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Volunteer at TIHAN

As a volunteer-based non-profit organization, the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network relies on the generous support of our volunteers. TIHAN's amazing team of more than 200 volunteers have provided more than 15,000 hours of service.

TIHAN services we provide require compassionate and committed volunteers. Volunteers are provided with the necessary training, education and support to fulfill our mission of offering unconditional love and non-medical support to those living with HIV/AIDS, as well as their loved ones. Quarterly training sessions and continuing education programs are held to keep volunteers abreast of the latest issues related to HIV and AIDS.

To learn more about becoming a volunteer and the many volunteer opportunities available, and to find out the dates of our next volunteer training, please contact TIHAN at 299-6647 or volunteerCoordinator@tihan.org. To see a complete list of our Volunteer Opportunities, please click here.

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Volunteer Application Packet

We appreciate your interest in volunteering! Your first steps to volunteering involve the completion of a Volunteer Application Packet, then your attendance at the Volunteer Orientation and a follow-up interview to get you placed. The Volunteer Application packet includes: Volunteer Application, Volunteer Agreement, and Photographic Release.

Mail or In Person

  1. Open either the Word or PDF version online, or save the file to your computer and then open.

  2. Print out the form and fill it in.

  3. Turn in your report:

  • Mail it to TIHAN at their address.

  • Submit it in person at the TIHAN office; the Receptionist will be sure our Volunteer Coordinator receives it.

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Whistleblower Policy

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Sexual Harassment Policy and Grievance Procedure

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Update Your Volunteer Records

For your protection, please take the time to update your volunteer information with TIHAN. Please email or call TIHAN with the following information:

  • Emergency contact information
    Name, phone number and relationship.

  • Vehicle Information
    Do you use your own vehicle while volunteering for TIHAN? If so, please provide us with a copy of your driver’s license and insurance ID card.

  • Beneficiary Information
    TIHAN has insurance coverage for our volunteers. In case of a covered accident during your volunteer work with TIHAN, who would you designate as the beneficiary? Please provide us with the name, phone number and relationship so that our records—and your coverage—are complete.

Please send your information to TIHAN's Volunteer Coordinator, 299-6647 or volunteercoordinator@tihan.org with the above information at your earliest convenience.

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Volunteer Impact Report

TIHAN volunteers are requested to fill out a Volunteer Impact Report monthly. Volunteer Impact Reports heighten our awareness of how much our volunteers do for us, give us required statistics for grant applications and tracking, and help us understand how we can improve our relationship with our volunteers.

NEW! Submit Your Volunteer Hours Online

This is the preferred method to submit your hours.

  1. Click here.

  2. Fill in the online form.

  3. Click on “Submit” and your hours will be sent automatically to TIHAN.

Other Methods:

  • Email

You can also submit your volunteer hours by downloading the Word form above, filling it in, and emailing it back to us!

  1. Click on the Word version below and save the file to your computer.

  2. Open the file, fill in the form, and save it.

  3. Email the file to TIHAN’s Volunteer Coordinator at volunteercoordinator@tihan.org. Put "Volunteer Impact Report" in the email subject line with your name and the reporting month(s).

  • Mail or In Person

  1. Open either the Word or PDF version  below online, or save the file to your computer and then open.

  2. Print out the form and fill it in.

  3. Turn in your report:

  • Mail it to TIHAN at their address.

  • Submit it in person at the TIHAN office; the Receptionist will be sure our Volunteer Coordinator receives it.

Thank you!

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Congregational Liaisons

Each congregation has an individual member of that congregation who serves as liaison between the congregation and TIHAN. If your congregation does not have a liaison and you are interested in serving in that capacity, please let us know.

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Ideas for Congregational HIV/AIDS Ministries

What follows is a list of ideas for you to consider. Each and every one of them can and will make a tremendous impact. Mentioning the words HIV and AIDS, breaking the silence and fear, is an incredible breakthrough. The fear and stigma attached to this disease can be transformed through simple acts of openness, compassion, and the power of unconditional love. We invite you to reflect upon the following ideas.

Encourage your community of faith to actively deal with the HIV crisis. Since, unfortunately, it is only a matter of time until someone affected by HIV comes forward and requests caring, compassionate counseling, all communities of faith and their leaders must be prepared to counsel persons with HIV and their families.

TIHAN is asking congregations to provide desserts for the Food for Life program, which delivers daily meals to homebound persons with AIDS. A few dozen cookies or a sheet cake several times a year would be a great help, and make a great difference.

Offer prayers for those affected by HIV. Place their names and prayers on your prayer chain/prayer circle.

Recruit members of your congregation to participate in the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network, and have a representative attend TIHAN's quarterly congregational liaison meetings.

Publicize in your faith community's newsletter or bulletin. The words HIV and AIDS have been kept "in the closet" in our communities of faith for so long, and it's important that we let people know that it's okay to talk about it. It's time for the shame and the secrecy to come to an end. Publicize meetings and events related to AIDS. Ask for donations for housing programs for people with HIV. Recognize and acknowledge members of your faith community for volunteering in the areas of AIDS ministry.

