Direct Service Volunteering
Direct service volunteers work with staff as a team to provide services to victims of domestic violence and their children served through CAWC’s programs. Volunteers provide significant support to our children’s programs at both the Humboldt Park Outreach Program (HPOP) and the Greenhouse Shelter program. In addition, volunteers at Greenhouse Shelter provide assistance to residents, respond to hotline and other calls, and help with facility oversight. CAWC asks each direct service volunteer to make an initial commitment to provide four hours of service on a weekly basis for at least six months and a total of 100 -120 hours.
Volunteering directly with survivors and their children requires some special understanding of the dynamics of family abuse. Our direct service volunteers are required to complete a 40-hour Domestic Violence Training program which we provide for volunteers making the initial minimum service commitment. The training is also a requirement under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act (IDVA). Forty hours is the minimum standard of training set forth by the IDVA in order for services to be confidential under the act. CAWC generally offers this training two times per year (fall and spring). The sessions are usually held on weekday evenings and/or on Saturdays.
For more information regarding direct service volunteering or the 40-hour training, please contact our Direct Service Volunteer & Education Coordinator at 773.489.9081 ext. 222.
CAWC’s Junior Board
The Junior Board exists to increase CAWC’s exposure to the community by obtaining additional resources to support CAWC programs. Members are drawn from young professionals living and working in the Chicagoland area. Junior Board meetings occur on a monthly basis in downtown locations. A leadership team of two members plus a team of subcommittee chairs guide the work of the Board. Junior Board activities focus on supporting CAWC’s annual gala – Sounds of Silence, hosting other special events to benefit CAWC, participating in community education opportunities, and networking with CAWC’s Board of Directors, agency staff and other professionals.
If you are interested in becoming part of the Junior Board, please email email@example.com