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Volunteer as an Individual

The opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life is at the heart of the volunteer experience. At The Women’s Safe House in St. Louis, MO, 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 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.


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 the direct service training program.  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
  • Internship/Practicum
  • 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:

  • Garden Committee
  • Board Member
  • Community Advocate
  • Data Entry/Clerical Assistant
  • Development Department Assistant
  • Donation/Storage Room Volunteer
  • Special Events Volunteer
  • Volunteer Program Assistant
  • Young Professional Board Member

As you go through the process of becoming a volunteer at The Women’s Safe House, Melanie Dehning is available to answer questions or help with any aspect of becoming a volunteer:  Melanie may be reached at (314) 772-4535 or by email Please be conscious of your location to St. Louis, MO.


  1. Complete and Submit a Volunteer Application
    Download the forms:

  2. Successfully Complete Background Screening
  3. Attend Volunteer Information Session
  4. Complete and submit Steps 1 and 2 and email your completed forms to To help expedite Step 2, please confirm that you are already registered with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services by clicking

The volunteer information session is required to volunteer. If you are unable to attend the information sessions please e-mail the Volunteer Coordinator for other options. 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

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at The Women’s Safe House.