Circle of Hope

24-Hour Local Hotline
706-776-4673 (HOPE)

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Internships at Circle of Hope

Thank you for your interest in joining our team as an intern. Interning with our agency offers a unique opportunity to make a meaningful and rewarding change in your community. Circle of Hope accepts intern applications all year long, provided there are still openings available.

  • You will develop an understanding of domestic violence and its impact on your community.
  • You will help victims and survivors of domestic violence to be safe and empower them to have safe and healthy relationships.
  • You will get connected to an outstanding team of passionate and dedicated professionals, who are on the front line working to end domestic violence.

Internship Trainings

Interns begin their training with our 5-Hour Domestic Violence Training class. Following the class, interns are exposed to a set number of hours with each primary program of the agency: emergency shelter program, 24-hour crisis intervention via hotline, children's program, legal advocacy program, violence prevention program and supportive housing programs. Following exposure to all the programs, interns are offered a multitude of learning experiences.

Ideal Student

  • Enrollment in an academic program with good standing.
  • Social Skills – flexible, emotionally and socially mature, able to function in a team.
  • Participation in all supervision sessions and meetings as required.
  • Is comfortable with basic computer skills, using the internet, and MS Office products.
  • Has transportation to all of our facilities which are located in Habersham, Stephens and White counties.

How to Apply

To apply for an internship with Circle of Hope, download the Intern Application PDFand submit via email, fax, or mail.

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fax: 706-776-3414

Mail: PO Box 833, Cornelia GA 30531

Program Descriptions

Interns will be exposed to all the programs offered by Circle of Hope. Below is a general description of what activities interns will learn in each program. Providing services unsupervised will depend on the total number of internship hours required.

24 Hour Hotline: safety planning, crisis intervention, building rapport, knowledge of crisis call policies and procedures, scheduling appointments, questions to ask, knowledge of community referrals, data entry into statistical program

Children's Program: planning and facilitating family activities, learning dynamics of child abuse, assisting with children's support groups, child advocacy, tutoring, child care, data entry into statistical program

Legal Advocacy Program: attending protective order hearings with victims, exposure to intake system, understanding of Temporary Protective and Stalking Orders, understanding of Victim's Compensation Program and assisting victim file claims, knowledge of community referrals, data entry into statistical program

Emergency Shelter Program: exposure to intake system and case management, knowledge of shelter policies and procedures, advocacy, knowledge of community referrals, participation in life skills classes, client file organization and documentation, client transportation, data entry into statistical program

School Prevention Program: creating and leading violence prevention lessons to youth, communicating with counselors and teachers to schedule presentations, knowledge of classroom organization and behavior management when working with youth in schools

Supportive Housing Program: exposure to intake system and case management, knowledge of housing program policies and procedures, advocacy, visiting families in their homes, knowledge of community referrals, participation in life skills classes, client file organization and documentation, client transportation, data entry into statistical program

Community Awareness Program: update social media accounts, represent agency at community events and festivals, promote and assist with fundraising and awareness initiatives, participate in judicial task force against domestic violence, distribute agency information, assist with development of quarterly newsletters

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Circle of Hope Volunteer. Once you have completed this application, the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you for an interview. Following the interview, you will be enrolled for Circle of Hope volunteer training. This training must be completed prior to service as a Circle of Hope volunteer.

You may choose to apply for Direct Service which includes Hotline, Shelter Program, Children's Program, Legal Advocacy, and Prevention Program, or Indirect Service which includes Thrift Store, Administrative, Maintenance and Grounds or Internship

Volunteer Program

The purpose of Circle of Hope's volunteer program is to provide opportunities in which the community can assist us in providing the critical and often life saving services we offer to women and children. We could not meet the demand for services without the support and dedication of our volunteers. 

Volunteers working directly with the program participants are considered Direct Service Volunteers. Volunteers who perform duties that benefit Circle of Hope services and program participants without having contact with the program participants are considered Indirect Service Volunteers.

