All volunteers accepted and working for more than a few days for Charity Aid will be entitled to receive a reference. We know very well that it’s hard enough to obtain work in this current economic environment, so the fact that you are working for a charity will help you to press your claim for any job you apply for. Here is a sample of a general reference. This can be tailored to suit each person who volunteers for Charity Aid –
To whom it may concern,
This is to confirm that Patrick McGill has been a volunteer for Charity Aid since June 1st 2012.
During this time he has been responsible for the smooth running of our events. We hold street collections for major charities almost every weekend.
This work requires a much higher than average contact with the public and all the team are required to deal with the public on their own initiative.
Patrick was able to handle this aspect of the work in confident and extremely competent fashion. He also showed that he was able to work well as part of a team – travelling and working together to ensure that each event went well and ran smoothly.
He has, at all times shown himself to be honest, reliable, trustworthy, extremely punctual and an excellent time-keeper. In all dealings with the team and the public he has been thoughtful, diplomatic and courteous and has a pleasant manner and dedicated attitude to his work.
I would have no reservations in recommending him to any new employer.
Chairman of Charity Aid and Managing Director of United Press.