Samaritan’s Purse Volunteer Policies and Guidelines
We believe that volunteers should demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ toward one another and those being served. While serving as a volunteer, you represent Samaritan’s Purse and, more importantly, Jesus Christ.
Therefore, while volunteering, we ask that volunteers follow these policies:
- Alcohol, Illegal Drugs & Tobacco: We ask that you do not use tobacco products (including e-cigarettes), alcohol, or drugs while serving with Samaritan’s Purse. These products or their use are not permitted at the volunteer housing site, in Samaritan’s Purse vehicles, or within the homes or neighborhood of families being served by Samaritan’s Purse. Those who cannot abide by this policy should not go and will be asked to leave.
- Youth Policy: Team members must be 14 years of age or older at the time they serve. If 14 or 15 years old, a parent/legal guardian/grandparent must work with the child on site (unless they are part of a Youth Group). Team members 16 or 17 years of age need either a parent/legal guardian/grandparent present or an assigned adult chaperone who is 21 years of age or older from their team (unless they are part of a Youth Group). If a youth is serving on your team, you must notify Samaritan’s Purse Headquarters to receive a copy of the youth policy, special instruction and paperwork specific for youth.
- A Youth Group is defined as a group of youth and adult leaders from a church, school or civic organization. To view our complete Youth Policy with youth group guidelines please click here: Volunteer Youth Policy and Covenant
- An adult must never be alone with a youth unless the adult is a family member or legal guardian. This applies to ALL volunteers, Samaritan’s Purse staff, host church staff, host church members, homeowners, etc.
- Volunteer Criminal History Policy: As an organization, Samaritan’s Purse believes individuals previously convicted of criminal acts can be fully restored through the work of Christ in their life. We also strive to be good stewards of our resources and diligent in our concern for the safety and security of all volunteers, homeowners, staff, and resources affiliated with the ministry. Therefore, volunteer applicants who have been convicted of crimes against minors or sexual offenses are prohibited from volunteering on any North American Ministry project. Other felony convictions that involve crimes against persons or crimes that, in the sole discretion of Samaritan’s Purse, indicate the volunteer applicant is unsuited for this ministry opportunity will require a clean record for at least five (5) years after the conviction or release from prison, whichever is later. Samaritan’s Purse reserves the right to restrict or deny volunteer opportunities to any applicant who Samaritan’s Purse reasonably believes may jeopardize the safety and security of its volunteers, homeowners, partners or staff. All overnight volunteers—over the age of 18—must undergo a Background Check before they volunteer.
- Language – Please do not use foul language or tell unclean jokes.
- Animals: ADA Service Dogs are welcome, and accommodations will be made. We are unable to accommodate pets or comfort dogs that do not provide an ADA service.
- Clothing: Volunteers will be given a Samaritan’s Purse T-shirt upon arrival. When wearing SP clothing, we expect you to exemplify Christian conduct, even when away from the worksite.
- While at the worksite, wear appropriate work clothes, work shoes/boots, and safety equipment as directed by the Program Manager at your site. Flip-flops, sandals, or open-toed shoes may not be worn at your work site.
- Volunteers should not wear tight or revealing clothing such as halter tops, bare midriff separates, short shorts or clothing with immodest images or wording that is dishonoring to Christ.
- Volunteers must be fully dressed and wearing shoes when leaving the shower trailer and sleeping quarters. They should change clothes in bathroom stalls or shower stalls.
- Plan to bring enough clothes for the duration of your stay.
We ask that all volunteers agree to our Statement of Faith as outlined below
- We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God. 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17
- We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19; John 10:30; Ephesians 4:4-6
- We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. Matthew 1:23; John 1:1-4 and 1:29; Acts 1:11 and 2:22-24; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:1-4 and 4:15
- We believe that all men everywhere are lost and face the judgment of God, that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, and that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ results in regeneration by the Holy Spirit. Luke 24:46-47; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23; 2 Corinthians 5:10-11; Ephesians 1:7 and 2:8-9; Titus 3:4-7
- We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, whose indwelling enables the Christian to live a godly life. John 3:5-8; Acts 1:8 and 4:31; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Galatians 5:16-18; Ephesians 6:12; Colossians 2:6-10
- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation and eternal punishment. I Corinthians 15:51-57; Revelation 20:11-15
- We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and that all true believers are members of His body, the Church. I Corinthians 12:12, 27; Ephesians 1:22-23
- We believe that the ministry of evangelism and discipleship is a responsibility of all followers of Jesus Christ. Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:9-15; 1 Peter 3:15
- We believe God’s plan for human sexuality is to be expressed only within the context of marriage, that God created man and woman as unique biological persons made to complete each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one genetic male and one genetic female. Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5-6; Mark 10:6-9; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9
- We believe that we must dedicate ourselves to prayer, to the service of our Lord, to His authority over our lives, and to the ministry of evangelism. Matthew 9:35-38; 22:37-39, and 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:9-15 and 12:20-21; Galatians 6:10; Colossians 2:6-10; 1 Peter 3:15
- We believe that human life is sacred from conception to its natural end; and that we must have concern for the physical and spiritual needs of our fellowmen. Psalm 139:13; Isaiah 49:1; Jeremiah 1:5; Matthew 22:37-39; Romans 12:20-21; Galatians 6:10