Becoming a part of the SafePlace volunteer program requires a commitment, not just of your time, but also of your energy, in the fight to end violence and oppression in our community.  There are a variety of ways in which you can choose to give your time. Once you are accepted into the training class, you will work with the Volunteer Program Coordinator to find the volunteer position that is best for you.

Due to Covid-19, our next Advocate Core Training (ACT) is not yet on the calendar. To keep our staff, volunteers, clients and community safe, we are waiting to make any scheduling decisions regarding the upcoming training. There will be more information on that soon.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, take a look around the volunteer section of our website, then submit a completed application. 

Requirements

Below are some of the requirements for volunteers at SafePlace.  Please review the expectations to decide if our program is a good fit for you:

Take a look at our job description and see which one would be a fit for you! The positions we have available are Helpline Advocate at the Community Services Center, Helpline Advocate at Shelter, and Support Service Staff.

  • Potential volunteers must complete an application and reference forms, background check, disclosure, identifying information for criminal background check.
  • Potential volunteers must complete the interview process, and receive approval to attend the ACT from the Volunteer Program Coordinator.
  • Agree to a one year commitment of service.
  • Potential volunteers must be willing to meet training requirements as specified below:
    • DIRECT SERVICE: Complete the SafePlace initial training, and 30 hours of ongoing training after one year of service
    • SUPPORT SERVICE: Complete 17 hours of initial training
    • ALL VOLUNTEERS: Must have the ability to work with people of different races, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, genders, sexual preferences, abilities, etc.

Training Fees

  • $35 – Individuals who commit to one year of volunteer service with SafePlace.
  • $350 – Individuals who are training on issues of domestic and sexual violence to become volunteer advocates on their campus, with their faith community, or within their community organizations AND  non-profit community partners that have current memos of understanding on file with SafePlace.
  • $500 – Students with valid identification AND non-profit community partners that do not have current memos of understanding on file with SafePlace.
  • $1,200 – Professionals and others who are meeting individual needs.

What is covered in the SafePlace Advocate Core Training (ACT)?

SafePlace offers a comprehensive 48-hour training on sexual and domestic violence. The ACT is accredited by the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (WCSAP) to give people the skills to work directly with survivors of domestic violence (DV) and sexual assault (SA). Our curriculum is reflective of current best and evidence-based practices and covers general, medical, and legal advocacy skills. This work is rooted in an anti-oppression framework and, as such, we include cultural competency training and the basics of working with marginalized populations. We explore the areas where oppression intersects with individuals’ experiences of DV/SA, and how anti-oppression work connects to service provision and advocacy with both individuals and systems.

For more information about volunteering and upcoming ACT schedules, contact River at riverb@safeplaceolympia.org.