Direct Service Volunteers
LifeWire’s direct service volunteers work directly with survivors of domestic violence and their families. LifeWire’s comprehensive training program prepares volunteers to assist survivors of domestic violence in dealing with the traumatic impact of family violence. Our 20-hour training session includes domestic violence education, crisis intervention skills, working with children who have witnessed domestic violence, navigating systems and much more. Learn more about the mandatory training requirements to become a domestic violence advocate.
Note: Partner agencies and professionals may also attend our training! If you are interested in attending our Domestic Violence Advocacy Training as a professional partner, you are not required to interview or attend the orientation, but we still ask that you submit an Application and Background Check.
Common direct service opportunities include:
- 24-Hour Helpline: We run a 24-Hour Helpline seven days a week, and we need your help! With your support we are better able to meet the immediate needs of survivors, their families and our community members. Helpline volunteers are needed both during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) as well as after hours and on weekends.
- Co-facilitating children’s support groups: We offer support groups for survivors (all genders) as well as their children a few evenings per week at various locations on the Eastside. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in working directly with child and youth survivors of domestic violence. Support groups are typically scheduled during the evening with a few exceptions.
- Co-facilitating VOICES: We also offer a teen support group that focuses on creating a safe space for teens who are either experiencing dating violence or witnessing violence in the home. The group is not curriculum focused, but rather works with the teens to meet whatever their dreams or needs are.
- Legal Advocacy: We support survivors as they navigate the legal system by providing them with both tactical and emotional support. We offer a range of services, including support in petitioning for a Domestic Violence Protection Orders, help in finding pro bono legal counsel, court accompaniments and more.
To Become a Direct Service Volunteer:
- Fill out the Volunteer Application and the Washington State Patrol Request for History.
- Schedule an Interview with Natalie, LifeWire’s Resource Coordinator.
- Attend the mandatory Domestic Violence Advocacy Training, which occurs in the spring and fall on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The next training will begin September 10, 2018. To register for the training, email Natalie.The application deadline to participate in the Fall training is August 10.
- Pay the $150 training Fee*.
*Please note: we will never turn someone away for financial hardship. Please let Natalie know if the fee is a barrier for you.
For more information on direct service volunteer opportunities, please contact our Resource Coordinator, Natalie Nguyen, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support volunteers do not work directly with survivors, but immensely impact the work that we do. If you are interested in supporting LifeWire’s mission but are unable to attend the training or are interested in volunteering in a different capacity, we have plenty of jobs for you! LifeWire has opportunities to help with administration, fundraising, community education and much more.
Common support volunteer opportunities include:
- Nightmare at Beaver Lake Food Drive: Month of October, Thur-Sun evenings starting on Friday, October 12.
- Food Lifeline Grocery Rescue Pick-Up: Every Wednesday morning at the QFC in Redmond.
- Eastside Baby Corner Pick-Up: Every Thursday morning at Eastside Baby Corner in Issaquah.
- Fundraising and Event Planning: (See below).
- Flexible administrative, clerical, outreach and in-kind projects.
For more information on non-direct service volunteer opportunities, contact Natalie at email@example.com.
Fundraising and Event Planning
LifeWire hosts two major fundraising events annually. We rely on the support of our amazing community volunteers to make these events a huge success each year. Our World of Hope Gala and Auction in May and our Hope Starts Here Breakfast in September provide our incredible donors with the opportunity to directly support LifeWire’s work to prevent and end domestic violence.
For more information on event and fundraising volunteer opportunities, email Natalie.
Note: Our support services volunteers do not need to complete the 20-Hour Direct Service Training. You are welcome and encouraged to attend the new volunteer orientation if interested in finding out about our history, programs and services.