We truly appreciate your interest in contributing time to DOVE! The most common ways to volunteer are to join our Board of Directors, or to become part of our Volunteer Advocates team.
In order to realize our vision of a community dedicated to eliminating violence and oppression, reducing the impact of trauma, and believing and supporting all survivors, we need Volunteer Advocates (VAs)!
DOVE offers VA training approximately once per year for community members. This required training totals 30 hours, spread out over a few months. Topics include:
- domestic violence
- sexual assault
- intersections of abuse and systemic barriers
- cultural considerations & working with survivors of color
- youth relationship abuse and child abuse
- legal systems
- advocate role & procedures
- survivor mentorship
- vicarious trauma
Once certified as a VA, you will help provide crisis intervention, ongoing support for survivors (relocation, shelter stays, etc.), and assistance with various programming needs (participation in educational videos, childcare during support group meetings, etc.).
We encourage community members who identify as Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, or Hard of Hearing; Black, Indigenous/Native, or People of Color; LGBTQI; and/or as survivors of abuse to consider joining our VA team. If interested, please contact our Advocacy Coordinator, Al, to set up a time to chat and determine appropriate fit for our VA program.