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Domestic Abuse Archive
When home is no longer safe for a child, and the child must enter the foster care system, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer called a CASA or Court Appointed Special Advocate®. The CASA volunteer’s focus is on advocating for the best interest of that foster child. CASA volunteers do this by providing individualized attention through monthly visits to their foster youth and relevant parties, documenting information concerning the child’s best interest, and submitting their independent report to the court to assist the judge ruling over the case.
To be a CASA, you must:
- Be passionate about advocating for youth impacted by the judicial and foster care systems
- Attend 30 hours of pre-service training and 12 hours of on-going training annually
- Be willing to commit 2-10 hours per month for 2 years
- Be 21 or older
- Possess a valid driver’s license, phone number, and address
- Pass necessary background checks, provide references, and complete an interview
- Be available for your foster child’s court appearances
- Maintain confidentiality, professionalism, and possess effective written and verbal communication skills
We provide in-depth trainings and a dedicated supervisor to work closely with and support you during your case. If you are interested in volunteering, but are unable to meet our volunteer requirements, some one-time volunteering opportunities are available (such as assisting with our annual race).
Child Saving Institute provides a safe haven and healing for thousands of innocent young victims of family crisis, neglect and abuse. We offer the vital services necessary to make at-risk children safe and fractured families whole through programs such as early childhood education, foster care, adoption, an emergency shelter, parenting classes and therapy.
Our mission is “responding to the cry of a child,” but it is our vision that guides us as we work to give the children we serve safe, happy childhoods
We are seeking volunteers to assist with clients of all ages. With 50+ programs and 15 locations, our volunteer needs change daily. Volunteer opportunities are available with Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault, Solomon Girls Center, Senior Center, Community Education, Youth Links, and substance abuse treatment programs. There is always a need for childcare, office help, and donation sorting. We would love to have individuals or groups participating once or on a continual basis.
inCOMMON Community Development
JD Senkbile ~ 933-6672 ~ email@example.com
Jeff Spiehs ~ 933-6672 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
1340 Park Ave Omaha, NE 68105 ~ http://incommoncd.org/
The Park Ave Commons is a safe and hospitable place for residents to come together to build community, receive services, and take part in empowerment-based opportunities and trainings. Programming at the Commons include: community-building activities, social services, individual development, and job readiness workshops.
Spanish speaking useful, but not necessary.
Phoenix House (Catholic Charities, Des Moines Diocese)
Rachel L. Mabrey, Volunteer Coordinator ~ (712) 256-2059 ext. 2 ~ email@example.com
300 W. Broadway, Suite 223, Council Bluffs, IA 51503 ~ www.CatholicCharitiesDM.org
Our Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Program includes an emergency shelter, 24 hour crisis line, legal advocacy, medical advocacy, and educational/support groups. Service opportunities include: crisis line and shelter and court advocates (advocate positions require training). Indirect volunteer opportunities include: childcare, clerical, donation room, general clean-up, front desk/door coverage and court watch.
Spanish speaking recommended, but not necessary.
Women’s Center for Advancement (WCA)
Nancy Todd ~ (402) 345-6555 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
222 South 29th St, Omaha, NE 68131 ~ www.wcaomaha.org
The Women’s Center for Advancement (formerly the YWCA) needs volunteers for our 24-hour Crisis and Resource Hotline. We receive thousands of calls a year from people in crisis or looking for resources due to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence. Volunteers will receive a 40 hour comprehensive training prior to taking calls. Calls are programmed to volunteers’ personal phones through a central call line, so volunteers can be in the comfort of their home or other location of their choice and be able to assist callers. We are also looking for volunteers to help with a variety of programs in the office which include data entry, filing, light reception, and helping with large mailings.