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 45-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 45 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 they 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 (Advocacy Director) at 207-620-9044 or [email protected]. 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 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 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 24th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
- Thursday, September 26th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
- Tuesday, October 1st from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
- Thursday, October 3rd from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
- Tuesday, October 8th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
- Thursday, October 10th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
- Tuesday, October 15th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
- Thursday, October 17th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
- Tuesday, October 22nd from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
- Thursday, October 24th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
- Tuesday, October 29th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
- *Tuesday, November 5th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
- *Tuesday, November 12th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
- Thursday, November 14th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
- Tuesday, November 19th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Attendance at all 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 / reference checks prior to being accepted. Volunteer interviews must be completed by 4:30pm on Friday, September 13th. 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 in this opportunity! For more information, please contact Jaime at [email protected] or 207-620-9044.
* training sessions will not be held on Thursday, October 31st or Thursday, November 7th *