Who volunteers with WHBW?
Who would choose to give up their Saturday morning to answer crisis calls or help diaper a fussy infant? They are mothers, grandmothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, professionals, teachers, artists, students and survivors. They are community helping community. They are the roots of Women Helping Battered Women.
WHBW depends on volunteers to help our services run smoothly and consistently. Opportunities range from working directly with survivors and children to working “behind the scenes.” Bilingual individuals, people with disabilities, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and survivors of domestic violence are especially encouraged to volunteer. If you have particular skills that you think would benefit WHBW, please contact us.
If you have time and energy to give and want to get involved in social change, download our volunteer application packet and follow the instructions on the form. Thank you for joining the mission to eradicate domestic violence!
Interested in an internship at WHBW?
We offer academic internships in many of our programs. In order to receive academic credit, all internships must be approved by the student’s academic advisor and fulfill their school’s specific internship requirements. Please download our internship application packet for more information
Donate a Sunday Meal for our Emergency Shelter Residents!
Women Helping Battered Women’s Emergency Shelter is a safe living space for individuals fleeing abuse and for survivors of recent abuse. During their time with us, service users and their children begin to rebuild their lives. Every Sunday, up to 20 Shelter residents sit down together to share dinner and connect with each other.
Help nurture their stomachs and souls by donating, cooking or bringing a meal to a drop-off location, or we can come pick it up! This is a great volunteer opportunity for groups, school clubs, and businesses.
We’re using VolunteerSpot to organize our Sunday meal sign-ups. Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/hkCr2t
2) Review the options listed and choose the particular Sunday(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.
Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can sign you up manually.
We recommend that anyone considering a WHBW volunteer position attend our New Volunteer, Intern, and Staff Training in January, May, and September, which includes comprehensive workshops facilitated by our staff and community partners. While Special Events, Group, General, and Teen Volunteers are not required to attend the training, all prospective direct-service volunteers must attend all 20 hours of this training prior to working with our service users. If you would like to be a Hotline volunteer, an additional 16 hours of training is required. Here is a sample New Volunteer, Intern, and Staff Training Agenda.
Special Events Volunteers
Get involved in any or all of the exciting events WHBW puts on throughout the year! Duties may include set up, tabling events, registration, Board and Staff support, clean up, etc. Below is a list of annual events put on by our organization and possible volunteer opportunities for each.
- School Supply Drive– Distribute donations to our Children and Youth Program to families in need. (August/September)
- Domestic Violence Awareness Month(DVAM) – Assist with numerous events during this month-long community effort. (October)
- Holiday Program– Sponsor a child by fulfilling their wish list. We will provide you with the age and gender of the child and the option to buy up to four gifts, not to exceed $100. If you represent a business or organization, please consider sponsoring a whole family. Volunteers can also help with organizing gifts donated by community partners! (December)
- Phone-a-thon– Volunteers call past sponsors to solicit monetary donations or assist with follow up correspondence with potential donors. Not much of a talker? Help out the administrative volunteers behind-the-scenes. (March)
- Zumbathon– Help with setup, registration, assisting participants, or participate in one of our biggest fundraisers of the year! (March)
- Run for Empowerment– Annual fundraiser organized by the WHBW board. Register or direct runners, tend a water station, or participate yourself! (June)
- United Way Days of Caring– Group cleaning, repairs, and upgrades at all of WHBW’s locations. (Spring/Fall)
Businesses, organizations, community members, and teams are encouraged to volunteer with special projects or through the United Way Days of Caring. Projects include setting up a play structure, hosting an awareness event or fundraiser, or adopting a room in our shelter. We always accept Sunday Meal donations for our emergency shelter residents too!
Statistics show that one out of every three teens experiences dating violence. Teens are also more likely to hear and heed messages from peers they respect. Looking to build awareness at your school? Host a performance, food drive, or fundraiser! Help us collect old cell phones! Or join our Peer Advocacy Program through our Events and Education and Outreach Program. Peer Advocates help develop resources and educate their school communities about domestic violence. This is a great opportunity for students interested in community advocacy.
Other General Volunteer Opportunities include: Social Media Support, Grants & Data Management, Transportation (must have own vehicle), Healing Arts, and Administrative Support
At WHBW we believe strongly in self-care and the healing process.
For Direct Service volunteers, we recommend that domestic violence survivors
have 1 to 2 years since active abuse to ensure their emotional readiness.
For those who have recently experienced abuse,
we appreciate your experience as a Special Events or General Volunteer.
Volunteer & Internship Opportunities for WHBW Direct Service Programs*
Legal Advocacy Program
Legal volunteers will provide emotional support to Service Users during court, Legal Clinic, and may assist with Relief from Abuse Orders and other basic forms. Other ways to support the legal program include child care during court hearings, Legal Clinic, and other times as needed. Legal Advocacy volunteers will receive 20 hours of Victim and Crisis Privilege Worker certification training.
Shelter and Hotline Program
Volunteers provide emotional support, resources, advocacy, and information to survivors and families in crisis while keeping with WHBW’s mission. Hotline and shelter volunteers typically work once or twice a month in four hour shifts; both day and evening shifts are available seven days a week. Hotline volunteers receive 20 hours of Victim and Crisis Worker Privilege training and 16 hours of hotline training. We appreciate a one -year commitment of service for this volunteer position.
Children and Youth Program
Volunteers work directly with children who are affected by domestic violence. Duties include facilitating playgroups, organizing and participating in the holiday program for children, providing one on one mentor to children in need, and small event help such as beach parties and ball games. Children and Youth Program volunteers will receive 20 hours of Victim and Crisis Privilege Worker certification training. We appreciate a one year commitment of service for this volunteer position.
Economic Justice Program
Volunteers provide service user-centered advocacy related to housing and other economic issues such as barriers to employment, budgeting, credit restorations, and meeting financial empowerment goals for individuals living in the community, who are victims and survivors of domestic abuse. This is an excellent internship opportunity! Economic Justice Program interns and volunteers receive 20 hours of Victim and Crisis Worker Privilege training and 16 hours of hotline training. We appreciate a one -year commitment of service for this volunteer position.
*VCWP = Vermont Crisis Worker Privilege training required (20 hrs.)