Volunteer positions

Middle Way House offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. Many of our volunteer positions allow volunteers to satisfy time and activity requirements for Service Learning classes and university-sponsored internships. Below is a short description of the Middle Way House volunteer positions for which volunteers are needed.  In addition to the initial eight-hour general volunteer training, most opportunities require an orientation session (1-2 hours) and many require additional training as outlined below.


Volunteer Program Descriptions:

 Crisis Line — at the shelter

Answer phone lines for crisis calls and take messages for staff and residents.  Volunteers must be able to commit to a three – four hour weekly shift or overnight shift from 11:00 PM to 7:00 AM.  Because this is an emergency 24-hour service, it is our most immediate and on-going need.

  • Six-hour phone workshop training and one observation shift
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Internship opportunities

On-Scene Advocates (OSA)

In response to requests from hospital emergency room personnel or police, OSAs provide a listening ear, information and other support to rape survivors and domestic violence victims at the Emergency Room, the scene of a law enforcement intervention, area clinics and schools. Volunteers must carry a cell phone during each volunteer, on-call shift.

  • Four – six months experience on the Crisis Line
  • Eight-hour OSA training
  • Flexible work schedule; sign-up to be on-call and accessible by cell phone for up to eight hour shifts
  • At least 18 years of age

Community Reception — at The Rise 

Maintain/monitor building security, protect confidentiality, and interact with residents and community members in two-hour shifts, Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Shifts from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM are also available to volunteers with additional training.

  • Two-hour orientation and two-hour observation shift
  • At least 18 years of age

Child Care — at New Wings

Provide loving, developmental child care for emergency shelter and The Rise! resident children, ages eight weeks to four years.

  • Minimum commitment of one consistent two-hour shift per week
  • Orientation and additional training session
  • At least 16 years of age
  • Internship opportunities available

Youth Program Empowerment Services (Yes!) — at The RISE

Volunteers interact with children, ages four to 18 years  living at The Rise and the emergency shelter. Activities include homework help, tutoring, mentoring, arts & science programs, games and service projects.  Tutors and mentors work one-on-one with school-age children.  Programs are open from 3:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Monday through Friday during the school year. Hours vary during the summer.

  • Orientation and task-specific training as needed
  • At least 16 years of age
  • Internship opportunities available

Legal Advocacy and Protective Order Assistance Partnership (POAP) 

Volunteers primarily attend hearings/trials as observers and complete statement protocols characterizing the atmosphere with regard to how it might encourage or hinder the meaningful participation of victims.  Based on this data collection, volunteers conduct research and contribute to educational packets developed for justice-related personnel. POAP volunteers, providing direct service to clients seeking orders of protection, are available through a collaboration with the Monroe County Clerk. Volunteer hours available Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

  • Two-hour Legal Advocacy Training Session
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Internship opportunities available

Prevention Programming

Help develop, facilitate, and/or conduct data analysis on prevention programs for K-12 students, IU students, and community groups. Programs include Building Healthy Relationships programming in jr/sr high schools, presentations to IU classes, a monthly QueerTalk workshop series for the LGBTQ+ community, a monthly letter-writing night to incarcerated survivors program, social-emotional learning workshops for after school programs, and monthly programs for housing-insecure youth.

  • Orientation and on-scene advocacy training
  • All genders welcome, 18 years of age (high school internships available)
  • Internship opportunities available

Women’s Program Support 

Plan, organize, and participate in activities for the Women’s Program on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.  Also needed are people to help with interpretation and translation for non-English speaking clients and one-on-one assistance for women preparing for exams or engaged in educational programs. Office help (copying, filing, etc.), materials development, and community and web research projects as needed.

  • At least 18 years of age

House Management — at the emergency shelter

Shopping, organizing donations, monitoring inventories, maintaining food pantry program, and participating in various special projects around the shelter.  Direct interaction with residents.

  • Minimum two-hour shifts
  • At least 16 years of age

Administration/Development — at administrative offices

There are many opportunities such as working in the Resource Center (library organization, indexing, and research), answering incoming (non-crisis) telephone calls, welcoming visitors, and assisting with administrative tasks (filing, developing/disseminating publicity and agency newsletter, assisting with special events, fundraising, grant writing, etc.). Volunteer hours available Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

  • Orientation and task-specific training as needed
  • Two-hour shifts
  • At least 16 years of age
  • Internship opportunities available

Site Management Support — at The Rise

Position can be tailored to suit interests.  Duties can include sorting and filing, correspondence, researching funding issues, developing/maintaining spreadsheets, and assisting with finding new ways to improve operation and security.

  • Orientation and task-specific training as needed
  • Two-hour shifts
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Internship opportunities available

Share Store — at The RISE

Help with sorting and distributing donations. Creatively maintain a “store” for residents and their families. Volunteer hours available Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

  • At least 16 years of age

Food Bank — at The RISE

Work with staff to shop for food at the Hoosier Hills Food Bank and distribute to residents. This opportunity requires heavy lifting!

  • Two-hour orientation
  • At least 18 years of age

Rooftop Garden

Volunteers assist with gardening and garden development as well as presenting education programs to resident children.  Lessons related to gardening and issues of sustainability foster children’s social and cognitive growth.

  • At least 16 years of age
  • Internship opportunities available