SafeHouse Center
24/7 HelpLine: 734-995-5444
If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
Linea de Apoyo de 24 horas: 734-995-5444
Si esta en grave peligro, llame a 911.

Volunteer Opportunities


*New Updates March 2023*

  • Now accepting applications for Response Team, Shelter and Helpline.
  • Volunteers must attend all CORE and Program Training dates. Read more information about the volunteer opportunities below, and click the “Become a volunteer now!” button to learn about the application process.
  • If the Spring training dates do not match your schedule, please complete this volunteer call back list to be added to the waitlist for Fall 2023.
  • SafeHouse Center requires COVID vaccines for staff and volunteers, and all volunteer opportunities will be in-person, following all guidelines regarding social distancing and mask-wearing.
  • Virtual information sessions about our volunteer programs are held of the first Monday of each month. We ask that you attend one of these sessions before applying for a volunteer program. Please check this page for upcoming dates and times.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us at SafeHouse Center! We have a rich history of providing outstanding services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. We work within the local community and help lead efforts to create a violence-free society. We are excited to invite you to join us in this work!

SafeHouse Center has two large umbrella groups of volunteer opportunities: Direct Services and Non-Direct Services.

Direct Service programs offer volunteers the opportunity to work directly with survivors and their children. All of these programs involve crisis intervention work.

Application requirements:

Select an opportunity below for more information:

Non-Direct Service programs do not work directly with survivors, but offer volunteers the opportunity to interact with community members and donors. Select an opportunity below for more information. There are adult and teen volunteer opportunities available.

Direct Service Volunteer Programs

Shelter/HelpLine Volunteers

Shelter/HelpLine Volunteers interact with the survivors and their children staying in the 50 bed shelter at SafeHouse Center and help answer our 24-hour HelpLine. These volunteers are cross trained to provide crisis intervention, advocacy, education and practical assistance to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault either in the shelter or on the phone. Flexible evening and overnight shifts are available.

Volunteer Time Requirements: Volunteers are asked to make a minimum 4 hour per week commitment.

Children and Youth Volunteers

Children and Youth Volunteers engage in recreational activities in our Children’s Playroom. Volunteers help role model healthy, non-violent relationships while providing support and assistance to children staying in shelter.

Volunteer Time Requirements: 2.5 hour per week commitment from 5:45pm to 8:15pm Monday-Friday.

Response Team Volunteers

Response Teams Volunteers respond nights and weekends, to provide immediate crisis intervention to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Volunteers meet with survivors in the hospital and jail setting to offer support, information and advocacy immediately following incidents of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as respond by phone when necessary.  A valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle are required for this program.

Volunteer Time Requirements: On-call shifts run from 5p to 8a on weeknights or 8a-8a weekends. Volunteers are asked to take 3 shifts each month. We also ask that Response Teams volunteers live within 30 minutes of SafeHouse Center, as to ensure prompt responses for survivors. Note: Due to insurance requirements, Response Team Volunteers must be at least 21.

Support Group Volunteer Facilitator

Co-facilitators assist the staff facilitator and help create a supportive environment while providing advocacy and education for survivors who have experienced sexual assault or domestic violence. SafeHouse provides both drop-in and closed curriculum based groups.  No previous group facilitation experience is required. Volunteers are required to be available for 2 hours for their assigned support group. Support Groups are based on need and availability.

Volunteer Time Requirements: 2 hours for their assigned support group, Monday – Thursday 5:45pm-7:45pm. Support Groups are based on need, availability and times vary.

Non-Direct Service Volunteers

Front Desk Receptionists

As a volunteer receptionist you will greet visitors, assist with donors and do light clerical tasks. Training will be provided.

Volunteer Time Requirements: 4 hour weekly shifts during business hours M-F 9am-5pm.

Community Awareness

Volunteers with our newest program, Community Awareness, will attend community events as SafeHouse Center representatives. Volunteers will be asked to help operate information tables and/or help support staff in set-up, operations, and clean-up at events and fundraisers in our community.

Volunteer Time Requirements: There is no set hour commitment for this volunteer opportunity. Volunteers will be contacted when events are available. The average time commitment for an assignment will be between 2 and 4 hours. We ask volunteers to sign up for two-three shifts a month.

Teen Voice: High School Peer Prevention Education

Teen Voice volunteers are high school students dedicated to ending dating violence and sexual assault by providing peer-to-peer educational presentations for local high schools and community awareness events.

SafeHouse Center is now recruiting for the Teen Voice programming. Please contact Laura Hoehner-Dane, our Volunteer, Intern and Speaker’s Bureau Coordinator at for more information. 

More information about this program.

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Still have questions about volunteering? Contact us!