Volunteer

With your unique skill set, passion, and perspective, you are essential to our vision of a future free from violence.

WELCOME TO HAWC VOLUNTEERING, WHERE PASSION MEETS PURPOSE

When you volunteer with HAWC, you are supporting safer communities, empowering survivorship, and strengthening our capacity to create lasting change for domestic abuse survivors. 

HAWC depends on our all-star volunteers; their dedicated efforts widen the agency’s reach, increase the capacity to provide critical services, and deepen invaluable community partnerships across the 23 cities and towns that HAWC serves. Volunteers make a difference at every level, whether working in direct service, assisting at essential events, conducting community outreach, or diving into big and small administrative projects. 

 

Why Volunteer with Us?

Make a Difference: As a volunteer, you can make a real and tangible difference in the lives of survivors. Your time and skills can contribute to creating a safe and nurturing environment for those who need it most.

Supportive Community: Joining our volunteer team means becoming part of a supportive community that shares a common goal. You’ll collaborate with like-minded individuals, fostering connections and friendships that go beyond your volunteer experience.

Skill Development: Volunteering with our agency provides an excellent opportunity for skill development. Whether you’re interested in crisis intervention, advocacy, or community outreach, we offer training and resources to enhance your abilities and broaden your knowledge.

Raise Awareness: By volunteering, you become an advocate for change. Help raise awareness about domestic abuse, strengthen survivors’ access to services, and build a community of allies.

Levels of HAWC Volunteering: Three Paths to Serve

We understand that your time is valuable. Whether you can commit a few hours a week or have a more flexible schedule, we appreciate every contribution. Your commitment helps us maintain a consistent and reliable support system for survivors. 

Currently, there are three main levels of HAWC Volunteering:

  • As Reliable Regulars: Serving on the hotline, in courts, or at the shelter
  • As Committed Colleagues: Serving as community ambassadors, child care providers, or support group facilitators
  • As Short-Term Supporters: Assisting at events, providing written translation services, working on administrative projects, or with data entry
Reliable Regulars - VOLUNTEERS ENGAGING DIRECTLY IN SERVICE DELIVERY

The following opportunities are available for those who can commit to a year and regularly dedicate an average of 4 hours a week. 

All direct service roles require 30+ hours of training presented by HAWC staff. Training is offered three times a year in a hybrid learning model that includes a mixture of live/virtual sessions, pre-recordings, and independent learning. HAWC is often in need of volunteers in the following capacities:

  • VOCA Court Volunteer: Assist individuals seeking restraining and harassment orders in Gloucester and Peabody District courts as needed. (Must be available M-F, 8:30-1 or 2-4:30)
  • SAFEPLAN Court Volunteer: Assist individuals seeking protective orders in Salem and Lynn District courts and Essex County Family and Probate courts.
  • Hotline Advocacy: Answering calls on HAWC’s 24-hour hotline for 4- or 5-hour shifts between 8 AM and 9 PM, Monday through Sunday.
  • Shelter Play-Space PALS: Spending time one evening a week playing with kids at HAWC’s shelter. 
COMMITTED COLLEAGUES - UNIQUE ROLES WITH A SHORTER TERM COMMITMENT & MODIFIED TRAINING
For passionate individuals wanting more responsibility & community engagement but only having time to serve a few hours a month and benefit from less intensive training.

  • Childcare Provider: Supervise and entertain the children of HAWC clients during support groups or in-office appointments as needed.
  • HAWC Community Ambassador: Volunteers attend community events during the day, evening, and weekend on behalf of the agency to provide education and information about our programs and services. They also assist with community outreach and engage with key community stakeholders. 
  • Support Group Facilitator: Co-facilitate weekly support groups for HAWC clients during or after hours on a ten—to twelve-week cycle.
  • Housing Navigation Assistant: Collaborate with HAWC staff to assist clients in completing housing applications and accessing housing resources. 

 

Short-Term Supporters - VOLUNTEER AT EVENTS, PARTICIPATE IN FUNDRAISERS, AND CONTRIBUTE TO ADMINISTRATIVE PROJECTS.

HAWC ALWAYS needs help from our volunteers in development and fundraising, project management, office organization, updating invaluable resource lists, writing emails and making phone calls, and working hand in hand with team members to launch new programs. 

These jobs vary throughout the year and only require a brief orientation and a two-hour training video covering the basics of domestic abuse and trauma-informed services. 

When applying to volunteer, indicate your interest in short-term volunteering and highlight your skills in IT, marketing, fundraising or development, and research!

Join HAWC in the fight against domestic abuse. Together, we can create a community where everyone feels safe, heard, and supported. Your dedication as a volunteer is a crucial step towards building a brighter future for those affected by domestic abuse. Apply today and be a catalyst for change!

For questions or to learn more, please contact us.

You can start your journey by completing our volunteer application BELOW

Volunteer Application