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Volunteer

YOU can make a difference!

We appreciate your interest in volunteering your time, energy and talents at the Women’s House. The abuse of women and children is a community issue and volunteers can be part of the solution!

Volunteers allow us to offer services that we would otherwise be unable to offer.


Interested in volunteering with Women’s House?

The next step is to create your volunteer profile for our Volunteer Data Base. You can create the profile here
. It will open a new browser window. Here you will be able to fill out our on-line volunteer application and select your areas of interest from our many volunteer opportunities. You will also be able to keep track of volunteer hours and make ongoing changes to your contact information, interest or availability.
Once you have completed the application, it will come directly to Women’s House and soon after we will contact you to set up a volunteer interview. Please complete as much of the application as you are comfortable with including your reference information.
There is also a place to post your photo. It is highly recommended that you post a photo of yourself as a safety measure. This allows our staff to recognize you at the door as a new Volunteer.
You will find this data base very easy to use, but feel free to Contact us if you have any questions or problems as you navigate the system.

How we select our volunteers

We ask that all volunteers be 16 years of age or older.
If you are a former client of the Women’s House, we will wait 6 months after the time you finish using our services, until we accept your application.

Volunteers will be asked to come in for a short interview.
All volunteers must complete a Police Records Check or a Vulnerable Sector Check depending on their location.  Volunteers will be given the records check process information at the time of their volunteer interview.

All volunteers are asked to attend and participate in a 1 day training on issues of women abuse, child abuse and in-house policies and procedures.
All drivers are asked to attend a separate, additional 1/2 day training on safe driving procedures for clients of Women’s House.
All volunteers are asked to volunteer a minimum of 4 hours per month.
We accept men as volunteers for drivers, maintenance, Board of Directors and Fund Development.
Confidentiality and non-judgmental attitude are of the utmost importance.

 

Administration:

  • Photocopying
  • Computer Work
  • Special Projects – mail outs, stuffing envelopes, thank you notes

Board of Directors:

    • Taking Board minutes
    • Advisory Committee work
    • Become a Board member

Counselling Department:

  • Peer support visits with clients
  • Answering business phone lines, answering doors
  • Household routines – grocery shopping, meal prep, cleaning
  • Helping organize store room, sort donations

Maintenance

  • Shelter Maintenance
  • Gardening
  • Lawn Mowing
  • Yard Clean Up
  • Snow Removal

Children’s Department:

  • Spending quality time with children
  • Parent relief
  • Accompany children on outings

Driving Network:

  • Pick up of clients
  • Take clients to appointments

Fund Development Committee:

  • Help with fundraising events
  • Sitting on monthly committee

Family Court Support:

Family Court Support Volunteers provide direct support to victims of domestic violence who are involved in the family court process, and involves accompany the victim to court proceedings. This position requires additional training which is offered twice a year by Victim Services.