Volunteer With Us!

Compass Center for Women and Families serves more than 7,500 clients each year and relies on volunteer support. We offer a variety of short- and long-term opportunities to become involved with our programs, services, and operations.

 

If you would like to learn more about volunteering at Compass Center, you can view our post on Why Volunteering at Compass Center Might Be Right for You. To join us as a volunteer, please review the positions below and then complete a Compass Center Volunteer Application. Staff will get back to you with training information.

 

You can view current internships here. If you have any questions about volunteering or interning at Compass Center, please email the Client Services and Volunteer Manager

 

You can view current volunteer positions here, as well as our year-round ongoing opportunities below:

Committee Member


Help with public relations, marketing, program evaluation, or program advisory committees. For more information, please contact the Director of Client Services & Volunteer Management (clientservices@compassctr.org)




Career Programs Volunteer


Provide one-on-one assistance to help clients develop job search skills, build resumes and cover letters, and explore career options. This opportunity requires a 6-month commitment and relevant career advising experience. Must be available to meet with clients on weekdays during business hours. Must be able to commit to providing at least two career appointments per month. -Facilitate a workshop for the community on a topic related to career exploration. For more information, please contact the Director of Client Services & Volunteer Management (clientservices@compassctr.org)




Information & Referral Volunteer


The Information & Referral Volunteer’s primary responsibility is to act as a first contact to individuals who call or walk into Compass Center. IRVs offer information and referral advice and provide a welcoming and helpful atmosphere while helping clients access Compass Center’s programs and services. IRVs assess client needs to determine whether those needs can be met through one of Compass Center’s programs. If not, volunteers refer clients to the appropriate services in the community. Information & Referral Volunteers are also asked to assist staff members with various in-house administrative tasks, as well as tabling at community events and fairs. Volunteers will perform the work covered in the training and commit to a weekly shift of at least 3 hours for a period of at least 9 months or two semesters. For more information, please contact the Director of Client Services & Volunteer Management (clientservices@compassctr.org)




Program Attorney


Answer 15-minute phone calls from clients with questions about a variety of legal issues, primarily in the area of family law (requires a commitment of 2 hours once a month). Phone calls are fielded from your office or home, so no travel is required. Must be licensed by the NC Bar Association.
- Review legal memos written by UNC law students in your field of practice. Requires a commitment of at least one memo review per month. Hours are flexible, both weekday evening and daytime. No travel required. Must be licensed by the NC Bar Association.
For more information, please contact the Director of Client Services & Volunteer Management (clientservices@compassctr.org)




Financial Counseler


Help clients with budgeting, financial skills, and credit issues. This opportunity requires a 6-month commitment and at least 1 year of professional experience such as banking, investing, asset management, business, real estate and/or accounting. Experience requirements for students: finance and accounting coursework. Please review our full position description for more detail. Must be available to meet with clients on weekdays during business hours. - Facilitate a workshop for the community on a topic related to financial issues. For more information, please contact the Director of Client Services & Volunteer Management (clientservices@compassctr.org)




Special Events Comittee Member


Help plan and coordinate events surrounding Compass Center for Women and Families' annual fundraisers. For more information, please contact the Director of Client Services & Volunteer Management (clientservices@compassctr.org)





Domestic Violence Crisis Volunteers

Support Group Facilitators


Volunteer Facilitators help create a safe space for Compass Center clients to work on self-growth, healing, and making positive changes in their lives. Supervised by the Support Group Coordinator, these positions require various levels of training, depending on the volunteer's prior experience and the particular group. The Support Group program spans both Domestic Violence services and Self-Sufficiency services through the following groups: Domestic Violence Support Group (DVSG), DVSG Part II, Divorce and Separation Support Group, Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Support Group (Spanish Language), Self-Esteem Support Group, Children’s Coping Skills Group, and The Art of Healing (Arts-based workshop for survivors of domestic violence). Check back for more information on our next training. For more information, please contact the Director of Client Services & Volunteer Management (clientservices@compassctr.org)




Data Entry Volunteers


Enter de-identified program evaluation data into excel. Data entry can be completed at the Center or offsite. Program evaluations include those from the Start Strong program (primary youth violence prevention program and Community Education Workshops and Presentations. For more information, please contact the Director of Client Services & Volunteer Management (clientservices@compassctr.org)




