Our volunteer advocates do very important work and handle many sensitive situations. That's why, several times a year, Family Violence Project offers free volunteer training to anyone interested in helping us help others.
If you'd like to volunteer – and want to work directly with people seeking or using Family Violence Project services – here are the first few steps...
- Complete and submit our online interest form
- Participate in a volunteer interview
- Pass background checks
- Successfully complete our 39-hour training program, which covers three topic areas...
- Family Violence Project – Who are we? What do we do?
- Domestic Violence – What is domestic violence? What are the myths and facts? What are some of the red flags?
- Advocacy – What is it? How do we do it?
Why 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...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.
Thinking seriously about volunteering? Please apply. Yes, the training is a serious time commitment, but it's well worth it! The training is very interesting and the work that it prepares you to do is so rewarding.
We hope to hear from you!
We hope so! Just complete and submit our online Volunteer Interest Form, or download it and mail to Volunteer Coordinator, Family Violence Project, PO Box 304, Augusta, ME 04332, and the Director of Volunteer & Crisis Line Programs will contact you.