Mission Volunteer is the endorsed TSA territorial term which unites our varied unpaid workforce expressions. The definition of Mission Volunteer is:
“A mission volunteer is anyone who contributes time, service and skills without expectation of financial gain from TSA in order to assist in accomplishing the mission.”
This would include people who engage in service for a variety of reasons such as an expression of faith, to make a positive difference in the world, to gain knowledge and work experience, and to create new social connections.
This includes, but is not limited to:
- Soldiers and Corps members including local leaders (local officers) in a specific rostered role
- Retired officers in a mission volunteer role
- TSA Board & Board Committee members and Advisory group members
- Community-facing volunteers
- Student placements
- Government-Sponsored e.g. Work-for-the-dole/mutual obligation participants
- Community-based/court-ordered volunteers
- Corporate volunteers
- Event, emergency and disaster management volunteers
- Mobile mission volunteers
The Optional Exceptions List is a fixed list of Mission Volunteer roles within a corps setting which the CO can determine to apply or not apply the standard Mission Volunteer processes.
Optional Exceptions List*
- Bible reader
- Morning tea server
- Offering collectors
- Adult Ministry Team member
- Audiovisual/sound roles
- Band and Songster members (not leaders)
*The Optional Exceptions List only applies to the above list of roles and within a corps setting. All other roles must follow the standard Mission Volunteer processes including being recorded.
Opting not to record - what does this mean?
If you choose not to record a certain role from the Optional Exceptions List, the individual performing that role:
- Will not be protected by TSA volunteer insurance
- Will not receive benefits such as the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Will not have access to TSA systems such as the intranet
- Individuals performing roles you have selected not to record must be fully aware of the risks involved in not being recorded as a Mission Volunteer
- Should the individual elect to be recorded as a Mission Volunteer the request is to be granted
- If the CO does not apply the optional exceptions an individual must comply with the standard Mission Volunteer requirements.
What you need to do:
If there are roles you plan to exclude from recording, you should speak to your respective Volunteer Resources Advisor in the first instance. They will discuss strategies to help mitigate risks.