WWPSA requires a Volunteer Bond be paid by all participants.
This Frequently Asked Questions section of our website is to help you understand the Volunteer Bond, its requirements and why the WWPSA Board decided to put this additional administrative burden into effect. Here are some of the highlights of those requirements.
What is a Volunteer Bond?
A Volunteer Bond is a refundable payment levied on registrants for WWPSA programs. This payment is added to the cost of registration and will only be refunded when someone from the family of the registered player fulfils their volunteer obligation.
Why institute a Volunteer Bond?
WWPSA has experenced a steady decline in the number of volunteers over the past few years and, as WWPSA is a volunteer run organization it relies on its families for volunteer support to maintain the quality of its programs. The refundable Volunteer Bond is designed to encourage families to volunteer to help run WWPSA programs.
How much will the Volunteer Bond be?
The Volunteer Bond will be $75 per household per year. WWPSA’s volunteer "year" begins with summer programs in July and ends with the conclusion of the spring programs in June.
What is needed to complete the volunteer obligation?
A minimum of three (3) hours of volunteer time within the WWPSA volunteer year will be required from each household. Note that the Volunteer Bond obligation is separate from Travel parents’ responsibilities at Sunburst.
What types of volunteer activities qualify for the volunteer obligation?
There are thousands of opportunities to volunteer time that will contribute towards fulfilling a family’s volunteer obligation, from serving as a Head or Assistant Coach; helping with facilities maintenance; volunteering at Sunburst , Photo Day, Goal Fest, Uniform Distribution or any of our other annual events; serving on the Board of Directors; selling merchandise; fundraising, etc.
When will the Volunteer Bonds be refunded?
Volunteer Bonds will be refunded towards the end of the Fall season (Nov/Dec timeframe) and the Spring Season (Jun/Jul timeframe) Those Volunteer Bonds paid by credit card will be refunded by a credit to the same card, while those paid by check will be refunded by check.
Participants in which programs will be affected by the Volunteer Bond?
Youth Recreational, Travel and TDA program registrations will be affected. Items such as Coaching and Referee Clinics, Tactical & Positional Training, Safety Courses, etc., will not be affected.
How will the Volunteer Bond requirement affect existing volunteer commitments?
Travel soccer parents are required to fulfil a volunteer shift during the annual Sunburst Tournament, as it is a Travel soccer-only activity. The Volunteer Bond requirement will be in addition to any required Sunburst volunteer shifts.
What will WWPSA do with the money collected?
First and foremost, WWPSA is not instituting the Volunteer Bond to raise revenue. The Volunteer Bond is being created to 1) encourage more parents to volunteer; 2) and provide funds to pay part-time help to fill jobs not covered by parent volunteers.
How will parents fulfil their Volunteer Bond obligations?
Various e-mails will be broadcasted to WWPSA families throughout the year advertising opportunities to help. All you need to do is sign-up per the instructions in the email, then show up, sign-in and do your part. Your signature next to your name on the sign-in sheet is proof that you have complete the volunteer activity.
What happens if I don’t complete my Volunteer Bond obligation within the year?
There are thousands of opportunities to help throughout the year that will qualify you to satisfy your obligation to WWPSA; if you do not complete your obligation by the end of June, you will forfeit your Volunteer Bond and those funds will be returned to the WWPSA General Fund for operations. Volunteer assignments will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so if you want to make sure that you fulfil your obligation before the year ends, sign up as early as possible. WWPSA is not responsible for finding volunteer tasks for parents; parents must take responsibility to sign up for and complete tasks that will meet their obligation.
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