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Chicago Board Member for Domestic Violence Agency & Shelter (Volunteer)

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Connections for Abused Women and their Children

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We are seeking passionate, enthusiastic applicants to our Chicago Board to Volunteer to support CAWC via event-based fundraising and the creation of awareness to support the organization’s mission.

Survivors of DV, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ+ population are encouraged to apply. These communities are centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.

More about CAWC:

Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC), formerly Chicago Abused Women Coalition (CAWC), founded in 1977, initiated the first domestic violence services program in Chicago. CAWC established the first domestic violence hotline and opened the first shelter for abuse survivors and their children in 1979.

Mission: CAWC is committed to ending domestic violence. Using a self-help, empowerment approach, CAWC provides counseling, advocacy, and a 24-hour hotline for people affected by domestic violence, including a shelter for adults and children. CAWC works for social change through education, service collaboration, and institutional advocacy.

Today, CAWC programs and services include:

Greenhouse Shelter provides 42 beds for adult domestic violence victims and their children. The shelter also operates a 24-hour hotline. The shelter and hotline provide assistance to help victims seek safety, develop independent living plans, and receive counseling.

Humboldt Park Outreach Program (HPOP) provides a full range of bi-lingual and bi-cultural (Spanish/English) core domestic violence services to survivors on a walk-in or appointment basis. Services include: crisis intervention counseling, safety and flight planning, support groups and referrals, and specialized services for children who have witnessed violence.

Hospital Crisis Intervention Project (HCIP), housed at John Stroger Hospital & Northwestern Memorial Hospitals, provides direct services to victims of domestic violence at the critical time at which they seek health care. The program also trains healthcare providers to appropriately respond to victims of abuse.

Legal Advocacy Legal Advocates provide individual counseling on legal options and services to victims who choose to utilize the legal system, including: accompaniment to court or the police; assistance in evidence-gathering and preparation of documents for judicial presentation; obtaining police reports and Orders of Protection; information and referrals for legal assistance or representation.

Domestic Violence Services at Haymarket Center (a Comprehensive Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program) provides domestic violence education and services to patients. The program also conducts domestic violence training with all Haymarket staff on issues related to domestic violence.

Training, education, and outreach are major components of our work. Staff conduct a 40-hour domestic violence training programs for individuals wishing to volunteer; and provide domestic violence information, education, and training to outside agencies and the general public. Staff host a monthly live Chicago cable TV show, Hotline 21, which offers information and assistance to callers.

CAWC is a 501c3 nonprofit governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. It receives financial support from government grants, United Way, corporations, foundations, and individuals. CAWC is a member of the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence. For further information on CAWC and its services, please visit our website at www.cawc.org.

Responsibilities of Board Members

List of Expectations:

  • Directors are expected to attend regular and special Board meetings.
  • Directors are expected to attend the Annual Meeting and an annual one-day Board Development Day.
  • Directors are expected to participate actively on at least one committee.
  • Directors are expected to share their expertise with the organization, including advice, contacts and other resources.
  • Directors are expected to contribute to the financial stability of CAWC by contributing a total of $5,000 annually. This can be done in a number of ways including personal contributions or solicitations; by sponsorships, table purchases and ticket sales for the annual gala, and ticket sales and donations for Associate Board events.
  • Directors are expected to make a pledge to the Capital Campaign.
  • Directors are expected to attend a minimum of one session in the 40 hour Domestic Violence Training.
  • Directors are expected to be accessible to staff and other directors as needed.
  • Directors are expected to contribute at least six hours per month in working for the organization.
  • Directors are expected to fulfill their commitments to the organization within the agreed upon deadlines.
  • Directors are expected to be loyal to the organization.
  • Directors are expected to hold in confidence the address of the Greenhouse Shelter.
  • Directors are expected to take initiative and to provide leadership.
  • Directors are expected to participate in annual written collective and self-evaluation surveys.

Number of board members: 20-25

Tenure of Board Members

Each director may hold office for an initial term of five (5) years and may be re-elected for no more than two (2) consecutive one (1) year terms thereafter. After service as a director for seven (7) years, a director may be re-elected to the board only after an absence from the board of at least one (1) year. Exception may be made by a majority vote of the board of directors.

Board Meeting Schedule

CAWC board meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every other month beginning in January at 6:00 p.m. for approximately two hours.

Key Events: New Board Member Orientation, Gala Fundraising Event, Annual Meeting

More opportunities with Connections for Abused Women and their Children

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.

About Connections for Abused Women and their Children

Location:

1116 N KEDZIE AVE, 5TH FLOOR, Chicago, IL 60651, US

Mission Statement

Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC) is committed to ending domestic violence. Using a self-help, empowerment approach, we provide a shelter for adults and children, counseling, advocacy, and a 24-hour hotline for people affected by domestic violence. We work for social change through education, service collaboration, and institutional advocacy.

Description

Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC) is a 501(c)3 designated nonprofit organization, staffed by a team of multi-cultural, bilingual professionals, volunteers, student interns and governed by a volunteer member Board of Directors who represent a variety of business and community interests. CAWC enjoys a broad base of support from government, corporations, foundations, United Way and individual contributions as well as special event revenues.

With a long history of service and advocacy for abused women and their children and over the years, CAWC has evolved in response to changing needs, focusing on client-based services that are both trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive.

CAWC continues to be a recognized leader in the domestic violence field; active in coalitions and advocacy groups in the City and the State. It is known throughout Chicago for its emphasis on bi-cultural, bilingual services. Connections for Abused Women and their Children is a member of the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Metropolitan Chicago Battered Women’s Network.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Emergency & Safety
Women

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Chicago, IL 60651

(41.90248,-87.74188)
 

SKILLS

  • Brand Development & Messaging
  • Capacity Planning
  • Budgeting
  • Architecture
  • Donor Management
  • Fundraising

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Generally, at least 6 hours per month. Most meetings and committee meetings are currently virtual (due to COVID-19).
  • Directors are expected to contribute to the financial stability of CAWC by contributing a total of $5,000 annually.

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