Volunteers founded Center for Hope and Safety (formerly Shelter Our Sisters) over 30 years ago and play a vital role in caring for those affected by domestic violence. Annually, volunteers donate more than 5,000 hours of service.
There are many ways to help. Because of the nature of some activities, we require certain volunteers, who will interact with clients, to participate in an educational training program.
Data entry, answer phones, assist with mailings
Transport donated furniture or help clients move to a new location
Share your professional skills by helping to guide Center for Hope and Safety in its mission
Sort through item/food donations and organize them in our storage/pantry area
| ||Professional Services|
Lend your expertise to assist clients, i.e., lawyer, painter, mechanic, hair stylist, etc.
| ||Special Events Committee|
Help organize fundraising events like the annual Awards Dinner or Golf Tournament
|Holiday Gift Wrapping|
Several stores invite Center for Hope and Safety to provide gift wrapping services for their customers - all proceeds go to Center for Hope and Safety
Click here to see how individuals or groups can help out!
These are volunteers who have direct interaction with clients and are required to attend a 40-hour training program that provides education on all aspects of domestic violence, counseling skills, hotline screening, the law, policy and procedures, substance abuse and the effects of domestic violence on children.
Establish a one-on-one relationship with a woman or child to be a source of encouragement
Help children, adolescents, teenagers and mothers with school work
Tend to children while their mother goes to appointments, i.e. job interviews, court, work
| ||24-Hour Hotline|
Assess calls and provide domestic violence related resources; client assistance
| ||Client Transportation|
Drive clients to the grocery store or to medical, dental and court appointments
| ||Community Education|
Represent Center for Hope and Safety at health and career fairs and other community-based functions. Provide basic domestic violence information and distribute brochures, resource information, etc.
| ||Court Advocacy|
Accompany and provide support to a client at court proceedings
| ||Job and Housing Search|
Help clients with employment skills and locating affordable housing
If you have any questions about volunteering at Center for Hope and Safety, please email Gervonn Rice at Gervonn@hopeandsafetynj.org or call her at 201-836-1075.
Click here to download a volunteer application.