VOLUNTEER WITH US
The Women's Center, Inc. provides free services to survivors of sexual and domestic violence, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity, as well as their non-offending loved ones. Volunteers provide support, advocacy, and empowerment for survivors and their loved ones. Direct volunteers can work with clients, providing crisis intervention, answering the hotline, and community outreach. Indirect volunteers can instead provide indirect services, such as filing, organizing, cleaning, or clerical work. In order to interact with clients, volunteers must complete at least 40 hours of volunteer training. Those who are not able to complete the training are only able to provide indirect service.
Volunteers must be 18 years old or older, capable of staying grounded during crisis, have an open mind regarding sexual and domestic violence and social justice, understands The Women's Center's pro-choice policy, able to attend monthly volunteer meetings, and complete at least 40 hours of volunteer training. If you have been a client, you must wait until one year after services end to volunteer. Bilingual volunteers are needed.
Volunteers may be dismissed if: they become a client, break a client's confidentiality, fail to show up for more than two volunteer meetings per fiscal year, commit violent or unsafe acts, fail to abide by agency policies and procedures, steal or misuse agency property or funds, or volunteer under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Interested? For direct service, please complete a volunteer application here. For indirect service call (618) 549-4807 ext. 228.
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:
The Women’s Center, Inc.
610 S. Thompson Street
Carbondale, IL 62901
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.
BECOME A BOARD MEMBER
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