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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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DIRECT SERVICES: Serve as an advocate for victims of domestic violence and their children. This may involve crisis intervention, shelter intakes, building relationships with other agencies, gathering information, referral and follow-up. Participation in a structured volunteer training program is required for those who want to work directly with clients.

CHILDREN’S ADVOCATES: Address the needs of children from violent homes. Assist with programs and outings. Training is provided.
Evening group – Children’s group meets simultaneously with women’s group from 6-8pm on Tuesdays. Also need facilitators for our school/community outreach programs (Safe Dates-teens, Hands are not for Hitting and Words are not for Hurting-elementary age).  Scheduling is flexible. Structured training program is provided.

COURT ADVOCACY: Support women in the court process or assist in special projects.

ON-CALL WORKERS: Assist with crisis calls during the night to respond to victims of domestic violence as they are referred by Crisis Line.  This may involve going to the hospital or getting a woman into the shelter.

SHELTER ASSISTANCE: Assist with answering phones, shelter inspection, filing, light repairs, gather bids for repairs, and other assigned tasks.

OFFICE ASSISTANCE: Assist with answering phones, running errands, writing “thank you” notes, telephoning (call lists, canvassing, fundraising), data compilation, copying, and other general office duties.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ADVOCACY COUNCIL: Serve as a committee member to engage in projects aimed at eliminating the obstacles victims/survivors face when attempting to leave violent relationships and raise awareness in the community.  (Meetings held monthly)

EVOLVE WILMINGTON!: Serve on a coordinated Community Response Team that focuses on the prevention of domestic violence. The EVOLVE coalition is organized into five population-based community action teams (Business, Education, Faith, Health/Mental Health, and Neighborhood).  Opportunities are vast and can include planning special events to serving on programmatic committees.

SPEAKERS BUREAU: Act as information liaison within the community. Distribute agency information at community booths and fairs. Share information about services to community groups and assist with other outreach efforts.

FUNDRAISING: Assist with special events or as a committee member.

VINTAGE VALUES RESALE SHOPS: Assist with processing, pricing, and displaying merchandise for resale, as well as assist customers. Vintage Values Committee members are also needed. Training is provided.

Night positions are limited to the Tuesday Children’s Program and nightly on-call workers.  Weekend positions are available for Vintage Values Resale Shops, Speaker’s Bureau, and some Fundraising events.

For further information, contact Direct Services/Outreach Director at 910.343.9969 ext. 111.  Training provided in all areas.

If you have received shelter or services/assistance (including support groups) from any domestic violence agency or, if you have been a domestic violence victim within the past year, please contact the Direct Services/Outreach Director (910.343.9969 ext. 111)before completing an application.
All volunteer assignments are at the discretion of the management of Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, Inc.