VOLUNTEERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
A few ways you can help:
Work with our Clients & Kids
Answer the Hotline
Work our Resale Shop
Support Special Projects & Events
Volunteer as a Group
IMMEDIATE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES (updated 3.13.17):
- Special Event: Housewares Show Volunteers: Family Shelter Service is one of five charities to receive donations of housewares products at the close of the International Housewares Show at McCormick Place. We need help packing those donations on Tuesday, March 21, as well as help unloading and setting up our Annual Housewares sale. Proceeds go to supporting programs that assist those affected by domestic violence. SIGN UP HERE
- Special Event: Annual Gala: We need many volunteers to make our Gala on Saturday, April 22, a success! Enjoy the night and volunteer too! Enjoy the festive atmosphere for free, while helping make our biggest fundraiser of the year a success. There are many ways to help. Food and snacks will be provided for the volunteers. SIGN UP HERE
- New Position: Hotline Assistant: Every month we receive hundreds of calls from police officers who have responded to a domestic violence call in their community. We are looking for Hotline Assistants to take those calls and complete the reports used by our advocates to reach out to victims. Hotline Assistants may also screen incoming hotline calls and either route them to a Hotline worker or answer general questions from callers.
- Training Required: Next training and orientation takes place in Downers Grove, Thursday, March 16, 6:30-8:00 p.m., with follow-up orientation Thursday, March 23, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Future training is scheduled Thursday, May 18, 6:30-8:00 p.m., with follow-up orientation Thursday, May 25, 6:30-8:00 p.m. (check back for future dates)
- Email Volunteer Advocate Katie Peterson to register: email@example.com
The State of Illinois requires that anyone working in direct contact with victims of domestic violence or their confidential information must complete an approved 40-hour training program. Volunteer position which require 40-hour training are noted on each position description.
Click Here for more information on our next training.
Please complete and submit the following forms to firstname.lastname@example.org
As you go through the process of becoming a volunteer at Family Shelter Service, our Volunteer Coordinator is available to answer questions or help with any aspect of becoming a volunteer:
Katie Peterson, Volunteer Coordinator
630-221-8290, Ext. 9008
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
Volunteers are valuable resources to the agency, our staff and our clients. It is our goal that volunteers will be:
- trusted and respected as people who make unique contributions;
- given sound guidance and direction by staff and senior volunteers;
- provided orientation, training, support, supervision and evaluation.
Violence in the home strikes at the heart of our community – our families. However, with intervention, the cycle of abuse can be broken. Volunteers truly make a difference in the lives of victims of domestic abuse and their children. We hope you will join the volunteer community at Family Shelter Service as we continue to offer help and hope to those affected by domestic violence.