About Our Volunteering Program
Interested in working to end the crimes of interpersonal violence and sexual assault?
Contact our Volunteer Coordinator today
Volunteers can help victims restore personal power, enhance their self-esteem, and assist them and their children while they move into the position of survivors. We need you to help provide supportive counseling, advocacy, accompaniment, and follow-up services. If you are looking for a challenging volunteer experience that will help you grow, and help others to live violence free, NOW IS THE TIME TO START.
*** 45-hour Volunteer Training Course required
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence mandates the training and endorses the materials. The course is vigorous and intensive and is essential to ensure that service is comprehensive, victim-oriented, empowering, and effective,
Ways to Volunteer
Volunteer Counselor Advocates
Monitor the 24-hour hotline and the shelter facility, provide individual and group counseling services to adult victims of domestic violence, help victims to develop and work toward their individualized goal plans, conduct shelter intake and exit interviews, provide accompaniment services, emergency transportation and follow-up work.
Children's Program Volunteers
Dedicate their efforts to children involved with the Center in a counseling capacity and those who reside within the temporary emergency shelter. Services to children include individual and group counseling, safety planning, social, interactive, and recreational activities, childcare, and participation in community based youth activities.
Prevention Education Volunteers
Serve by educating the community on domestic violence and violence prevention techniques. Target audiences include civic, service and religious groups; and the systems that impact victims, including social services, the criminal justice system, law enforcement, medical professionals, clergy, child protective services, educators and students.
Special Events Volunteers
Focus on the fundraising activities of the program. Four major fundraising events and several smaller events are sponsored each year. In light of state and federal budget constraints, the program relies heavily upon the proceeds of these events, and is required by state contract to not only raise, but to expend, 20% of its annual allocation on provision of domestic violence services.