Get Involved

Help end domestic violence

YWCA Domestic Abuse Services is proud to be part of an extremely dedicated team of staff and volunteers who are passionate about their work and willing to go the extra mile to make a difference.

Violence has become a part of our daily lives and domestic violence is the second most investigated crime in the town of Greenwich today. Our task is to help change, educate and bring awareness to the community about this serious issue. It takes a special kind of person to do this work. We are grateful to those who want to share their time, talent and skills to help make this community a safer place to live in. 

Become a volunteer

 

Get started

  • Complete and return written volunteer applicationClick here.  For a downloadable application, click here.
  • Meet with volunteer coordinator for an in-person interview.
  • Obtain state certification by successfully completing state-mandated domestic violence training

Basic requirements

  • Initial domestic violence training
  • Commitment of a minimum of three hotline shifts OR six volunteer hours worked each quarter for a minimum of one year
  • Minimum of six re-certification training hours annually, three of which must take place through Domestic Abuse Services

Personal qualifications

  • Sensitivity and acceptance of self and others
  • Common sense and clear thinking
  • Dependability and time – able to commit to regular time assisting in one of the volunteer opportunities listed below
  • Commitment to confidentiality
  • Good listening and communication skills
  • Basic computer skills
  • Ability to handle emergency situations
  • Ability to keep an open mind

Volunteer opportunities

  • Court support – advocacy and support throughout the court process, including restraining order applications
  • Community outreach – attend health fairs, post flyers, distribute promotional materials, help with mailings and phone calls
  • Be a buddy – play with children at the Center while their mothers are in counseling
  • Be a voice – on our hotline to answer questions, provide information and support
  • Work in the office – administrative duties, project work, etc.
  • Participate in events and trainings: Click here for more details

Get state-certified

Attendance at Connecticut state-mandated training is required for all volunteers. Participants must attend all training days for the entire scheduled time. There are no make-up sessions available.  Registration is ongoing.

  • Fall training dates:
    Monday, September 12 through Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm each day.
     

For more information contact Meredith Gold at m.gold@ywcagreenwich.org
or call 203-869-6501, ext. 176.
 

Host a training or speaker

Our community education team will come to you! 

We can customize any presentation to meet the needs of your audience. Be it professional development days at your office, informal book club at home or facilitate discussions to create a positive learning environment for your group.  For more information contact Meredith Gold at m.gold@ywcagreenwich.org or 203-869-6501, ext. 176.

Donate

YWCA Domestic Abuse Services provides free services to members of our community who need help. 
We need your help to continue this life-saving work. Click here to donate now.