The Survivor Empowerment Center, Inc. provides free services to survivors of sexual and domestic violence, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity, as well as their non-offending loved ones. Volunteers provide support, advocacy, and empowerment for survivors and their loved ones. Direct volunteers can work with clients, providing crisis intervention, answering the hotline, and community outreach. Indirect volunteers can instead provide indirect services, such as filing, organizing, cleaning, or clerical work. In order to interact with clients, volunteers must complete at least 40 hours of volunteer training. Those who are not able to complete the training are only able to provide indirect service.
Volunteers must be 18 years old or older, capable of staying grounded during crisis, have an open mind regarding sexual and domestic violence and social justice, understands The The Survivor Empowerment Center's pro-choice policy, able to attend monthly volunteer meetings, and complete at least 40 hours of volunteer training. If you have been a client, you must wait until one year after services end to volunteer. Bilingual volunteers are needed. Volunteers may be dismissed if: they become a client, break a client's confidentiality, fail to show up for more than two volunteer meetings per fiscal year, commit violent or unsafe acts, fail to abide by agency policies and procedures, steal or misuse agency property or funds, or volunteer under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Interested? For direct service, please complete a volunteer application here. For indirect service call (618) 549-4807 ext. 228.