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 Direct Service Volunteer Opportunities:

Hotline Coverage
This position involves telephone and online chat crisis intervention and referrals to victims of abuse.

Shelter Program
This position involves providing assistance to shelter staff members and performing tasks as assigned. Shelter duties include, but are not limited to, answering telephones, crisis intervention, grocery shopping, intake procedures, making files, transporting victims to appointments or recreational outings, etc.

Legal Advocacy Program
This position involves face-to-face contact with those in need of court advocacy. Duties include, but are not limited to, providing support to victims during the process of obtaining an ex-parte Temporary Protective Order and/or the 12 month order and court watching to document how domestic violence cases are handled in State court.

Prevention Program
This position includes assisting the Community Awaremess Coordinator with school presentations. A curriculum is presented to grades K-12 in order to educate students about healthy expression of feeling, self-esteem issues, and dating/domestic violence.

Mentor/After-Care Program
This position involves assisting staff with consistent and in-depth follow-up care to women and their children receiving services: Working one-on-one with participant as mentor, role model, sounding board, and cheerleader. Providing ongoing emotional support, personal advocacy, and information and referrals.

Children's Program
This position includes assisting the Child Advocate with children's support groups, childcare while program participants attend appointments, and mentoring children in the residential program.

 

Indirect Service Volunteer Opportunities:

Thrift Store
The volunteer, under the supervision of the Thrift Store Manager, may do any/all of the following: cash register operations; sorting, pricing and display of donations; customer service; donation pick-up; and advertising.

Administrative Work
This position includes assisting Circle of Hope staff with filing, shredding of documents, organizing the staff workroom, and assisting with projects.

Building and/or Grounds Maintenance
This position includes assisting in the general maintenance of the shelter and/or grounds, such as repairing appliances, yard work, painting and carpentry.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Volunteers providing direct services to adults and/or children must have a fingerprint background check.
  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • A minimum six-month commitment.
  • A copy of current driver's license (if transporting program participants)
  • Motor vehicle report (if transporting program participants)
  • Proof of insurance coverage for vehicles (if transporting program participants)
  • Attendence at volunteer meetings is strongly encouraged.
  • CPR/1st Aide training (provided by Circle of Hope).
  • Volunteers providing direct services to adults and/or children must complete 20 hours of training prior to beginning service.
  • Volunteers who do not provide direct services must receive basic orientation about the duties they will perform prior to beginning service.
  • Volunteers who do not provide direct services must have a criminal background check. 

 

There are many ways individuals and groups can get support victims of domestic violence and Circle of Hope. Below are a few examples of ways to get involved.  Please contact the administrative office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 706-776-3406 if you have a special project or donation. 

Volunteer

The purpose of Circle of Hope's Volunteer Program is to provide opportunities in which the community can assist us in providing the critical and often life saving services we offer to victims of domestic violence. We could not meet the demand for services without the support and dedication of our volunteers. Circle of Hope's Volunteer Program assists staff in providing many direct and indirect services to victims including telephone crisis intervention, transportation, housing and grounds maintenance, working with children, running errands, attending court, offering professional services or working in the Thrift Store. For more information about our Volunteer Program please see links on the right of page or contact our Community Awareness Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 706-776-3406.

 

In-Kind Donations

In-kind donations include donating items on our needs list and donating professional services such as haircuts and legal assistance.  Additionally, we accept car donations.  Donated cars are given to residents who have no transportation and therefore have no way to get to and from work.  By donating a car, you are helping change a life by giving someone the tools they need to become self-sufficient.  

