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I Have A Dream Volunteer Application

Please read and be certain you agree to adhere to the Liability Release  & Code of Conduct on page two and the Media Release on page three of this application before proceeding.

Note: It is the policy of the "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County to run an annual background check and/or motor vehicle check on all applicants and other volunteers that may have substantial contact with Dreamer Scholars for the protection, safety and well-being of all parties involved.  After initial approval of this application, you will be asked to provide authorization for a background check through one of our vendors. 

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Additional Information

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Background and Experience

Volunteer Interests

Emergency Contact

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Please read the information below before submitting your application!

Once you click the submit button below, your volunteer application will be sent to our volunteer coordinators. Due to the number of applicants we receive, you will only be contacted when there is an open volunteer opportunity that you could potentially be a good fit. Your application will remain active for 6 months. Thank you!

Risk Acknowledgement & Release of Liability

All volunteers of the “I Have A Dream'' Foundation of Boulder County (IHDF) are asked to acknowledge the risk inherent in serving as a volunteer. IHDF requires all volunteers to adhere to state, local and IHDF guidelines related to any Public Health Related Emergencies.

We recognize that volunteers who have underlying health conditions may be at higher risk than others. If you have any questions about your health risks when volunteering for IHDF, please consult your physician to take appropriate precautions. In addition, we ask that you acknowledge that volunteering poses known and unknown risks, including exposure to any current public health related illnesses, or potential injuries while participating in IHDF program related activities.

Volunteers who do not agree to follow and/or do not follow IHDF policies, guidelines and instructions acknowledge this can be grounds for dismissal.

I will refrain from contact with staff, volunteers, students, and other stakeholders if I am showing or experiencing any of  the following symptoms related to any current public health related emergency:




      Difficulty breathing

      Other symptoms related to any public health related emergency 

I will refrain from contact with staff, volunteers, students, and other stakeholders if at anytime during my volunteer service  I have knowingly been exposed to anyone who is exhibiting any of  the above symptoms or has been diagnosed and/or required to quarantine as a result of any current public health related emergency.

I acknowledge the potential known and unknown risks posed by volunteering with IHDF, including exposure to current public health related illnesses which could result in serious illness or death, or potential injuries while participating in IHDF program related activities. I am choosing on my own free will to volunteer with the "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County. I will not hold "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County, its representatives, officers, agents, and employees accountable for any actions, claims or demands for injuries, damages or loss resulting from my volunteering with the "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County.

Code of Conduct & Expecations

As a volunteer with “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Boulder County, I agree to:


        Fulfill my volunteer commitment with the “I Have A Dream” Foundation to the best of my ability. Volunteer as scheduled and contact my assigned Supervisor or Program Director in advance, if I am unable to attend a scheduled session.


        Act as a positive role model encouraging high academic standards and emotional growth in Dreamer Scholars; be consistent, dependable and not make promises I cannot keep; model the same behavior expected of the Dreamer Scholars.


        Dress appropriately and abide by all dress codes; act appropriately including: no engaging in the use of alcohol and/or substances prior to meeting with or during contact with Dreamer Scholars, alcohol/substance abuse, profanity and inappropriate language, discussion of, or dissemination of, inappropriate subjects, or taking/sharing inappropriate photos.


        Show up 10-15 minutes prior to the beginning of volunteering  and stay 10-15 minutes after to check in with program staff.


        Follow the instruction  of my supervisor,  Program Director (PD), or Program Specialist (PS), and support them in engaging the Dreamer Scholars in program activities or as assigned for competing tasks, projects, committee work, or other assignments as applied to the role I am filling.


        Not record video, audio, or take photos of Dreamer Scholars, IHDF Staff members or volunteers without permission and authorization from IHDF Staff.


        Not engage in social media with Dreamer Scholars and restrict my accounts such that Dreamer Scholars do not have access to any potentially inappropriate content connected with my accounts.


        Refrain from being alone and unsupervised with Dreamer Scholars and will remain in the line of sight and under direct supervision of IHDF program staff at all times unless approved and directed by the IHDF Program Director.


