Volunteers assist James House staff members in providing advocacy services and maintaining our crisis hotline. Volunteers also serve in special areas of interest such as working with children, accompanying clients to court, organizing our donation center and assisting with special one-time projects such as delivering furniture to clients or organizing fundraisers and special events.
With a small staff of 8 advocates, we serve over 1,500 people in crisis each year. This would not be possible without help from our great community volunteers who have a passion for our mission. Regardless of age, education level or beliefs, there is something for everyone to do at James House. Highlighted below are just a few of the volunteer opportunities consistently provided by James House.
- Office Assistants sort donations, organize our donation center/clothing closet, shred documents, make copies, file, answer our business line and more.
- Crisis Intervention Volunteers respond to the 24-hour crisis hotline, assist with shelter placements and protect the confidentiality and security of our clients.
- Emergency Advocates are on call 24 hours a day and are available to meet those experiencing a domestic and/or sexual violence crisis at the hospital or law enforcement agency through our Greater Richmond Area RHART program.
- Children’s Program Volunteers work directly with children providing child care, tutoring, after-school programs, story hours, crafts, games and enrichment activities.
Volunteer training is offered 5-6 times per year. This extensive, interactive, pre-service instruction provides trainees with a wide variety of learning experiences revolving around family and sexual violence, crisis intervention and helping skills.