Volunteer

Thank you for considering a volunteer role with Safe Alliance. Our volunteers are a valued and integral part of the work that we do. These passionate, and caring group of citizens change the lives of our clients; through direct service to people in crisis, fundraising, or administrative support, and we truly are grateful.

We have opportunities for individuals, social and corporate groups to work in our Shelter, our offices, in local hospitals and at events. Whether you want to donate a couple of hours or take on a regular shift for the next year, we’ve got something to fit your needs.

Where to start? The first step is to decide which type of volunteer opportunity interests you so please look at the many different ways you can help.

Once you’ve identified a role, please complete this Volunteer Profile Application to let us know a little about you.

Email Karisa Hoke Karisa.Hoke@safealliance.org  and we’ll contact you within two weeks.

Please note: For those roles that involve contact with clients, we complete a thorough application and criminal background check. Additionally, many roles require that volunteers be 18 or older, so please let us know if you’re not 18 and we’ll be sure to find the right fit for you.

Thank you again for considering Safe Alliance for a volunteer role!

Volunteer Options

The Clyde and Ethel Dickson Domestic Violence Shelter

The Clyde & Ethel Dickson Domestic Violence Shelter is located on a five-acre site in West Charlotte. It offers 80 beds and will provide triage services in addition to longer-term care.

Participate in Collection Drives for the Shelter

Kitchen Help

We are looking for help in the kitchen to prepare, serve and clean up from meals. We serve three meals a day to our residents, so lots of teams are needed!

Click here for the Meal Guidelines if your group will be bringing the food, cooking, serving and cleaning up.

Click here for the Meal Guidelines if you or your group (or you yourself) would like to lend hands to the effort using the food we purchase.

Shelter Operations Volunteers

This team works throughout the Shelter taking on different duties as the needs arise: answering phones, greeting guests, sorting donations, delivering supplies to residents, performing general office work and light cleaning. Volunteers must commit to at least one three-hour shift per month (8-11AM, 11-2PM, 2-5PM, 5-8PM) and require a one year commitment; of special need are volunteers who can be available during the work day. Complete the Volunteer Profile above, and we’ll be in touch!

Children’s Volunteers

This team assures that children in our Shelter get the support they need. Specially trained volunteers, these caring individuals provide guidance to children living through troubled times. They act as babysitters, tutors, playground monitors and other roles. Volunteers must commit to two shifts per month and require a one year commitment; of special need are volunteers to provide care during weekday mornings (9AM-2PM), weekday evenings (6:30-8:30) and Saturday mornings (10AM-noon). Complete the Volunteer Profile above, and we’ll be in touch! 

Activity Visits

Do you or your group want to bring supplies and people and hold an activity for the residents? We’d love to have you! Up to 10 people can come and offer crafts, Bingo, movie nights, etc. The ideas are limitless! Complete the Volunteer Profile above, and we’ll be in touch!

Court Advocacy Program – Mecklenburg/Uptown Charlotte Area

Advocates accompany survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to civil and criminal court in order to provide moral support and information. Requires daytime availability.

Qualifications – Ability to relate to and advocate for a variety of clients; ability to grasp the complexities of the civil and criminal courtroom situation; ability to maintain an appropriately supportive and informative role throughout court proceedings; ability to provide own transportation; ability to actively listen and support while allowing decisions to be made by client.

Length of Commitment – Minimum of one year.

Training – One formal session (8 hours) plus a minimum of 12 hours of shadowing

Hours of Work – Weekday mornings, 8:30am – 12pm or afternoons, 1-5pm

Rape Crisis Companion Program – Mecklenburg, Union and Cabarrus Counties and Lake Norman

Rape Crisis Companions staff the 24-hour Rape Crisis hotline and provide crisis intervention, support, advocacy, and information to clients both over the phone and in-person at local hospitals.  Daytime, evening, and weekend shifts available.  Must have reliable transportation.

Qualifications – Ability to listen and communicate with empathy and to maintain non-judgmental attitude. Availability of a telephone and transportation to area hospitals.

Training – 30 hour training program

Length of Commitment – Minimum of one year.

Hours of Work – As scheduled, 6:00am – 6:00pm and/or 6:00pm – 6:00am. A minimum of 4 Shifts.

The “A-Team”  – Mecklenburg, Lake Norman, Cabarrus, Union

The “A” stands for Advancement Department, which includes development (grant applications, database management), fundraising (events, community outreach), communications (marketing, public relations, social media and graphics) Volunteer your skills, knowledge, and passion to help in any or all of these capacities. 

Length of Commitment – Minimum of three months

Hours of Work – 2+ hours per month

Legal Representation Project

We are always seeking assistance from attorneys interested in providing pro-bono representation for domestic violence victims applying for 50B protective orders.  We require 4 billable hours per month (2 prep and 2 in court).

Speakers Bureau – Mecklenburg County

Has domestic violence or sexual assault touched your life? Do you want to raise awareness of these issues and help others in the process? Consider our Speakers’ Bureau. In collaboration with the Women’s Commission of Mecklenburg County, we recruit, train and deploy speakers who share their life experiences with groups in our community.  

Length of commitment and hours of work vary according to your schedule.

Mobile Volunteerism

You can help us by letting others know of our services. Please “like” us on Facebook and share our news with your friends, family and co-workers. Please follow us on Twitter and share!

Thank you for providing hope and solutions to people in crisis through your volunteer work with Safe Alliance. Please contact Karisa Hoke Karisa.Hoke@safealliance.org or (704)-367-2734 should you have any further questions.