As a volunteer, you have the opportunity to work directly with victims in crisis and their children. These positions require our 26-hour New Advocate Training — please click on your position of interest below to see the position description.
- Children’s Advocate: Children of all ages are involved in both structured and free play through the DAIS Children’s Program. Volunteers help lead group activities, as ll as assist individual children.
*Looking for volunteers to fill Mondays (9:30 am – 11:00 am), Thursdays (12:00 pm – 1:30 pm), Fridays (12:00 pm – 1:30 pm) and weekends.*
- Community Response Advocate: Advocates provide immediate, face-to-face crisis intervention, safety planning, support, information and referrals to victims of domestic abuse at DAIS and other various community partnership locations. Currently, weekend Community Response Advocates are needed most.
- Court Watch Program Advocate: The Court Watch Program Advocate is responsible for attending and collecting data from restraining order injunctions at the Dane County Courthouse.
*Looking for volunteers available Monday and Wednesday mornings.*
- Help Line Advocate: Volunteers are trained to answer the 24-hour DAIS Crisis/Help Line. Calls from survivors, concerned family and friends, other health/service professionals, and staff from other organizations are typical.
*Looking for volunteers Monday – Friday from 11:00 am – 2:30 pm and 2:15 pm – 5:45 pm; Weekends from 8:00 am – 11:15 am, 11:00 am – 2:30 pm, and 2:15 pm – 5:45 pm; and weekends and weekdays from 8:00 pm – 12:00 am.*
- Resident Receptionist: Provide safety and security at the secondary entrance to DAIS, customer service, direct service to clients and clerical support.
- Shelter Chef: Volunteer Chefs work together to cook and serve dinner once a week to shelter clients and families in the DAIS Kitchen and Shelter, in addition to dishes and clean-up after dinner.
- Support Group Advocate: Advocates provide support, community referrals, referrals to other DAIS services, and safety tips through facilitation of the support groups.
*Looking for Support Group Advocates available Wednesday or Thursday nights 6:00-8:00pm or every 4th Sunday of the month from 1-2:30pm. Looking for Relief Support Group advocates to fill in on an as-needed basis*
Client-Based Volunteer Requirements:
Because client-based volunteers work directly with our clients, a vulnerable population that we often see in crisis situations, there is a thorough 26-hour New Advocate Training program required prior to working in those positions to prepare you for your role.
- Complete the online volunteer application.
- The Volunteer Coordinator will be in contact with you to set up an interview with yourself and the coordinator in charge of the program you are interested in and to answer any questions.
- With your permission, DAIS will conduct a criminal background check and contact 3 references.
- You will meet with the Program Coordinator for an interview.
- All new volunteers must attend the next DAIS New Advocate Training session and complete additional program-specific training and observations.
August New Advocate Training session dates are:
*Volunteers must attend all New Advocate Training sessions to participate.
Saturday, August 26th – 9:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday, August 29th – 6:00pm-9:00pm
Wednesday, August 30th – 6:00pm-9:00pm
Thursday, August 31st – 6:00pm-9:00pm
Tuesday, September 5th – 6:00pm-9:00pm
Wednesday, September 6th – 6:00pm-9:00pm
Thursday, September 7th – 6:00pm-9:00pm
Help Line & Security
Tuesday, September 26th – 5:30pm-9:00pm
Wednesday, September 27th– 5:30pm-9:00pm
Thursday, September 28th – 5:30pm-9:00pm
Saturday, September 9th – 9:00am-12:00pm
Monday, September 11th – 6:00pm-9:00pm
Tuesday, September 12th – 6:00pm-9:00pm
Court Watch Program:
Will schedule with volunteers.
Will schedule with volunteers.