Thank you for giving us your time
Thank you so much for wanting to volunteer with Hope and Healing Survivor Services, Battered Women’s Shelter and Rape Crisis Center of Summit and Medina Counties!
We need a mix of indirect and direct volunteer service to keep us going! Community volunteers often do indirect service, where there is very little to no interaction with residents or service recipients. Examples of indirect service are cleaning, beautification, administrative work, and sorting donations. Indirect service only requires one training orientation. Direct service is anything from hotline and hospital advocacy to youth advocacy. Direct service requires a few more hours of training as well as passing a background check.
Community volunteers are local organizations, clubs, businesses, and students that are inquiring about providing service for a one day project at the Battered Women’s Shelter. Due to project placement and the need for BWS staff supervision, please allow for a minimum of one weeks’ notice before the project’s expected date.
The Volunteer and Outreach Advocate will try to accommodate your group’s financial capabilities in regards to choosing the project, as some of our projects have a cost associated to allow for purchasing of resources needed. On occasion, we may also request that the group provide their own materials and tools to complete certain projects.
Social Work & Other Internships
Do you need an internship for school or to gain more experience? Hope & Healing has a thriving internship program which can provide you with a variety of experiences. As an intern, you can elect to focus on case management, court advocacy, outreach and advancement, grants, child advocacy and much more. We constantly accept applications so if you are interested please let us know!
Internships are available in our Therapy Program for Master’s level students getting their degree in Social Work or Mental Health Counseling from accredited universities. We have independently licensed staff that can supervise you for 1-2 semesters of field placement based on your needs. Internships in the Therapy Program will provide you with a well-rounded clinical experience through training, observations, and maintaining a caseload of individual, family, and group therapy clients. Please e-mail MeganV@scmcbws.org, Hope and Healing Volunteer and Outreach Advocate for more information.
Our 40-hour volunteer training is accredited through the National Advocate Credentialing Program. At the end of each training, trainees receive a certificate and the option to apply to be a credentialed advocate. For more information please visit www.thenacp.org
Please note: We cannot provide opportunities in shelter for volunteers under the age of 18. However, based on the project proposed & the discretion of the Volunteer and Outreach Advocate, alternative opportunities for minors can be considered.