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Now accepting applications for Winter 2014 Volunteer AdvocateTraining!
The next Advocate Volunteer Training is scheduled for January 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th, 2014. The times for these trainings are 8:30 am-5:30 pm and all dates are Saturdays. Womenspace Advocate Training is mandatory for volunteers wishing to work directly with participants. The initial classroom portion of this training takes a total of 32-hours to complete. Crisis Line, Front Desk and Safe House orientations totaling 28 hours will follow with the entire training completed after 60 hours.
If you would like to volunteer but cannot attend the 32-hour volunteer advocate training or do not wish to work directly with participants – we have events, activities, fundraisers, organizing, office tasks and other general projects and tasks that we need help with throughout the year. We would love to talk to you!
Volunteer requirements – (all volunteers)
1.) Completed Volunteer Application, New Volunteer Interview, Pass Criminal Background Check. Verifiable References.
2.) ONE (1) year minimum commitment / ONE shift per week (4-hours)
3.) Committed to learning about and working in the field of Intimate Partner Violence Advocacy
All prospective volunteers must complete the Womenspace Volunteer Application.
If you would like additional information or have any questions about volunteering, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 541-485-8232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Advocate Volunteers – All volunteers who want to work directly with participants seeking services will be required to attend our initial 32-hour advocate training. In addition, to that there are orientations and on-the-job trainings for each program area.
Staff our 24- hour phone lines. Use crisis intervention and active listening skills to help problem-solve and give information referrals to battered adults, their friends and family or other service providers; educate callers on domestic violence and safety plans.
Begins with tasks for smooth running of the shelter – cleaning, organizing, chores, errands, driving clients – and active listening, support and validation of adult and child clients. With experience, may lead to closer client work, advocacy and case work.
Children and Youth
Offer a safe space, creative activities, and healing presence for children who have witnessed or experienced trauma. Volunteers listen, encourage empowerment, and healing through play, art, and domestic violence education when appropriate.
Crisis & Support Center
Volunteers with sufficient experience working at our agency may qualify for advanced advocacy training and learn how to assist adults and their children in person at the Crisis & Support Center. The types of skills a volunteer advocate might learn are:
One-on-One Advocacy- Meet directly with clients to provide information, referral and advocacy.
Legal Advocacy- For clients facing legal problems due to IPV.
Bilingual Advocacy- Provide first language advocacy for participants with limited English proficiency.
Rural Outreach- Offices in Junction City, Cottage Grove and Oakridge.
Support groups- Assist support group facilitators.
Womenspace can also use the help of dedicated Community and Administrative Volunteers – these are volunteer duties designed for those not working directly with Womenspace participants. ALL Womenspace volunteers are encouraged and invited to attend the 32-hour volunteer training as it greatly improves awareness and knowledge about the topic of Intimate Partner Violence and Womenspace Services.
Opportunities marked with an (*) below do not require immediate training.
*Administrative / General Tasks
If you have experience working in an office and want to assist our administrative staff with projects such as Office Administration, Grant Writing, Development/Fundraising – etc… this may be the right fit for you. We also always need help with organizing and cleaning type tasks.
*Domestic Violence Council
An exciting collaboration including survivors, service providers, and agency staff. Volunteers may attend Council and committee meetings; provide administrative support; take part in projects like: court watch; legislative analysis for youth protective orders; curriculum creation for young men who batter.
*Special Projects and Events
Community fundraisers, one-time projects and collaborations. If you have specific interests, skills, or time constraints, these are a great way to support Womenspace’s work.
Our generous community provides donations to brighten the situations of families who use our services. Help pick up and transport donations year round, but especially during November and December. You can also donate to Womenspace online, directly supporting our mission of eliminating domestic violence in Lane County and beyond. More info »