Frequently Asked Questions
Volunteers are an essential part of our team, and we appreciate community members who give their time. At this time, most of our volunteer positions are on hold as we navigate through the continued impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are working towards and slowly bringing back some of the in-person positions.
Below you will find some basic information and frequently asked questions regarding our volunteer program and how to sign up for our next volunteer orientation, which is the first step in our volunteer application process.
Can I volunteer in a direct client service role?
As a community agency addressing Intimate Partner Abuse, we have specific requirements that we need to meet as part of the service provisions to our clients. For example, all employees and volunteers who have direct contact with our clients must complete certification in a State Mandated 40-hour Domestic Violence Advocacy Training. This requirement is put in place from external factors outside our agency and is necessary for ensuring the safety and confidentiality of those community members we serve.
Volunteer positions in this area are limited—completion of the 40-hour Domestic Violence Advocacy Training does not guarantee a volunteer position.
Do all positions require the 40-hour Domestic Violence Advocacy Training?
No. Our non-direct client service positions, which do not interact with clients, do not require the 40-hour training; however, some positions will require a 2-hour basic domestic violence training. Some of these opportunities include:
- Outreach and education
- Virtual office assistance tasks such as data entry and graphic design
- Special projects
What is the volunteer orientation?
The volunteer orientation is a 2-hour virtual workshop for potential volunteers to learn about the mission and vision of Next Door Solutions, the dynamics of domestic violence, available volunteer opportunities, both direct and indirect, and training requirements.
What can I do to help if I cannot volunteer for those opportunities outlined here or in person at this time?
If these opportunities do not work, volunteers can help by:
- Hosting a wish list drive
- Hosting a fundraiser
- Following us on social media
- Seasonal opportunities