Health Imperative's Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Programs rely on a pool of dedicated and driven volunteers to provide the comprehensive, survivor-centered services to survivors of sexual and domestic violence.
From staffing our 24-7 confidential sexual and domestic violence hotline, to meeting survivors of sexual assault in local emergency departments, to hosting activities and events for guests at our shelter, the options for volunteers to become involved with VIP is varied, and we welcome your unique talents and experience to our program.
Our volunteers work hand-in-hand with staff to assist in providing safety, healing and dignity to survivors of sexual and relationship violence. Becoming a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Volunteer Advocate will give you the opportunity to touch people’s lives in a very profound and meaningful way. After completing our training you will be eligible to:
- Medical Advocacy: Meet with survivors in local hospitals following an assault to provide information, resources, and emotional support
- T.E.A.M. Work Peer Mentoring Program: Serve as a peer mentor to survivors of domestic violence, and support growth and goal achievement around housing, education, employment, health & wellness, and financial literacy
- Penelope's Place Shelter: Provide supportive groups in the shelter and offer activities for families and individuals residing in the shelter
- Outreach & Education: Co-facilitate educational workshops, and be a representative of the Violence Intervention and Prevention Programs at local events
- Hotline & Administrative work: Answer the 24 hour domestic and sexual violence hotline
- Support all clients in their healing journey
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or intern at Health Imperatives email Elissa at email@example.com or call 508-583-3005 ext. 1005.
1. Complete and submit Volunteer/Intern Application
2. Complete CORI/SORI form
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires us to perform criminal record checks (CORI) on all incoming volunteers and interns. CORI checks are submitted at the time of an applicant’s interview. In additional, all incoming volunteers and interns must consent to a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) background check
3. Complete interview with Volunteer Coordinator
4. Attend our 40-hour Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Advocate Training (if applicable)
The next training will be held in July 2018 on the following days (you must attend ALL dates in order to receive a certificate of completion at the end.)
Monday 7/9 from 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 7/10 from 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 7/11 from 9am - 5pm
Thursday 7/12 from 9am - 5pm
Friday 7/13 from 9am - 5pm
5. Volunteer Coordinator will check in periodically to ensure volunteer satisfaction and offer support
Please visit our website at www.healthimperatives.org for more information.