Gain valuable experience while helping victims attain safety

Waypoint, the Comprehensive Domestic Violence Victim Service provider in Benton, Black Hawk, Buchanan, Delaware, Dubuque, Jones and Linn Counties, is looking for volunteers to assist individuals experiencing controlling, abusive partners. Ideal candidates are non-judgmental, compassionate, encouraging, and empowering. After passing an initial interview, a free 32 hour training session must be completed. 20 hours is completed online, and 12 hours is completed in-person with staff Advocates. Volunteers must be at least 18-years-old, pass a criminal background check, and commit to one volunteer shift per month.

Volunteers may support victims:

  • In medical and legal settings, providing emotional support, information, resources, and further assisting victims in navigating the legal and medical system; medical advocacy requires being on-call for emergency room response
  • Over the phone, providing emotional support and resources/referrals during business hours
  • In individual and group settings

Available opportunities:

  • Community Outreach and Education
  • Support Partner
  • Hospital Calls
  • Civil/Criminal Legal Advocacy
  • Support Groups
  • Crisis Line
  • Transportation
  • Fleeing
  • Child Care
  • Filing/Administrative Support

Upcoming Training Dates: 2019

Cedar Rapids                                                                                                                                                                                           March 11-13, 5:00-9:00 p.m. each night                                                                                                                                      Waypoint, 318 5th St SE. Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Waterloo                                                                                                                                                                                                   March 4-6, 5:00-9:00 p.m. each night                                                                                                                                                 Kimball Ridge Center Board Room, 2101 Kimball Ave, Waterloo, IA 50702                                                                                                                                    

Additional training dates will be available soon!

Contact Brittany at 319.731.6118 or bappleton@waypointservices.org to sign up for any of these trainings or to learn more!

Volunteers are crucial in our work to support victims/surviors

Vonda, Civil Legal Advocacy

"Vonda does civil legal advocacy for Waypoint at the Linn County Courthouse. Her goal is to check in with victims during their hearing to request a civil protective order. Victims are often alone during this process and may have to face their abuser. As a volunteer, Vonda approaches the victim to share information about our services and let them know they have a right to have an advocate present during their legal proceedings. She provides emotional support, encouragement, and help victims understand what to expect throughout the process. . . One survivor first learned about Waypoint through Vonda and later joined a support group. The client Vonda as comforting, encouraging, and supportive, and said she was key in her feeling confident enough to reach out to Waypoint for help." - Nelly, Program Director

Nancy, Emergency Transportation

"When transportation needs arise, advocates are often tied up serving other clients. Without volunteers like Nancy who are willing to transport clients to emergency shelters, appointments, and other needs outside of Cedar Rapids, these survivors would go unserved. The experience they have with Nancy is always positive and adds to the ongoing relationship they may already have with an advocate." - Nelly, Program Director

Ann, Support Group Facilitator

"Many survivors came specifically to receive Ann's style of support. She allowed a safe space for them to express their fears and receive support from other survivors. We believe that support groups are a great way for survivors to build trust with Waypoint so they are more likely to receive comprehensive services in the future." - Nelly, Program Director

Interested in our other volunteer opportunities?

Share your time and impact a life by getting involved with Waypoint. There are plenty of opportunities available to share your skills and fuel your passion! Contact Waypoint's Volunteer Coordinator today!

Helping domestic violence victims renew their lives

Through Waypoint's Domestic Violence Victim Services Program, victims are connected with resources that help them flee abusive households and overcome the effects of domestic violence. Counseling, advocacy, and safety planning are just a few of the services offered. All services provided are free and confidential. Last fiscal year, Waypoint served 2,699 victims of domestic violence with the support of community volunteers like you!

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