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HAWC Volunteer Program
HAWC currently enlists the assistance of about 100 active volunteers! Volunteers are recruited by means of public service announcements and through community education. We value our volunteers as they are often times the first point of contact a person has when looking for help.
Basic 40-hour training sessions are held twice a year; after which volunteers may work on the hotline. Additional training classes are offered in legal advocacy, children's services, support group facilitation, and emergency response to victims.
Trained Volunteers may participate in a variety of HAWC programs. We also provide undergraduate and graduate internships for college students.
Here is a brief description of what trained volunteers do at HAWC:
Hotline - This is where most volunteers begin their experience. It gives you the opportunity to practice the skills you've learned in the training.
Children's Services - Here you have the option to assist with childcare at the shelter or during support groups. Allowing moms to comfortably attend groups or just get a small break is such an important part of healing when they can trust the care of their children to a HAWC volunteer.
Legal Advocacy - Volunteers interested in working in the courts will receive additional training to learn how to provide legal advocacy to victims. Part of this specialized training includes shadowing legal advocates in court until a self-determined comfort level is reached.
Support Group Facilitation - Weekly day and evening groups are held in various communities on the North Shore. Each group is led by staff and co-facilitators. Volunteer co-facilitators must complete an additional 10 hours of training. This time is divided between training with staff and group observation.
Not all of HAWC's volunteers need training:
Admin. Support - Help answering our business lines, making copies and mailings is always needed. One or two hours a day makes a huge difference.
Special Projects - Assistance with special events and fundraisers is needed. The Walk for HAWC is our only annual fundraiser and requires the need for many volunteers.
Please contact Sheila Radziewicz at (978) 744-2299 ex. 24 if you would like to learn about upcoming volunteer training or find out more about volunteer opportunities.
Also if you would like to receive information about our volunteer program, please fill out a volunteer request form.
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