Keeping Kids Safe
Waterloo Mennonite Brethren Church is a people-driven organization responsible to those within its sphere of influence as well as to the surrounding community. It is a public organization in that all are welcome to participate in the life of the church. That means that on any given day, people both well known to the church as well as first time visitors can be in the building participating in the various activities.
These people reflect a broad spectrum from young to old, with all the needs of any community setting fairly represented over the course of a specified period of time. It is the responsibility of the church to recognize the various needs represented and the associated practice of care that comes with those needs. Of particular concern are the needs represented by those identified as vulnerable people – “all individuals whose circumstances render them more susceptible to harm than other people.”
The underlying assumptions to the application of risk management in any setting are:
- There are no absolutes and no guarantees in risk management. No risk management system in the world can prevent all risks. Things can and do go wrong.
- Ignoring the potential for trouble never makes it go away and often exacerbates the outcome.
- Facing risks head on and making every effort to control them can sometimes avert disaster or minimize the magnitude of the harm that results.
- If something does go wrong, any attempts that have been made to anticipate and prevent the loss or tragedy through a risk management process will constitute concrete proof of diligence, and consequently reduce personal and organizational exposure to liability.
This document will identify policies and procedures that will be help all active participants serve in their ministries with confidence and a sense of empowerment. “Active participants” are those who actively participate in the facilitation of a program formally recognized as an initiative of WMB. Policies and procedures will be identified with respect to the position of activity as opposed to any one individual that may fill that position. This document will address the prevention of abuse of the following recognized groups:
- Children (ages infant to 12 years old);
- Staff and volunteers, both paid and unpaid as it relates to the prevention of sexual harassment.
Designated Giving Policy
Waterloo Mennonite Brethren Church adopts this policy in order to comply with Trust Law & CRA guidelines in regards to designated giving. WMB Church will ensure that gifts or donations it receives which are designated for the support of a particular ministry are used solely for the purpose they were intended.
- All contributions are made unconditionally and without personal benefit to the donor.
- Contributions are made to or for the use of the church.
- No personal service is to be considered as a charitable gift.
Policy of the church:
- A donation becomes a gift to the charity when it passes hands from the donor to the church and cannot be returned to the donor unless it does not fit into this policy.
- Givers are encouraged to support the general offering of the church with their regular tithes and offerings.
- The church will receive designated giving only to areas which are board approved or are already part of the church’s approved budget.
- Each restricted contribution designated towards such an approved program or project will be used as designated with the understanding that when the need for such a program or project has been met, or cannot be completed for any reason determined by the organization, the remaining restricted contributions will be used where needed most.