As a volunteer with Family Violence Project, you might…
- Take calls on our 24-hour Helpline from the comfort of your home and with back-up support from a staff person available whenever you need it.
- Co-facilitate, with a staff member, one of our weekly support groups.
- Provide childcare for children whose parent(s) attend our weekly support groups.
- Provide in-office clerical services like assistance with mailings, copying and data entry.
- Help out at special events such as yard sales, vigils, and wellness events.
We give you the support and training you need!
Our volunteer advocates do very important work and handle many sensitive situations. That’s why Family Violence Project offers a free 39-hour volunteer training to those interested in helping us help others. This training is offered two to three times a year throughout Kennebec and Somerset Counties. Why is it 39 hours? Because there’s a lot to learn about domestic abuse and about how we can best support and assist the people who put their trust in us. Everyone’s situation is different and there are no cookie-cutter answers. Also, the knowledge you’ll gain through the training will help you know what questions to ask in order to help someone make the best decisions he/she can. Yes, the training is a serious time commitment, but it is well worth it! Successful completion of the training is required for several of our volunteer positions, specifically those that involve direct contact with those utilizing our services.
Interested in volunteering? We hope so! To apply to be a volunteer, please contact Jaime (Co-Director of Advocacy Programs) at 207-620-9044 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be aware that all applicants to our volunteer program must successfully complete background and reference checks.
Are you a good listener?
Are you comfortable talking on the phone?
Do you have a passion for helping others?
If you answered yes to these questions, I have an opportunity that may be perfect for you!
Family Violence Project has an ongoing need for volunteer advocates to help answer our 24-Hour Helpline for those affected by domestic violence. As a volunteer advocate on the 24-Hour Helpline, you will make a difference in people’s lives by volunteering once a month from the comfort of your home. Do you worry that you won’t know what to say? Family Violence Project offers a free 36-hour training that prepares you for this volunteer role; also, a staff person will always be available to assist you by phone while you are volunteering. Participants in the training will learn about the complex issue of domestic violence, the staff and services of Family Violence Project, and how to talk with callers and help them create safety plans. Although successful completion of our training is required for this volunteer role, no other experience is necessary.
Family Violence Project’s next volunteer training will be held in Waterville on the following dates and times:
- Tuesday, September 19th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
- Thursday, September 21st from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
- Tuesday, September 26th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
- Thursday, September 28th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
- Tuesday, October 3rd from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
- Thursday, October 5th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
- Tuesday, October 10th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
- Thursday, October 12th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
- Tuesday, October 17th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
- Thursday, October 19th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
- Tuesday, October 24th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
- Thursday, October 26th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
If you are interested in participating in this training and volunteer opportunity, you must be 18 years of age or older, complete a volunteer interview, and pass background / reference checks prior to being accepted into the training. Volunteer interviews must be completed by the end of the business day on September 11th. While the training itself is free of charge, we ask for a $25 donation from those who are financially able to provide it; this will help cover the cost of background checks. The inability to make a donation will not prevent a person from participating in this opportunity!
Please contact me if you would like to learn more about this training and volunteer opportunity, or would like to schedule an interview. Training space is limited, so I hope to hear from you soon!
Jaime Mooney, Co-Director of Advocacy Programs, Family Violence Project
email@example.com or 207-620-9044