Volunteer and Community Skills and Talent Exchange Policy

Volunteer and Community Skills and Talent Exchange Policy

Statement of Purpose

The East Cleveland Public Library welcomes those who wish to share and donate their knowledge, skills and talents to the provision of public library service in the community of East Cleveland, Ohio. Volunteers contribute to the well-being of their community and are a valuable part of the library’s relationship with the community it serves. Volunteers derive benefits from their contribution of effort by developing skills, accumulating work experience and by actively supporting library services. The library and its volunteers work together to meet its goals and mission while maximizing the use of skills and talent that exist in our community.

Definition of a Volunteer

A volunteer shall be considered as any individual, 16 years of age or older, who contributes un paid time, energy and talents directly to or on behalf of the East Cleveland Public Library. The East Cleveland Public Library will also welcome community and education partners and other stakeholders that seek training opportunities for their client and student’s internships.

Definition of Skills or Talent

Performing and creative arts, foreign languages and sign language, reading coaches, tutoring, maintenance (painting, cleaning etc.), technical, self-help, motivational speaking and other transferable professional skills.

How to Become a Volunteer or share skills and talent

• All volunteers are required to fill out an online Volunteer & Community Skills Exchange application.

• The Human Resources Manager will review the completed application form.

• Volunteers are selected based on their qualifications in relation to the needs of the library at any given time.

• Volunteers under consideration may be subject to a background check when working with youth.

• If selected, volunteers will be contacted for an interview.

• If not selected, applications will be kept on file for six months.

• Volunteers under age eighteen must have the application signed by a parent or legal guardian.


Each volunteer will have an on-site supervisor and is expected to follow the procedures established by that staff member. This supervisor is responsible for day-to-day management and guidance of a volunteer’s work and will be available for consultation and assistance. Volunteers should feel free to ask any questions of this person or report any problems or concerns about their assignment. Volunteers are expected to perform their assigned duties to the best of their abilities and to be loyal to the mission, values, goals and follow the ECPL Employee Handbook.

Job Orientation and Training

Before beginning a volunteer assignment, the Human Resources Manager will be responsible for the following:

-Take the volunteer on a tour of the building;

-Introduce volunteer to library staff;

-Advise volunteer of the staff member who will be their Supervisor

-Review library and volunteer policies;

-Review job duties and expectations;

-Have volunteer complete Criminal and Child Abuse Background Checks if applicable.

-Confirm work dates, times, and anticipated duration of the assignment;

Dress Code

Each volunteer's dress and grooming must be appropriate for a business environment

and in keeping with his or her work assignment. If a volunteer is dressed in an

inappropriate manner, they will not be able to volunteer on their shift.


Nothing in this policy shall be deemed to create a contract between the volunteer and the East Cleveland Public Library. Both the volunteer and the East Cleveland Public Library have the right to terminate the volunteer’s association with the library at any time, for any reason, with or without cause. The East Cleveland Public Library will not provide any medical, health, or worker’s compensation benefits for any volunteer. Volunteers will not be eligible to receive any worker’s compensation benefits for any injuries sustained while functioning as a volunteer. Potential volunteers will complete a volunteer application meets and with the appropriate Department Manager prior to beginning services.  

A background check may be made on adult volunteers.  Acceptance of an application is at the Library’s discretion.  The Library does not offer court-ordered community service hours. Volunteers are required to make a commitment of at least 6 (six) months.


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