Volunteer with Helping Services
DA/SA Resource Center
Let’s all work together to model a non-violent world, after all,
Domestic and Sexual Abuse is 100% preventable.
The Resource Center provides volunteers with the skills, knowledge and confidence necessary to assist victims of Domestic and Sexual Abuse through the 24 hour Victim Counselor Training provided FREE of charge to anyone wishing to volunteer.
The volunteers will learn many facts of domestic and sexual abuse including the dynamics of these types of abuse, court advocacy, child and adult advocacy, crisis intervention and emergency responding to a crisis situation involving Domestic and or Sexual abuse.
An experienced staff person is on call 24/7 to assist the volunteers in anyway while they are volunteering for the Crisis Line, transporting, safe housing or responding.
Direct Contact Volunteering:
Crisis Line: Volunteers will provide victims support by taking the Crisis Line over a 24 hour period; an advocate is available as back up for anything the volunteer needs as well.
Transporters: Volunteers will provide transportation for victims from a neutral location to safe location.
Safe Homes: Volunteers who have agreed to be a safe home will provide a safe location for victims and their children if needed for a short period of time. Food is provided and the location is completely CONFIDENTIAL and SAFE.
Emergency Responding: Emergency Responders will respond to a crisis call at hospitals and or police departments to comfort a victim and or their children who have been physically or sexually assaulted. They will stay with the victim until the victim decides they are no longer needed or other safe help arrives.
In-Direct Contact Volunteering:
Other volunteer opportunities are also available that do not require direct contact with victims. Those include but are not limited to:
- Assisting with office duties, food closet clean up and maintenance, assisting staff with making flyers for events, mailings – stuffing envelopes etc
- Assisting with fundraising /community events; Holiday Lights, DV Awareness 5 K, Awareness campaigns throughout the year
- Assist with Community information fairs/wellness events/ Volunteer fairs etc.
- Assist with Presentations to businesses, organizations, churches, schools etc about our volunteer opportunities and our organization
Volunteer Guide Lines:
- Must be 18 years old
- Be able to adhere to strict confidentiality practices
- Become certified if wanting to provide Direct Contact Service with clients
- Have a valid drivers license; proof of insurance for vehicle
- Have background checks done for criminal misconduct, sexual abuse, child abuse and driving record
- Agree to a one year commitment as a volunteer and to be on call two times a month for a 24 hour period each time.
- Maintain 4 hours of continued education; book/video/recorded webinar or training counts for 2 hours and a live training or webinar can count for 2 hours.
Please call the Resource Center at 563-864-7163 for more information or contact the Volunteer Program Coordinator – Teresa Dehning at email@example.com to answer your questions about volunteering with us.