Volunteers founded Center for Hope and Safety (formerly Shelter Our Sisters) over 40 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 directly with clients, to participate in an educational training program.
Data entry, answer phones, assist with mailings, answering phones, greet guests, sign-in visitors
Help maintain CHS properties, transport donated furniture (must be able to lift 25 lbs)
Share your professional skills by helping to guide Center for Hope and Safety in its mission
Sort through item, food, and clothing donations and organize them in our storage/pantry area
Help sanitize and prepare rooms for clients at shelter and transitional locations
Special events committees; event set-up and breakdown, mailings, etc. (i.e. Annual Picnic, Gala, Gold Outing)
Holiday Gift Wrapping
During the holidays and other special events at local stores and malls, Center for Hope and Safety to provide gift wrapping services for their customers – all proceeds go to Center for Hope and Safety
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, appropriate counseling skills, the law, policy and procedures, substance abuse, and the effects of domestic violence on children.
Teacher and recreational aides, childcare group assistance
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
Lend your expertise to assist clients with employment skills and job searches
Drive clients to the grocery store or to medical, dental, and court appointments
Community Enlightenment/ Activism
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.
Help CHS Legal Team effectively communicate with clients where English is not their first language (Spanish and Polish)