South County Habitat for Humanity (SCH) expects all staff, volunteers, homeowners and Board members to behave in a way that reinforces the Christian mission and founding principles of the organization. All staff, volunteers, homeowners and Board members should be afforded respect, fairness and consideration as part of Habitat for Humanity"s effort to provide a safe and productive environment.
Therefore, SCH prohibits any actions or conduct which may discriminate against or harass employees, volunteers or homeowners. SCH does not tolerate any actions, words, jokes, or comments based on an individual"s gender, sexual preference, race, ethnic background, age, religion, physical condition, or other legally protected characteristic. Any comments or actions, therefore, which demean or are hurtful to individuals because of any such characteristic are prohibited. Any such conduct may result in disciplinary action, including immediate discharge.
It is essential that all employees, Board members, and volunteers of SCH have a commitment to keep confidential the financial and business information of SCH as well as all financial and personal information regarding applicants, homeowners, clients and donors of SCH . All such information will be used solely for lawful business purposes and may never be shared with third parties without the express written consent of the applicant, homeowner, donor or client, except where the sharing of such information is permitted by law.
With respect to the affiliate"s partner families (homeowners) and applicants, the above commitment involves respecting the homeowner"s/applicant"s right to privacy, creating a level of trust, and treating the individual(s) in a respectful manner. The following Statement of Confidentiality must be adhered to:
1. Do not disclose to anyone outside the organization the name or identity of homeowners/applicants unless a release has been signed.
2. Do not share confidential or identifying information with your family or friends.
3. Do not discuss a homeowner/applicant situation openly in front of others—share only with persons who have a need to know to provide a definitive service.
handle inquiries from outsiders regarding homeowners/applicants in an appropriate manner, i.e. referring to the President, Committee Chair, Staff Member, or Executive Director.
EMPLOYEE/VOLUNTEER ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM
I acknowledge that I have read and reviewed the policies contained in this document and agree to abide by them. I also understand that I have a right to expect to be treated fairly and respectfully in return, and should consult with the Executive Director or the Board President regarding any alleged violations of this policy.