We are happy that you are interested in becoming a volunteer at CSADV. Below you will find descriptions detailing what we are looking for in volunteers. We ask that anyone interested in becoming a volunteer fill out our volunteer application and complete our volunteer interview. Volunteers must not have been involved in a domestic violence or sexual assault incident or used agency services within the year. If you are interested in providing direct service to our clients we require you to be 18 years of age or older and complete a required 32 hour training program provided free of charge by CSADV.
While there are no academic prerequisites or experience as a professional counselor required, we have general qualifications that are extremely important for volunteer participation at CSADV. The most important prerequisite for being successful, as a volunteer, is an interest in people and their welfare. It’s important as well to have:
- A firm belief in the philosophy of empowerment. Empowerment means: a) assisting the client in the process of reclaiming her own power, gaining control over her life and finding resources b) providing information and skills on personal, interpersonal, and social levels.
- The ability and willingness to learn about, or have prior knowledge of the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault.
- An honest conviction of the dignity and value of all individuals.
- Sensitivity to women’s issues.
- A personal and professional integrity.
- An ability to effectively relate to persons from various socio-economic, ethnic, and religious groups from both urban and rural areas.
- A willingness to work with victims of abuse in a crisis situation.
- A monthly time commitment of 10-15 hours.
Volunteer job descriptions Direct Volunteer Work (Requiring the 32 hour training program) On Call Volunteer: be able to respond to crisis in shelter, the hospital, etc., during the evening hours 5pm-5am (M-F) or on the weekends 5am-5pm/5pm-5am as it works with your schedule. Volunteer must have reliable transportation and be accountable for days which they sign up. Must be comfortable being in the medical/social service setting and working with different agencies (i.e.: police) in the community. Volunteer will work closely with staff until they are comfortable responding by themselves.
Shelter Work: Assisting staff working with shelter clients in responding to individual, family or shelter needs. Duties include (but are not limited to) assisting in the shelter intake process, answering the crisis line, light cleaning, assisting in facilitating evening group, accompanying client to a doctor appointment, reading to a child, taking client to Goodwill, sharing a talent you have or simply listening. Volunteer must be able to multitask, have good communication skills and be able to respond to the needs of shelter clients.
Crisis Hotline: Answer crisis hotline and provide information and support to callers. Volunteer must be comfortable answering a multiline phone and directing calls to appropriate staff. Good listening skills and knowledge of local agencies are also desired.
Children’s Program: Assist in responding to the needs of children in shelter. This includes helping to facilitate children’s group, providing childcare during group, or engaging children in activities (i.e.: art projects, reading stories, etc.). Volunteer must be comfortable working with children of all ages and at times a large number of children. Must be able to follow Love & Logic guidelines while interacting with children.
Group Support: Assist with facilitating support group that women attend while residing in shelter. Group meets twice a day 9am and 9pm for an hour. Volunteer must have strong communication and listening skills and be able to maintain focus of topic being discussed.
When you decide to become a direct service volunteer, staff will work closely with you to ensure that you are comfortable in whatever job description you have decided to help with. We are ALWAYS here to help coach and support you through the process. once you and staff feel you are ready to advocate without assistance, we will further discuss your options.
Indirect Volunteer Work (Doesn’t require the 32 hour training program) Happy Bear: Assist staff in presenting the Happy Bear program by either functioning as “the bear” or by being the presenter at the 30 minute presentation to preschool and kindergarten. Volunteer must be available during school hours and be comfortable as either the presenter or dressing up in the bear suit.
Educational Program: Assist Education Coordinator with presentation at area schools. Volunteer must be comfortable speaking in front Preschool through College aged students and be available during school hours.
Community Outreach: Help at various community fairs by staffing the agency table and distributing agency materials. Assisting staff to distribute posters and brochures to local businesses and agencies on a continuous basis. A strong connection to local businesses and agencies and the ability to make and maintain relationships is helpful.
Clerical Duties: Assist staff with general office work, occasional data entry and filing. Volunteer must be comfortable using Microsoft programs and be comfortable using a fax and copy machine.
Fundraising: Assist in providing support during fundraisers. CSADV currently needs help with volunteers for the Golf Tournament, Awesome Biker Nights, MMM and our Poinsettia fundraiser. Various job duties, times and conditions vary. Local groups are encouraged to participate. Volunteer must be committed to attending the event if they sign up and most importantly volunteer must be able to HAVE FUN! (please note that you must be 21 years of age or older to volunteer for Awesome Biker Nights)
CSADV needs YOU. Whether you assist clients or are able to help with agency needs like fundraising or presentations, your help provides a safe place for victims of violence. WE COULDN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOU!!! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer click on the left to fill out our volunteer application. If you would like more information, please call our Volunteer Coordinator (712)277-0131.