Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another. Erma Bombeck

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 WHW, 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.

Please note: We currently have a waitlist for our next Hamilton County volunteer training.

Interested in Volunteering?

Volunteer Training & Opportunities

Volunteer Training: Mandatory 40-hour Program

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.

After completing the program, volunteers will be equipped with all of the skills and resources necessary to take the following advocacy paths:

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 Hotline 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.