|Volunteers are an important part of the Women In Distress team. They play an important role in helping to keep families safe as they rebuild their violence-free lives. Women In Distress utilizes over 300 volunteers each year. Some volunteers donate time on a regular basis, while others participate in special projects and periodic events. We also have a very dedicated Board of Directors that donates countless hours to agency oversight and planning.
Volunteer opportunities change frequently as priorities and projects arise. We encourage you to subscribe to our monthly volunteer email newsletter so that you can begin receiving regular updates about volunteer needs, trainings and announcements.
If you are interested in working as a counselor or teacher at Women In Distress, we do not currently have needs for volunteers in these areas. Instead, we regularly utilize volunteers in the following capacities (most of these needs are at the Jim & Jan Moran Family Center in Deerfield Beach):
- Answering the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline
- Completing administrative tasks and projects in departments like Development and Accounting
- Assisting at our Thrift Store in Margate
- Representing Women In Distress at community events providing agency information and answering questions
- Supervising children in our Respite program while parents meets with staff
- Helping with periodic events, holiday projects, and other agency needs
Staff and volunteers who have consistent, direct contact with program participants, are required to complete 24 hours of in-depth training in order to qualify under Florida Statute 90.5036 and be registered for domestic violence advocate-victim privilege. Other training requirements may apply. Background checks are also required for consistent volunteers.
Periodically we can accommodate small or medium-sized groups. One ongoing opportunity for groups is the Saturday Shelter Cleaning program. To inquire about opportunities for your group, please contact Mare Workman, Development Associate, at 954-760-9800 x 1210.
Thank you for selecting Women In Distress of Broward County, Inc. to be the recipient of your community service hours. If hours are needed immediately, if they are court-ordered, or required for WorkForce One, please contact our Thrift Store at 954-975-7425, as we typically fulfill immediate service hour needs at that location.
If the above categories do not pertain to your situation, please contact our Volunteer Department at 954-760-9800 x 1210 for further assistance.
We are always in need of in-kind donations including new and gently-used items. For more information on these drives, as well as third-party community events, please contact Mare Workman, Development Associate at 954-760-9800 x 1210.