View a complete Needs List PDF

Monetary Contribution

All monetary donations made to Circle of Hope directly benefit the families we assist and the programs we provide. Your support is essential in helping us serve families affected by domestic violence.  You may make your tax-deductible contribution by mail or on-line through PayPal.  If mailing, please send contribution:

Circle of Hope
PO Box 833
Cornelia, Georgia 30531

Monetary Contribution Chart

Leave Your Legacy with a Planned Gift to Circle of Hope

It can be surprising for one to realize the great things accomplished with a planned gift to Circle of Hope. Due to the variety of planned gifts available, wealth is not necessary, nor do you have to part with assets now. The only requirement is to have the desire to make the world a better place for women and children experiencing domestic violence.

Including Circle of Hope in your will or estate plans is one of the most meaningful ways to invest in its mission of supporting, empowering and bringing hope to those affected by domestic violence. By supporting the future of Circle of Hope in this way, It will create a legacy for the principles and values most important to you.

Benefits of Planned Giving

In addition to ensuring the future of Circle of Hope, planned gifts offer many possible benefits to donors as well. See benefits listed below:

  • Make a lasting gift to a cause of which you believe
  • Make a larger charitable gift than you thought possible
  • Increase your current income
  • Reduce your income tax and/or avoid capital gains tax
  • Plan for the financial needs of a spouse or loved one
  • Preserve your capital, thereby increasing the income generated by your assets and the inheritance passed on to heirs
  • Receive an immediate charitable tax reduction
  • Generate a gift that may cost nothing in your lifetime but is priceless for future generations

Planned gifts are more important than ever to Circle of Hope.  Planned gifts:

  • Result in a substantial source of future income that is often more than an individual can give during his or her lifetime
  • Secure our economic future, independent of government funding priorities or economic fluctuations
  • Enable us to plan to meet future needs, knowing a secure source of funds is available to us

There are many ways to leave your legacy to Circle of Hope, many of which have significant tax advantages for you and your beneficiaries:

  • Bequests –Bequest a specific sum, property, percentage of your estate, or portion of the remainder of your estate to Circle of Hope in your will.  This is the simplest and most common planned gift.
  • Beneficiary Designation Gift – Designate us as a beneficiary of a retirement, investment or bank account or your life insurance policy. Depending on the plan, Circle of Hope can be named as a full, partial, or contingent beneficiary. This is an easy and affordable way to provide a gift to support Circle of Hope.
  • Gift of Real Estate –Donate real estate as an outright gift, as a bequest, or as a gift into a charitable remainder trust.
  • Gift Annuities - Give Circle of Hope an unrestricted gift.  In exchange, Circle of Hope pays you a specific income for life.
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts – Transfer property such as stocks or bonds to a trustee who pays income to you. You receive a charitable donation and Circle of Hope receives the property at the end of the trust.
  • Charitable Lead Trusts – Transfer property such as stocks or bonds to a trustee who pays income to Circle of Hope. Your beneficiaries receive the remainder at the end of the trust.

 For more information on planned giving, please contact Suzanne Dow at 706-776-3406 ext. 1801 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Cell Phone Fundraising Program

Circle of Hope partners with the Shelter Alliance, a firm that specializes in the logistics and underwriting of fundraising programs through the collection as well as the responsible recycling of used cellular phones. For Circle of Hope, this program functions with a dual purpose, serving not only as a fundraising initiative but also providing a vital safety resource to victims.

Donations of used or unwanted cell phones may be made at one of the locations listed below during business hours:

Circle of Hope Thrift Store- Clarkesville
Circle of Hope Thrift Store- Cornelia
Chamber of Commerce- Toccoa
Clarkesville Police Department
Cornelia Police Department
Cleveland Police Department
Holcomb's Office Supply- Cornelia
St. Matthias Episcopal Church- Toccoa

Contact Details

Circle of Hope
PO Box 833
Cornelia,
GA 30531
706-776-3406
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Clarkesville Thrift Store

506 Monroe Street
706-754-7668
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00 - 5:00
Wednesday - Friday: 9:00 - 3:00
Saturday: 9:00 - 1:00

Cornelia Thrift Store

142 Lee Street
706-776-1404
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 - 5:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 2:00