To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers - so many caring people in this world.
— Mister Rogers

GET INVOLVED

Preventing domestic violence takes all members of our community. Womenspace embraces the engagement and support of community members. There are many ways to encourage and promote the safety, hope and healing of the courageous individuals surviving the trauma of intimate partner violence.

How would you like to engage and support the health and well being of survivors? Join us today!

VOLUNTEER

At Womenspace, a volunteer’s time and talent goes a long way to help a child, mentor a teen or provide support for individuals and families. Volunteers come from all walks of life, but they share a common trait-wanting to help others. You can work directly with survivors through the 24-hour crisis and support line, emergency shelter, and/or children services program. You can provide coverage for the front desk or help coordinate donations. You can provide outreach and community service in staffing tables at events. Training and ongoing support is provided to every volunteer. See below for more information on specific volunteer roles.

Education and Outreach Volunteer

Do you love talking to people? Do you like the idea of representing Womenspace to the public? Do you enjoy educating others? Then this might be a great position for you! Join Womenspace’s Education and Outreach Team and attend events in the community with Womenspace staff.

Womenspace does outreach and education throughout Lane County such as Pleasant Hill, Cottage Grove, Veneta, Creswell, Mapleton, and others. We do outreach in a wide variety of settings, including community centers, parks, and schools. We setup tables with activities and engage the public about services Womenspace offers. Tasks include helping setup and take down booth/tables/activities, talk about Womenspace services and educate the public on intimate partner violence.

Commitment is approximately 5 – 10 hours per month. Schedule is determined monthly, based on your availability. Come help us get the word out on Womenspace services and educate communities in Lane County. Click here to apply online!

Children and Youth Volunteer

Love to play with kids?

Come volunteer with the Womenspace Youth Program. Volunteers provide respite and help create a safe, calm and comforting space for children and youth who have been affected by domestic violence.

Volunteers get the opportunity to teach children and youth important life skills, promote non-violent communication and play, be healthy role models, and let them know they are valuable and heard. Staff and volunteers work together in the kitchen to prepare meals to serve to adults and their children during weekly support groups. Part of the fun in this program is planning crafts and activities to do with the children and youth and letting them just have some fun! Click here to apply online!

Front Desk Volunteer

Do you enjoy interacting with people on the phone or in person?

If so, volunteering at the front desk might be the place for you. As a volunteer at the front desk you will answer phones and greet guests and clients as they enter the Lobby. The front desk is the hub and as a volunteer you would assist with receiving donations, filling paperwork, preparing items for mail, or a variety of office-oriented tasks.

If you have a compassionate heart, cool head and a desire to serve, we would welcome you at the front desk! Click here to apply online!

Crisis and support Line Volunteer

Working on the crisis and support line often means being someone’s first point of contact with Womenspace when they are in crisis or needing support and/or information. Oftentimes you may be the first person they’ve told their story to. This is a courageous step for them to take, so believing them is vitally important. Callers are most often survivors of intimate partner violence, stalking or sexual assault. Callers might also be concerned family members or friends, community partners or even the police.

On the crisis and support line our first priority never changes: which is to be fully present and listen with compassion. This is rewarding work requiring a genuine desire to be of service to those in need. Help us provide a lifeline for survivors and their families. Click here to apply online!

If you would like to volunteer in an area other than those listed above, or if you have any questions, please contact us by email or phone. 541.485.8232, volunteer@womenspaceinc.org

Thank you so much and we look forward to hearing from you!

BE A CHANGEMAKER

You can be an ambassador for the safety, hope and healing of survivors of domestic violence. Here are few ideas:

SPREAD THE WORD

• Tweet about Womenspace
• Post about Womenspace on Facebook

JOIN US

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

ADVOCATE FOR BETTER POLICY

Contact your legislator(s). Lane County has strong leadership in our elected officials who care about survivors. Let them know you are concerned and support the continued funding of Womenspace services. Join our newsletter for updates on legislative issues that impact survivors. Click here for information on how to contact your local, state and federal representatives.

BE INFORMED

There are many misunderstandings and mistaken beliefs about the issues surrounding domestic violence and intimate partner violence that continue to perpetuate the oppression of victims. One way to change this is to educate yourself on the facts and then educate your peers. You can be a Changemaker through challenging conversations that are based on incorrect information or false assumptions. Click Here for a list of publications provided by Womenspace in both Spanish and English.

Learn more about domestic violence and how you can help prevent intimate partner violence.