Information about volunteering with the Alliance Against Domestic Abuse
AADA has many opportunities for volunteers. We are pleased that you are considering sharing your time and talents with us! Volunteers with AADA assist our agency by giving support to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in crisis while carrying the 24-hour crisis phone, providing court advocacy and assisting with fundraisers.
The first step in becoming a volunteer with AADA is to complete a Volunteer Advocate Application. The information requested in the application helps us match potential volunteers and their talents with the best volunteer opportunity. It is very important that you complete and return with your application the Permission for Background Check Form; AADA screens all employees and potential volunteers. After completing these forms, simply mail to the Alliance Against Domestic Abuse at PO Box 173, Salida, Colorado 81201 or deliver it to our office in person.
Two 20-hour volunteer trainings are held each year. These free trainings cover everything you need to know to work with victims: confidentiality, advocacy, dynamics of domestic violence, effects of domestic violence on children, the court system and domestic violence, documentation of all client contacts, and domestic violence treatment standards and accountability. Each volunteer is required to attend one of these trainings before carrying the crisis phone.
Throughout the year there are several relevant trainings offered by other agencies that volunteers are able to attend. AADA will keep volunteers informed about upcoming trainings, and dependant on funding, may be able to pay a portion or all of the cost of these trainings for the volunteer.
Volunteer Advocates are asked to attend monthly meetings with the Adult Advocate to answer questions, receive feedback, direction, and debrief after handling crisis calls. At these meetings, the Volunteer Advocate and Adult Advocate will also review ongoing client concerns and schedule volunteer crisis line coverage for the next month.
AADA feels consistency is important and therefore requests that Volunteer Advocates who carry the crisis line commit to a minimum of one year of service. This important volunteer role relieves the AADA staff from being on-call on weekends as much as possible and is a vital volunteer contribution.
Understanding that volunteer’s lives are ever-changing; we ask that there is communication with AADA if circumstances change that would affect your ability to donate your time. We want to make sure you are satisfied in the important work you will be doing. Any questions or comments are always welcome and encouraged.