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ABOUT THE VOLUNTEER AND LANGUAGE ADVOCATE PROGRAM
are proud to have both volunteers and language advocates supporting
We are committed to providing the support
necessary to empower women, transgender, and children survivors of
domestic violence to rebuild their lives. Volunteers and
Multilingual Access Model (MLAM) Language Advocates are vital to
maintaining supportive services at the shelter. If you are
passionate about helping a diverse group of survivors as they heal,
please consider volunteering-we can't do it without you!
Due to our consensus-based, shared leadership work
model, volunteers and language advocates can have a significant
impact at AWS. We pride ourselves on being run by and for the
community, and our volunteers bring healing, diversity, and hope to
our work empowering survivors and eradicating violence.
At AWS, volunteers and
language advocates have opportunities to engage in both direct and
indirect service work. Read about our volunteer and
language advocate programs here.
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
All volunteers and language
advocates must complete our 64+ hour training to become domestic
violence counselors. Volunteer/language
advocate training is eight weeks and is offered twice a year: once
in the fall (usually October-November), and once in the spring
(usually March-April). Volunteers complete 64 hours of training and
language advocates complete 74 hours. AWS typically trains 30-50
volunteers/language advocates per year.
We seek volunteers who can:
Commit to our Anti-oppression approach and mission
of ending domestic violence and human trafficking
Attend a mandatory 64-hour Domestic Violence
Make a minimum volunteer commitment of one year and
work 3-5 hours per week
Maintain the confidentiality of the shelter
location and the residents of the shelter
Be flexible, resourceful, and patient
Work with women, children and transgender survivors
in crisis situations
Work both independently and on a team
Speak one or more language other than English (for
We strongly encourage all women of color, queer
women, and transgender individuals to apply.