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LAWS Volunteer Program

LAWS has an active group of volunteers who donate their time and services to assist victims of domestic and sexual violence. There are a variety of programs that provide many different ways for volunteers to contribute their time & talent. A variety of volunteer opportunities during daytime and evening hours, as well as weekends, are also available.

All volunteers must complete a 40-hour hybrid training series held a few times throughout the year. The training covers the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault, legal aspects of family violence, reflective listening, cultural competence and considerations when working with victims of domestic and sexual violence, our system’s response to domestic and sexual violence, and much more.

How Do I Become a LAWS Volunteer?

To sign up as a volunteer and to participate in the training series, prospective volunteers first complete the Volunteer Application.

Once your application is received, we will contact you to give you more information about our training series. All prospective volunteers must also complete an interview prior to beginning the training series and must also successfully complete child abuse registry, sex offender registry, and criminal background checks.

What Opportunities are Available?

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Hotline
  • Child Care
  • Maintenance (minor household repairs, yard work, painting, etc.)
  • Transportation (driving shelter residents to/from appointments)
  • Assisting counselors in preparing for support groups
  • Greeting guests attending support groups and events
  • Participation in community outreach events, like community fairs
  • Administrative tasks
  • Reception services (greet guests & clients, answer phones)
  • Fundraising
  • Data entry
  • Court Accompaniment
  • The Resourceful Woman Thrift Store support activities

Applicants will then be selected for a round of interviews. If LAWS is able to accept the applicant as a volunteer, the applicant will need to pay for the appropriate background checks to be completed ($25) and will need to complete a training course consisting of in-person or virtual instruction, online training modules, and in-person training/shadowing for the position they are applying for. This training totals approximately 40 hours.

Currently Available Opportunities

  • Front Desk Assistant
    Assist with answering the front door greeting clients, general administrative tasks such as shredding, filing, and organizing, and other administrative tasks as they arise.
  • Hotline Assistant
    Assist with answering our 24-hour hotline.
  • Data Entry Assistant
    Assist with inputting data into our database systems to ensure we are keeping accurate data and recording our data as quickly as possible.
  • Childcare Helper
    Tend to the children of our clients during consultations by supervising and interacting with the children at one of our facilities. (This task is generally scheduled on an “as-needed” basis.)

There are also opportunities to volunteer at our thrift store, The Resourceful Woman. Please email trw@lcsj.org for more information.

If you have any questions about our volunteering opportunities, feel free to contact Tyler Peak (tyler.peak@lcsj.org) for more information.