Domestic Abuse Shelter is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates from diverse populations to apply. If accommodation is needed in order to participate in the application process, please email us at [email protected].
Domestic Violence Advocates – Lower Keys location several positions available
The Domestic Abuse Shelter has opening for FT advocates. Advocates provide coverage of 24-hour shelter and hotline, advocacy in criminal and civil justice systems, and safety planning with survivors of domestic violence. Candidates will work varied shifts and should have experience in social service related field. Those who identify as survivors of violence or abuse are encouraged to apply.
This position is based in Monroe County in the Florida Keys. To apply, please send required: Cover letter, resume, salary
requirements and three references to [email protected].
DAS VOLUNTEER INFORMATION
The Domestic Abuse Shelter always welcomes the valuable contribution of volunteers. The agency is flexible in terms of time commitment, requesting part-time, seasonal and full-time help. Volunteers are an integral part of DAS, helping us meet our goal of preventing domestic violence. We are grateful for the time and effort volunteers dedicate to making our community a safer place to live.
WHO CAN VOLUNTEER?
Women, men, teens from every ethnic background, race, lifestyle and religion can volunteer. There are no minimum work or educational requirements to volunteer. DAS staff conduct a background check and an interview with each volunteer candidate.
ARE THERE TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR VOLUNTEERS?
DAS staff members want to ensure that volunteers are well prepared to do their jobs. Most volunteers are required to participate in an orientation program and a three-day Core Competency training to enable them to acquire privilege for confidentiality, and to provide them with background information on domestic violence. DAS staff members work directly with volunteer candidates to find a suitable placement for them within the agency. If possible, we ask that each volunteer commit to an initial six-month period.
WHAT KINDS OF VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE AT DAS?
The agency’s needs change over time, but in general we have volunteer opportunities in the following areas:
- Advocates – working directly with victims of domestic violence of all ages by providing crisis counseling and referral services, (contingent on work experience and time constraints);
- Translators – acting as a liaison between non-English speaking clients and advocates, and translating written forms from English to Spanish;
- Education and training – assisting in the preparation and facilitation of training sessions to the community and professional groups, (trainings must be co-facilitated with a DAS Staff member);
- Clerical work – contributing to the filing, record keeping and general daily office duties;
- Special Events – helping with fundraisers, and commemorative events to raise community awareness about domestic violence, and;
- Grant researchers – finding funding opportunities via library and internet research.
- Advocates – working directly with victims of domestic violence of all ages by answering the crisis hotline, providing crisis counseling and referral services, (contingent on work experience and time constraints);
- English as a Second Language (ESL) Teachers – tutoring and providing language classes for non-English speaking residents at the shelter;
- Translators – acting as a liaison between non-English speaking clients and advocates and translating forms from English to Spanish;
- Job Skills Trainers – providing training for individuals and groups in such areas as interviewing skills, typing, computer literacy, basic accounting, cooking, and other trades;
- Gardeners – assisting the maintenance staff with landscaping around the shelter;
- On-Call Drivers – helping with the transportation needs of victims when needed,
- Pet Sitters – caring for women’s pets while they are in shelter, and;
- Special Maintenance Projects – assisting with ad hoc repair and maintenance projects.
HOW DO VOLUNTEERS GET STARTED?
For more information and an application contact DAS at (305) 743-5452.