Volunteer

Volunteers are ordinary people who perform extraordinary work. It doesn’t take a great deal of time or sacrifice to make a difference in the life of another person. All it takes is the desire to reach out to others and a willingness to learn.

At Women Helping Women, we recognize the importance of volunteers. Many of our key services depend upon dedicated volunteers. That’s why we provide thorough training, continuous educational opportunities and support to volunteers so that they feel confident in their work.

All volunteers must complete a mandatory 40-hour training before beginning their volunteer experience with Women Helping Women.  

Women Helping Women offers various volunteer opportunities:

Hospital Advocates
Volunteers who wish to respond to calls and provide hospital accompaniment to rape survivors during the evenings, weekends, or holidays.

Court Advocates
Accompany survivors of domestic violence as they proceed through the court system. Volunteers are most often utilized to assist with arraignment court, which occurs Monday through Saturday and runs 8:45 am to approximately Noon.

Hotline Advocates
Volunteers who wish to answer calls and provide crisis intervention on our 24-Hour Crisis Line may do so anytime Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 am and 5 pm. This volunteer opportunity is available at the Hamilton County office only.

Education Advocates
Assist with programs given throughout Hamilton County and the Greater Cincinnati area. There will be opportunities to attend community fairs and programs to provide information to the public about our services.

Childcare Providers
Provide childcare during our weekly evening support groups, making it possible for survivors with children to attend group. This volunteer opportunity is available at the Hamilton County office only.

Administrative/Clerical Advocates
Are essential to organizing documentation, assisting with valuable reports, and supporting the administrative work of our small staff. These volunteers may not need to attend training.

Training

Our agency offers a 40-hour training program two times a year, during evenings and weekends in the spring and fall.  

Topics covered include: sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, history of the agency, explanation of the agency’s mission and services, advocacy and safety planning, cultural awareness, and legal issues among others. Volunteers will learn the agency’s policies and procedures for working with clients. There are specific instructions given on how to respond to a person in a crisis over the telephone as well as in person. In addition, the training provides information on court procedures that prepare the volunteer to provide in-court support and information to survivors.

Next Trainings:

  • Hamilton County: We are now accepting applications for Fall 2014.  Click here to view our fall 2014 training schedule:  Volunteer Training Schedule Fall 2014 – website
  • Butler County: We are now accepting applications for September 2014 training.

Volunteer and Intern Application Form

Volunteer Application form in MS Word format. Print the form, complete it and mail to our office.

Volunteer Intern Application in MS Word format. Print the form, complete it and mail to our office.

Current Volunteers and After Hours Advocates

For your convenience we’ve created links to frequently used documents for you to print out and use.

Hotline Paperwork
Volunteer Advocate Time Sheet
After Hours Time Sheet
Hospital Accompaniment Paperwork
Mileage Form

To volunteer in Hamilton County, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator: (513) 977-5546 or kmassey@womenhelpingwomen.org.

To volunteer in Butler County, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (513) 523-1005 or alaymon@womenhelpingwomen.org.

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