Frequently Asked Questions
1. To be a volunteer in CRY what do I need to do?
Get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinators based in your city or the city closest to you.
You could email us or meet us in the office (please do call prior as our volunteer coordinators step out of office often on work) and share with us your interest areas and contact details.
We would be happy to invite you to our Volunteer orientation meetings held at regular intervals. It will give you an idea of who we are, what we do and what YOU can do as a CRY volunteer.
2. Can I teach children or spend time with them? What does volunteering in CRY involve?
While planning out an activity or initiative we ask 'Ourselves':
Will my action help...?
- in bringing about permanent change in the lives of children
- address the actual reasons behind child rights violation
- in making the state accountable towards children and their rights
By creating awareness, spreading the message of child rights and mobilising people to take action.
Share your ideas and together we can and will bring about permanent and positive change in the lives of children.
3. Will my single / individual voice help countless others to build pressure for change?
How can we bring about permanent change in children's lives?
Will campaigning make a difference to children in a permanent way?
Yes YOUR VOICE counts!
We believe that we must try to enable a situation where rights for all children are ensured in a permanent way. This means we need to influence the single-largest body that can reach out to all the children in our country - viz. the government.
YOUR opinion has the power to influence the government and campaigning is a powerful way to build public opinion.
For instance: If you find out that children in your locality are out of school as there are no teachers in it. You decide that getting more teachers is a necessity for children to have a good education. So,
- You share this information with more people to amplify your voice and strengthen your demand for the recruitment of teachers
- You ALL (the group you have got together) knock the doors of the relevant government authority demanding the recruitment of teachers
- You ALL have, by ensuring that the system works, enabled children beyond your locality as well to have access to quality education
- You ALL have touched the lives of so many children
It might be slow and it might take time....but the change that it brings about is permanent and positive.
4. Are these group efforts or individual efforts that volunteers get involved in?
Volunteer campaigns are all group efforts and nothing is done in isolation. In fact, all our campaigns somewhere merge under a common umbrella of themes for which we all advocate. But it also provides a lot of flexibility in terms of time and the way you do your share of the work.
5. How much time do I have to give?
Volunteerism in CRY is flexible in nature in the sense that there are no fixed hours of working. However it is a long-term engagement.
Once you join/ start a campaign, it becomes YOUR campaign and you can give it as much time as you like to make it effective and impactful.
6. How many times a week does one need to volunteer? / Can I volunteer part time?
Most volunteer activities take place on the weekends, and many allow for work to be done in your own time (research/ studies/ networking online/ updating the volunteer group etc). Most of our volunteers are full time employees or students and spend time volunteering during weekends, holidays or relatively free times.
7. Can I work from home?
You could choose a volunteering option that allows you to work from home, depending on the activity/ initiative you are a part of.
8. Will I get an identity card?
We don't issue identity cards. If there is any specific work/ assignment that requires your identity proof of being a CRY volunteer, an authorization letter is given, which is valid for a certain time period.
9. Will I get a certificate?
We sincerely believe that volunteers at CRY work due to their sheer interest and conviction to bring about a positive change in the lives of the children. Hence their commitment is not dependent on certificates.
However, (usually after at least a year long active engagement) as a committed volunteer, we provide one with a certificate or a letter of acknowledgement from CRY, if required.
10. Can professionals be involved in campaigns?
Yes, provided there is a willingness to engage the right way and contribute to the campaign positively. If you are a creative professional, such as photographer, film maker, dancer, musician, you could use your skills to mobilise people with similar talent and use this skill to advocate for children and their cause with CRY's support.
11. Will I be paid if I become a volunteer?
No. However work related expenses like photocopying, conveyance and other expenses incurred can be reimbursed.
If we haven't answered your question satisfactorily or if you have lots more questions for us, do email us or call us. Contact the volunteer coordinators at CRY offices nearest to you.