BBBS East TN Volunteer Application

Basic Information

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Contact Information

Knoxville Office:  
Anderson, Blount, Knox, Sevier

Tri-Cities Office: 
Carter, Hawkins, Roane, Sullivan, Washington 

To ensure safety, our process includes a basic screening of other adults living in a volunteer's home. Please list the full name, other names used (maiden, alias, etc.), and birth date of ALL adults 18 year or older living in your home:

Employer Information

Additional Information

Previous Experience

References and Background Check

Please provide at least three references who you have known at least a year and have ideally observed you around children. A reference from a Spouse/Spousal Equivalent or Significant Other is required. Substitute a Parent or Adult Child if no Spouse/Spousal Equivalent or Significant Other.
Spousal/Familial Reference

Professional Reference (Direct Supervisor)

Personal Reference

Volunteer Experience

I understand that:
  1. The references and youth organizations that I have worked for or been involved with as a volunteer whose information I have provided may be contacted by telephone or email.
  2.  I am in no way obligated to perform any volunteer services.
  3. I will be asked to provide my social security number.
  4. I will need to be fingerprinted.
  5. The information I provide may be used to conduct a background check, to include a driving records check, criminal background check, and other records where required by local, state, or federal law for volunteers working with youth. If matched, the information I provided may also be used to conduct an annual criminal background and driving records check. Continued involvement will be based on the information discovered.
  6.  Big Brothers Big Sisters has the right to accept or deny program participants and is not obligated to match me with a youth. Big Brothers Big Sisters is not required to provide me with a reason if I am not accepted or matched with a youth.
  7. As part of the enrollment process, I agree to provide additional personal information to assist Big Brothers Big Sisters in making a recommendation for matching.
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Confidentiality Policy 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee respects the confidentiality of client and volunteer records and, with the exception of situations listed belowshares information about clients and volunteers only among the agency professional staff.

All records are considered the property of the agency and not the agency workers or clients or volunteers themselves. Records are not available for review by the clients or volunteers.

1.        Information will be released to other individuals or non-BBBS organizations only with the client or volunteer's written consent.

2.       Identifying information regarding clients and volunteers may be used in agency publications or promotional materials unless the clients or volunteer request otherwise.

3.       For purposes of program evaluation, audit, or accreditation, and with the prior approval of the Board of Directors, certain outside bodies such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of America may have access to client and volunteer records.

4.       Members of the Board of Directors or evaluators appointed by the Board have access to client files upon authorization of the Board of Directors.

5.       Information shall only be provided to law enforcement officials or the courts pursuant to a valid and enforceable subpoena.

6.       Information shall be provided to an agency's legal counsel in the event litigation or potential litigation involving the agency.

7.       State law mandates that suspected child abuse be reported to the Tennessee Department of Children's Services.

8.       If an agency worker receives information indicating that a client or volunteer may be dangerous to himself or herself or to others, necessary steps may be taken to protect the appropriate party. This may include a medical referral or report to the local law enforcement authorities.

9.       At the time a child or volunteer is considered as a match candidate, information is shared between the prospective match parties. The information about the volunteer may include such items as: age, sex, race, religion, interests, hobbies, marriage, family status, sexual orientation, living situation, etc. Information about the child may include such items as age, sex, race, religion, interests, hobbies, family situation, etc.

Firearms and Weapons Guidelines and Attestation

A.  If a Big owns any type of firearm the Big is required to disclose that information to BBBS staff.  BBBS will make the guardian aware of the firearm. 

B.  The firearm should be secured from the Little at all times, unloaded, with the ammunition also secured and located in a different part of the residence.  

C.  Even if the Big has a carrying permit, they are not permitted to carry a concealed weapon with them on outings. Exception ONLY for police officers.

D.  If the child has access to firearms at the home, the Big would be allowed to attend gun safety training courses with the Little once approved by the CEO.