Domestic Abuse Services
More than 400 women and children come through our emergency shelter each year. Our top priority is keeping these victims of domestic abuse safe and in an environment that promotes healing on their journeys toward recovery. To best serve our residents, volunteers interested in serving at the shelter are required to make a six month commitment, pass a background check, and complete a 30 hour new service provider training.
Some special volunteer projects are available that do not involve being in direct contact with residents, such as springtime gardening to help make our shelter a welcoming home. Training is not required for these opportunities.
Volunteer Advocates provide support to victims of sexual assault and/or their family members through the YWCA’s 24-hour, confidential telephone line, outreach to hospital emergency departments, or the YWCA Nurse Examiner Program. Volunteers are on-call two shifts per month, must be good listeners, and have reliable personal transportation. We ask for a one-year commitment. A 30-hour new service provider training and background check are required for those interested. Training is offered quarterly.