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At TWC2, we have a structured program for those interested in volunteering. It begins with Heartbeat, which is a monthly introductory session for prospective volunteers who are interested in helping TWC2. The session is led by a senior volunteer who will provide information about the organisation, explain the volunteer roles and answer any questions you may have. All volunteers are required to attend a Heartbeat session before they start volunteering.
Here are the steps to become a TWC2 volunteer:
1. Look at volunteering roles
Have a look at the role descriptions to see what might suit your interests and availability. If you have skills and ideas of how to help in a different way then please let us know at Heartbeat.
2. Email us!
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest in volunteering and sign up for the next heartbeat session. TWC2 receives many emails so may we request that you put your name in the subject : “Would like to Volunteer – John Doe.” This will allow us to better organise our emails. You will receive an email reply providing you details about the next Heartbeat session.
3. Attend a Heartbeat session
At the end of the session, if you are still interested in helping out, you can complete an online form in which you provide your contact details and check off the role or roles you are interested in.
4. After Heartbeat: verify your email address
You will receive an email a few days after Heartbeat asking you to verify your email address by clicking a link.
5. After Heartbeat: wait for your username and password
About 24 – 48 hours after verifying your email address, you will get another email providing you with your username and password
6. Log into Bahamas
That email will give you a URL for Bahamas – TWC2’s cloud-based volunteer management system. Once logged in, you will be able to see the training programs available for novice volunteers. Sign up for the training program relevant to your area of interest.
7. Attend training
After you have completed your training, the team leader will open up more of Bahamas for you.
8. Sign up for volunteering events
Once Bahamas has been opened up for you, you will (on logging in again) be able to see a listing of volunteering events. Click to sign up for events that suit your time schedule.