At Open Arms, our volunteers are our lifeblood. They’re our first point of contact on the crisis hotline and are often the first person a sexual assault survivor meets when they report to the hospital for an exam. They help plan and put on our events, such as our popular PRIDE event each year.
Simply put, without our volunteers, we wouldn't be able to do half of what we do.
While we have an amazing group already, we’re always looking for compassionate and open-minded individuals to join our team. If this sounds like something you’d love to do, please fill out an application.
Because of the nature of our work, all volunteers must (a) be at least 18 years of age, (b) fill out an application and come in for an interview, (c) agree to a criminal background check, (d) not carry weapons of any sort when working on behalf of Open Arms, and (e) sign our Pledge of Confidentiality and Code of Ethics.
Still have questions? E-mail our Director of Volunteer Services!
As mentioned above, all Volunteer Advocates are required to complete our Volunteer Advocate Training before taking their first hotline call or meeting a survivor at the hospital. The training is certified by the Office of the State Attorney General and runs for 40 hours, which are spread out over two weeks. Volunteer Advocate Training is held twice a year -- in the spring and the fall -- on Saturdays, as well as Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Our next training will be held March 24 through April 7, 2018. There is no fee for our volunteers.
Don't have the time to volunteer, but feel that our training could be useful to you in your daily work? We're excited to offer our training to people from area agencies and organizations for a one-time fee of $25 per person, which covers the cost of materials and food. Interested persons can attend any or all of the classes. In addition to information about types of sexual assault and prevalence, topics covered include Substance-Facilitated Sexual Assault, Legal System Response, Sex Offenders, Gender Socialization, LGBT+ Issues, Suicide Assessment, Primary Prevention and much more.
Interested? You can register for our training online! Please note that if you wish to register as one of our volunteers, you must have an application on file before you can be added to the class.