|Upon submitting your volunteer
application form, you have agreed to contribute a minimum if one hour per
week to assist the individual with whom you are assigned. We are
counting on you to follow through with these responsibilities and to make
at least weekly contacts with the probationer.
Regular contacts depict personal
interest and may assist in the family religion, motivation to help build
strong family ties, and identify problem areas and increase trust.
If for any reason, you are
not able to continue your case assignment, please contact the Probation
Officer immediately. In order to further coordinate the “team effort”
volunteers are requested to:
1. Make a minimum of one weekly
contact with the probationer and sufficient collateral contacts with family,
employer or others to reinforce and strengthen supervisory programming.
2. Submit a monthly resume
or summary of contacts and activities of the probationer to the Probation
3. Be alert and innovative
for new approaches in successfully dealing with specific problems encountered
by the probationer.
4. Make a personal contact
with the Probation Officer once each month either in person or by telephone.
5. Advise of new ways and
means which you feel will make probation more effective in meeting the
needs of the offender and the society.
Although the volunteer is
nor an authoritarian figure ( a Probation Officer fulfills this role).....hopefully
you will be the probationer’s friend, counselor and helpmate. When
reprieve, reprimand, or authoritative approach is in order, recommend the
course of action to the Probation Officer. DO NOT EXERCISE AUTHORITY
OF YOUR OWN IN THIS REGARD!!!!!!!
REMEMBER, major responsibilities
of volunteers include empathy but not sympathy to the point where objectivity
REMEMBER, information about
probationers background and activities is classified and should be kept
confidential between you and the Probation Officer.