Peace House’s mission to provide victims of interpersonal violence the most comprehensive and compassionate services possible is heavily aided by community support, especially by volunteers who give of their time and skill sets. Volunteers at Peace House provide additional support and connection for our clients and provide respite for our full-time staff allowing them to avoid fatigue so they may continue providing high levels of care.
Peace House Volunteer Vision Statement :
We envision diverse groups of volunteers at Peace House sharing skills and knowledge to heal and prevent interpersonal violence in the Wasatch Back.
Benefits of Volunteering with Peace House:
Peace House provides opportunities for community engagement at a variety of levels. We encourage you to choose a level of involvement that affords a good balance of your time and ability. We hope to empower all volunteers to feel successful and well equipped for the role they may have at Peace House.
With this in mind, some volunteer positions will require attendance at one of our Peace House Advocacy Training sessions. Either 24 or 40 hours will be required depending on the degree of interaction and support your role will provide to our clients.
Additionally, to ensure we are meeting our mandate to provide a safe environment for our residents and staff, background screenings are required for all regular on-site volunteer positions. For positions that require it, volunteers are asked to pay a background check fee of $42.25.
Peace House volunteer roles have been grouped according to commitment level to help you choose a participation that works for you.
If you have specific volunteer questions, please contact the Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at Madison@peacehouse.org (435)-658-4739 X 132
*Please note, we are not accepting yoga volunteers or pet therapy services at this time
Our Prevention and Education program needs volunteers for the Community Bystander Intervention Project. Bystander Intervention training is recognizing a potentially harmful situation, or interaction, and choosing to respond in a way that could positively influence the outcome. Effective use of this training can reduce sexual assault or rape, binge drinking, harassment, and comments of a racist, homophobic, or hateful nature in our community. The Prevention and Education program provides ample volunteer training, and you will volunteer as a presenter in the community alongside the Prevention and Education Director.
Contact the Director of Prevention and Education at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are interested in volunteering for this specific role.
Community Engagement Activities: Please see the events page of our website for more details on these events.
*Hospital Response Team Advocates: The HRT advocates are on call for shifts throughout the month and respond as needed to hospitals or police offices to offer accompaniment, emotional support, and after-care resources for survivors of rape or sexual assault.
Additional training requirements: Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA) 40-hour Sexual Assault Counselor Training (or equivalent).
Residential Shelter Advocates: The residential team supports clients by catering to the needs of individuals and families staying in Peace House’s emergency shelter and transitional housing as well as answering calls from our 24-hour domestic violence hotline to offer supportive talk and resources to survivors.
Additional training requirements: Utah Domestic Violence Coalition (UDVC) 20 hours Core Advocacy Training (or equivalent).
Administrative Advocates: Volunteers support the office staff by welcoming clients and visitors, collaborating with the development team, assisting with data entry, or completing miscellaneous office tasks.
Legal Advocates: Community members with knowledge of and experience in the legal field guide clients as they seek legal services such as protective orders, immigration, family court, and other various civil injunctions.
*Youth Advocates: Volunteers wishing to serve children under 18 collaborate with the childcare, clinical, and shelter staff to care for and mentor the children and teens of staff and clients while parents are away for therapy, vocations, or other errands.
Additional training requirements: 20 hours of domestic violence and trauma-informed childcare training.
Clinical Advocates: Due to the sensitivity of their work, clinical volunteers are limited to licensed mental health care providers and experienced case-management providers. These volunteers support survivors by providing basic needs assistance and therapeutic care for survivors and their loved ones.
Group Projects: Peace House welcomes groups who desire to volunteer together. Projects vary from coordinating donation drives, facility development, specialized activities or events, and other various onsite and remote opportunities.
Other service opportunities: Event staff, prevention and education efforts, facility upkeep, and many other opportunities are available. Please contact our volunteer office for more information or if you have a specific desire to serve.
*The Youth Advocate program and the Hospital Response Team are under development. We will begin training volunteers as opportunities to serve arise.
Steps to Becoming a Volunteer
Once prospective volunteers fill out the volunteer application, the volunteer coordinator will contact them to schedule an interview. To provide the most fulfilling volunteer experience we can, Peace House strives to place volunteers in positions that best match their skill set, availability, and motivation for volunteering.
Once a volunteer matches with a current need, we will begin the training process, including background screening and volunteer orientation. If required for the position, volunteers are then scheduled to receive the domestic violence or sexual assault trainings specific to their role. Once pre-service training is complete, volunteers shadow an established volunteer or staff member to learn the unique duties of their positions until they are competent to serve independently.
Because of the high quality of training and education provided for our volunteers, it can sometimes take up to six months before a volunteer is fully trained for some direct-service positions. We encourage prospective volunteers to keep this timeline in mind as they pursue volunteering with Peace House.
Benefits of Volunteering with Peace House
Serve and learn from brave survivors of domestic violence.
Cultivate relationships with fellow community volunteers as well as professionals in the social service field.
Gain new skills and training through Peace House’s educational opportunities and resources that aid in personal and professional development.
Stand out to future employers by adding direct-service experience and volunteerism to your resume.