Open Table Volunteer Application
Thank you for your interest in serving on an Open Table in Cleveland. Relationship-building is the primary objective of our work with young adults who have been impacted by foster care. We are looking for people who possess an attitude of humility and openness. DOING is secondary to BEING together. Whether you are planning to serve on a table with friends or strangers, it is important to remember that we will offer "grace upon grace" to one another throughout our journey together over the first year. Working together to become a cohesive table means using great listening skills, and yielding to the consensus of the group.

Training: 6-8 hours
Backgrounding: Fingerprinting is required at no cost to the volunteer
After training: We launch the table in someone's home. It is a potluck.
Weekly meetings: volunteers must be willing to drive to a location close to the young person they are serving, OR help with transporting young person to and from meetings
Time commitment: 1 hour a week for up to 1 year. (We understand travel, vacation and illness. We are asking for a reasonable commitment to attend weekly.) Additionally, table members can get together with young people outside of table meetings too to help achieve goals and build relationships. A calendar can be set up so table members can schedule time with the young person.
Fun activities: game nights, movie nights, baking cookies, making meals, bowling, and any other fun ideas are welcome as groups get to know each other. These are important for building trust and taking the pressure of the youth to "achieve".
Financial commitment: Varies depending on where tables are recruited from. There is a training fee to the national organization that will be discussed at the organizational meeting with the area director. The maximum commitment is $10 a month or $120 for the year.

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