Volunteer

 

COVID-19 Update: Onsite internships, group projects, and in-person trainings have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions until further notice. Thank you for your patience as we are working to keep our staff, volunteers, and clients safe during this challenging time.  

Peace House’s mission to provide victims of domestic violence the most comprehensive and compassionate services possible is heavily supported by community support, especially by volunteers who give of their time and skillsets. Volunteers at Peace House provide additional support and connection for our clients and provide respite for our full-time staff to allowing them to avoid fatigue so they may continue providing high levels of care.

To work directly with clients, volunteers must be over 18 years old, must complete a Utah Department of Human Services Office of Licensing background screening free of violent crimes or felonies, and must complete a minimum of 24 hours of domestic violence training. Volunteers are asked to pay a background check fee of $38.25. In order to best steward our training recourses, we ask volunteers to accept a service commitment of six months or longer before receiving direct service training.

Please fill out our volunteer application or contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Maggie Duncan, for more information by emailing Maggie@PeaceHouse.org or calling 435-658-4739 ext. 132.


Volunteer Opportunities

*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 aftercare resources 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 support 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.

Various 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, they will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator 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 is matched 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 preservice training is complete, volunteers shadow an established volunteer or staff member to learn the unique duties of their position until they are competent to serve independently.

Due to 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 which aid in personal and professional development.

Stand out to future employers by adding direct service experience and volunteerism to your resume.

 

 

With the coronavirus, Peace House is adapting and modifying our services to keep staff safe and to continue to support individuals and families in crisis to escape violence and heal from the associated trauma. This includes using technology to provide some services. The best way to access any of Peace House's services is by calling our 24/7 support line at 800-647-9161 Read More
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