Ruth’s House always welcomes the valuable contribution of volunteers. The agency is flexible in terms of time commitment, requesting part-time, seasonal and full-time help.
Volunteers are an integral part of Ruth’s House, helping us meet our goal of preventing domestic and assisting victims of these violations. We are deeply grateful for the time and effort volunteers dedicate to making our community a safer place to live.
WHO CAN VOLUNTEER? Women and men from every ethnic background, race, lifestyle and religion can volunteer. There are no minimum work or educational requirements to volunteer. RUTH’S HOUSE, INC. staff conduct a background check and an interview with each volunteer candidate.
ARE THERE TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR VOLUNTEERS? RUTH’S HOUSE, INC. board and staff want to ensure volunteers are well prepared to do their jobs. Unless it is a day project, most volunteers are required to participate in a three hour initial Volunteer Training Program and will enjoy additional workshops and on-the-job training. This will enable them to acquire a deep understanding of the need for safety, confidentiality and to provide them with background information on the impact of domestic violence. RUTH’S HOUSE, INC. staff members work directly with volunteer candidates to find a suitable placement for them within the organization.
WHAT KINDS OF VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE AT RUTH’S HOUSE, INC.? The needs change over time, but in general we have volunteer opportunities in the following areas:
- Speakers Bureau- conduct presentations to expand awareness of Ruth’s House in the community.
- Special Events – helping with fundraisers, and commemorative events to help raise funds for Ruth’s House while simultaneously raise community awareness about domestic violence.
- Ruth’s House Antiques & More- help in the running of the retail outlet by helping customers.
- House Monitors- provides oversight of the shelter and residents maintaining a clean, safe and comfortable, healing environment.
- Job Skills Trainers – providing training for individuals and groups in such areas as interviewing skills, typing, computer literacy, basic accounting, cooking, and other trades.
- Gardeners – assisting the maintenance staff with landscaping around the shelter.
- On-Call Drivers – helping with the transportation needs of victims when needed.
- Special Maintenance Projects – assisting with ad hoc repair and maintenance projects.
HOW DO VOLUNTEERS GET STARTED? RUTH’S HOUSE, INC. recruitment is open and continuous. For more information,Penny or Samantha at (252) 940-0007 or submit a volunteer application.