Volunteer

2017 Training for Volunteers

 

Help us end violence in our community by volunteering at Middle Way House.  You can make a difference by volunteering as little as an hour and a half a week and numerous opportunities exist at our Bloomington locations and our outreach offices in Greene, Martin and Owen counties.  We rely heavily on committed volunteers to achieve positive results.

All potential volunteers must participate in one of our eight-hour volunteer training sessions held on various Saturdays or Mondays throughout the year. There is NO pre-registration required for the training; however, you must complete our volunteer application and our background check form and bring them with you to the training.  We typically offer trainings in January, April, June, September and December. Upcoming training dates include:

2017 Training Schedule

 

April

Saturday April 8, 2017
9:00am – 5:00pm

 

Location: Downtown Transit Center located at the corner of 3rd Street & Walnut

Avoid the parking hassle and Go Green: ride the Bloomington Transit buses to our training events!

There will be a one hour break for lunch (12:00-1:00). Participants may bring a lunch or go out to eat.

For more information, please call (812) 333-7404.

Our variety of opportunities allows volunteers to satisfy time and activity requirements for Service Learning classes and university-sponsored internships. Below is a short description of the Middle Way House volunteer positions for which volunteers are needed.  In addition to the initial eight-hour general volunteer training, most opportunities require an orientation session (1-2 hours) and many require additional training as outlined below.


Volunteer program descriptions:

 

Crisis Line — at the shelter

Answer phone lines for crisis calls and take messages for staff and residents.  Volunteers must be able to commit to a three – four hour weekly shift or overnight shift from 11:00 PM to 7:00 AM.  Because this is an emergency 24-hour service, it is our most immediate and on-going need.

  • Six-hour phone workshop training and one observation shift
  • Female, at least 18 years of age
  • Internship opportunities

 

On-Scene Advocates (OSA)

In response to requests from hospital emergency room personnel or police, OSAs provide a listening ear, information and other support to rape survivors and domestic violence victims at the Emergency Room, the scene of a law enforcement intervention, area clinics and schools. Volunteers must carry a cell phone during each volunteer, on-call shift.

  • Four – six months experience on the Crisis Line
  • Eight-hour OSA training
  • Flexible work schedule; sign-up to be on-call and accessible by cell phone for up to eight hour shifts
  • Male and female, at least 18 years of age

 

Community Reception — at The Rise 

Maintain/monitor building security, protect confidentiality, and interact with residents and community members in two-hour shifts, Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Shifts from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM are also available to volunteers with additional training.

  • Two-hour orientation and two-hour observation shift
  • Male and female, at least 18 years of age

 

Child Care — at New Wings

Provide loving, developmental child care for emergency shelter and The Rise! resident children, ages eight weeks to four years.

  • Minimum commitment of one consistent two-hour shift per week
  • Orientation and additional training session
  • Male and female, at least 16 years of age
  • Internship opportunities available

 

Youth Program Empowerment Services (Yes!) — at The Rise

Volunteers interact with children, ages four to 18 years  living at The Rise and the emergency shelter. Activities include homework help, tutoring, mentoring, arts & science programs, games and service projects.  Tutors and mentors work one-on-one with school-age children.  Programs are open from 3:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Monday through Friday during the school year. Hours vary during the summer.

  • Orientation and task-specific training as needed
  • Male and female, at least 16 years of age
  • Internship opportunities available

 

Legal Advocacy and Protective Order Assistance Project (POAP) 

Volunteers primarily attend hearings/trials as observers and complete statement protocols characterizing the atmosphere with regard to how it might encourage or hinder the meaningful participation of victims.  Based on this data collection, volunteers conduct research and contribute to educational packets developed for justice-related personnel. PROAP volunteers, providing direct service to clients seeking orders of protection, are available through a collaboration with the Monroe County Clerk. Volunteer hours available Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

  • Two-hour Legal Advocacy Training Session
  • Male and female, at least 18 years of age
  • Internship opportunities available

 

Building Healthy Relationships Program

Provide presentations about developing healthy relationships, rape and sexual assault to area high school students and community groups. Preference given to committed MWH volunteers

  • Orientation and additional training
  • Male and female, at least 18 years of age
  • Internship opportunities available

 

Women’s Program Support 

Plan, organize, and participate in activities for the Women’s Program on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.  Also needed are people to help with interpretation and translation for non-English speaking clients and one-on-one assistance for women preparing for exams or engaged in educational programs. Office help (copying, filing, etc.), materials development, and community and web research projects as needed.

  • Male and female, at least 18 years of age

 

House Management — at the emergency shelter

Shopping, organizing donations, monitoring inventories, maintaining food pantry program, and participating in various special projects around the shelter.  Direct interaction with residents.

  • Minimum two-hour shifts
  • Female, at least 16 years of age

 

Administration/Development — at administrative offices

There are many opportunities such as working in the Resource Center (library organization, indexing, and research), answering incoming (non-crisis) telephone calls, welcoming visitors, and assisting with administrative tasks (filing, developing/disseminating publicity and agency newsletter, assisting with special events, fundraising, grant writing, etc.). Volunteer hours available Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

  • Orientation and task-specific training as needed
  • Two-hour shifts
  • Male and female, at least 16 years of age
  • Internship opportunities available

 

Site Management Support — at the Rise

Position can be tailored to suit interests.  Duties can include sorting and filing, correspondence, researching funding issues, developing/maintaining spreadsheets, and assisting with finding new ways to improve operation and security.

  • Orientation and task-specific training as needed
  • Two-hour shifts
  • Male and female, at least 18 years of age
  • Internship opportunities available

 

Share Store — at the Rise

Help with sorting and distributing donations. Creatively maintain a “store” for residents and their families. Volunteer hours available Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

  • Male and female, at least 16 years of age

 

Food Bank — at the Rise

Work with staff to shop for food at the Hoosier Hills Food Bank and distribute to residents. This opportunity requires heavy lifting!

  • Two-hour orientation
  • Male and female, at least 18 years of age

 

Rooftop Garden

Volunteers assist with gardening and garden development as well as presenting education programs to resident children.  Lessons related to gardening and issues of sustainability foster children’s social and cognitive growth.

  • Male and female, at least 16 years of age
  • Internship opportunities available