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:

In order to access agency services at any time, SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition provides a 24-hour crisis line for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Volunteers are needed to take call after office hours and on weekends and holidays. They must be accessible by telephone during the shifts they choose each month. Domestic Violence volunteers respond to telephone calls only.

Sexual Assault volunteers must be available to respond to telephone calls and hospital referrals. Victims of sexual assault who report to law enforcement are taken to a local hospital for a rape protocol examination and SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition provides accompaniment and advocacy during this process.

Crisis line shifts run 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. on weekdays and around-the-clock on weekends and holidays. All prospective crisis line volunteers attend an extensive 30-hour training program to prepare them for the demands of this position. Training includes an agency overview, dynamics of domestic violence and sexual violence, current law, crisis intervention, shelter and hospital procedures, listening skills, and resources and referrals.

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:

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