Sponsor an educational forum to raise awareness and eliminate fears, perhaps on World AIDS Day (December 1).

Begin HIV/AIDS education in your faith community. There may be too many barriers to this occurring immediately, but start planting some seeds. TIHAN has excellent curriculum materials for children, youth, and adults, and we are happy to work with you to design a session that will meet the needs of your congregation. Studies may include a panel discussion consisting of person(s) who are HIV-positive, a parent of a person living with HIV/AIDS, and a primary care partner of someone with HIV. You might develop a series of special events to include guest speakers and religious leaders who will provide accurate information and instill compassion.

Form an HIV/AIDS advisory group within your faith community to advise all segments of your community on ways to be inclusive of people living with HIV, their families, and all those affected.

Have bake sales or sell AIDS ribbons to support the work of TIHAN.

Support "Poz Cafe," TIHAN's monthly program providing lunch and social opportunities for HIV+ persons. Help is needed with rides, food, supplies, games, etc.

Work with TIHAN to have members of your congregation host social, recreational or cultural events events for people living with HIV.

Conduct a worship service on compassion and AIDS ministry.

Place your name on the mailing lists of TIHAN and local AIDS service organizations.

Network with other communities of faith for ideas and support through the educational process.

Publicize and attend events, plays, and movies related to AIDS to further awaken to how this disease affects all of us.

Coordinate a program to solicit contributions for holiday gifts to Tucsonans living with HIV and their families. The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation seeks assistance with their holiday program.

Join with the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network in creating and participating in community-wide quarterly Services of Healing and Hope.

Expand your community of faith's library to include books, videos, and other resources on HIV/AIDS.

Develop a clear policy concerning members and employees who may contract HIV.

Encourage your community of faith to subscribe to and circulate magazines that help to address issues of diversity and inclusiveness which can help broaden the understanding of issues frequently associated with HIV/AIDS.

Find out what other communities of faith in the community are doing about HIV/AIDS.

Request that your congregation's governing body develop a statement of support for those affected by HIV. TIHAN has resources for developing a Covenant to Care, a covenant to be a place of welcome to all persons whose lives are affected by HIV.

Most importantly,

MODEL COMPASSION.

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Nominate a Volunteer or Supporter for an Award at the Annual Meeting

Volunteer Recognition Awards 2017

Help us recognize those who symbolize the amazing compassion, devotion, and commitment of TIHAN’s many volunteers.

TIHAN will be presenting twelve awards at our Annual Meeting on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 in recognition of all the outstanding contributions of our volunteers and supporters.

Please nominate one (or more!) of TIHAN’s fantastic volunteers/supporters for special recognition by completing the form below. (Feel free to make multiple nominations.)

A committee comprised of TIHAN volunteers and staff will be reviewing the nominations and choosing the award recipients. Please mail, email (VolunteerCoordinator@tihan.org) or deliver this nomination form to the TIHAN office no later than February 14, 2017.

Email

The easiest way to submit your nomination form is to download the Word form, fill it in, and email it back to us! If you have a scanner, you can also download the PDF form, print it out, fill it in, scan it and email it back to us!

  1. Open either the Word or PDF version online, or save the file to your computer and then open.

  2. Fill in the Word form and save it. Or, print the PDF form, fill it in, and scan the completed form.

  3. Email the completed file to VolunteerCoordinator@tihan.org. Put "Award Nomination" in the email subject line.

Mail or In Person

  1. Open either the Word or PDF version online, or save the file to your computer and then open.

  2. Print the form and fill it in.

  3. Turn in your nomination:

  • Mail it to TIHAN at our address.

  • Submit it in person at the TIHAN office; the Receptionist will be sure our Volunteer Coordinator receives it.

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Volunteer Satisfaction Survey

If you haven't already, please take a few minutes to complete our Annual Volunteer Satisfaction Survey. Your input will help us assess our strengths and determine the areas where improvement is needed. Also the survey is completely anonymous so please be as thorough as possible and do not put your name on the survey. The Volunteer Satisfaction survey is available to be completed on-line or you can stop by the TIHAN offices to fill out a hard copy. Please click on the following link to take the survey online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?
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Your Group Can Help People Living with HIV/AIDS

TIHAN offers care packages providing basic items to CarePartners (clients living with HIV/AIDS) whom we serve. These care packages feature items that our CareParners cannot purchase with their food stamps. TIHAN will be grateful if your group can contribute items for Care Packages to be distributed to people living with HIV/AIDS.

For more information, click here.

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Volunteer Project: Decorating Care Packages

TIHAN offers care packages to people living with HIV/AIDS. These bags are filled with toiletry items (paper towel, toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner etc.). In addition to needing these toiletry items, we also need help decorate the bags so they feel more like a gift than a handout.

If you would like to help us decorate Trader Joe’s bags and turn them into care packages, please let us know.

Click here for guidelines and instructions

For questions or more information, contact TIHAN's Program Manager at 299-6647 or programmanager@tihan.org


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