Direct Service Volunteers & Advocates
Direct-service volunteers provide support for HCWC by working with our clients or their children. Those roles include Childcare, HEARTeam, HELPline and Internships. In order to fill this important role, you must pass one or more background checks, attend Advocate Training, a 40-hour course that includes 30 hours of classroom training, 2 hours of homework, and 8 hours of on-the-job training.
HEARTeam Advocates respond to the hospital in cases of family violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. We are also there to support the victim’s family. Volunteer advocates take overnight or weekend shifts that fit with their schedule. Time commitment is one or more shift a month for a year.
HELPline Advocates answer hotline calls on our 24-hour HELPline from your home. Volunteer advocates take overnight or weekend shifts that fit with their schedule and take calls from their home. Time commitment is one or more shift a month for a year.
Childcare Volunteers interact with children (usually one or two at a time) while their parent or sibling receives services. Attend the first four sessions of Advocate Training (12 hours of class), then make a time commitment of one, four-hour shift per week.
Advocate Training & Getting Started
Because of our sensitivity to client safety and confidentiality, volunteering at HCWC begins with an application and interview with the Volunteer Coordinator. Direct-service volunteer roles require participation in our 40-hour Volunteer Advocate Training, which prepares volunteers to assist clients and to represent HCWC in the community.
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The Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants, regardless of gender, race, age, sexuality, or disability.