Volunteer Rights and Responsibilities
B.A.A. Volunteers have a defined set of rights and responsibilities
The relationship between the B.A.A. and its volunteers is a mutual agreement, which addresses the organization’s needs when conducting events and programs in the community and provides an opportunity to contribute to a healthful community event and aid in the mission of the B.A.A.
When an individual decides to serve as a B.A.A. volunteer, he or she undertakes to project the mission and spirit of the organization and is expected to abide to the regulations detailed in the Volunteer Standards of Conduct and Guidelines. The B.A.A. undertakes to provide a rewarding and fulfilling experience for its volunteers, participants and community members.
We are extraordinarily grateful for your thoughtful service, as are all of our competitors.
- The right to feel valued: Volunteering is a significant commitment that you choose to make. In return, you have the right to feel that your time and contribution - however long you've volunteered and whatever your task - is valued.
- The right to information about your volunteer role or project: You have the right to know the “who, what, when, why, and how” of your volunteer position.
- The right to discuss your volunteer role: You have the right to talk to your volunteer manager to discuss ways you might be able to shift your role or take on another position.
- The right to feel safe: You have the right to be informed of any potential risks as well as have precautionary measures and safety procedures in place to ensure your physical and emotional well-being.
- The right to leave: If for any reason you no longer feel safe with your role or surroundings, you have the right to leave. If this becomes the case, please follow up with the B.A.A. to complete an exit interview.
- The responsibility to honor the organization's investment in you: The B.A.A. makes a significant investment in our volunteers. Taking steps to be a respectful, efficient and productive representative is a way to honor that investment.
- The responsibility to follow through on your obligations: You have the responsibility to honor the volunteer role and schedule agreed to, provide ample notice if you are unable to perform tasks or responsibilities, cooperate with on-site authorities, and serve as a good representative of the organization and community.
- The responsibility to take care of yourself: You have the responsibility to make sure that you aren't overextending yourself or causing yourself physical, mental, or emotional harm by taking on roles that aren't a good fit or that you aren't prepared for.
- The responsibility to communicate your needs: Don’t hesitate to let your volunteer manager or team captain know if you feel you need additional tools, training, or support.