Tier 1: Direct Service/Advocacy

Tier 1 Volunteers do advocacy and direct-service in the following programs. Participation in our 20-hour New Volunteer, Intern, and Staff Trainingis required to earn Vermont Victim and Crisis Worker Privilege prior to working with our service users in a Tier 1 capacity. Background check required.

Emergency Services (Shelter and Hotline) Program: Volunteers provide emotional support, resources, advocacy, and information to survivors and families in crisis while keeping with Steps to End Domestic Violence’s mission. Hotline and shelter volunteers typically work once or twice a month in four hour shifts; both day and evening shifts are available seven days a week. Hotline and Shelter volunteers receive 20 hours of Victim and Crisis Worker Privilege training and 16 additional hours of Hotline training. We appreciate a one -year commitment of service for this volunteer position.

Children and Youth Program: Volunteers work directly with children who are affected by domestic violence. Duties include facilitating playgroups, organizing and participating in the holiday program for children, providing 1 on 1 mentoring to children in need, and small event help such as beach parties and ball games. We appreciate a one-year commitment of service for this volunteer position.

Economic Justice Program: Volunteers provide advocacy related to housing and other economic issues such as barriers to employment, budgeting, credit restorations, and meeting financial empowerment goals. This is an excellent internship opportunity. We appreciate a one -year commitment of service for this volunteer position.

Legal Advocacy Program: Legal volunteers provide emotional support to Service Users during court, Legal Clinic, and may assist with Relief from Abuse Orders and other basic forms. Other ways to support the legal program include child care during court hearings, Legal Clinic, and other times as needed. We appreciate a one -year commitment of service for this volunteer position.

Education and Prevention Program: Volunteers provide support with community education, prevention, and training around domestic violence to an array of youth and adult audiences. Or become a Peer Advocate through our Education and Prevention Program. Peer Advocates help develop resources and educate their school communities about domestic violence and healthy relationships. This is a great opportunity for students interested in community advocacy.  

*VCWP = Vermont Crisis Worker Privilege training (20 hrs.) + 16 hours of Hotline training required