Volunteers choose a domestic violence track or a sexual assault track. All volunteers are required to complete volunteer training. For more information on the volunteer programs call one of our Volunteer Coordinators:
Domestic Violence: (337) 436-4552 or 1-800-223-8066
Sexual Assault: (337) 494-7273 or 1-866-570-7273
Domestic Violence Advocate Assistant:
Volunteers work at the Shelter. They are responsible for answering the crisis line, taking phone calls and answering the door. Responsibilities include directing calls, offering peer counseling, crisis intervention, and information and referrals. Volunteer time is available any time, day or night.
Legal Advocates provide assistance to women going through the criminal justice system. Advocates assist with the preparation of temporary restraining orders. They also accompany women to court and provide moral support and reassurance to women during the court proceedings. Volunteer time is only available weekdays during daytime hours.
Sexual Assault Volunteers:
Sexual Assault Volunteers answer the hotline during the day in the office and are on call in the evenings. They provide crisis counseling, information and referrals to sexual assault survivors and loved ones (family, friends, etc.)
Sexual Assault Hospital Advocates:
Hospital Advocates meet sexual assault survivors at the hospital, providing face-to-face support, information and advocacy regarding medical and legal procedures. Advocates are on call evenings and weekends, carrying a beeper.
Children’s Area Volunteers:
Children’s Area Volunteers assist the child workers with recreational and therapeutic groups for children. They assist with family activities, parties, crisis intervention, tutoring, parenting groups, and instruction in childcare. Children’s Area Volunteers work mornings, afternoons, and evenings, Monday - Saturday.
Volunteers in the donations area sort and size clothing, arrange larger household donations and assist peer counselors with distribution of the donated items to clients. Donation volunteers work daytime hours weekdays.
Yard Care/Maintenance Volunteers:
Volunteers working on the grounds of the Shelter or Rape Crisis Center work to maintain the grounds by mowing, edging, weeding, and trimming the yards. Volunteers helping with maintenance do light carpentry, minor repairs, and some painting. Volunteers may use Shelter equipment or bring their own. Volunteer hours are available during the daytime on weekdays or weekends.
Volunteers are needed to work in the offices at the Shelter and at Rape Crisis Outreach. Duties include answering the phone, filing, typing, data entry, newsletters, mailings, and special projects. Volunteer hours are available weekdays, days and evenings.
Special Projects Volunteers:
Volunteers with a special talent are welcome to share those talents with the women and children at the Shelter and Rape Crisis Outreach. Special projects may include: Self-esteem workshops, Craft workshops, Career training, Resume writing, Dress for Success, Art therapy, Dance or Movement therapy, Play therapy, Storytelling, and other unique presentation.
Fundraising/Special Events Volunteers:
Volunteers assist in the fundraising projects sponsored to benefit the Shelter and Rape Crisis Outreach. Activities may include one time projects or projects over an extended time which include planning, event set-up/clean up, staffing a table, clerical work, selling tickets, and other tasks.
Community Education Volunteers:
Community education volunteers staff information booths, assist with the Teen Dating Violence Curriculum presentations in the schools, make presentations to groups with staff and evaluate the community education program.