Make a Difference…Volunteer!

Volunteer award

Bibb Underwood is recognized for his years of service on the HELPline.

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, sexual assault and child abuse. 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.

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

Summer 2015 Advocate Training begins on May 19.

Fill out an online application quickly and securely. 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.

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

Fall classes begin in September, 2015.


Volunteer advocates learn from the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner how to assist sexual assault victims.

A SANE nurse explains the exam to advocates in training.

Direct Service Volunteer Opportunities

Direct-service volunteers provide support for HCWC by working with our clients or their children. 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, plus 10 hours of on-the-job training. Direct-service volunteer roles include Childcare, HEARTeam, HELPline and Internships. 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 for several weeks or months. Kristine volunteers for childcare to support our clients. Read her story here.

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

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. Internships at HCWC provide the participant with extensive training, skilled supervision and a relevant and challenging learning experience.

We are looking for exceptional students with a desire to work with and for survivors of domestic violence, assault and abuse.

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

Non-direct Service Volunteer Opportunities

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Bobcat Build beautifies our campus every year!

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

HCWC conducts one or more background checks on direct-service volunteers and interns.

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