Volunteers at DASI provide a wide variety of services to assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and abuse. Volunteers enhance the work we do and are vital to our mission. Opportunities are available working directly with our clients, and working to assist staff and the agency in general. Due to the sensitive nature of the work and to certain legal requirements, volunteers may need to complete specialized training before active participation.
Direct Service Volunteers
In order to work directly with our clients, completion of our sixty-hour training course (including a brief assessment interview), a volunteer application, a post-training interview and a criminal background check are required. A driver’s license background check and copy of current auto insurance coverage may also be required.
Direct service volunteer opportunities include:
- Transportation (emergency and scheduled)
- Donation pick-up and delivery
- Women’s activities
- Children’s activities
- Safe House activities
- Court accompaniment
- Follow-up services
- Domestic Violence Response Teams
To assist the staff and the agency in general, the application, interview and criminal background check (driver’s license check as needed), as well as three to ten hours of training are necessary. As a private, nonprofit agency, we are often short-staffed and we always need to stretch our funding as far as it can go. Volunteers help us raise funds, put on events, maintain our buildings, and assist in general service delivery in the following ways:
- Morning Glory Thrift & Gift Shop (an ongoing fundraising initiative of DASI)
- Office work
- Gardening/weeding/yard maintenance
- Donation pick up (we especially need volunteers with trucks!)
- Special projects
- Special events
- Building repairs and maintenance
- Community education
- Food Bank
- Food and cell phone drives
We always appreciate your ideas as well !!!
If you are interested in helping DASI help individuals and families in need, or helping us to prevent domestic and sexual violence in Sussex County, please contact the DASI Community Outreach Center at 973-579-2386 x227 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Domestic Violence Response Teams (DVRT)
DVRT volunteers respond to the police department after a domestic violence incident to assist the victim and her/his children. They provide support, information and referrals, and can keep children occupied while the victim completes the required paperwork for a temporary restraining order.
DASI trains and supervises volunteers on the DVRTs. The NJ State Police DVRT provides services to victims of domestic violence in Sussex County municipalities served by the NJ State Police (including Montague, Wantage, Hampton Township, Fredon, Augusta, Frankford, Branchville, Sussex, Sandyston, Lafayette, Green, Andover Borough, Stillwater, and Walpack). The Newton/Andover Twp. Team will respond to police departments in those municipalities.
Volunteers for DVRTs must complete 40 hours of specialized training, and pass criminal background and reference checks. They share on-call schedule coverage, and respond during overnight and weekend hours.