Safe Harbor Crisis Center simply could not operate without our dedicated volunteers. Their helping hands and healing hearts make a difference to all the individuals who turn to Safe Harbor for hope and healing after domestic violence or sexual assault.
If you are interested in making a difference in your community Safe Harbor offers a variety of volunteer positions:
Shelter Volunteers help with a variety of tasks including: answering the crisis line, completing intakes, accepting donations, problem solving with residents, and assisting with other shelter operations. Shifts are: Monday through Friday 7am-10am, 9am-12pm, 10am-1pm; 12pm-3pm; 3pm-6pm, 5pm-8pm, 6pm-9pm, and Saturday and Sunday 5pm-9pm.
Court Advocates attend Protective Order hearings every Wednesday morning from about 8:30am until 12pm. Court volunteers assist petitioners by directing them where to go, helping them fill out paperwork, and offering support prior to and during their hearing.
Childcare Volunteers assist with childcare during survivor groups and when the parent is meeting one-on-one with an advocate.
Outreach Center Volunteers provide assistance at our new outreach center by answering calls, assisting with administrative tasks, working on special projects, and greeting clients coming to the center. Shifts are: Monday, Wednesday, or Friday 11am-2pm and 2pm-5pm.
Crisis Team Advocates are on-call after hours (evenings and weekends) and are dispatched through law enforcement when there has been police involvement with a domestic violence or sexual assault situation. Volunteers meet with victims to offer support, resources, and referrals. Volunteers are generally on call one week every five weeks.
Pro Bono Professionals are specialized professionals, such as attorneys or mental health professionals, who donate their services in benefit of Safe Harbor clients. Safe Harbor Crisis Center particularly needs Pro Bono services donated by: Lawyers, Psychologists, psychiatrists, family counselors, child therapists, etc.
Fundraising Volunteers assist with fundraising efforts and events, such as our annual Evergreens Benefit. If you like talking with people or have strong organizational skills, this could be the perfect volunteer position for you. The volunteer schedule would be flexible and could even be done from home, if you prefer.
Please call 801-444-3191 to schedule your volunteer interview today!
The role of volunteers at Safe Harbor is so important that there are a number of requirements for volunteering:
Volunteers must complete a background investigation, which volunteers are asked to pay for if they have not lived in Utah for the past five years.
40-hours of volunteer training are required, which includes 20-hours of shadowing, as well as attendance at on-going training sessions.
Volunteers must be over 18-years-old.
Volunteers must comply with all Safe Harbor policies and procedures, including signing a confidentiality agreement.
Given the investment of resources in our volunteers, we require a six-month volunteer commitment.
Who Should Volunteer?
While our volunteers have a diverse array of strengths and motivations, the following qualities are especially important to your success as a volunteer at Safe Harbor Crisis Center:
A desire to help others to help themselves.
A clear sense of self. (Personal identity and individual value system.)
Being non-judgmental; unconditional acceptance of others.
Effective communication skills.
Honesty with clients and your own feelings.
Note: We cannot accept volunteers with court mandated community service hours.
For more information about our volunteer program or to get started call 801-444-3191 or email email@example.com.
Why should I volunteer at Safe Harbor?
As a Safe Harbor volunteer you know you are making a positive impact in your community and you will:
Help Survivors of Violence: As a Safe Harbor volunteer you will ensure essential services to women, children, and men who are survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault. Your services can help these individuals rebuild their lives.
Gain New Skills: Volunteering at Safe Harbor is an opportunity to build or develop your skill set. Our volunteers receive 40-hours of training!
Network with Professionals: During your time at Safe Harbor you will establish connections with our professional staff and many other committed volunteers, which will help develop your connections in your community.
Increase Your Happiness: Studies have shown that people who volunteer their time and services are happier than those who don’t. Build a happier life and brighter future for you, your community, and violence survivors.
Group Volunteer Opportunities
There are multiple ways your group can help women, children, and men who are recovering from domestic violence or sexual assault.
Groups can complete a fundraising drive in support of Safe Harbor Crisis Center. Ideas include: collecting children’s art supplies, a clothing drive, penny wars, school supply drive, or gathering office supplies -- if it’s on our wish list it is very much appreciated! Please call, 801-444-3191, to discuss the most pressing needs at Safe Harbor Crisis Center. Also, check out our Community Outreach page to get more information about having Safe Harbor visit your group to start your fundraising drive.
On-site large projects are another option for your group. In the past, community groups have built gazebos, erected children’s playgrounds, and established community gardens. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to see what project might be needed.
Do you have another idea of how your group can help? We would be happy to hear it, just call, 801-444-3191, or email email@example.com.
We appreciate your support!