Volunteer Opportunities in Domestic Violence Program
All of the volunteers who work in our domestic violence services are required to complete 40 hours of Domestic Violence training and ten hours of observation. Training is available through the Chicago Battered Women’s Network.
Children’s Program Volunteer
Children’s Program Volunteers typically work in teams and help facilitate children’s activities. Volunteers must follow the shelter guidelines regarding non-violence and facilitate non-competitive play that fosters effective problem solving and communication skills. Volunteers are needed to assist with homework, arts and crafts, recreation, music, discussion groups, and more.
Time commitment: Program volunteer shifts are as follows: 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.; 5:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday with the most help needed on Monday and Wednesday nights. Children’s volunteers must commit to at least one 1.5 hour shift per week for a period of a year.
Crisis Line Volunteer
Volunteers conduct “crisis intakes” for women who are seeking shelter or services and orient new residents once they arrive at the shelter.
Time commitment: Shifts consist of three hour increments beginning at 9 a.m., i.e. 9-12, 12-3, and 3-6 p.m. Crisis Line volunteers must be able to commit to one 3 hour shift per week for a period of one year.
Court Advocate Program
Volunteers assist clients in obtaining Orders of Protection, help with paperwork and filings, and accompany clients to court.
Time commitment: Shifts consist of a half day or full day, Monday – Friday. Volunteers must commit to at least one 3 hour shift per week for a period of one year.
Violence Prevention Education Program
Volunteers assist the Prevention Education Coordinator in teaching a social skills and violence prevention program to elementary children at various grammar schools. They also assist the Prevention Education Coordinator in high schools teaching teen dating/violence prevention.
Time commitment: To be determined with Coordinator. Volunteers must commit to at least one 3 hour shift per week for a period of one year.
Are you interested? Please contact us!If you have completed training, please contact Sandy T. Williams, Director, Domestic Violence Residential and Community Services, at 847-864-8445 for volunteer opportunities in our Domestic Violence Services programs.