Thank you for your interest in supporting survivors of domestic violence. As a New Beginnings volunteer, you are a critical link in helping survivors to seek safety and to find the services and resources they need to move forward. An agency-wide overview of volunteer opportunities can be found here. Both direct service and support service opportunities are available!
Direct service may involve answering calls on the Help Line, co-facilitating support groups for adults and youth, providing emotional and practical support to shelter residents, supporting advocates with their caseloads, conducting a life skills class, or providing legal information and resources. Attending our Domestic Violence 101 Comprehensive Training and a one-year commitment is required (weekly 4-hour shift). Our next training will be held in October 2016.
Some of the many opportunities for volunteer support service include staffing an information table; speaking at community events to raise awareness; providing child care for moms attending a support group; helping with data entry or administrative needs; serving as a Board Member; holding your very own Wish List Drive or special fundraising event to directly benefit survivors; or posting Domestic Violence Help Line posters in your local coffee shop, medical center, religious institution, workplace, or school!
Follow these three steps to apply to become a volunteer!
Step Two: Once your Volunteer Application is submitted and reviewed, we will schedule you for an in-person interview with our Community Engagement Coordinator. This interview will also provide a short orientation to New Beginnings' programs.
Step Three: Once accepted into the Volunteer Program, direct service volunteers will attend the DV 101 Comprehensive Training, held in Seattle each spring and fall. Volunteering can start before the training is completed. We require a training deposit of $75, which is credited back to you when you have completed the first half of your volunteer year. If finances are a barrier, please let us know.
If you have additional unanswered questions, please take a look at our Volunteering FAQs below. We are excited to work with you to support our critical mission!
Q: I'm a university/college/high school student, and I would like to get credit for volunteer hours to fulfill a class requirement. Is this possible?
A: Yes, but with some exceptions.
Q: I'm a university/college student, and I want to interview victims of domestic violence for a class project. Is this possible?
A: No, but we are happy to do our best to support your project as staff capacity allows.
Q: Can I complete court-ordered community service hours at New Beginnings?
A: No, New Beginnings does not have positions available for court-ordered volunteers.
Q: Can those under the age of 18 volunteer at New Beginnings?
A: All direct service and most support service volunteers must be 18 years or older to participate. However, special group projects by youth may be accommodated by New Beginnings. Please contact us for these inquiries.
Q: Why do you have screening interviews to become a volunteer and to participate in Volunteer Training?
A: New Beginnings sees each volunteer as a valuable investment. As such, a large portion of the training cost is waived in exchange for a year-long volunteer commitment. As volunteers can often work closely with New Beginnings participants and their children, we carefully screen all potential volunteers to make sure it is a good fit. Completion of the application does not guarantee an in-person screening interview. Completion of the interview screening process does not guarantee a slot in the training. While we try to accommodate preferences, completion of the training does not guarantee that you will receive your choice of volunteer placement.
Q: Can I volunteer as a personal therapist or counselor to your participants?
A: New Beginnings does not have volunteer positions available for those who wish to serve in this capacity. Internships in mental health at New Beginnings are available by placement through local universities.
Q: I can't volunteer now, but I'd like to be kept aware of upcoming trainings and/or opportunities. How can I do that?
A: The best ways to connect with us are on Facebook or join our email list to hear the latest news!