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:

Hotline Advocates


Using active listening and crisis intervention skills, advocates provide emotional support and informational resources (legal, medical, mental health and shelter options) to victims of domestic violence, their friends and family members. In addition, daytime advocates meet with walk-in clients to provide counseling or assistance, including helping clients complete a domestic violence protection order. We need daytime advocates in our office Monday – Friday to take either a shift from 9 am to 1 pm or 1 to 5 pm. We also need overnight advocates who carry a phone to respond to hotline calls during non-office hours (evenings and weekends). We welcome men and women volunteers. A special need exists for bilingual (Spanish/English) advocates for day and overnight shifts. Check back for information on our next training. Requirements for this position include:

  • Completion of 42-hour classroom training. Training will cover topics including the dynamics of domestic abuse, domestic violence and the law, active listening, legal issues and community resources.
  • Completion of two "shadowing" shifts with an experienced volunteer
  • Commitment of 3-4 shifts per month for at least nine months
For more information, please contact the Director of Client Services & Volunteer Management (clientservices@compassctr.org)




Court Advocates


Provide legal advocacy and assistance to victims involved in the criminal and/or civil court systems. Requirements for this position include:

  • Complete 42-hotline training (or provide documentation of comparable training)
  • Additional court advocacy training and shadowing
  • Must be available Thursdays at 8:30 am
  • Transportation to Orange County Courthouse in Hillsborough required
  • Experience with the justice system preferred but not required
For more information, please contact the Director of Client Services & Volunteer Management (clientservices@compassctr.org)




Community Educators


Community Educators (CEs) are the face of Compass Center and play an integral role in Compass Center’s success in preventive work. Community educators educate the community about domestic violence and Compass Center services, while staffing tabling events and speaking to potential donors about the impact that their donations can have on our client services. We have a strong need for both English and Spanish speaking educators. For more information about our community education program, please see our website. Applications available online.




Spanish Interpreters


A unique opportunity for people bilingual in Spanish and English is the option of serving as an on-call, as needed interpreter for hotline advocates Mondays 9-5 and on the overnight/weekend shifts when the Latino Services Coordinator is not on duty. Requirements for these positions include:

  • Completion of 10-hour classroom training
  • 3-4 months of hotline experience
  • Completion of two "shadowing" shifts with an experienced volunteer
For more information, please contact the Director of Client Services & Volunteer Management (clientservices@compassctr.org)





Domestic Violence Crisis Volunteers

Hotline Advocates


Using active listening and crisis intervention skills, advocates provide emotional support and informational resources (legal, medical, mental health and shelter options) to victims of domestic violence, their friends and family members. In addition, daytime advocates meet with walk-in clients to provide counseling or assistance, including helping clients complete a domestic violence protection order. We need daytime advocates in our office Monday – Friday to take either a shift from 9 am to 1 pm or 1 to 5 pm. We also need overnight advocates who carry a phone to respond to hotline calls during non-office hours (evenings and weekends). We welcome men and women volunteers. A special need exists for bilingual (Spanish/English) advocates for day and overnight shifts. Check back for information on our next training. Requirements for this position include:

  • Completion of 42-hour classroom training. Training will cover topics including the dynamics of domestic abuse, domestic violence and the law, active listening, legal issues and community resources.
  • Completion of two "shadowing" shifts with an experienced volunteer
  • Commitment of 3-4 shifts per month for at least nine months
For more information, please contact the Director of Client Services & Volunteer Management (clientservices@compassctr.org)




Court Advocates


Provide legal advocacy and assistance to victims involved in the criminal and/or civil court systems. Requirements for this position include:

  • Complete 42-hotline training (or provide documentation of comparable training)
  • Additional court advocacy training and shadowing
  • Must be available Thursdays at 8:30 am
  • Transportation to Orange County Courthouse in Hillsborough required
  • Experience with the justice system preferred but not required
For more information, please contact the Director of Client Services & Volunteer Management (clientservices@compassctr.org)




Community Educators


Community Educators (CEs) are the face of Compass Center and play an integral role in Compass Center’s success in preventive work. Community educators educate the community about domestic violence and Compass Center services, while staffing tabling events and speaking to potential donors about the impact that their donations can have on our client services. We have a strong need for both English and Spanish speaking educators. For more information about our community education program, please see our website. Applications available online.




Spanish Interpreters


A unique opportunity for people bilingual in Spanish and English is the option of serving as an on-call, as needed interpreter for hotline advocates Mondays 9-5 and on the overnight/weekend shifts when the Latino Services Coordinator is not on duty. Requirements for these positions include:

  • Completion of 10-hour classroom training
  • 3-4 months of hotline experience
  • Completion of two "shadowing" shifts with an experienced volunteer
For more information, please contact the Director of Client Services & Volunteer Management (clientservices@compassctr.org)





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