Volunteers donated more than 10,400 hours for A Safe Place/ Lake County Crisis Center last year. Their dedication and enthusiasm was channeled in many directions such as at the Lake County Courthouse where they double the size of A Safe Place's staff on any given day to help domestic violence survivors prepare paperwork to obtain orders of protection and accompany them into courtrooms as emotional support.
Volunteers augment staff in answering the not-for-profit agency's 24-hour help line, often the first step a survivor of domestic violence will take in reaching out for comfort and assistance in escaping an abusive relationship. They assist children's counseling in mentoring the many child witnesses who accompany their mothers into A Safe Place’s emergency/temporary shelter program, reading storybooks to preschoolers and helping older children with homework.
Other volunteers give of their time by providing staff relief in phone/reception duties or by preparing large mailings several times a year. Special project opportunities for groups of volunteers are also available to assist us with maintenance and upkeep of our buildings and properties.
Volunteers who work directly with our clients must complete a 40-hour training session in domestic violence education. For more information on the training and to begin the process of working among our staff with our clients as a direct service volunteer, click here.
A Safe Place is also currently looking for male volunteers for our mentoring program. Please click the link below for more information.
There are also indirect service volunteer opportunities available in our Zion office. For volunteers interested in other opportunities at A Safe Place, please email our Volunteer Specialist, Marissa Gray at 847-731-7165 ext. 103.
Volunteers must submit the following to Marissa as part of the application process:
You can also learn more about volunteering at A Safe Place by viewing our most recent volunteer newsletters in the link below.