“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 is committed to ending violence, which is why we have great expectations of volunteers who wish to get involved. It is our 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 before being matched with a volunteer position:
- Be at least 16 years of age and have own transportation; younger children may volunteer at off-site locations with supervision.
- Be available to volunteer on a consistent basis volunteering in blocks of 2 hours or more and commit to 50 hours in no less than 3 months
- Fulfill nine-hour training, in addition to a training specific to your volunteer assigned area
- A background check will be given to all volunteers for $15. Volunteers who want to work with children have to have a “child abuse and neglect search” which takes 30 days and costs the volunteer an additional $15. Checks should be made payable to SAFEHOME and mailed with volunteer paperwork.
SAFEHOME has the following volunteer opportunities:
SAFEHOME Administrative Support Volunteer: 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 computer input, filing, mailings, front desk support, etc. Volunteers commit to a two-hour shift weekly or bi-weekly.
SAFEHOME Children’s Center Volunteer: For the Young at Heart
Are you the one who hangs out with the kids at gatherings or 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 weekly shifts.
SAFEHOME Clothes Closet Volunteer: Fashionistas Wanted!
SAFEHOME’s Clothes Closet gives much needed clothing to any client or resident. 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. Daily shifts available in 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.”
SAFEHOME 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 Golf Tournament, June Jubilee and Will Shields Red Flags of Domestic Violence Flag Football and Shields’ Family Children’s Soccer Tournament. 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.
SAFEHOME Hotline Advocates: 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, able 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.
SAFEHOME On-Call Court Advocate: Good in a Crisis?
On-Call Court volunteers serve by helping SAFEHOME facilitate emergency protection from abuse and stalking orders (EPFAOs) at the Sheriff’s office outside of normal court hours. On-Call Court Advocates sign up for weekend and night shifts. Volunteers in this critical role must be able to respond and reach the Sheriff’s office in Olathe within 30 minutes of receiving a call. Clarity and confidence in crisis situations are an essential for the On-Call Court Advocate. This one-time interaction with a victim is a critical component in the effort to stop the violence. On-Call Court Advocates also take special EPFAO training.
“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
SAFEHOME BridgeSPAN Volunteer: Comfortable in a Hospital Setting?
BridgeSPAN volunteers must have a 30 minute response time to Johnson County Hospitals. Volunteers talk to domestic violence victims, offering available resources. Shifts vary in time: six, 12 or 13 hours; volunteers are on call weekends, evenings or 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.
SAFEHOME Speakers’ Bureau: Spread the SAFEHOME Message
SAFEHOME Speakers’ Bureau volunteers provide education to business, civic, social and religious groups in the Johnson County community. Volunteers attend the SAFEHOME volunteer training, Speakers’ Bureau training, and specialized training for the individual Speakers’ Bureau project they choose. You may staff SAFEHOME’s display board at community resource fairs or in outreach to local businesses. You can choose one-time 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.
SAFEHOME Episodic Volunteer Opportunities
Episodic volunteers are those who want to help, but can’t make regular, recurring commitments of time. 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 or at the Transitional Living houses and other locations. Volunteers can be involved in one or many projects or events. Examples of the projects include sorting donations, painting rooms, small fix-it jobs, assisting outside organizations with fundraisers for SAFEHOME, assisting agency in corporate volunteer fairs, etc.
For more information about volunteering at SAFEHOME, please contact Susan Lebovitz via e-mail or by phone at 913.378.1518.