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Volunteers

 Who volunteers with WHBW?

Who would choose to give up their Saturday morning to answer crisis calls or help diaper a fussy infant? Our volunteers 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.

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 our mission to eradicate domestic violence!

Volunteer Application

WHBW depends on volunteers to help our services run smoothly and consistently. 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!

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.

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

Intern Application

ONGOING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:

Donate a Wednesday Meal for 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 Wednesday, 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 Wednesday meal sign-ups. Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot: Wednesday Meals

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(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 contact volunteer@whbw.org and we can sign you up manually.

 

**INTRODUCING WHBW’S 3-TIERED VOLUNTEER PROGRAM!**

Our 3- tiered volunteer program allows you to volunteer for WHBW  in various capacities with different levels of training.

We recommend that anyone considering a WHBW volunteer position attend our 20-hour New Volunteer, Intern, and Staff Training in January, May, or September, which includes comprehensive workshops facilitated by our staff and community partners. Here is a sample New Volunteer, Intern, & Staff Training Agenda.

Our Tier 2 Volunteer Training happens quarterly.

 

 Tier 1: Direct Service/Advocacy

Tier 1 Volunteers do advocacy and direct-service in the following programs. Participation in our 20-hour New Volunteer, Intern, and Staff Training  is required to earn Vermont Victim and Crisis Worker Privilege prior to working with our service users in a Tier 1 capacity. Background check required.

Emergency Services (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 and Shelter volunteers receive 20 hours of Victim and Crisis Worker Privilege training and 16 additional 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 1-on1 mentoring to children in need, and small event help such as beach parties and ball games. We appreciate a one-year commitment of service for this volunteer position.

Economic Justice Program: Volunteers provide advocacy related to housing and other economic issues such as barriers to employment, budgeting, credit restorations, and meeting financial empowerment goals. This is an excellent internship opportunity. We appreciate a one -year commitment of service for this volunteer position.

Legal Advocacy Program: Legal volunteers 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. We appreciate a one -year commitment of service for this volunteer position.

*VCWP = Vermont Crisis Worker Privilege training (20 hrs.) + 16 hours of Hotline training required

Tier 2: Semi-Direct Service (Non-Advocacy)

Tier 2 Volunteers are not direct-service advocates, and do not have Victim and Crisis Worker Privilege. Background check required. Tier 2 volunteers require only 5 hours of training rather than 20 hours required of direct service volunteers.

Tier 2 5-hour volunteer trainings are held in June, September, December, and March.

Transportation Team: Provide Transportation to Domestic Violence Survivors. Many domestic violence survivors do not have access to reliable transportation as they navigate their next steps in healing and moving forward in their lives. Help WHBW service users get to their appointments, job interviews, the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, and even move furniture to their new residences during weekday work hours, evenings, and/or weekends. You must have your own, safe vehicle, an active driver’s license, and liability insurance.

Check back periodically for updates about our Tier 2 Volunteer needs!

Tier 3: Education and Outreach Program, General Volunteers

Tier 3 Volunteers require only on-site or program-specific training as needed.

Education and Outreach Program: Volunteers provide support with community education, prevention, and training around domestic violence to an array of youth and adult audiences.

Groups: We encourage businesses, organizations, community members, and teams to volunteer with special projects or through the United Way Days of Caring. Projects may include setting up a play structure, hosting an awareness event or fundraiser, or adopting a room in our shelter. We always accept Wednesday Meal donations for our emergency shelter residents too!

Teens:  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 become a Peer Advocate through our Education and Outreach Program. Peer Advocates help develop resources and educate their school communities about domestic violence and healthy relationships. This is a great opportunity for students interested in community advocacy.

Special Events: 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 nationwide and 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)