The opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life is at the heart of the volunteer experience. At The Women’s Safe House, we recognize that volunteers are a valuable resource and our best ambassadors. Volunteers make the choice to help. Simply, because they care, volunteers have a far-reaching positive impact on our clients and the community.
Each year our volunteers provide countless hours of service to The Women’s Safe House. We simply could not provide the life-changing services to victims of domestic abuse and their families without the support and commitment of our volunteers. We hope you’ll join us as we strive to achieve our mission of providing help and hope to those affected by domestic abuse.
HOW CAN I HELP
We know that individual skills and interests vary and that not everyone can volunteer the same amount of time. Therefore, we offer many opportunities with various time commitments.
Direct Service – Work With Clients
All direct service volunteers must undergo a background screening, complete the Statement of Confidentiality, sign the Volunteer Consent Agreement, and complete mandatory 48-hour, multi-session training programs held in January, May and August each year. If you’ve had prior domestic violence training or experience, please provide proof of equivalent training and/or experience. The Women’s Safe House training program follows the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence standards for volunteers. The training includes crisis intervention, active listening, advocacy, criminal and civil justice, social services, and problem-solving skills as they relate to domestic violence.
The following are direct service opportunities available:
- Children’s Program Volunteer
- Computer Lab Monitor
- Crisis Intervention Hotline
- Group Facilitator
- Kitchen Assistant
- Shelter Supporter
The Women’s Safe House also, provides non-direct service opportunities. Volunteers must complete 2- Hour Domestic violence training, undergo a background screening, complete the Statement of Confidentiality, and sign off on the Volunteer Consent and Agreement form.
Non-Direct Service volunteer opportunities are as follows:
- Buildings and Grounds Maintenance
- Community Ambassador
- Data Entry/Clerical Assistant
- Development Department Assistant
- Donation/Storage Room Volunteer
- Special Events Volunteer
- Volunteer Program Assistant
As you go through the process of becoming a volunteer at The Women’s Safe House, our Community Relations and Volunteer Manager is available to answer questions or help with any aspect of becoming a volunteer: The Community Relations and Volunteer Manager may be reached at (314) 772-4535 ext 102 or by email email@example.com.
STEPS TO BECOMING A VOLUNTEER
- Complete and Submit a Volunteer Application
Download the forms:
- Successfully Complete Background Screening
- Attend Volunteer Information Session (Click here to register for orientation) March 29, 2017
Volunteer information session is required of all our volunteers. Volunteer information sessions are held every other month from 4:30 – 6:30 pm out in the St. Louis community. Our next volunteer information session is Wednesday, March 29, 2017. This introduction to The Women’s Safe House and domestic violence will give you the information you need to become involved as a volunteer at The Women’s Safe House:
- The History of The Women’s Safe House
- Introduction to domestic violence
- Types of jobs for volunteers
- Training for the jobs
- How you can get involved
If you are unable to attend the information sessions please e-mail the Community Relations and Volunteer Manager for other options.
Complete and submit Steps 1 and 2 by emailing your completed forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. To help expedite Step 2, please confirm that you are already registered with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services by clicking http://www.health.mo.gov/safety/fcsr.