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Last year, CAPSA volunteers donated over 12,000 volunteer hours – that is the equivalent of approximately six full-time employees! We would not be able to offer the level of services that we do to our clients without the tremendous support we receive from our volunteers. But don't think that just because we had so many volunteers last year that means we don't need more. We can always use more dedicated people to join our volunteer force!
All volunteers must submit to a voluntary criminal background check, be 18 years old, and complete our 40-hour training. Trainings are scheduled three times per year, usually in January, May, and September. Generally these trainings will be held on weeknights from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. To remain an active volunteer you must complete at least 10 hours of volunteer work each consecutive month, or cover at least one Mobile Crisis Team on-call shift.
How can I get more information on becoming a CAPSA volunteer?
- Download and fill out a Volunteer Application
- Call 435.753.2500 to speak with the Volunteer Coordinator
- E-mail the CAPSA Volunteer Coordinator for more information
What do CAPSA volunteers do?
We have many different areas where you can volunteer, and many people volunteer in several different areas for a wide range of experiences. These include:
- 24-Hour Mobile Crisis Team
- CAPSA Shelter
- Front Office / Office Support / Crisis Hotline
- Children's Daycare
- Children's Program
- Rape Prevention Education Team
- Booths & Activities
- Miscellaneous Projects
24-Hour Mobile Crisis Team Advocate
The Mobile Crisis Team (MCT) is an all-volunteer group of victim advocates who provide on-call coverage to assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Individuals sign up for 24-hour shifts that begin at 5 p.m. and go until 5 p.m. the following day. During that time if law enforcement is called out to a domestic disturbance they call CAPSA and our MCT advocate will go meet with the victim in a safe place (usually at the police station, CAPSA, or the hospital). MCT advocates must complete the 40-hour training and be at least 18 years of age. Volunteers who sign up for a shift must be willing and able to respond to a call at any time of the day or night s/he is on-call.
Volunteers in the shelter will help sheltered clients with needs, whether it is medicine, personal hygiene items, computer assistance, or simply someone to talk to. Shelter volunteers can sign up for shifts anytime between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on weekdays or weekends. These volunteers provide clients with much-needed services that the CAPSA staff may not have time to assist with. Shelter volunteers are required to complete the 40-hour training, and must be at least 18 years of age.
Front Office / Office Support / Crisis Hotline
We also have opportunities to volunteer in our front office where you can provide office support and answer phone calls on both our business and crisis phone lines. Other activities may include greeting people who come to the office, filing, shredding old documentation and client files, copying, preparing training materials for future volunteer trainings, and various other duties as determined by the Volunteer Coordinator. Front office volunteers must complete the 40-hour training and be at least 18 years of age. Front office shifts are only available during CAPSA's regular business hours between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Crisis hotline shifts are available between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday-Friday.
CAPSA provides child care services for both its clients and its staff. Daycare volunteers will be able to help the daycare staff plan and carry out activities for client and staff children. The daycare is only open during regular business hours between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Volunteers who wish to participate in the daycare are not required to complete the 40-hour training, they only need to attend one 4-hour training session, they must be at least 18 years of age and must submit to a voluntary criminal background check.
The Children's Program is designed to provide constructive activities and a positive learning environment for children who have witnessed or been victims of abuse. The children meet at the same time as the Adult Educational Support Groups for domestic violence survivors. Groups meet 2-3 times per year for 15 weeks at a time. Children's Program volunteers will meet with the Children's Program Coordinator to help plan activities and lessons that provide consistency and increase feelings of safety for the children. Children's Program Volunteers must complete the 40-hour volunteer training, submit to a voluntary background check, and be at least 18 years old, and must be willing to commit to attend at least 13 out of the 15 sessions.
Rape Prevention Education Team
The Rape Prevention Education Team works with youth in the community discussing rape prevention and various age-appropriate topics, such as sexual harassment, bullying, cyber-security, healthy relationships, dating violence, and date rape. The intention of this team is to prevent future violence by educating students about these topics. Rape Prevention Volunteers help the team by providing support services, participating in presentations, working with the team in after-school programs, and helping spread awareness through activities during the school year. Volunteers must complete the 40-hour training, submit to a voluntary background check, and be at least 18 years of age. Volunteers are mainly needed on this team during the school year (September through May).
Booths & Activities
CAPSA participates in many different community awareness programs, including booths at most of the major community events during the spring, summer, and fall, and we need volunteers to oversee our booths at these events. Booth & Activities volunteers are not required to complete the 40-hour training, but must submit to a voluntary background check and must be at least 18 years old.
There are many other areas where we can use volunteers, whether it is for special projects, donation drives, yard work, shelter cleaning, Eagle Scout projects, church group projects, or almost anything else you can think of. To find out if there is something more you can help with, call our Volunteer Coordinator today. If you are unable to complete the 40-hour training we can often find smaller projects or one-time projects that you can help with. Call for more details.