projects. (In other words, do not wait a week until it’s due to get your hours in!)

Q: I have been ordered by a court to do community service. Can I fulfill this requirement at NSO?
A: No. We do not accept volunteers doing court-ordered service.

Q: Why do you need my Social Security and driver’s license numbers?
A: This information is used for background checks and to verify your identity. This information is not recorded in our database and is not shared with anyone. At NSO, maintaining privacy and confidentiality — for our clients, staff and volunteers — is a priority.