Volunteers are the backbone of our organization and are essential to the day-to-day success of our many programs and services, which are offered free of charge. Volunteers provide key support to the staff and clients.
Volunteering is a wonderful way to support our cause to end domestic and sexual violence. There are many different ways people can donate their time and effort to the Women’s Center & its emergency shelter, Harbor House.
Volunteer opportunities at the Women’s Center, Inc.
General maintenance & repair: Assist with upkeep of the building and grounds.
Administrative office work: assist us with mailings, spreadsheet maintenance, and computer support.
Community Awareness: Assist with creating, and/or handing out awareness flyers and attending events.
Advocacy: Be involved in court support for survivors of domestic and sexual assault.
Fundraising: Assist with Women’s Center events, or host events for the Women’s Center, Inc. with your own organization.
Pak Ratz Resale Shop: Sort & process donations, straighten and organize shelves, general cleaning and maintenance.
Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and Domestic Violence Response Team (DVAT): Provide crisis intervention and support services to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, including accompanying survivors to the hospital and interviews with law enforcement officers. Volunteers should possess active listening skills, empathy skills and be willing to advocate for victim rights. Volunteers should be able to complete a minimum of 32-40 hours for training. SART/DVAT volunteers carry the SART/DVAT pager for one week when they are on-call to respond to emergency situations. Volunteers participate in an on-call rotation.
Harbor House Assistance: Our services include crisis intervention, supportive advocacy services, a 24-hour crisis line, resource information and referrals, counseling, safety planning, legal advocacy and transportation assistance. Volunteers should possess active listening skills, empathy skills and be willing to advocate for victim rights. Volunteers should be able to complete a minimum of 32-40 hours for training.
We use volunteers to assist us with:
- Answering crisis phones
- Providing shelter shift coverage
- Providing crisis intervention and supportive advocacy services to shelter residents
- Assisting with adult and/or weekly domestic violence support group
- Assisting with the youth program
- Providing childcare
- General Maintenance and repair