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Volunteers
Staff and volunteers alike represent the Sexual Assault/ Domestic Violence Center, Inc., so we believe it is important to empower each volunteer with a greater understanding or the issues surrounding sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. SA/DVC is dedicated in preparing volunteers with the knowledge they require to become an integral part of the solution to end violence. Our hope is that volunteers benefit as much from their experience as SA/DVC victims and staff benefit from the volunteers who give back to their community. SA/DVC mission is to provide non-judgmental support to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, their families and friends.

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What You Can Do
The SA/DVC includes volunteers in community outreach and trained volunteers in many of its direct service or response programs. Volunteers are supervised by the Volunteer Coordinator and by program staff.
 
Volunteers commit time and energy to the important work of supporting survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Volunteering for this cause can be a rewarding choice for you and it is certainly a crucial service in our community.
 
It is important for volunteers to understand the mission and philosophy of our agency whether volunteering for the Crisis Line, helping with an agency fundraiser or donation drive, serving as a Board Member, or painting the walls at one of our offices. In some capacities, volunteers will go through a more deliberate and thorough training to give them the knowledge and ability to directly serve survivors or to handle crisis situations dealing with sexual assault and domestic violence.
 
The goal of the SA/DVC is to support an environment where volunteers can have a satisfying experience, where learning and developing skills is an enjoyable part of the process. We encourage questions, suggestions and open exchange between staff and volunteers.
 
We are excited that you are interested in knowing more about volunteer opportunities. We hope you will consider what role you can play in supporting survivors in our community.
 
Requirements to Volunteer
Any person at least 18 years of age is eligible to apply to volunteer. No prior training related to sexual assault or domestic violence is necessary to become a volunteer, although survivors are asked to wait at least one year before volunteering. To learn about the role of the agency and the role of the volunteer, volunteers will be given the latest version of Volunteer Policies and Procedures and will sign that they received a copy.
 
What You Can Achieve
 You can gain social service experience
 You can help to provide a valuable service in the community
 You can receive training on domestic violence and sexual assault issues
 You can become experienced in supporting survivors
 Your hours are an in-kind donation to the agency
 
Volunteer Positions/Tiers

Tier One

Our Tier One volunteers often donate their time on a singular basis, but many positions can be on-going as well.  We offer the following opportunities for Tier One volunteers:

Community Outreach

The agency sets up a booth at health fairs and community events and coordinates fundraisers and awareness events to promote services and to educate the public. Volunteers help to staff those booths and organize fundraising activities in collaboration with the agency. For example, the SA/DVC participates in the Salsa Fest on Third Thursday in August in Downtown Hutchinson. Volunteers will help make the salsa on Wednesday and serve it on Thursday.

Office Aide

Between 9am and 5pm any day Monday through Friday, volunteers can help with office work and special projects. Supervised internships are available after interviewing with the Executive Director. For example, volunteers can make copies, answer phones, type, or sort donations.

Media Aide

Media Aide volunteers help with our agency website and quarterly newsletter.  Additionally, there is opportunity for design work.  Media Aides work in cooperation with the Volunteer Coordinator.  For example, a volunteer would meet with the Volunteer Coordinator quarterly to proofread Crisis Lines, our agency newsletter.

Maintenance

The office and shelter often need maintenance work or improvement. Volunteers can help with or organize their own work projects in collaboration with the agency. For example, a small group of volunteers from a local church donated their time and resources to put in a new wood floor in our small office kitchen.

 

Tier Two

Our Tier Two volunteers work more closely with our agency and commit to on-going service.  We offer the following opportunities for Tier Two volunteers:

 Board of Directors

The Executive Director recruits citizens from the diverse communities we work in to serve on the SA/DVC Board. The Board meets monthly, currently on the 2nd Thursday, to help direct the functions of the agency. Terms for board members are three years. Board members also serve on one of four committees. For example, the Finance Committee meets several times before the end of our fiscal year in October to balance the budget.

HEART Group/Circles of Affection

Support groups for adult survivors who may need child care and support groups for children meet at the Hutchinson office on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Trained volunteers may assist in leading the groups or providing child care. For example, if a survivor has brought her toddler with her to the support group, a volunteer can play with that child in the playroom during the session.

 

Tier Three

Tier Three Direct Response volunteers receive a specialized training, classroom and on-the-job, totaling 40 hours.  They are also encouraged to attend on-going trainings as they are offered.  Tier Three Interns will receive training according to internship specifications.

 

Direct Response (SART/DART)

Volunteers trained for Direct Response can be on call 5pm-9am and on weekends. Direct Response volunteers notify the Volunteer Coordinator of their availability and are in constant contact with Advocates and Shelter staff. For example, after completing a SART or DART call, volunteers report back to the Shelter as a matter of safety. For another example, volunteers communicate directly with the Advocate handling the case of a survivor they helped take to Shelter.

Internship

Supervised internships are available after interviewing with the Executive Director and Volunteer Coordinator.  They can be specialized according to need and/or interest and can vary in length.  For example, an advocacy intern can shadow the Protection Order process including the decision making process, filing, going to court and follow-up.

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