HOPE Center Volunteer Opportunities
Orientation is vital for all HOPE Center Volunteers so we can adequately introduce you to the agency. The level of training is determined by the level of participation within the Organization you are searching for. Feel free to contact the Prevention Services Department to get more information on how you can become a HOPE Center partner. Listed below are the different ways you can become involved with the HOPE Center:
Governance– this is for the person who has a passion for leadership and guiding social change- be a member of the HOPE Center’s Board of Directors
- Advisory Support– support board activities and be a community advisory member of a board committee
- Prevention Services– help educate youth, community or civic groups- advocate in the community and local schools, provide HOPE Center information booths at events, and assist with fundraising and events
- Advocacy (Direct Services)– provide support and options to survivors of domestic violence in the HOPE Center’s Shelter, Transitional Housing or Legal departments, be a skilled Hotline advocate or an adult group facilitator (lesson plans and supplies provided by the Volunteer)
- Administrative Support– assist in an office environment supporting advocacy efforts by providing clerical tasks such as mailings, shredding, filing and sorting
- Community Representative– donates gifts or their time and abilities to better the environment/ experience of others at HOPE. Ideal for groups wanting to make a difference!
- Volunteer Days– Day of Caring events, ideal for large or corporate groups- cleaning, donation organizing, assist with food bank orders, cooking meals for participants
- Community organizations/ groups who provide their time– Other providers or organizations who share their time and knowledge with the participants.
- Coordinate a Fundraiser or Drive for HOPE– cell phones, socks, pj’s, underwear, toys, money or come up with your own to benefit HOPE!
- Children’s Parties– Create your own activity to engage the children in our residential facilities- arts and crafts, story time with you as a main character, pizza party, holiday parties and more! Volunteers are asked to provide the activity and food.
- Other talents & abilities considered
HOPE’s Volun-TIER Levels
All volunteers start here! Level 1 gives Volunteers time to become familiar with HOPE and our services. Each tier offers the opportunity to better understand the functioning of HOPE and the services provided for survivors of domestic violence. During this time, you are engaging from the community in a capacity that supports the HOPE Center and its mission. Volunteers at this level are required to sign a confidentiality statement; arrest/conviction and certification form as well as attend brief orientation (ranging from 10 minutes to 2 hours) to learn about the mission and services the HOPE Center provides.
Tier 1 Volunteers can be involved with HOPE as Governance, Advisory Support, Administrative Support, or as Community Representatives.
The next level! If you want do and learn more, Volunteers can request to be trained more in depth to further understand the dynamics of domestic violence and allow for more Volunteer opportunities. This level includes a minimum of 10 hours of the 45-hour domestic violence training. At this level you will need to complete a Volunteer Application, obtain and pass Child Abuse and Criminal History clearances and be committed to completing 8 additional training hours per year.
Tier 2 Volunteers can be involved in Prevention Services and some Advocacy (Direct Services) components depending on hours of training completed.
Moving up! Volunteers interested in expanding their volunteer horizon can complete the 45-hour domestic violence training in its entirety; and can then become Volunteer Advocates in the field. This level will need to complete a Volunteer Application, obtain and pass their Child Abuse and Criminal History clearances, be committed to completing 8 additional training hours per year and commit to Volunteer 1 hour per month in some capacity.
Tier 3 Volunteers can be involved in all of the Levels of Volunteerism listed above including Prevention Services and Advocacy (Direct Services). Additional training in specific departments may be necessary to provide adequate services.
Internship opportunities are offered through Tier 3 Volunteering. If you are interested in applying for an Internship with the HOPE Center, please complete and submit the Intern Application. HOPE accepts up to three interns per semester, Interns must be able to complete the 45-hour domestic violence training (the hours count towards Internship hours).
*PLEASE NOTE: The 8 additional training hours per year required of Tier 2 and 3 Volunteers are conveniently provided through Agency Staff Meetings, Volunteer Meetings, Online training opportunities and Webinars held throughout the year.
Please fill out the form below and a staff member will contact you to find out more about how you would like to give your time. You can also download the Intern-Volunteer Application form and mail it in or drop it by the office..