volunteer opportunities

in domestic violence services

at the ywca evanston/north shore


All of the volunteers who work in our domestic violence services are required to complete 40 hours of Domestic Violence training and ten hours of observation. Training is available through the Chicago Battered Women’s Network (http://batteredwomensnetwork.org/).


Children’s Program Volunteer

Children’s Program Volunteers typically work in teams and help facilitate children’s activities. Volunteers must follow the shelter guidelines regarding non-violence and facilitate non-competitive play that fosters effective problem solving and communication skills.  Volunteers are needed to assist with homework, arts and crafts, recreation, music, discussion groups, and more.


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Crisis Line Volunteer

Volunteers conduct “crisis intakes” for women who are seeking shelter or services and orient new residents once they arrive at the shelter. 


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Court Advocate Program

Volunteers assist clients in obtaining Orders of Protection, help with paperwork and filings, and accompany clients to court.


Time commitment:

·         Shifts consist of a half day or full day, Monday – Friday

·         Volunteers must commit to at least one 3 hour shift per week for a period of one year.


Violence Prevention Education Program

Volunteers assist the Prevention Education Coordinator in teaching a social skills and violence prevention program to elementary children at various grammar schools. They also assist the Prevention Education Coordinator in high schools teaching teen dating/violence prevention.


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