“While I learn from the experiences of callers, I learn just as much from the advocates at New Beginnings that I've had the opportunity to have unexpected conversations with. Having this space allows me to digest and understand domestic violence in a more genuine way. Who wouldn't want to keep coming back to such a great space?”
- A New Beginnings' Help Line volunteer
Thank you for your interest in supporting survivors of domestic violence. Becoming a New Beginnings volunteer is a rewarding and fulfilling experience. There are many important ways to contribute and assist survivors in seeking safety, advocacy and resources. 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 4-week Domestic Violence 101 Comprehensive Training and a one-year commitment is required (weekly 4-hour shift).
Table or speak at community events to raise awareness, provide care for children while their mom attends support group, help with data entry or administrative needs, serve as a Board Member, hold your very own Wish List Drive or special fundraising event to directly benefit survivors, or put up 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 are required to attend the four-week DV 101 Comprehensive Training, held in Seattle each spring and fall.
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 want to volunteer to also get credit for a class. Is this possible?
A: Yes, but with some exceptions.
Q: I'm a university/college student and for a class project, I want to interview victims of domestic violence. Is this possible?
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 and above 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. Similarly, completion of the training does not guarantee your preferred volunteer opportunity.
Q: Can I volunteer as a personal therapist or counselor to your participants?
A: New Beginnings is not able to accomodate volunteers who wish to provide service in this capacity. New Beginnings does have Mental Health interns from local universities, however these placements are made directly by said 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!