Who can become a Bridgeway volunteer?
Individuals can become a volunteer if they would like to learn and share new skills as they support people seeking recovery from addiction or psychiatric illness.
Adults 18 or older are eligible to apply. Students and interns in the area are encouraged to apply. Your work here can count towards an internship or practicum, and our online time tracking tool makes it easy to maintain and print records of your hours. Contact the program at (503) 363-2021 for more information.
How can I become a Bridgeway volunteer?
Complete and submit our Volunteer Application. You can submit the application by email to HR@bridgewayrecovery.com, fax it to (971) 273-7704, mail it to P.O. Box 17818 Salem, OR 97305, or deliver it to 250 Church St. SE, Suite 202, Salem, OR 97301. We accept volunteer applications year-round. Interviews and volunteer training/orientation are conducted on a quarterly basis.
Applicants who have passed a background check will be invited to participate in the interview process. Applicants who are selected to become volunteers are then scheduled to attend training and orientation.
What can I expect?
Background Check: Due to the nature of our work, we require all applicants to undergo a criminal background check. Having a criminal history does not in itself disqualify anyone from volunteering at Bridgeway. The purpose of conducting a criminal background check is for Bridgeway to determine the length of time elapsed since and the severity of any convictions. Bridgeway reserves the right to deny any applicant based on their criminal history.
Interview: Upon passing our background check, Bridgeway will interview applicants to ensure a successful match between you, our agency, and the position.
Orientation: We provide an orientation that acquaints you with Bridgeway Recovery Services’ policies and procedures. Also included are the expectations you should have for Bridgeway, expectations Bridgeway has of you, and general information about the services we provide. The Human Resources Director and program supervisors will conduct the orientation.
Training: Bridgeway provides department specific training. At the time of training, trainees receive a department orientation which includes training on department-specific policies and procedures and supervision to develop necessary skills.
Recognition: Bridgeway recognizes each volunteer’s contribution. As a Bridgeway Recovery Services Volunteer, we thank you for your contribution. Each spring during National Volunteer Week, we recognize and thank our volunteers.
Evaluation and Feedback: Bridgeway evaluates the work that you have accomplished and provides guidance on the expectations of the position. As a valued volunteer, we invite you to offer ideas and suggestions that help keep Bridgeway’s programs and services in touch with the needs of the individuals we serve.