Ways to Engage
OFFERING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES:
Sojourner House welcomes local professionals to share their talents with our administrative team at our Drop-In Center in Providence. Volunteers can assist with development/ fundraising, capacity building, and event coordination efforts. For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VOLUNTEER OPTIONS FOR GROUPS:
With advance notice, Sojourner House can accommodate groups of volunteers interested in helping with specific events or special projects. We welcome corporate groups, classes, faith groups, as well as school organizations and clubs. If you would like more information about volunteering with your group, please contact email@example.com at least a month in advance of the date you'd like to volunteer, or to find out which opportunities are available. Groups that can provide materials (yard work, painting supplies, tools, cleaning supplies, etc.) are especially helpful to us.
We also welcome groups of professionals from local businesses or corporations. If you are interested in corporate giving, please visit our Giving tab. One of the most impactful ways that groups can help Sojourner House is by hosting a charity event to benefit our organization. For more information about community partnerships, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Internship opportunities for students are available in both Sojourner House's Northern Rhode Island Safe House (Residential Program) and Providence Drop-In Center (Administrative Program). For students looking to receive academic credit or professional internship experience in specific areas, expectations and requirements depend on the guidelines of your academic internship and/or the Work Plan developed between you and Sojourner House supervisor. To apply for an internship or regular volunteer position, read below.
Please note: Sojourner House does not offer opportunities for paid internships, however, if you are a student eligible for work-study program funding, we would be happy to work with you on securing an off-site placement with us.
Volunteer Positions and Internships
All regular volunteers must:
- Be 18 years or older by the beginning of their volunteer position (Permanent Rhode Island residents above the age of 21 are especially encouraged to apply.)
- Commit to a weekly 4-hour shift for at least 4 consecutive months. Those who can work more than one shift or for more than 4 months are given preference.
- Interest in (and commitment to) Sojourner House's Mission & philosophy. Please review before applying.
- Genuine compassion for others and respect for difference of identity, especially race, gender expression, sexual orientation, HIV status, and immigration status. Review our programs to better understand who we work with.
- A valid BCI (state background criminal investigation). Please visit the Attorney General's Office website for instructions. This must be completed before visiting the Safe House.
- Availability to complete a multi-session training (the next training will be on May 18th, 19th, and 20th of 2017).
To ensure that all victims of violence are treated with respect and receive the best quality assistance we can provide, we require that all regular volunteers and interns complete a 10+ hour training before working at Sojourner House.
Volunteer trainings take place three times a year during the Spring, Summer, and Fall. The next training will take place on May 18th, 19th, and 20th. All three days are required and mandatory for all incoming interns and volunteers who will be working with Sojourner House families.
Current Volunteer and Internship Positions:
New positions are always being added, so please stop back regularly!
Drop-In Center Assistants
Sojourner House needs friendly, detail-oriented volunteers for our front desk at our Providence Drop In Center. Tasks include greeting visitors, answering Help Line and professional calls, entering data, and completing organizational tasks.
Skills: Familiarity with Word, the Internet, and multi-line telephones preferred but not required. Positive, pleasant phone communication skills and professional etiquette is a must.
Times: Must be able to commit at least four hours per week on a consistent basis.
Safe House Volunteer Advocates
At Sojourner House, volunteers who work directly with victims of domestic and/or sexual violence in our residential program are called "Volunteer Advocates”. Volunteering in our Residential Program is an intensive, hands-on learning experience and while we do accept students for these positions, permanent Rhode Island residents above the age of 21 who can make a long-term commitment to providing on-call or regular weekly assistance at the Safe House are encouraged to apply. We seek Volunteer Advocates who:
- Who have their own transportation.
- Can make a time commitment for 4+ months with a minimum of 6-8 hours weekly. (Individuals who can commit to yearlong internships are given preference).
- Can provide on-call assistance during some nights and weekends.
- Have experience working in crisis situations.
- Have experience working with survivors of domestic/intimate partner violence, or have completed course work or have personal/professional experience in clinical social work and/or direct social services.
Volunteers who work directly with victims at either our Providence Drop In Center or our Safe House will have opportunities to concentrate on the following programmatic areas, depending on interest. Please identify your interest in the application.
Community Education & Outreach
Sojourner House provides high quality community education and outreach to the City of Providence and Northern Rhode Island. We're currently seeking volunteers/ interns to help build relationships with schools, represent the agency at outreach events (i.e. health fairs, community events, etc.), help to facilitate workshops (upon request), and help coordinate activities during February's Teen Dating Violence Prevention Awareness Month, October's Domestic Violence Awareness Month and April's Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Skills: Previous work with youth, youth development, and teen dating violence issues preferred, but not required. Punctuality and a sense of responsibility are a must, since this position requires a high-level commitment. Competent or a strong desire to learn public speaking.
Sojourner House runs support groups for victims/survivors in both our drop-in and residential program facilities. Childcare volunteers care for the children of the victims we serve during their support groups. This is n ideal opportunity for volunteers to learn about our programs while working with children.
Skills: Must have documented experience working with children of various ages in a childcare setting.
Times: Depending on rotation, group days/times vary significantly. Flexibility is a MUST!
LGBTQ+ Outreach and Education
Help us reach out to Rhode Island’s queer community through education and increase awareness about the resources Sojourner House can offer victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Volunteers have the chance to outreach to the broader community, lead educational workshops about healthy/unhealthy LGBTQ relationships, and learn how different organizations can work together to help people in need. Particularly experienced individuals can also engage in helping other organizations be more competent in working with victims of abuse and/or LGBTQ individuals (as well as the intersection of those two groups), create educational materials, help assess need and build capacity for an LGBTQ DV support group, write for Sojourner House's blog, and more.
Skills: Must be a people person. Familiarity and comfort speaking about LGBTQ and sexual diversity issues required.
Times: Must be able to commit at least 4 hours per week on a consistent basis. Flexible schedules are a plus.
Apply to Intern or Volunteer:
Please send your application, along with a copy of your resume, to Alicia Gauvin at agauvin@sojournerRI.org
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact:
Thank you very much for your interest in volunteering with Sojourner House! We look forward to working with you.