Volunteers serve in Direct and Non-Direct Service:
Direct service, helping victims of sexual assault and domestic violence after a period of training and certification. The Center offers a free certified volunteer training several times a year, in January, June, and September.
• Must be at least 18 years of age and pass a DCFS background check as well as a criminal background check.
• Perform crisis intervention for both adult and child victims of sexual assault at local hospitals, police and sheriff departments. These volunteers complete a minimum of 40 hours of training and are certified for crisis intervention by the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
• Work at the Shelter by staffing the front desk, maintaining security, greeting visitors, completing new client intakes, and assisting residents. These volunteers complete a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer training and are certified for crisis intervention by the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
• Handle crisis hotline phone calls from victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. These volunteers complete a minimum of 40 hours of training and are certified for crisis intervention by the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
• Create a safe environment for child survivors of violence. The children's volunteers help kids learn to be kids again. Volunteers tutor, mentor, supervise play, chaperone field trips, and conduct activities. These volunteers complete a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer training and are certified for crisis intervention by the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
• Serve as translators to speakers of Spanish, American Sign Language, and others. We make every effort to provide services to survivors in their native language. We ask that translators be native speakers themselves and complete a portion of our volunteer training.
• Perform clerical and organizational tasks
• Serve on various committees such as Development, Events, Rape Crisis and Shelter
• Work with a full time staff member as an assistant or intern
• Assist with fundraising
• Organize small or large fundraisers on behalf of The Women’s Center (i.e. bake sales, yard sales, Little Black Dress party)
• Organize and conduct needs based collection drives (i.e. Holiday gifts for clients, school supplies & back to school clothes) on behalf of The Women’s Center
• Help with events such as Taste of Chocolate and Walk A Mile in Her Shoes
• Participate in awareness programs such as Take Back the Night
• Paint a room, cut the grass, plant and maintain the gardens, repair equipment
• Computer help (website development and maintenance, repairs, updates)
• Training workshops (i.e. computer program)
• Become a member of the Board of Directors
Non-direct service is behind-the-scenes agency support. These volunteers can begin anytime and are not required to go through the certification training. Opportunities to volunteer are numerous such as assisting the two programs (Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence), working as a fill-in for the front admin desk, Board of Directors member, community committee member of a standing committee, fundraising, event organization/planning and working at our many events as a volunteer.
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.
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
Or email cover letter, resume, and list of three references, indicating position of interest, to: email@example.com
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 areas 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 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, Patty Cosgrove
Vice President, Carly O'Keefe
Treasurer, John Pfeiffer
Secretary, Shari Crockett
Member at Large, Joan McDermott