Many Ways to Volunteer
Volunteer Victim Advocates
Volunteer advocates are called by police to respond on-scene overnight or on weekends. They provide emotional support during a crisis, share information and resources, and are a crucial first step to victims starting on a path of healing and recovery.
Volunteer advocates will be provided with in-depth and ongoing training in dynamics of victimization and will gain direct experience in providing support to people in need. They will also gain knowledge about law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Participation will enhance community responsiveness to victims of crime.
- Provide advocacy and crisis counseling for victims of crime
- Assess immediate victim needs and provide referrals
- Act as a liaison between victims and the criminal justice system
- Ensure that victims are aware of their rights under the Colorado Crime Victims` Compensation Act and the Colorado Constitution, and assist in applying for appropriate funds
- Provide victims with information about court proceedings
- Complete necessary reports documenting services rendered and activities performed
- Represent law enforcement agencies and VOI in a positive and professional manner when contacting victims or citizens
- Be available for 4-6 pager shifts/per month (minimum 4 first pager shifts)
- Attend monthly volunteer meetings/inservices
- Participate in a ride-along with an officer a minimum of once every 4 months
- Must submit to a background check
- Must be at least 21 years of age
- Complete the initial 40-hour training
- One year commitment to the program (college internships will be considered)
- Reliable transportation
- Be available to arrive on-scene within 20 minutes
- Must have an open and non-judgmental attitude toward victims and survivors
- The ability to communicate well, use common sense, and respond quickly are essential qualifications
Event volunteers represent VOI and our work in the community and provide general support. Special events take place throughout the year where volunteers are always needed. There are plenty of ways to get involved and make a difference. Whether you are looking to help out at a single event or you are seeking a more long-term commitment.
- assist VOI staff in planning our presence at community events
- transaction and accurate accounting of donations during fundraising events
- ability to lift, carry and transport lightweight boxes of supplies to / from events
- ability to make a commitment to scheduled VOI events
- confidence about representing VOI mission and programs to the public
- ability to work independently as needed
VOI Board Members are the third leg of the tripod which supports the work we do: they execute the vision of the organization through their leadership, the diversity of their experiences in the broader community, and their ability to fundraise for a cause they are committed to. Different board members make different types of contributions to the organization and we would love to have a conversation about your vision if this is the sort of work you would like to participate in.