It’s just once a week, but it means the world to these kids, who look forward to volunteers coming by each week to help with homework and play with them. When you volunteer to join us to visit the Queen Elizabeth Home for Children, please be sure to keep the rules in mind.
And that starts with making sure you’re dressed appropriately. That means no shorts, tank tops, halter backs or revealing clothing.
Once you arrive at the school, please be sure to report to the office.
We want to make sure that we’re teaching the kids great manners. That means you should always greet staff members, and when you do, make sure you always use the title “Ms.” That way, we’re re-enforcing respect by showing children how to address elders, and those who are in authority.
There are many places you can go on property, but you must avoid the office, pantry, laundry room, garden or storeroom. If you want to visit the kitchen, make sure you have permission from the cook or someone from staff first. And speaking of the staff, stay out of their rooms, unless you have permission first. Oh, and remember, chairs are for sitting, don’t sit on the tables.
And if you’ve noticed, we said “on the property.” That means you can’t take kids off the property without permission from management or staff.
We shouldn’t have to say this, but just in case: always be respectable. That means no bad language.
So what if the child you’re helping does something wrong? First, seek out help from a staff member to appropriately discipline a child. And that’s important, because as volunteers, we’re also required to report any misconduct of any child.
Sometimes, the kids will want to be helpful and tell you how things are. However, no instructions should be taken from the children. If a child tells you that you can do something, always confirm and verify with someone from staff.
Cleanliness is next to godliness, so always instruct children to clean up after all activities.
Is the child you’re helping interested in playing with your iPhone? You might want to put it away because permission should not be given to children to use personal items. If you decide to ignore that, and let them play with your iPhone anyway, and it gets broken, that’s on you, because the home is not responsible for any personal items.
Of course, we all love candy. And being around children, we might be tempted to give candy. But reconsider. Don’t give candy to children without permission from management or staff.
And here’s the biggest one that we have to enforce rather strictly: No photos. We would have to get permission first, so make sure you talk to a volunteer coordinator before you whip out your camera, no matter how cute the picture is.
We really appreciate your help in abiding by these very important rules!