“In every community there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart there is the power to do it.”
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”
Community Circle Volunteer Expectations
- Honor Confidentiality. Sharing personal information outside the Circle can be harmful.
Keep the specific discussions held in the Circle confidential; with the exception of mandated reporting requirements (see Confidentiality & Mandated Reporting Section).
- Follow Circle Guidelines shared at the beginning of each Circle.
- Report to the Circle any previous relationships with the offender, victim, or their support persons OR choose NOT to participate in the Circle.
- Assist the coordinator in keeping Circle members in contact with each other, recording Circle activities or supporting the Circle in any other appropriate manner.
- Support victims and offenders in the Circle process.
Follow through with any commitments made in the Circle.
- Assist the offender in being accountable to the community and the victim.
- Once committed to serving on a Circle for a particular case, community members agree to make an active effort to attend a majority of Circle meetings for that case. When a community member is unable to attend, they will inform the coordinator or other volunteer(s).
Understand that restructuring of Circle to accommodate expansion of the program may be necessary.
- Circle Members assume responsibility for their own inappropriate or negligent behavior.
- Help maintain the safety of the Circle for all.
- Work to understand those who disagree with you.
- Help clarify misunderstandings-seek correct information. Rumors are harmful.
- Help build consensus by listening to everyone.
Consensus doesn’t always mean total agreement, but a willingness to support an agreement developed inside the Circle. Individuals developing agreements or “voting” outside the Circle can make consensus difficult.
- In their role as a Circle member, no Circle member should gain financially from other members. This includes offenders, victims, support people and other volunteers.
Would you like to become a Volunteer for Circle?
To learn more about volunteering, feel free to contact us by either calling, emailing,
or simply filling out Volunteer form and
mailing them back to us; and we will contact you!
Thank you for your interest in Restorative Justice.
Please visit the "Training Opportunities" link for our upcoming trainings.