Volunteer

HopeWorks’ Volunteer Program is supportive of the organization’s two-pronged mission: providing support and advocacy for people in Howard County affected by sexual and intimate partner violence and developing the community engagement necessary for primary prevention.

The purpose of the volunteer program, at its heart, is to build capacity – a process that involves developing and strengthening the skills, instincts, abilities, processes, and resources that individuals, organizations, and communities need to thrive; building the leadership of our volunteers is central to this work.

The Application Process

The application process begins by completing the Volunteer Application Packet. After the review and successful processing of their application and background check volunteer candidates are invited to attend HopeWorks’ Step 1 Training. The training is designed for learning about the root causes of sexual and intimate partner violence. Those who successfully complete Step 1 Training will move on to Step 2 Training, the Volunteer Program Orientation Session. Step 1 and Step 2 Trainings are in May and are mandatory for volunteer applicants age 18+.

The Volunteer Application Packet is now available!

Questions? Call (410) 997-0304 or email us at volunteers@hopeworksofhc.org.

Volunteer Positions

Childcare Volunteers

Childcare Volunteers provide much needed on-site childcare for our clients. Volunteers play games, read stories, and create art while supervising children during parent counseling sessions or engagement events. Childcare is needed during the day and evenings, Monday-Friday and occasionally on the weekends. Must be at least 16 years of age.

Legal Services Volunteers

Volunteering in the Legal Department includes serving as a Legal Advocate (providing support and outreach services during the civil domestic violence docket at the District Court), Criminal Case Support Advocates, and Legal Internships. Must be at least 18 years old. Additional conditions and supplemental interview processes with the Legal Department apply.

Office Volunteers

Volunteers answer phones, perform data entry, assist with copying, help prepare for workshops, and file as necessary. Office Volunteers are most often needed weekdays between the hours of 9am and 5pm. Must be at least 18 years of age.

Engagement Volunteers

Engagement Volunteers assist with special events, trainings, and fundraisers. Engagement Volunteers are needed during the day and evenings, Monday through Friday and occasionally on the weekends. Must be at least 18 years of age. Additional conditions and supplemental interview processes with the Engagement Department apply.

Our Earth Volunteers

Our Earth Volunteers tend to the HopeWorks Peace Garden, a 1,000 square foot plot of land located at Freetown Farm. Our Earth Volunteers work alongside HopeWorks staff, Youth Leaders, and the Howard County Community Ecology Institute to cultivate and maintain the garden. Supplemental training provided by the Our Earth Project coordinators.

Pantry Volunteers

Pantry Volunteers assist our Pantry Manager in cleaning, organizing, and taking inventory of the nonperishable food and personal grooming items we need for our clients. Additional conditions and supplemental interview processes with the Advocacy Department apply

Hotline Advocates

Hotline Advocates provide comfort, support, and advocacy to survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence who call our hotline. Duties include answering hotline calls, dispatching hospital advocates, referring survivors to our residential, legal, and clinical services, and other community resources. Must be at least 21 years of age. Additional conditions and supplemental interview processes with the Advocacy Department apply.

*Days and times for these opportunities vary. Must be at least 18 years of age. Additional conditions and supplemental interview processes with the Community Engagement Department apply.

24-Hour Sexual, Dating and Domestic Violence Helpline: (410) 997-2272

HopeWorks

 

9770 Patuxent Woods Dr., Suite 300

Columbia, MD, 21046

(410) 997-0304

info@hopeworksofhc.org