Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer for DIAA! Volunteers are a vital part of our organization. It is through their hard work and dedication that we are able to provide 24-hour services to victims/survivors and their loved ones.
Interns / Volunteers have many roles within our agency:
- Responding to survivors requesting medical, legal, and criminal advocacy (such as filling out protection orders, no contact orders, etc.)
- Provide empathetic counseling services
- Maintaining confidentiality of services
- Help refer survivors to other helpful agencies within the community
- Providing support to outreach and shelter clients; men, women, and children
- Promoting community engagement
- Help with awareness events within the community
We are looking for someone who listens to a victim/survivor, believes that the victim/survivor was assaulted, provides an appropriate, compassionate response. We are also looking for someone who can help us in our offices or events, like helping with registration or taking pictures. Sound like you? We’d love to have you to join our amazing team!
Why Should I Volunteer?
As a direct volunteer, you will offer support to Deaf, Hard of Hearing an/or Deaf-Blind domestic and sexual abuse victims/survivors and their loved ones. In return, DIAA can provide you with: The opportunity to make a difference. You can see the impact your work has during one-on-one contact at the hospital, police station and court system.
As an indirect volunteer, you will offer administrative, educational, operational, and/or event support to DIAA Staff. In return, DIAA can TOO provide you with: the opportunity to make a difference. You can see the impact your work has within our organization.
Personal growth, empowerment and confidence: The skills you develop as a volunteer are often useful in your personal, school and work life. Being a volunteer prepares you for difficult conversations, empower you to speak up when victims are blamed, and arm you with confidence when helping others and yourself.
Counseling skills and knowledge: Direct volunteers receive 32 hours of training on the dynamics of domestic violence, sexual abuse, counseling and active listening skills. They also receive information about community resources and referrals.
College credit: Many college and university departments offer college credit to both direct and indirect volunteers. See your advisor to determine if you qualify.
Job or graduate school experience: Graduate schools and employers often look for well-rounded applicants who give back to their communities. Your commitment to training and volunteering will look great on your graduate school application or resume.
VOLUNTEER & INTERNSHIP APPLICATION
Any questions? Concerns? Comments?