The purpose of Circle of Hope's volunteer program is to provide opportunities in which the community can assist us in providing the critical and often life saving services we offer to women and children. We could not meet the demand for services without the support and dedication of our volunteers.
Volunteers working directly with the program participants are considered Direct Service Volunteers. Volunteers who perform duties that benefit Circle of Hope services and program participants without having contact with the program participants are considered Indirect Service Volunteers.
Direct Service Volunteer Opportunities:
This position involves telephone and online chat crisis intervention and referrals to victims of abuse.
This position involves providing assistance to shelter staff members and performing tasks as assigned. Shelter duties include, but are not limited to, answering telephones, crisis intervention, grocery shopping, intake procedures, making files, transporting victims to appointments or recreational outings, etc.
Legal Advocacy Program
This position involves face-to-face contact with those in need of court advocacy. Duties include, but are not limited to, providing support to victims during the process of obtaining an ex-parte Temporary Protective Order and/or the 12 month order and court watching to document how domestic violence cases are handled in State court.
This position includes assisting the Community Awaremess Coordinator with school presentations. A curriculum is presented to grades K-12 in order to educate students about healthy expression of feeling, self-esteem issues, and dating/domestic violence.
This position involves assisting staff with consistent and in-depth follow-up care to women and their children receiving services: Working one-on-one with participant as mentor, role model, sounding board, and cheerleader. Providing ongoing emotional support, personal advocacy, and information and referrals.
This position includes assisting the Child Advocate with children's support groups, childcare while program participants attend appointments, and mentoring children in the residential program.
Indirect Service Volunteer Opportunities:
The volunteer, under the supervision of the Thrift Store Manager, may do any/all of the following: cash register operations; sorting, pricing and display of donations; customer service; donation pick-up; and advertising.
This position includes assisting Circle of Hope staff with filing, shredding of documents, organizing the staff workroom, and assisting with projects.
Building and/or Grounds Maintenance
This position includes assisting in the general maintenance of the shelter and/or grounds, such as repairing appliances, yard work, painting and carpentry.