Willow Center relies on volunteers to fulfill our mission. From reading to the children in our playroom to supporting survivors in the courtroom, from sorting clothing donations to filing paperwork, from creating centerpieces for fundraising events to representing Willow in the community, volunteers make it all possible. Please read below for more information on volunteer opportunities and specific requirements. Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Willow Center!
Short-term volunteering: Due to the highly confidential nature of the services we provide, most of Willow Center’s short-term volunteer opportunities include special events, serving as an ambassador for the agency or hosting a supply drive.
Long-term volunteering: For those wishing for a longer-term engagement to work directly with the families at Willow Center, volunteers must complete a 40-hour domestic violence training.
Please note: Willow Center is unable to accept individuals seeking volunteer opportunities to fulfill court mandated community service hours.
All volunteers working directly with survivors must:
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Sign a statement of confidentiality
- Attend Domestic Violence Advocacy Training
Please note that some opportunities require more training and time commitment than others. Certain positions might currently be filled, but waitlisted or “back up” volunteers are needed. Some volunteers are also called on an “as needed” basis.
To Become a Volunteer:
- Review available volunteer opportunities below.
- Fill out a Volunteer Application and submit it to Volunteer@WillowCenterNY.org, along with a resume.
- Should your experience match available opportunities, Willow Center staff will contact you and begin the interview process.
- Complete Willow Center general training and program specific training at our center, according to your position.
Administrative volunteers provide clerical support that helps the agency function smoothly and effectively. Volunteers are needed to assist staff by answering phones, filing, typing, data entry, data clean up, data maintenance, and copying. Experience with databases and computer programs is desired.
Children’s Playroom Volunteer (Full until August)
The Children’s Playroom at Willow Center focuses on providing a safe, nurturing environment for children. Volunteers in this program interact with the children during playgroups, modeling non-violent behavior and teaching life skills.
Court Advocacy Program Volunteer
Willow Center’s Court Advocacy Program (CAP) provides accompaniment through the court process. Volunteers advocate for petitioners and assist them through referrals to community support services, in obtaining orders of protection, and by providing information about Willow Center. Currently seeking a Spanish speaking volunteer.
Willow Center offers its residents and their children clothing and supplies as needed. Volunteers are needed to sort clothing that has been donated, arrange the clothing in the clothing room, and assist residents with selections. Volunteers also assist staff with drop-offs and help distribute items.
Willow Center hosts a number of events throughout the year to raise awareness about domestic violence and to support our programs. Volunteers are needed to assist with holiday celebrations, fundraising events, and more.
Volunteers help increase community outreach and awareness by participating in local Health Fairs and providing coverage at the Willow Center table at events. Hours tend to be evenings and weekends.
Special Projects Volunteer
Special Projects Volunteers help to fill Willow Center’s immediate needs, or donate their specific skills to our agency. For example, a volunteer might lead a yoga workshop for shelter residents, teach them how to knit, or be available to move supplies or shred documents as the need arises.