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 a variety of volunteer opportunities:

**WHW’s Hamilton County Office is currently seeking a volunteer receptionist. Please see the Volunteer Position and contact Ellen Newman (enewman@womenhelpingwomen.org or 513-765-5988) if you are interested!**

Hospital Advocates
Volunteers who wish to respond to calls and provide hospital accompaniment to survivors of sexual assault during days, evenings, weekends, and 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 teen dating/sexual violence prevention programs given throughout Hamilton County and the Greater Cincinnati area. There also 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 several 40-hour training programs throughout the year, typically during evenings and weekends.  

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 no longer accepting applications for our Summer 2016 training. The next training class will begin in Fall 2016. Please feel free to apply for that class!

Butler County: We are now accepting applications for our May 2016 summer training.

Volunteer and Intern Application Forms

Hamilton County Volunteer Application in MS Word Format

Hamilton County Volunteer Intern Application in MS Word Format

Butler County Volunteer Victim Advocate Application

WHW Volunteer Coordinators

To volunteer in Hamilton County, please contact our Hamilton County Volunteer Coordinator, Ellen Newman:

Phone- (513) 765-5988

E-mail- enewman@womenhelpingwomen.org

Fax- (513)977-5544

Mailing Address- 215 E. 9th St., 7th Floor, Cincinnati, OH 45202

To volunteer in Butler County, please contact our Butler County Volunteer Coordinator, Bre Jacobs:

Phone-(513) 523-1005

E-mail- staff.whw@gmail.com

Mailing Address-  347 South College Ave., Suite D, Oxford, OH 45056

 

Current Volunteers and After Hours Advocates

 

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

Client Contact Sheet

Hospital Report and Outcome Indicator

Court Accompaniment Outcome Indicator

Hamilton County Volunteer Advocate Time Sheet

Butler County Volunteer Advocate Time Sheet

After Hours Time Sheet

Mileage Form

 

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