Grace Smith House needs volunteers to support our programs and fundraising efforts. Your gift of time and talent is essential to keeping our doors open to the battered women and children in our community who desperately need our services. Whether you’re an individual, part of a church group, a scouting troop or a corporate team, there’s a place for you in our volunteer program.
Volunteers and interns are required to complete a 12 hour agency-run training before they can work directly with clients. Participants learn about domestic violence issues, shelter operations, advocacy, hotline calls, listening skills, and more.
For certain special projects and tasks that don't involve our clients, the training may not be required. Please see the list below for details.
Following the training, volunteers and interns generally may be assigned to work any time between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. Schedules are based on (a) the days and times you feel you can be available, (b) the number of hours required for an internship, and especially (c) the operational needs of the shelter. Consider several different schedule alternatives as it may not always be possible to assign the exact time frame desired. Daytime hours, of course, are busiest and provide maximum opportunity for exposure to a variety of tasks. Evening hours are quieter but hold more opportunity for direct client interaction. A combination of both often provides the optimum learning experience.
For volunteer work that requires the training, we will now conduct a criminal background check for all volunteers and interns. This is required by our insurance and is for the protection of our clients.
Our Northeast Shelter is much more in need of volunteers and interns than our Poughkeepsie site. At times our Poughkeepsie site will be closed to new volunteers & interns because they already have plenty of volunteer assistance.
Volunteer and Apply Now
Trainings and orientation occurs three times per year during January, June and September. If you are interested in signing up for the training, fill out and return the Volunteer Application Form and the Authorization for Criminal Background Check Form. You will be contacted when the training dates are finalized.
To download the word version of the volunteer application, please click here.
To download the word version of the intern application, please click here.
|AREAS OF WORK
||TYPE OF WORK||AVAILABILITY||TRAINING|
|ADMINISTRATIVE||Volunteers work in the offices and may handle clerical work, data entry, making copies, answering telephones, assisting with bookkeeping or research projects.||Anytime, Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.||Does not require training.|
|CHILDREN PROGRAM||Volunteers work with staff to help children stop hurting. They work in structured play activities, coordinate snacks for children and assist counselors during special events.||Afternoons, evenings or weekends.
||Training and interview required.|
|COURT ADVOCATE||Volunteers provide support and advocacy for victims filing protective orders against an abuser. This work can be done from any of our three sites.||Shifts are mornings 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or afternoons 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday.||Training and interview required.|
|DONATIONS||Volunteers assist with donations, computer input of donor records, help to coordinate projects and special events.||Flexible shifts available during business hours once or twice a week. More volunteers are needed during Thanksgiving/Christmas from mid-September through January.||Does not require training.|
Volunteers/interns who wish to work on the hotline need to undergo additional training and certification above and beyond the 12 hour basic training. This requires a substantial committment
General shelter assistance to our families and staff assisting with general operating activites
Daytime, evenings and weekends.
Daytimes, evenings and weekends
Training and interview required.
Training and interview required.
|SPECIAL PROJECTS||Volunteers help by staffing special projects such as holiday gift giving, spring cleanup, fall yard cleanup, organizing donations, coordinate drive for needed goods, distribute agency materials, etc.||Daytime, evenings and weekends. Can be one-shot plan.||Does not require training.|