Make a Difference…Volunteer!

Volunteers are essential to the work of the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center and fill a number of roles including responding to hospital calls, answering the hotline, providing childcare and doing administrative work. We welcome compassionate, caring men and women who want to make a difference in the struggle against domestic violence and dating violence, sexual assault and child abuse.

Direct-service Volunteer Opportunities

Direct-service volunteers provide support for HCWC by working with our clients or their children. Those roles include Childcare, HEARTeam, HELPline and Internships. In order to fill this important role, you must pass one or more background checks, attend Advocate Training, a 40-hour course that includes 30 hours of classroom training, 2 hours of homework, and 8 hours of on-the-job training.

Becoming a childcare volunteer allows you to learn about the dynamics of abuse and help victims and their families to heal again.

Becoming a childcare volunteer allows you to learn about the dynamics of abuse and help victims and their families to heal again.

Childcare Volunteers interact and play with children (usually one or two children at a time) while their parent or sibling receives services. Attend the first four sessions of Advocate Training (12 hours of class), then make a time commitment of one, four-hour shift per week. Kristine volunteers for childcare to support our clients. Read her story here.

HEARTeam Advocates respond to the hospital in cases of sexual assault or family violence and support the victim’s family. Volunteer advocates take overnight or

HEARTeam volunteers are first responders to aid victims of sexual assault and abuse.

HEARTeam volunteers are first responders to aid victims of sexual assault and abuse.

weekend shifts that fit with their schedule. Time commitment is one or more shift a month for a year. HEARTeam advocate, Amanda, shares why she volunteers.

HELPline Advocates answer hotline calls on our 24-hour HELPline from your home. Volunteer advocates take overnight or weekend shifts that fit with their schedule and take calls from their home. Time commitment is one or more shift a month for a year.

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Our volunteers represent HCWC, so we believe it is important to empower each volunteer with a greater understanding of the issues surrounding sexual and domestic violence. HCWC conducts one or more background checks on direct-service volunteers and interns. General Criminal Background Check.

Internships

College students majoring in Counseling, Social Work, Applied Sociology, Family and Child Development, Psychology, Film, Marketing, Design or Communications are encouraged to apply. Visit the Internships Page for more details.

Non-direct Service Volunteer Opportunities

Groups like Sigma Iota Alpha lend a hand to HCWC.

Groups like Sigma Iota Alpha lend a hand to HCWC.

Non-direct service volunteers provide support for HCWC but do not work with our clients. On the job training is provided. Email the Volunteer Coordinator to learn about dates and times for helping with Administration, Landscape, Fundraising/Special Events and Board of Directors.

Board of directors

We are now accepting applications for the board of directors. Please call or email Brooke to request an application.

Group volunteering

You can provide a fun team-building experience for your group by spending time working together to support our mission. Email the Volunteer Coordinator to discuss options.

How to become a volunteer

Creating an environment where violence and abuse are not tolerated in our communities.

Creating an environment where violence and abuse are not tolerated in our community.

Because of our sensitivity to client safety and confidentiality, volunteering at HCWC begins with an application and interview with the Volunteer Coordinator. Direct-service volunteer roles require participation in our 40-hour Volunteer Advocate Training, which prepares volunteers to assist clients and to represent HCWC in the community.

Fill out an online application. If you prefer, you may download, fill out and mail, fax or scan and email a paper Volunteer Application to the Volunteer Coordinator. Attend a Volunteer Orientation session to learn about volunteering – the dates are listed in the calendar on the right-hand side of the page.

Fall 2015 Advocate Training begins on August 31

Advocate training includes many learning experiences. Read about one of them here

The Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants, regardless of gender, race, age, sexuality, or disability.