Domesic Abuse Shelter of the Florida Keys
Domesic Abuse Shelter of the Florida Keys
Domesic Abuse Shelter of the Florida KeysHelping Survivors Begin Again24 Hour Hotline, 305-743-4440

Volunteer Opportunities at DAS

VICTIM ADVOCATE OPENINGS - MIDDLE AND LOWER KEYS

The Domestic Abuse Shelter, a crisis center for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, has openings for a full-time Victim Advocate and part-time Relief Advocates. Candidates interested in the full-time position need to be willing to work a varied schedule that could include nights, weekends, and holidays to assure coverage for the 24-hour facilities. Responsibilities include providing crisis intervention, hotline coverage, counseling, & advocacy services. A bachelor’s degree in social work or related field is desired with experience working in a human service organization. Survivors of violence or abuse are encouraged to apply. The Domestic Abuse Shelter is an equal opportunity employer. Interested person should send resume w/letter of interest to: DAS, PO Box 522696, Marathon Shores, FL 33052.

DAS VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

The Domestic Abuse Shelter always welcomes the valuable contribution of volunteers. The agency is flexible in terms of time commitment, requesting part-time, seasonal and full-time help. Volunteers are an integral part of DAS, helping us meet our goal of preventing domestic and sexual violence, and assisting victims of these crimes. We are grateful for the time and effort volunteers dedicate to making our community a safer place to live.

WHO CAN VOLUNTEER?

Women, men, teens from every ethnic background, race, lifestyle and religion can volunteer. There are no minimum work or educational requirements to volunteer. DAS staff conduct a background check and an interview with each volunteer candidate.

ARE THERE TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR VOLUNTEERS?

DAS staff members want to ensure that volunteers are well prepared to do their jobs. Most volunteers are required to participate in an orientation program and a three-day Core Competency training to enable them to acquire privilege for confidentiality, and to provide them with background information on domestic and sexual violence. DAS staff members work directly with volunteer candidates to find a suitable placement for them within the agency. If possible, we ask that each volunteer commit to an initial six-month period.

WHAT KINDS OF VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE AT DAS?

The agency’s needs change over time, but in general we have volunteer opportunities in the following areas:

Outreach Offices - Key West, Big Pine, Marathon, Tavernier, Key Largo

  • Advocates - working directly with victims of domestic and sexual violence of all ages by providing crisis counseling and referral services, (contingent on work experience and time constraints);

  • Translators - acting as a liaison between non-English speaking clients and advocates, and translating written forms from English to Spanish;

  • Education and training - assisting in the preparation and facilitation of training sessions to the community and professional groups, (trainings must be co-facilitated with a DAS Staff member);

  • Clerical work - contributing to the filing, record keeping and general daily office duties;

  • Special Events - helping with fundraisers, and commemorative events to raise community awareness about sexual and domestic violence, and;

  • Grant researchers - finding funding opportunities via library and internet research.

Shelter

  • Advocates - working directly with victims of domestic and sexual violence of all ages by answering the crisis hotline, providing crisis counseling and referral services, (contingent on work experience and time constraints);

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Teachers - tutoring and providing language classes for non-English speaking residents at the shelter;

  • Translators - acting as a liaison between non-English speaking clients and advocates and translating forms from English to Spanish;

  • Job Skills Trainers - providing training for individuals and groups in such areas as interviewing skills, typing, computer literacy, basic accounting, cooking, and other trades;

  • Gardeners - assisting the maintenance staff with landscaping around the shelter;

  • On-Call Drivers - helping with the transportation needs of victims when needed,

  • Child Care Providers - assisting with child care for clients,

  • Pet Sitters - caring for women’s pets while they are in shelter, and;

  • Special Maintenance Projects - assisting with ad hoc repair and maintenance projects.

HOW DO VOLUNTEERS GET STARTED?

DAS conducts a volunteer recruitment drive bi-annually, in the Autumn and Spring, however recruitment is open and continuous. For more information and an application contact the Education Coordinator at (305) 451-5666.

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