The AADA is a nonprofit agency empowering victims of domestic violence in Chaffee County by providing information and support services so they can live a life free from abuse. In 2011, AADA served 215 women, men, and children by providing essential support services including 24-hour crisis intervention, safehousing, safety planning, financial assistance, peer counseling, support groups, court advocacy, civil restraining orders, information and referrals.
AADA is looking for people interested in becoming a volunteer advocate to respond to our 24-hour crisis phone. Volunteers will receive a free, comprehensive 20-hour training and will be supported by AADA staff during their service.
Sharon Kubik, a volunteer for AADA said, “Being and advocate is both rewarding and healing! For one weekend a month, I let go of my own worries and truly give to others.”
For more information call 719-539-7347.
Volunteer Advocate Job Description
- The Volunteer Advocate will be available to carry the 24-hour crisis phone at least one weekend per month.
- When the Volunteer Advocate is on-call he or she will be responsible for responding to crisis calls, meeting victims of domestic violence or sexual assault in a safe place and providing emergency safehousing, food and financial assistance to victims as the need arises.
- The Volunteer Advocate will remain qualified as an on-call volunteer by attending required training sessions and monthly volunteer meetings.
- The Volunteer Advocate will record all contacts made while on-call and will submit the proper documentation to the Executive Director or Adult Advocate following periods on the crisis phone.
- The Volunteer Advocate will review all cases he or she works with the Adult Advocate and/or Executive Director following or during on-call periods.
- The Volunteer Advocate will maintain the confidentiality of all victims served by the Alliance Against Domestic Abuse.
- The Volunteer Advocate will attend monthly advocate meetings and will notify the Adult Advocate or Executive Director if he or she is unable to attend.
- The Volunteer Advocate will agree to volunteer his or her services to the Alliance Against Domestic Abuse for a minimum of one year and will notify Adult Advocate or Executive Director if his or her circumstances change.
- The Volunteer Advocate will count all hours on the crisis phone and sign the volunteer timesheet log after each period of volunteering.
Education/Training: Required to take 20-hour volunteer advocate training administered by AADA and attend all supplemental sessions provided by collaborative agencies and professionals.
Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer at AADA
- To be an active part of my community.
- Because violence against one woman hurts all women, and because my liberation is connected to hers.
- To be a part of a progressive organization that continually evaluates itself and its function in the community.
- Because violence against women is accepted in our society and AADA gives me options to challenge and change this.
- Because the training is so comprehensive and intense! I didn’t know how widespread the problem was—and now I’m a resource for friends and family.
- To gain valuable experience for my career path.
- To share your skills with others.
- To be continually challenged to be the person I want to be – giving, truthful, a critical thinker and an activist for social justice.
- To grow personally and learn things about myself I never knew.
- To work with other people who are passionate about creating change and living equality.
If you would like to become a volunteer for a great cause, Contact AADA for more information about ways you can help!