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.   Our spring 2014 training is already full, but feel free to send in an application for our fall 2014 training.

See the link to our spring training schedule below:

Volunteer Training Schedule Spring 2014

Opportunities

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.

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.

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.  Our spring 2014 training has filled up, but feel free to send in an application for the fall 2014 training session.

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.

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 convineniece 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 Accompaniement Paperwork
Mileage Form

For more information please contact our Volunteer Coordinator: (513) 977-5546

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