Volunteers are integral to our agency's ability to fulfill our mission. In an average year, we record over 10,000 volunteer hours for our agency.
There are two different areas in which volunteers are utilized at Voices of Hope, indirect services and direct services.
Indirect services include board and committee members, such as our Resource Development Committee; people who volunteer at fundraising events, and civic groups and/or individuals who volunteer their time to do special projects such as yard work, painting, etc. This volunteers who will not be directly working with clients but doing more of the “behind the scenes” work. Scheduled times for special projects will be arranged outside of the walk-in hours or support group times in an attempt to ensure the confidentiality of the clients accessing services.
The second type of volunteering is that of direct services, which essentially means working with the clients who are accessing Voices of Hope services. This includes internships, advocacy, group facilitators, and crisis line volunteers. The crisis line is answered 24 hours a day 7 days a week; therefore, it is the main venue in which volunteers are utilized. There is also a high need for on-call advocates. You must be 19 years of age or older to provide direct services as a volunteer. For more information on expectations and qualifications of crisis line volunteers, click on the title above.
Below you will find a list of volunteer opportunities that are typically available and information about what each volunteer opportunity entails. If you find one of interest, complete this Volunteer Application.
Our crisis line is answered every hour of every day of the year. We couldn't possibly do this without the help of volunteers. Before volunteers can participate in any direct services with Voices of Hope it is mandatory that a 34-hour volunteer training be completed.
Our next crisis line volunteer training session will begin on Tuesday, March 21 and continue every Tuesday and Thursday evening through Thursday, April 13. The training will be held each Tuesday and Thursday evening from 5:15 pm to 9:30 pm at Voices of Hope, 2545 N St. in Lincoln. After the volunteer training is completed an interview with the Volunteer Coordinator will be scheduled to give the volunteer an opportunity to evaluate the training and discuss volunteer interests.
The crisis line is answered from the convenience of your own home in shift increments of 3, 4, or 8 hours. The shifts are Monday thru Friday 5pm-9pm, 9pm-12am, and 12am-7:30am. On Saturday and Sunday the shifts are 8am-12pm, 12pm-4pm, 4pm-8pm, 8pm-12am, and 12am-8am. Calls will be placed to you by an answering service so callers will never have access to your personal phone number.
If you are interested in learning more about being a crisis line volunteer, contact Lindseyp@voicesofhopelincoln.org. You can also download a pdf of our Volunteer Application form through the link above .
Voices of Hope has some opportunities for graduate and undergraduate level internships. Graduate interns are required to meet with Voices of Hope’s Clinical Director to confirm supervision availability. Undergraduates are to meet with the Volunteer Coordinator. Interns will be expected to attend and complete the volunteer training. All graduate interns and any undergraduate interns who will be providing face to face services will also be required to attend case review meetings held every Wednesday from 3pm-4pm. On-Call Advocates must also have successfully completed our 34-hour training program for crisis line volunteers. If you are interested in an internship, contact: Brenda@voicesofhopelincoln.org.
"Fun" Raising Committee
You can volunteer to become a regular member of our Fundraising Committee, aka "Fun" raising committee, which plans and implements all of fundraising activities and events held each year. Or, simply volunteer to help out at one of our fundraising events, such as a Strike Out Sexual Assault Bowl-a-thon or our annual Music in the Vines fundraiser, which combines great music, food & wine in a lovely vineyard near Lincoln. If you are interested, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Ways to Volunteer
There are many other ways you can get involved with Voices of Hope. Let us know if you are interested in any of the following:
Sponsoring a fundraising event ,
Donating your time during skilled labor such as landscaping, painting, carpentry, etc.
Holding a basic-needs collection for our clients (shampoos, lotions, deodorant, diapers, etc.)
Offering free services such as auto repairs, lock changes, legal assistance, etc.