Current Volunteer Needs
DVVRT & SASSA
Domestic Violence Victim Response Teams
The Domestic Violence Victim Response Team (DVVRT) is a partnership of Womanspace, Inc., Mercer County, New Jersey law enforcement agencies and community members. DVVRT volunteers are trained to meet with victims of domestic violence at police stations to provide information and support at the time of a reported incident or upon request.
Sexual Assault Support Services Advocates
Sexual Assault Support Services Advocates are volunteer victim advocates who work to enhance the victim-centered approach that is now standard for providing services to sexual assault victims. They provide accompaniment to hospitals in response to crisis calls received by the hotline, from local hospitals, police or the prosecutor’s office. Advocates provide crisis intervention, counseling, emotional support, information and referrals to sexual assault victims and their significant others. They may also be asked to support a survivor through follow-up with medical care and law enforcement proceedings.
General Qualifications for Victim Support Volunteers
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- Relate sensitively to victims
- Communicate well with others and be a good listener
- Maintain confidentiality
- Valid driver’s license
- Access to transportation
- Application process includes background check and fingerprinting
- Complete initial 80+ hour training and ongoing training
- DVVRT volunteers and Sexual Assault Support Advocates must be “on call” at least two 12-hour shifts per month
- Bi-lingual individuals, especially those fluent in Spanish, Polish and American Sign Language are strongly encouraged to apply!
Volunteer as an Advocate or Team Member
To apply for the next training class in fall 2015, . Please submit your completed application by February 5, 2016. The next class begins in March 2016. Click here for application! For more information call 609-394-0136 and speak with either Heidi Mueller or Alison Daks Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., or email Heidi at firstname.lastname@example.org or Alison at email@example.com.
Communities of Light™
Communities of Light Volunteers Needed October 27 – December 7, 2015 The county-wide lighting date will be in December 7, 2015 at dusk. The free COL reception event launch will be on October 27, 2015. Check back for more details.
Area and Street Coordinators
Organize 1 or more streets in your immediate neighborhood. Distribute forms and collect orders. Return orders & money to your Garage Coordinator or directly to Womanspace. Pick up & distribute kits for your area.
Work with members of your neighborhood association, service organization, congregation, school or workplace to identify a specific area to display luminaries. Distribute forms and collect orders/payments. Return orders and money to the Garage Coordinator or to Womanspace. Pick up and distribute kits for your program.
Pick up kits and deliver to neighborhoods and retail outlets as needed. Download the COL volunteer form and mail to 1530 Brunswick Ave, Lawrenceville, NJ, 08648. For more information please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Susan Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 609-394-0136.
Teachers for the Home School Program
Do you like working with children? Do you want to learn how to support victims and their families in their time of need? Womanspace is looking for volunteers to tutor children participating in the emergency shelter’s Home Schooling Program. Learn how to become a tutor at Womanspace – contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 609.394.0136 or email@example.com to apply.
About the Home Schooling Program
Women and children who come into shelter are in crisis. The danger that brought them here could extend to where the children attend school. Often, they face placing their children in a different school temporarily, which potentially adds another level of stress for the children and mother. Womanspace provides mothers an alternative option of home schooling. We need three additional volunteers to provide home schooling services and tutor children at the shelter. Educational volunteers should be retired certified teachers, student teachers and/or community volunteers who love to teach. Volunteers would maintain communication with an Educational Coordinator, who oversees the home schooling process. After receiving training on the effects of domestic violence on children, volunteers must commit to a period of six months and work on an as-needed basis, usually eight hours a week, depending on the shelter clients’ needs.