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Volunteer Training

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, we have an opportunity that may be perfect for you!

Family Violence Project (FVP) 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 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 training (the Core Advocacy, Intervention, Response and Ethics Training for New Advocates) to help prepare you for this role; also, a staff person will always be available to assist you by phone while you are volunteering. Throughout the training, participants will learn about the complex issue of domestic violence, the services of Family Violence Project, and how to talk with callers and help them create safety plans.  Although successful completion of the training is required for this volunteer role, no other experience is necessary except for a passion to help others.

Family Violence Project’s next volunteer training will be held on the following dates/times:

  • Saturday, October 15th from 9:00am to 3:30pm (in-person session in Augusta)
  • Tuesday, October 18th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm (remote session via Zoom)
  • Thursday, October 20th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm (remote session via Zoom)
  • Tuesday, October 25th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm (remote session via Zoom)
  • Thursday, October 27th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm (remote session via Zoom)
  • Tuesday, November 1st from 5:30pm to 8:30pm (remote session via Zoom)
  • Thursday, November 3rd from 5:30pm to 8:30pm (remote session via Zoom)
  • Tuesday, November 8th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm (remote session via Zoom)
  • Thursday, November 10th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm (remote session via Zoom)
  • Tuesday, November 15th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm (remote session via Zoom)
  • Thursday, November 17th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm (remote session via Zoom)
  • Sessions will not be held during the week of November 21st
  • Tuesday, November 29th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm (remote session via Zoom)
  • Thursday, December 1st from 5:30pm to 8:30pm (remote session via Zoom)
  • Tuesday, December 6th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm (remote session Zoom)

Live attendance at each of the listed training dates is required for successful completion of the training.  If you are interested in participating in this volunteer opportunity, you must be 18 years of age or older, complete a volunteer interview and pass background checks prior to becoming a volunteer.

Volunteer interviews must be completed by 12:30pm on Wednesday, October 12th.  While the training itself is free of charge, we ask for a $25 donation from those who are financially able to provide it to help cover the cost of background checks; the inability to donate will not prevent a person from participating!

For more information, please contact Jaime at [email protected] or 207-623-8637 x302.

Support FVP

Thanks to your generosity, we can continue to provide so many needed and important services: our helpline, advocacy work, support groups, shelter & supportive housing, prevention & training programs, children’s work, and Menswork, a program that works directly with abusers who want to change their behavior.

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Donations can be mailed to:
Family Violence Project
P O Box 304
Augusta, Me 04332-0304

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Volunteer

We couldn't provide the services we do without the ongoing support of a large and active network of volunteers. There are many ways volunteers work with and support us. If you are interested in donating your time, please contact Jaime, Co-Director of Advocacy Programs, at 2076238637, x302 or [email protected]

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