My name is Brittany McIntyre and I serve on the Domestic Abuse Resource Center (DARC) team. Part of my role is as volunteer coordinator to support our support to clients. Assisting domestic violence victims is extremely rewarding, and we would not be able to do it as successfully without the help of our volunteers. At the DARC we are always seeking compassionate and caring individuals who are interested in working alongside advocates to support our clients. We understand that some volunteers prefer the behind the scenes work, while others enjoy being more hands on, which is why we offer two type of volunteer roles:

  1. Indirect Volunteers -The DARC needs volunteers for many different roles, including clerical work, taking inventory of our food and supply pantry, providing childcare during parenting classes and assisting with support groups. Volunteers also raise awareness by conducting food, diaper, and household supply drives to help keep our pantry full for client needs. To help provide better support and resources to local clients, all volunteers are welcome and encouraged to serve on the Northeast Iowa Coalition against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. These meetings are a great way to bring new ideas and topics to the table, and spark conversation about a topic that often goes unspoken.
  2. Direct Volunteers – Direct volunteers are required by the Iowa Coalition against Domestic Violence to complete a 20 hour training. The training is full of great information and tools to better equip volunteers to serve victims effectively. Volunteers may complete this training online, in a group setting, or one on one with our volunteer coordinator. Once the training and application process has been completed the volunteer is ready to work alongside advocates, and make a difference in the lives of the clients that we serve. They are able to answer our resource line, provide clients with medical advocacy and/or transportation, or provide safe housing to victims in need.

If these opportunities sound like a good fit for you, or you have more questions regarding volunteering with the DARC, please contact me at 563-380-4976 or at bmcintyre@helpingservices.org.

Thank you in advance for your support of the DARC!

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