Child Care Provider


Provide child care during our weekly support group for victims of domestic violence. Requirements for this position include:

  • Completion of a 2-hour training
  • Previous experience with children
  • Commitment to 2-3 shifts per month for at least nine months
For more information, please contact the Director of Client Services & Volunteer Management (clientservices@compassctr.org)




Children's Coping Skills Group Facilitator


Walking Tall Children’s Coping Skills Group Position Description Walking Tall is an educational support program for children ages 5 to 11 residing in a transitional housing program in Chapel Hill. Many of the children have experienced abuse in the home and all are coping with homelessness and difficult family transitions. The goal of the program is to provide a safe space for these children to learn healthy coping skills, get support, and form positive connections with caring adults. Volunteers will work with the Support Group Coordinator and Walking Tall Intern to plan sessions and will work directly with the children on topics such as respect, self-esteem, feelings, anger, safety, and abuse. Volunteers will be provided with a comprehensive training prior to the start of group and on-going support and supervision from Compass Center Staff and Interns. Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Complete volunteer application here - https://compassctr.org/get-involved/volunteer-application/
  • Pass background check
  • Some experience with children
  • 18 or older
  • Attend Volunteer Training (3-4 evenings)
  • Time commitment is 1 weekday evening a week for 7 weeks with 1 planning meeting each week
  • Comfort in working with all people regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.





Domestic Violence and Self-Sufficiency Services

Committee Member


Help with public relations, marketing, program evaluation, or program advisory committees. For more information, please contact the Director of Client Services & Volunteer Management (clientservices@compassctr.org)




Career Programs Volunteer


Provide one-on-one assistance to help clients develop job search skills, build resumes and cover letters, and explore career options. This opportunity requires a 6-month commitment and relevant career advising experience. Must be available to meet with clients on weekdays during business hours. Must be able to commit to providing at least two career appointments per month. -Facilitate a workshop for the community on a topic related to career exploration. For more information, please contact the Director of Client Services & Volunteer Management (clientservices@compassctr.org)




Information & Referral Volunteer


The Information & Referral Volunteer’s primary responsibility is to act as a first contact to individuals who call or walk into Compass Center. IRVs offer information and referral advice and provide a welcoming and helpful atmosphere while helping clients access Compass Center’s programs and services. IRVs assess client needs to determine whether those needs can be met through one of Compass Center’s programs. If not, volunteers refer clients to the appropriate services in the community. Information & Referral Volunteers are also asked to assist staff members with various in-house administrative tasks, as well as tabling at community events and fairs. Volunteers will perform the work covered in the training and commit to a weekly shift of at least 3 hours for a period of at least 9 months or two semesters. For more information, please contact the Director of Client Services & Volunteer Management (clientservices@compassctr.org)




Program Attorney


Answer 15-minute phone calls from clients with questions about a variety of legal issues, primarily in the area of family law (requires a commitment of 2 hours once a month). Phone calls are fielded from your office or home, so no travel is required. Must be licensed by the NC Bar Association.
- Review legal memos written by UNC law students in your field of practice. Requires a commitment of at least one memo review per month. Hours are flexible, both weekday evening and daytime. No travel required. Must be licensed by the NC Bar Association.
For more information, please contact the Director of Client Services & Volunteer Management (clientservices@compassctr.org)




Financial Counseler


Help clients with budgeting, financial skills, and credit issues. This opportunity requires a 6-month commitment and at least 1 year of professional experience such as banking, investing, asset management, business, real estate and/or accounting. Experience requirements for students: finance and accounting coursework. Please review our full position description for more detail. Must be available to meet with clients on weekdays during business hours. - Facilitate a workshop for the community on a topic related to financial issues. For more information, please contact the Director of Client Services & Volunteer Management (clientservices@compassctr.org)




Special Events Comittee Member


Help plan and coordinate events surrounding Compass Center for Women and Families' annual fundraisers. For more information, please contact the Director of Client Services & Volunteer Management (clientservices@compassctr.org)





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210 Henderson Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Phone: 919-968-4610

Hotline (24/7): 919-929-7122

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Self-Sufficiency & Other Services

Compass Center for Women and Families is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.