        Refrain from contact (e.g. grabbing coffee, shooting hoops, etc.) outside of scheduled program hours; or volunteer in a Dreamer Scholar’s home unless specifically authorized by "I Have A Dream” staff.


        Not initiate and/or engage in any virtual/online contact with Dreamer Scholars unless approved by my assigned supervisor or Program Director (PD). If approved to provide virtual and/ or hybrid support to a Dreamer Scholar, I will also follow all expectations shared with me as outlined in the  Virtual/Online Volunteer Support Expectations.


        Address any questions, issues, or concerns directly with my assigned supervisor. Direct all conflict resolution, incidents, and behavior issues to IHDF staff and will not physically touch a Dreamer Scholar to redirect them for any reason.


        Immediately tell the PD or PS if I have any reasonable concern, know of, or suspect a Dreamer Scholar has potentially been or has been subjected to any form of abuse or neglect.  I understand that additional training regarding Child Protection will be offered by IHDF once per semester and my attendance is strongly encouraged.


        Never laugh at a student’s mistake. Do not assume what a student should/shouldn’t know. Support students by encouraging them and empowering them to succeed. This will increase their self-esteem and self-respect.


        Support the Dreamer Scholar’s quest for all post-secondary options (college, higher education, vocational school, meaningful career, etc.).

        Exercise appropriate confidentiality by not sharing, revealing and/or discussing personal information, records, forms, names, etc. outside of the organization that have been shared with you confidentially and/or unless given permission or made public by the organization. This includes refraining from utilizing volunteer email addresses and other contact information to discuss and/or promote non-program related information or questions (including political campaigning).

        Never intercede for a parent/caregiver.  If the Dreamer Scholar has a conflict with the law, school, etc. their parent is responsible for the child. Only become involved if the PD/PS asks you to/approves your involvement.

        When volunteering at a school or community center program site: follow all school and center policies and leave the volunteer areas tidy.


        Update the Volunteer Department, as well as my assigned supervisor, Program Director, or Program Specialist, should my contact information change (address, phone, email, etc.) and when I plan to end my volunteer service.


        Read the Volunteer Orientation Handbook and if requested, attend a required volunteer site training before beginning my volunteer service, and take advantage of additional training opportunities and resources provided by “I Have A Dream” designed to develop new skills, improve cultural competency, and gain new experiences and perspectives.


        Follow “I Have A Dream” Foundation policies and procedures as outlined in the Volunteer Orientation Handbook and any training manual I may receive as part of my volunteer service.


Media Release

I understand if I am approved as a volunteer with the  “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Boulder County (“I Have A Dream”) I understand I may be photographed or videotaped, from time to time, while participating in the organization’s programs, events, activities, etc.


For valuable consideration received, I hereby grant to “I Have A Dream” perpetually, exclusively, and for all media throughout the world (including print, non-theatrical, home video, CD-ROM, Internet and any other electronic medium presently in existence, or, invented in the future), the right to use and incorporate (alone or together with other materials), in whole or in part, photographs or video footage taken of me, as a result of my participation  as a volunteer and in Dreamer Scholar activities (“the Property”).


 hereby agree that I will not bring, or consent to others bringing, claim or action against “I Have A Dream” on the grounds that anything contained in the Property, or in the advertising and publicity used in connection herewith is defamatory, reflects adversely on me, violates any other right whatsoever, including, without limitation, rights of privacy and publicity.  I hereby release “I Have A Dream,” its Board Members, Staff, AmeriCorps Members, Mentors, Tutors, and other Volunteers from and against any and all claims, demands, actions, causes of actions, suits, costs, expenses, liabilities and damages whatsoever that I may hereafter have against “I Have A Dream” in connection with the Property.


This agreement shall not obligate “I Have A Dream” to use the Property or to use any of the rights granted hereunder, or to prepare, produce, exhibit, distribute, or exploit, the Property.

 “I Have A Dream” shall have the right to assign its rights hereunder, without my consent, in whole or in part, to any person, firm, or corporation.