Become a Volunteer

 


Beyond Abuse offers training for volunteer advocates who wish to help those impacted by sexual violence and child abuse. During training, advocates will learn about topics concerning sexual assault, child abuse and counseling including general facts about sexual violence, child sexual abuse, child physical abuse, sexual harassment, the medical and legal systems, victim impact, the process of healing, crisis intervention skills, etc.  All volunteers must be over the age of 18.  Volunteer opportunities are as follows:

On-Call Advocates must complete an initial 25-hour volunteer training to learn the skills needed to provide support, information and make referrals. On-call Advocates must have transportation, access to a phone and the ability to provide victim support at local emergency departments within a 30-minute response time.  On-call Advocate shifts are Monday – Thursday 5 PM – 8 AM or Friday 2 PM – Monday 8 AM.  Holidays are also available.

Crisis Hotline Advocates must complete an initial 25-hour volunteer training to learn the skills needed to provide support, information and make referrals.  Hotline Advocates must have ability to answer crisis calls after normal agency operating hours.  Coverage periods are Monday – Thursday 5 PM – 8 AM, Friday 2 PM – Monday 8 AM and holidays.  A crisis hotline phone is provided by the agency.

Children’s Advocates must complete an initial 8-hour volunteer training to learn the skills needed to provide support for children and their families while receiving services at Beyond Abuse.  Children’s Advocates will accompany children as they await services such as forensic interviews and/or child maltreatment medical exams.  Children’s Advocates are scheduled in two-hour shifts.

Interns must complete the 25-hour on-call advocate training and a Beyond Abuse orientation.  A syllabus is required and a learning contract must be completed.  Interns schedules must be approved by their on-site supervisor prior to starting the internship.

Administrative Advocates must complete an initial 8-hour volunteer training to learn the skills needed to provide administrative support during normal hours of operation.  Activities include answering phones, scheduling appointments, filing and mailing documents, greeting clients, etc.  Administrative Advocates are scheduled in two-hour shifts.

Maintenance Technicians are needed to assist with interior and exterior repairs of the building as well as landscaping projects.  Please contact our office at (864) 227 – 1623 for a list of needs.

All Volunteers must submit an application, complete a background check and adhere to the confidentiality policy.

Benefits of Volunteering

  • Service to others
  • Develop new skills
  • Enhance your resume
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Meet new people
  • Feel valued in having made a difference in someone’s life