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The following descriptions are a quick list of possible volunteer opportunities with Avalon. If you have other ideas or positions in mind, please let us know. We are very flexible, and always looking for new ideas. We appreciate all of the help you are able to give us, and will work with you to find times and positions that will work with your schedule, as we want to make sure that your volunteering experience with Avalon is rewarding and enjoyable for you.
Helping Avalon staff with various tasks including fundraising and office support, such as answering phones, filing paperwork, data entry, assisting with mailings, and receiving and distributing donations.
Helping to maintain the grounds and buildings on the Main Office campus. This can include helping with repairs, cleaning and/or painting buildings, moving furniture, lawn mowing and landscaping, and installation projects.
Helping to plan, coordinate, manage, and attend special events with staff. This could include speeches, fundraisers, and donor cultivation events, as well as organizing and planning for holidays, such as coordinating gift drives for Christmas.
Helping to transport shelter and transitional housing residents to various places they need to go, including appointments, job interviews, and grocery stores. Additionally, transportation includes helping to pick up donations and deliver them back to Avalon.
Watching children while their mothers are still on property, giving the mothers time to get tasks, such searching for jobs or writing a resume, or for relaxation and respite. Childcare can include many activities, including arts and crafts, reading, playing outside. This can also include mentoring and tutoring children.
Life skills classes are offered, and are a chance to offer and teach your skills to the residents of the emergency shelter and transitional housing. Ideas for classes can be discussed. Past classes have included parenting classes, cooking on a budget, stress management, and more.
Translating documents from English into different languages appropriate to our shelter’s needs. Helping to interpret for shelter residents for whom English is a second language, making sure they understand Avalon policies, and that we at Avalon understand their needs, wants, and goals.
Accompanies survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault as they go through the courts and legal system. This can include going to court with survivors, helping with police reports, and acting as a source of information and support.
Helps as an assistant to shelter staff, working with them as an extra set of hands. This can include helping with intakes, taking Helpline calls, working with shelter residents to help meet their goals and giving them support.
Hospitals can be a scary place, and many survivors feel shame and guilt for the violence in their lives, and resulting injuries. Avalon has a team of trained staff and volunteers on call 24-hours a day to go to local hospitals to provide advocacy and accompaniment for survivors in need of medical attention. Hospital accompaniment advocates are there solely to support the survivor, helping walk the survivor through the process, and to make sure their needs are meant and desires respected.
If you are interested in becoming a hospital accompaniment advocate, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Augusta at (757) 903-2374. If you would like to request hospital accompaniment, please call our Helpline at (757) 258-5051. This service is available 24-hours a day.
Some volunteer opportunities will not fall precisely into one of the categories above, nor precisely in one of the levels of training prescribed by the Action Alliance, these opportunities and projects will be evaluated on a case by case basis to determine the training necessary.
For more information, please contact Augusta Casone @ (757)903-2374 or e-mail Augusta@avaloncenter.org.