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Volunteering with The Women's Center, Inc.

“You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life.”

Zig Ziglar


Are you interested in how words can heal?

Would you like to become a beacon of hope?

If you answered yes, consider becoming a Volunteer with The Women’s Center. Here at The Women’s Center we provide Free services to Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence along with their no offending, significant others. (We serve all ages and genders.) By volunteering you can provide support, advocacy, and empowerment for survivors and their families. People of any gender, backgrounds and experiences are invited to become part of our team. Due to the sensitive nature of the work, it is important that only those with a sense of commitment, responsibility and dedication apply. Bilingual volunteers are needed.

The following is information on our types of volunteers,  programs and the application process.



  • Must be at least 18 years of age

  • Be stable enough to support someone who is in crisis.

  • Have a firm grasp on your own emotions.

  • Have an open mind to issues pertaining to domestic violence, sexual assault, relationship violence, substance abuse, choice, race, gender, age, ability, and other cultural factors.

  • Understands that The Women’s Center is a Pro-Choice organization.

  • Have access to a phone.

  • Make a minimum of a 200 hour commitment to TWC after completing a 40 hour training.

  • Be able to attend volunteer meetings once a month.

  • Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4 pm. The majority of volunteer & intern hours will be completed during this time.

    • Exceptions: Events & On-Call coverage.

  • Additional requirement for Internships

    • Must complete a 40 hour training, one semester prior to beginning the internship.

Types of Volunteers

Non-Direct Volunteers (have no training requirement and cannot interact with clients)

Activities include behind-the-scenes tasks that may include:

  • Events Prep
  • Fundraising
  • Organizing the donation room
  • Flyer distribution
  • Clerical work
  • Plant and maintain the gardens
  • Computer help (website development and maintenance, repairs, updates)
  • Direct Volunteers (& Interns)

    • Are trained in one/both of our 40 hour trainings

      • DV or RCS

      • After completion of training, attendees receive a certificate

    • Can come in contact with clients

    • Activities involve direct work such as (but not limited to)

      • Medical/Legal Advocacy

      • Prevention Education

      • Counseling

      • Management

      • Working at our Crisis Desk

      • Assisting with Shelter intakes

      • Awareness Events.

Our 40 Hour Trainings (RCS & DV)

  • What You’ll Gain in Training

    • Personal Growth and a better understanding of the world around you.

    • Listening Skills

    • Crisis Intervention and Advocacy Skills

    • Anti-Oppression Training

    • Knowledge on local Human Trafficking

    • Community resources

    • Knowledge about Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

    • Self Care techniques to prevent burnout and compassion fatigue.

  • Our Trainings are Free &  held three times a year. Trainings are Mon-Thurs 4 pm - 9 pm.


Our Programs

  • DV (Domestic Violence Services)

    • Conducts Intakes for the shelter

    • Filters Calls

    • Answers DV Crisis calls

    • After completion of training volunteers & interns are required to work 2 shifts on the crisis desk per month.

    • Oversees the shelter

    • Legal Advocacy

    • Counseling

    • Works the Crisis Desk

    • Food Management

    • Case Management

  • RCS (Rape Crisis Services)

    • After completion of training volunteer & interns are required to work a minimum of 24 hours of on call per month.

    • Each day is broken up into three, eight hour shifts. (Flexible scheduling)

    • Oversees the 24/7 Crisis Hotline

    • Prevention Education

    • Counseling

    • Medical & Legal Advocacy

    • Management


Volunteer/Intern Dismissal Policy

  • Grounds for Volunteer/Intern dismissal may include, but are not limited to the following

    • Can volunteer a year after the stop date of services

    • Break in confidentiality

    • Not showing up: Your file will be put into the inactive cabinet

    • If you become a client

    • Illegal, violent or unsafe acts

    • Failure to abide by agency policies and procedures

    • Gross misconduct

    • Theft of property or misuse of Agency funds, equipment or materials

    • Being under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol while performing Volunteer duties

Process of becoming a Volunteer (or Intern)

  • Complete & submit an application below.

  • After your application is received and reviewed the volunteer manager will contact you.

  • Interview with TWC Volunteer Manager

  • Pass a DCFS background check

  • Sign-up for Training to become a Direct Volunteer

    • Or begin Non-direct Volunteering

  • After Training there is a placement interview with TWC Volunteer Manager

    • To see where your interests are

    • To place you were you would like to volunteer directly

    • To check in on Self-Care/Burn-Out prevention plans

Thank you for your interest in Volunteering with us!

Interested? For Direct Service, please complete an application and call to schedule an interview before the volunteer training, (618) 549-4807, ext. 232.   For Non-direct service call (618) 549-4807 ext. 228.

Volunteer Application

Volunteer Training Schedule 2017



The Women's Center frequently has openings in its Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence programs. To apply mail a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to:   

Executive Assistant

The Women’s Center, Inc.

610 S. Thompson Street

Carbondale, IL  62901

Or email cover letter, resume, and list of three references, indicating position of interest, to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As an equal opportunity employer, TWC actively seeks candidates who will enhance the diversity of its staff.or contact the executive assisant at (618) 549-4807 ext. 223.



The Women's Center, Inc. is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of community members representing the eight-county area served by the Center. The Board consists of at least 9 and a maximum of 15 members serving up to 3 year terms.

Ours is a working board, very active in fundraising, policy making, programming, and strategic planning.  Board meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 6 pm. In addition to Board service, each member is expected to make a financial commitment as well as a time commitment to chair a committee and serve on at least one of the standing committees: Personnel, Finance, Development, Shelter Advisory, Nominating, and Rape Crisis Services Advisory.  Most standing committees are comprised of staff, board members, and community members working together. 

Annual elections of new board members and officers are held in April at the Center's annual public meeting.  If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, please contact the Executive Director at (618) 549-4807, ext. 231, or click here for a board application.  You are welcome to fill it out and drop it off at the center or mail it to us at 610 S. Thompson St., Carbondale, IL 62901.  Fax to:  (618) 529-1802.



President, Carolin Harvey

Vice President, Carly O'Keefe

Treasurer, Sheila Simon  

Secretary, Patty Cosgrove

Member at Large, Shari Crockett

Allison Bienko-Ricci

Stephanie Dillard

Kay Dosier

Diane Hood

Rich Scott

Andrea Taylor