How Can I Help?
There are many volunteer opportunities at Between Friends depending on your time commitment and interests. Check out all the opportunities listed below.
Board members are a critical component of the work we do. They bring with them a variety of skills and affiliations benefiting Between Friends. Our board includes individuals from the legal, medical, technology and accounting professions as well as business, religious and civic leaders from the community. If full board membership isn't possible, consider joining one of our board committees: Board Development, Fund Development, Finance, Marketing, Human Resources, and Facilities.
Direct Service volunteer opportunities include positions that involve working directly with domestic violence survivors. Currently we have direct service volunteer opportunities with the following programs:
All direct service volunteers are required to attend a 40-hour Domestic Violence training. Between Friends provides this domestic violence training once per year, usually in the summer.
Administrative volunteers assist with general office work such as: answering phone calls, data entry, research, database maintenance, graphic design, mailings, and filing. This is a great opportunity to gain experience in a non-profit environment and build computer, phone, and general office skills. Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite is helpful. Volunteers are required to attend an agency orientation.
Special events volunteers help Between Friends organize special events to raise awareness of domestic violence within the broader community, to raise funds to enhance agency programs, and to increase our network of supporters.
Depending on scheduling, interests, and experience, volunteers may help with planning for the events such as community outreach, finding vendors, securing in-kind donations, and silent auction items or by helping out during the day of the event.
Pro Bono Attorneys have been essential in helping domestic violence survivors understand their legal rights. Most of our clients do not have the finances available to pay for an attorney. We are looking for attorneys who can volunteer to do any of the following:
- Take on a pro-bono case;
- Consult with our Court Advocates when they encounter legal questions they are unable to answer; and
- Volunteer at our free monthly legal clinics to assist women who have questions about Orders of Protection, custody, visitation, child support and domestic violence.
For more information about volunteering with Between Friends please download the volunteer application and mail it to PO Box 608548, Chicago, IL 60660 or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Click HERE for a listing of our current volunteering opportunities.