Volunteer Code of Ethics

  1. Smoking or use of tobacco products in the presence of children is prohibited
  2. Using, possessing, or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs will not be tolerated
  3. Volunteers shall not abuse children including:
    • Physical Abuse: Strike, spank, shake, slap
    • Verbal Abuse: Humiliate, degrade, threaten
    • Sexual Abuse: Including inappropriate touching and exposure
    • Mental Abuse
  4. Volunteers must treat children of all races, religions, and cultures with respect and consideration.
  5. Volunteers must use positive techniques of guidance, including positive reinforcement and encouragement rather than competition, comparison, or criticism
  6. Volunteers shall abstain from humiliating or frightening discipline techniques.
  7. Volunteers shall not use profanity in the presence of children or parents.
  8. Volunteers will refrain from intimate display of affection towards others in the presence of children, parents, other adults or staff members.
  9. Monetary and expensive gifts to volunteers are prohibited.
  10. Volunteers must be free of physical and psychological conditions that might adversely affect children’s health, including fever or contagious conditions.
  11. Volunteers will portray a positive role model for youth by maintaining an attitude of respect, loyalty, patience, integrity, courtesy, tact, and maturity.
  12. Volunteers will avoid being put in a situation where they are alone with a YMCA child other than their own.
  13. Caring for a YMCA child during a one-on-one basis such as baby-sitting is prohibited unless the child is the volunteer’s own child.
  14. Volunteers will not fraternize with YMCA youth participants away from the YMCA. However, if Y volunteers have children that have YMCA participants as friends, the Y volunteer must obtain permission from the YMCA youth participants’ parents to fraternize with their children. If the YMCA learns of a violation of this policy, the violation may be grounds for removal as a volunteer.
  15. Texas State laws require that all citizens report any suspected abuse or neglect of a child to the Texas Dept. of Family and Protective Services and local law enforcement agencies.
  16. I understand that as a volunteer for the YMCA, I will be subject to a background check, including criminal history.
  17. Understand that any violation of this code may be grounds for removal as a volunteer.