Become a Volunteer Advocate------*Our upcoming Fall Basic Advocacy Training is full. We will not be accepting new volunteer applications at this time, but please do check back often!*-------
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
PWCL is a volunteer-driven agency that operates with the support of dedicated members and volunteers. Volunteers may choose to provide direct services as advocates in the Crisis Line and/or the Sexual Assault Programs. Volunteers may also help with community outreach, fund-raising efforts, the Board of Directors, or various projects as needed. To become a direct service volunteer (advocate) with PWCL, please review the requirements below and fill out a Volunteer Application available for download at the bottom of this page. Click on one of these links for Community Engagement and Organizational Development volunteer positions: Become an Outreach Volunteer
Become a Development & Admin Volunteer
Join our Board of Directors PWCL Volunteer Job Descriptions Volunteering with PWCL
Direct Service Opportunities
- Overall Requirements
• Complete Basic Advocacy Training (50-60 hours).
• Minimum 6 month commitment; 1 year highly preferred.
• Attend quarterly volunteer meetings.
• 18 years or older, unless otherwise specified.
• Complete a criminal background check.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality.
• Ability to provide equal services to individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sex, sexual orientation, economic background, religious belief, age, and/or ability.
• Ability to provide information and referrals to a variety of resources, including abortion, without involving personal judgment, experiences, blame or religious/moral beliefs.
• Ability to work effectively in a crisis-oriented environment.
• Ability to create and uphold personal boundaries.
• Belief in the rights of all individuals to self-determination and empowerment.
• Excellent listening and communication skills.
• Willingness to educate yourself about issues of interpersonal violence and systems of oppression.
• Must be able to work alone with minimal supervision.
• Access to a reliable vehicle, current insurance, and driver’s license preferred but not required.
• Must have access to a telephone.
• Work a minimum of 12 hours a month. 4 shifts a month are ideal but not required.
- Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocate
• Provide over the phone advocacy, information and referrals to domestic violence and sexual assault survivors who call the 24-hour crisis line. This occurs on-site at the PWCL office, located at a confidential address.
• Accurately obtain and record caller demographic information for use in identifying service and geographic needs of callers.
• Commitment to ongoing resource knowledge and education in order to provide coordinated community responses.
• Provide in-person advocacy and support, information and referrals to survivors and non-offending family and friends during medical exams and other meetings with participants as needed in the tri-county area.
• Work collaboratively with area service providers such as Law Enforcement and medical personnel and submit any necessary feedback about these interactions to the Director of Services.
• The crisis line operates 24- hours a day and one can choose to work between 7 am and 11 pm.
- Sex Worker Outreach Program
• Help to support sex workers to be safe and healthy while respecting their rights and choices in all areas of their work. PWCL is a harm-reduction based agency.
• Provide direct services to survivors of sexual assault who are working in the commercial sex industry and provide education to individuals and communities impacted by the sex industry.
• Provide outreach to those working in the sex industry.
• Attend the Sex Worker Outreach Coalition Meetings.
• Organize hygiene and gift drives.
• Organize awareness and educational events.
- Organizing/Education/Leadership Opportunities
Community Outreach and Speakers Bureau
• Help to increase PWCL visibility in your community through presentations, tabling and outreach to targeted populations and culturally-specific communities.
• Become a Social Justice Educator by informing community groups on issues related to domestic and sexual violence, oppression and anti-racism, and advocacy skills.
• Participate in awareness campaigns on domestic and sexual violence.
• Represent PWCL at cultural or community events.
• Help plan events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April) and Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October), and PRIDE (June).
• Actively brainstorm with the program team opportunities to inform the larger community about PWCL and its mission to eliminate domestic and sexual violence.
• Document contacts and services and contribute to statistical reports for funding and program evaluation.
• With the program staff, maintain and energize our online social marketing strategy: blog, Facebook, etc.
• Attend required Speakers Bureau meetings and trainings.