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“The WRCNM Safe Home is amazing and touches so many lives.  I’m always proud to be a part of the volunteer team.”

~ WRCNM Volunteer

 

 GOS2816 WEBThe WRCNM was founded by individuals willing to give of their time and skills to make our community a better place.  Through the support of volunteers, the WRCNM is able to provide life-changing services to thousands of Northern Michigan residents each year.

The volunteer job benefits are great!   You’ll meet other interesting people from all walks of life, learn new skills and feel good about sharing your time and talents. Your help is always welcome!  Give an hour a month, 20 hours a week or anything in between.  Workdays and times are flexible for all positions.

Comprehensive training is provided for all Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan (WRCNM) volunteer positions. Volunteers must be 18 or older, should be open minded to differing personal values and possess sensitivity to the dynamics of domestic abuse, sexual assault and violence against women. Workdays and times are flexible for all positions. Volunteer duties and responsibilities include:

Advocate – Safe Home

Volunteers assist in staffing the Safe Home, which provides security and support for survivors of domestic abuse and their children, Monday through Friday evenings (typically from 5-8 pm).  A commitment of at least once a month is required.  Volunteers have direct contact with families staying in the Safe Home.  

  • Interact regularly with, and facilitate needs for, women and children staying in Safe Home.
  • Answer domestic abuse, sexual assault and information/referral calls on the crisis phone line in the most safe, efficient and timely manner.
  • Take phone messages, place outgoing calls, answer doors. 
  • Maintain security and safety of Safe Home.
  • Facilitate compliance with all guidelines.
  • Notify staff verbally and in writing of any health/safety concerns.  Contact on-call worker when necessary.
  • Document all crisis calls and any incidents occurring at Safe Home. Contact on-call worker when necessary.
  • Adhere to all policies and procedures as set forth by the Domestic Abuse/Sexual Assault (DA/SA) Program and the WRCNM.
  • Complete volunteer forms at the end of each shift.
  • Be able to lift up to 40 pounds and climb stairs. 

Children’s Program Assistant – Safe Home

Volunteers assist in staffing the Safe Home, Monday through Friday evenings (typically from 5-8 pm).  A commitment of at least once a month is required.  Volunteers have direct contact with families staying in the Safe Home. 

  • Assist with creative activities for children staying at the Safe Home.
  • Assist with activities for in-resident and not-in-resident children during DA Support Group meetings.
  • Maintain security and safety of Safe Home.
  • Facilitate compliance with all guidelines.
  • Notify staff verbally and in writing of any health/safety concerns.
  • Adhere to all policies and procedures as set forth by the DA/SA Program and the WRCNM.
  • Complete volunteer forms at the end of each shift.
  • Be able to lift up to 40 pounds and climb stairs. 

Housekeeping Assistant – Safe Home

  • Assist with various housekeeping tasks. 
  • Maintain security and safety of Safe Home.
  • Facilitate compliance with all guidelines.
  • Notify staff verbally and in writing of any health/safety concerns.
  • Adhere to all policies and procedures as set forth by the DA/SA Program and the WRCNM.
  • Complete volunteer forms at the end of each shift.
  • Be able to lift up to 40 pounds and climb stairs. 

Sales Clerk – Gold Mine Resale Shops

Volunteers assist in staffing the Gold Mine Resale Shops Monday through Saturday during business hours (9:30am – 5:30pm).  

  • Assist with retail sales work and upkeep of the store. Interact with and assist customers.
  • Be mindful of safety and security issues at all times.
  • Facilitate compliance with all guidelines.
  • Notify staff verbally and in writing of any health/safety concerns.
  • Adhere to all policies and procedures as set forth by the Gold Mine and the WRCNM.
  • Complete volunteer forms at the end of each shift.
  • Be able to lift up to 40 pounds. 

Maintenance/Repair Services – Safe Home and Gold Mine Resale Shops

  • Assist with maintenance/repair projects. 
  • Be mindful of safety and security issues at all times.
  • Notify staff verbally and in writing of any health/safety concerns.
  • Adhere to all policies and procedures as set forth by the DA/SA Program, the Gold Mine Resale Shops and the WRCNM.
  • Complete volunteer forms at the end of each shift.
  • Be able to lift up to 40 pounds and climb stairs. 

Specialty Positions – Safe Home

Do you have a special skill or area of expertise that you are willing to share?  For example: haircuts, manicures, etc.  We are interested in discussing these opportunities for our Safe Home residents.

In order to provide the best support possible, the WRCNM asks any potential volunteers who have utilized Domestic Abuse/Sexual Assault Program services to wait at least six months before applying to volunteer.

Click here for a complete list of volunteer job descriptions.

Click here to download volunteer application.

Click here to download criminal background release form. 

If you are interested in volunteering for the agency, please contact the Safe Home Coordinator at (231) 347-1572, or complete our online application.

 
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