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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 those experiencing domestic violence. We could not meet the demand for services without the support and dedication of our volunteers.

Volunteers working directly with families are considered Direct Service Volunteers. Volunteers who perform duties that benefit Circle of Hope services and families without direct contact with families are considered Indirect Service Volunteers.

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 families receiving services: Working one-on-one with the survivor 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 survivors attend appointments, and mentoring children in our emergency shelter and/or housing programs.

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.


This position includes assisting Circle of Hope staff with filing, shredding of documents, organizing, and assisting with special projects.

Building and/or

Grounds Maintenance

This position includes assisting in the general maintenance of the emergency shelter, outreach offices, housing program facilities or thrift stores, such as repairing appliances, yard work, painting and carpentry.

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