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Jan 23, 2018
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     We appreciate any help you can give and we understand if there are some aspects of these duties which may not interest you.  Please feel free to inquire about other volunteering options if you have something special in mind.

HelpLine: trained volunteers or paid staff answers Avalon's HelpLine 24 hours a day.  The HelpLine provides crisis counseling, support, information, and referrals to victims of domestic and sexual violence

Shelter Services: Volunteers are schedules to be in the shelter for regular shifts to listen and provide problem-solving intervention in the shelter when staff is not in the office.  Responsibilities may include coordinating programs for shelter residents, such as movie nights, cooking groups, game nights, etc.

Court Advocacy: Help victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault as they go through the court system.  May involve accompanying Avalon clients to court, taking notes of sexual assault/domestic violence cases or distributing Avalon information to potential clients in court.

School-Based Support Groups: Assist with confidential support groups that meet weekly in the area middle and high school groups.  Group topics include healthy relationships, anger management and self-esteem.

Outreach and Education: May include assisting with community presentations, distributing brochures, planning publicity efforts, training new volunteers, and creating educational aids.

Transportation: Includes transporting shelter residents to various types of appointments during the weekdays.

Fundraising: May include grant research and assisting with solicitation and receipt of donations, organizing fundraising events and other activities.

Agency Support: May include coordinating and supervising the reception and donations, inventorying the food pantry, and general organization of other supplies and materials.

Crisis Companion: Provide intervention, support, and resources to clients during the immediate crisis phase in the hospital, police station, or upon intake at the shelter.

Property Upkeep: Includes coordinating repairs, organizing materials to be recycled, maintaining lawn and landscaping, office and shelter cleaning, and general beautification of property.

Child Exchange Center: Volunteer will facilitate structured exchanges of the children between custodial and non-custodial parents in a safe, secure location to ensure that there is no contact between the parents.  Requires volunteer availability on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays 

For more information, please contact Erin Pitre @ 258-9362 or email erin@avaloncenter.org

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