VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME
“There is no power greater than a community discovering what it cares about” – Margaret J. Wheatley
Volunteers fulfill such an important role in the mission of our agency. Through hard work and dedication, we can accomplish our goal of ending sexual violence in our community. Our mission is to support and provide advocacy for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and promote relationships without abuse in the greater Petersburg community.
Every task no matter how small supports the work that we do and strengthens the services we provide
to sexual assault and domestic violence survivors in our community. This is why we are so proud to offer a variety of volunteer opportunities to our community.
The role of a volunteer at WAVE can look quite different depending on what you wish to get out of your
volunteer experience. Whether you are a survivor or not, have access to transportation or not, or want to do direct services or not, we can find a role for you.
Volunteer positions may require a minimum number of training hours –as few as 2 and as many as 40.
No matter what role you fulfill at our agency you should expect our staff to communicate frequently in
order to answer any questions, provide support, and help find the right fit for you at our agency.
Agency Support Specialist*: Answer the phone, organize office supplies, assist with social media
efforts, and assist in creating resources for the agency. This volunteer position requires a 40-hour online
training provided by our agency. This position is very flexible.
Event Volunteers: Painting, cleaning, organizing, fundraising and event planning are all examples of
ways individuals or groups can volunteer together. Whether you are a church group, scout troop, an
interested community member or a group of friends, we can always find a way to put you to work!
Helpline Advocate*: Provide crisis intervention, information, referrals, and support to victims of
power-based violence. Online or over the phone. This volunteer position includes a 40-hour online
training provided by our agency. WAVE will also provide continuing education and ongoing support.
Sexual Assault Advocacy Responder*: Provide crisis intervention, information, referrals, and support to
victims of sexual assault. in-person support during forensic exams or while making a police report. This
volunteer position includes a 40-hour training provided by our agency. WAVE will also provide
continuing education and ongoing support.
Unity Club Mentor*: Provide supervision and leadership education to middle school youth led club.
Girls on the Run Camp Counselor*: 1 week in the summer. Provide supervision and facilitate camp
through evidence-based curriculum that inspire girl empowerment by building confidence, kindness
and decision making skills.
Special Skill Instructor: Utilize a special skill (art, music, yoga, cooking, etc) to provide education and
support to survivors. The Special Skill Events will be co-facilitated by a staff member of WAVE. We
encourage creativity and fun with this position.
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