Volunteering at SAFEHOME is a noble mission…making lives better through empowerment, advocacy and education, and a staff with the passion to make it happen. I am excited to be a volunteer with SAFEHOME. – Jo
Each person at SAFEHOME wants to end violence, which is why we have great expectations of people who wish to get involved. We hope that volunteers benefit as much from their volunteer experience as SAFEHOME benefits from the amazing work volunteers provide the agency.
All prospective volunteers, with the exception of Episodic Volunteers, must complete the following steps:
- Be at least 16 years of age and have own transportation
- Commit to a consistent volunteer shift and a minimum of 50 hours over a six month period or longer
- Fulfill volunteer orientation, in addition to training specific to assigned area
- Agree to background check and pay $15 to help cover the cost. Childcare volunteers require a “child abuse and neglect search” which takes upto 30 days and costs the volunteer an additional $10. Checks should be made payable to SAFEHOME and mailed with volunteer paperwork.
SAFEHOME offers the following volunteer opportunities:
Episodic Volunteer Opportunities
Episodic volunteers involve those who want to help, but can’t make regular, recurring time commitments. These volunteers make SAFEHOME special events run smoothly and complete much needed projects throughout the year. They help with set-up before events, assist the staff in running events, and help with clean-up after events. Project volunteers do a variety of things at the facility. Volunteers choose their involvement by signing up to receive project information: donation sorting, painting rooms, small fix-it jobs, assisting outside organizations with fundraisers for SAFEHOME, assisting agency in corporate volunteer fairs, etc.
Administrative Support: Warm Welcome Specialists
Are you someone who likes to meet the public with a welcoming smile or a friendly voice on the telephone? Front desk greeters make that important first impression to callers and visitors to SAFEHOME, Inc. Other responsibilities include data input, filing, mailings, front desk support, etc. Volunteers commit to a morning or afternoon shift.
Children’s Center: For the Young at Heart
Do you love playing with the kids at gatherings or are you the grandparent who never gets quite enough ‘kid’ time? SAFEHOME relies on volunteers to play and interact with children when moms are in group sessions or therapy. Daytime and evening shifts available; volunteers commit to a consistent shift.
Clothes Closet: Fashionistas Wanted!
SAFEHOME’s Clothes Closet gives much needed clothing to all current clients or residents. Volunteers sort clothing donations and may choose to help residents with their selections. This is the perfect position for someone who works well independently or wants to volunteer with a friend and enjoy a nice chat while you sort. Weekday and Saturday shifts are available in minimum two hour blocks.
SAFEHOME Court Advocate: Offer Support and Resources
Are you a source of strength and comfort? Assist SAFEHOME’s court staff at the Johnson County Courthouse in Olathe by accompanying victims to court, offering support and resources. Weekly three-hour shifts available with a six month commitment required. Court Advocates must be able to function well amid chaos and multi-task.
A desire to help the lives of women and children brought me to SAFEHOME, the empathy and professionalism of staff has kept me there for over six years. Their comprehensive programs make a real difference in the lives of clients and I am proud to be a small part of the overall effort.– Roberta
Fundraising/Event Planning Committee Members: Set Your Creativity Free!
Work with others to help plan and organize SAFEHOME’s three major annual fundraisers. Volunteer committees plan SAFEHOME fundraising events beginning several months before the event. Events include the agency golf tournament, SAFEHOME Saturday Night and Halloween 5K and Kids Fun Run. Knowledge of event planning and availability during late afternoon and evening hours to attend committee meetings are essential, as well as availability on the day of the event.
Hotline Office: Compassionate Listeners Wanted!
Volunteer advocates help in the hotline office at the shelter answering the phone, providing crisis resources, calming/supporting the caller, providing information about SAFEHOME services, etc. as well as interacting with shelter residents to meet their everyday needs and assisting in administrative duties. Must be a good listener with excellent hearing, ability to remain calm and maintain a warm and friendly approach, be respectful and supportive to issues of diversity. Two-hour minimum weekly shifts available around the clock.
My passion is always about transforming tears of abuse and sadness into tears of hope and joy before I finish visiting with a victim. Melts my heart when this happens. – Helen
BridgeSPAN: Comfortable in a Hospital Setting?
BridgeSPAN volunteers must have a 30 minute response time to all Johnson County Hospitals. Volunteers talk to domestic violence victims, offering available resources. Shifts vary in time; volunteers are on call weekdays to back up staff. Volunteers must be comfortable in a hospital setting and dealing with a crisis situation. BridgeSPAN volunteers also attend special hospital advocacy training.
Public Awareness Team: Spread the SAFEHOME Message
SAFEHOME Speakers’ Bureau volunteers provide education to business, civic, social and religious groups in the Johnson County community. Volunteers staff SAFEHOME’s display board at community resource fairs or in local businesses, or you can choose in depth speaking events or ongoing speaking engagements. You must be comfortable speaking to any size group. Speakers’ Bureau Volunteers are called as needed for day, evening or weekend speaking requests.
For more information about volunteering at SAFEHOME, please contact Susan Lebovitz via firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 913.378.1518.