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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering

The Women’s Center could not develop and offer its services without the invaluable assistance of its volunteers. We have ongoing volunteer opportunities depending on your interests, skills, and availability. We provide TRAINING FOR ALL VOLUNTEER POSITIONS and work around your schedule.

Steps to Becoming a Volunteer

  1. Check out the volunteer opportunities below to find your best fit.
  2. Attend a Volunteer Orientation Session to learn more about the Women’s Center and how you can help. Sessions are held twice a month (12-1 pm and 6-7 pm). Contact Cindy Schroeder, Volunteer Coordinator at cschroeder@WomensCenter.net or 321-242-3110, ext: 2309 for next orientation date.
  3. Complete a Volunteer Application and submit the application to Cindy Schroeder by email at cschroeder@WomensCenter.net. Applications may also be mailed or dropped off at the Women’s Center, 1425 Aurora Road, Melbourne, FL 32935. Click Here to Download Volunteer Application.
  4. Once your application is received, we will contact you to further discuss volunteering and your availability. We will be happy to answer any questions you have and will set you up with training for your new volunteer position!

Volunteer Opportunities

Sexual Assault Victims (SAVS) Advocate – A SAVS Advocate provides comfort, emotional support, and information to a victim who has experienced a rape or sexual assault. A victim who calls the SAVS hotline and requests a forensic exam will be directed to the exam center and a specialized nurse (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) as well as a victim advocate will be called out to meet them. Advocates attend the forensic exam to be the support system for the victim. Having a caring and compassionate victim advocate present during this difficult time is a blessing for the victims and their family members. On-call shifts are 7 am-7 pm and 7 pm-7 am. You pick the on-call shifts for which you are available.  A 1 year commitment is desired. We are looking for individuals with a background that is supportive of this position (i.e: law, victim advocacy, nursing, sociology, human services, counseling).

Domestic Violence Victim Advocate – Domestic Violence Victim Advocates assist clients with the process of filing for an injunction for protection/restraining order. This position is at one of the 3 Brevard County courthouse locations. The volunteer will guide clients through the paperwork and court process as well as provide emotional support during the injunction hearing. Assistance is also needed at the Women’s Center Aurora location completing client follow up calls and data entry. A 1 year commitment with a minimum of 4 hours per week is desired. We are looking for individuals with a background that is supportive of this position (i.e: law, victim advocacy, nursing, sociology, human services, counseling).

Administration (Front Desk) – Front Desk volunteers interact directly with clients, either in person or over the phone, providing resource information and referrals. Primary duties include:  greeting clients, answering phones, transferring calls, data entry, keeping lobby and office area neat, distributing food pantry items and more. Each volunteer who provides Front Desk support at the Women’s Center will receive training in interpersonal and communication skills, office management techniques, dealing with crisis calls, and how to research services not provided by the Women’s Center.  A minimum commitment of 4 hours per week is desired.

Data Entry – Data Entry Volunteers enter data into our database and/or make follow-up calls and enter data about Domestic Violence services received by clients.  Volunteers do not need to have prior experience with data entry, but should feel comfortable using a computer.   A minimum commitment of 4 hours per week is desired.

Thrift Store – If you have a knack for customer service, our 2 store locations, Women’s Center Furniture & More in Melbourne and Women’s Center Upscale Resale in Titusville need you! Both locations are open Monday to Saturday from 10 am- 4 pm. A minimum commitment of 4 hours per week is desired.

Housekeeping – Volunteers are needed to assist with office cleaning including vacuuming, light dusting, etc. in our Melbourne and Titusville locations.  This is an important volunteer position that helps the Women’s Center provide a welcoming and safe place for community members seeking our services.  A minimum commitment of 3 hours per week is desired.

Events and Fundraising  –

  • North Brevard Guild  – As one of the fundraising arms of the Women’s Center, the North Brevard Guild works to broaden the base of financial support for the Women’s Center by planning and executing large scale fundraising events. Guild Members also act as a good will ambassadors and advocates to increase community awareness about homelessness, hunger, self-sufficiency, domestic violence, and sexual assault.  
  • South Brevard Development Committees – Another fundraising arm of the Women’s Center are South Brevard Development Committees which are comprised of individuals who organize various fundraising events to benefit the Women’s Center.

To learn more about the North Brevard Guild and South Brevard Development Committees, click here.  To receive more information about joining The North Brevard Guild or a South Brevard Development Committee, please contact Development Director Lori Sutherland at lsutherland@womenscenter.net or 321.242.3110 x 2303.