You can make a difference!
Domestic and sexual violence is especially hard to talk about since no one expects to be hurt by someone they love or who loves them.
Alone, victims and the people who care about them can feel helpless, scared, and angry.
Together, we can make a difference and end domestic and sexual violence in our communities.
Here's how you can help:
Did you know that there are 8,760 hours in a year? The YWCA 24-hour crisis line operates 365 days per year providing immediate support and advocacy for victims just a phone call away. We would not be able to provide this service without our dedicated volunteers who answer calls, provide hospital accompaniment, and conduct shelter screenings.
In addition to providing a much needed service, volunteers report that volunteering makes them feel empowered by helping victims/survivors. Some volunteers come to the YWCA Crisis Line because they or someone they care about had a personal experience with domestic or sexual violence. Others have witnessed the effects second hand and want the violence to end.
Our volunteers are the backbone of YWCA Crisis Service.
Volunteering is a service you can provide from home.
For more information on volunteering, please contact the YWCA at 625-5785.
After volunteers have been working on the crisis line for at least 3 months, they may decide to get additional training to provide the following advocacy:
Volunteers are always supported during their shifts by a staff advocate who is available by pager. During initial hospital calls and shelter screenings, staff advocates are available to assist new advocates.
Volunteers are women and men, students and professionals, retirees and people looking to change careers. Many of the full time staff advocates began their careers as volunteers on the crisis line.
Some people aren't able to volunteer two shifts per month, but would rather provide material support. Some of the items needed to provide quality services for victims are listed below:
Today, it costs $65 to provide comprehensive services (shelter, crisis counseling, and materials goods assistance) to one victim/family for one hour.
TAKE ACTION: Make Changes to Stop Domestic and Sexual Violence
Often people feel that if they can't volunteer or make a donation, that they can't be part of the solution. But you can!
Here are some ways that community members can make change:
It takes a community to end domestic and sexual violence, BECOME A MEMBER OF THE YWCA and be part of the process.