Volunteer Opportunities

 

Volunteering is a great way to further a cause, support an organization, and make a difference in your community. It can also be an opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills. Consider lending your time and talents to SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition.

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition has a vital Volunteer Program with over 400 individuals, businesses, and organizations who assist us in providing services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. We are always eager to recruit others who want to make a difference in our community. There are many opportunities for volunteers at our agency. A few are listed below, but if you have a specialty and want to assist us in your area of expertise, please give our Volunteer Coordinator a call at (864) 583-9803 or 1-800-273-5066.

24-Hour Crisis Line:

SAFE Homes Rape Crisis Coalition is now accepting applications for volunteer advocates
Our volunteer advocate program is one of the most crucial aspects of our organization. Volunteer advocates answer our 24/7 crisis hotline and accompany sexual assault victims at the hospital. These advocates help connect victims to our resources and to other resources in the community.
If you are interested in joining this dedicated, talented team of volunteers, the process is simple!
Begin by calling our volunteer coordinator, Julia Hogan, at 864-583-9803. Together, you will set up a time and date to come to our main office for a short interview and some paperwork.
After that, you will have access to our online training course. Our online course is 33 hours long and can be completed from the comfort of your own home. If there are any questions or issues, our staff will be available to help guide you.
Once you have finished the online portion, you must attend a half-day, hands-on workshop. These workshops will be held every eight weeks and will give you a chance to go over everything you learned in the class and apply it to real-life situations.
Our crisis line volunteers answered 1,230 calls last year alone. We could not help so many survivors in our community with out their talent, dedication, and empathy. If you would like to join us in the battle to end sexual violence in the upstate, please call 864-583-9803 today.

Spartanburg Courthouse Office:

Volunteers are needed to assist staff and victims in completing Orders of Protection petitions, filing, data entry, answering the telephone, follow-up, court accompaniment. The office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Magistrate Court hearings are also held after 5:00 p.m.

Anyone interested in the legal system is also encouraged to help us provide assistance during these procedures. Training includes an agency overview, crisis counseling skills, use of resources and referrals, and courthouse procedures.

Emergency Shelter Program:

We provide up to 60 days emergency shelter to victims of domestic violence and their dependent children. We need volunteers to work in several capacities at the Shelter including providing law enforcement referral follow-ups, women’s groups and activities, clerical duties, assisting with children’s groups and activities, lawn care, shelter refurbishing, and other duties.

The Shelter operates on a 24-hour basis and scheduling of volunteer activities is flexible. Training is consistent with the types of volunteer activities performed and will include an agency overview, some crisis counseling skills, use of resources and referrals, children’s advocacy, and shelter procedure.

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition Thrift Store:

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition operates a thrift store Monday through Friday (Closed Wednesday) from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed to assist with general operations of the retail store such as receiving donations, sorting, stocking, displaying and pricing. Training will include an overview of store procedures.

Administrative Office:

Volunteers are needed to assist in answering telephones, accepting donations, filing, data entry, typing and other clerical duties.

Outer County Offices (Cherokee & Union):

Volunteers are needed to assist staff and victims in completing Orders of Protection petitions, filing, data entry, answering the telephone, follow-up, court accompaniment. The office hours for Cherokee County are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Union County Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m..

Anyone interested in the legal system is also encouraged to help us provide assistance during these procedures. Training includes an agency overview, crisis counseling skills, use of resources and referrals, and courthouse procedures.

Education Programs:

Volunteers are needed to set up and man health fair booths on weekends or for special events.

Fundraising/Special Events:

Volunteers are needed to help at special fund raising events, during April for Sexual Abuse Awareness Month and during the month of October which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Throughout the year we can also use extra volunteers to fold and sort newsletters and various other clerical duties, as well as assisting with special events like our Annual Auction For A Cause.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

~Margaret Mead