Volunteer positions

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

 

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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 survivors at the Emergency Room, the scene of a law enforcement intervention, area clinics and schools. Volunteers must carry a cell phone during each volunteer and on-call shift.

  • Four – six months experience on the Crisis Line
  • Eight-hour OSA training
  • All genders, at least 18 years of age
  • Internship opportunities

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
  • All genders, 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
  • All genders, 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
  • All genders, 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
  • All genders, at least 18 years of age
  • Internship opportunities available

 

Legal Advocacy

Volunteers will primarily attend court hearings, complete the daily court calendar, manage our cell phone donation program, and maintain our database system. Volunteers will have direct contact with judges, survivors and court personnel. Volunteer hours would be Monday through Friday 8:30am-6pm.

 

Protective Order Assistance Partnership (POAP)

POAP volunteers will be providing direct service to clients seeking orders of protection through a collaboration with the Monroe County Clerk’s Office. Volunteer hours would be Monday through Friday 8am-4pm.

 

Building Healthy Relationships Program

Provide presentations about rape, sexual assault, and building healthy relationships to area high school students and community groups. Preference given to committed MWH volunteers.

  • Orientation and additional training
    • Must complete all Crisis Line and On-Scene Advocacy training
    • Additional Building Healthy Relationships training
    • Must have two months experience volunteering on the crisis line
  • All genders, at least 18 years of age
  • Internship opportunities available

Events

Various tasks need doing at fundraising and/or visibility-building events. Choose whichever you would enjoy most:

  • Guest greeting and registering
  • Merchandise sales
  • Invitations, outreach, and publicity
  • Set-up and tear-down
  • Graphic design/artwork
  • Catering assistance
  • Social media facilitation
  • And more!

Contact Erin anytime at events@middlewayhouse.org

Wrapped in Love Public Art Display

Create, install, and/or maintain tree sweaters for one of MWH’s biggest fundraisers and visibility-builders each year. If you knit or crochet or weave, you can be a fabric artist. If you don’t, there are several other roles you can play. We work on this project year-round, so contact Erin any time at events@middlewayhouse.org

Women’s Program Support

Plan, organize, and participate in activities for residents of our emergency shelter and transitional housing sites.  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.

  • All genders, at least 18 years of age

Weekend House Support — at the emergency shelter

Assisting staff by flipping beds, restocking food, cleaning supplies, toilet paper & paper towels within the emergency shelter.  Could include organizing donations, food pantry and storage spaces.  Works with guidance from House Manager and Resident Advocates. Involves direct interaction with residents.

Requirements:

  • Minimum two-hour shifts
  • At least 18 years of age

Administration/Development/Communications —New Wings 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
  • All genders, 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 operations and security.

  • Orientation and task-specific training as needed
  • Two-hour shifts
  • All genders, 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 – 7:00 PM.

  • All genders, 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
  • All genders, at least 18 years of age