Volunteers are crucial to the mission-centered services of Safe Connections and our fundraising capacity. Diverse opportunities to contribute valuable service are plentiful. We welcome your involvement with Safe Connections and encourage you to fill out our application above.
Answer Calls to our 24-Hour Crisis Helpline
Crisis Helpline volunteers work hand-in-hand with staff members to make sure that no call to our 24-Hour Crisis Helpline goes unanswered. As a Crisis Helpline volunteer, you provide compassionate attention while connecting callers to the most appropriate referrals and resources.
Requirements of Service
There are mandatory* 48-hour, multi-session training programs in January, May and August each year. Also, Safe Connections partners with the St. Louis Ending Violence Against Women Network (SLEVAWN) for a collaborative Joint Orientation, and additionally hosts our own mission-specific training.
The Safe Connections training program incorporates instruction from the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence with our own curriculum. Specifically, this approach builds knowledge, skills and confidence to provide callers with the best possible support. To get an idea of the time commitment for training, click here to view a sample schedule.
*An alternative to the training program is providing proof of equivalent training and experience.
Contact Wendy Lu for more information.
Once the training program has been completed, volunteers must be able to volunteer a minimum of 12 hours a month for one year. Additionally, hours may be worked in one shift or spread out in a variety of shifts as short in duration as three hours.
Become a Safe Connections Young Professional
As a member of Safe Connections Young Professionals, you will work on behalf of a cause that impacts the entire St. Louis community–ending domestic violence and sexual assault. Furthermore, you’ll help to raise consciousness and increase funding for mission work by planning and participating in SCYP-hosted initiatives throughout the year. This is an ongoing opportunity for young professionals in our area between 21-39 years of age who want to give back by planning awareness and fundraising events for Safe Connections. This group is made up of some really great folks who are passionate about our cause and find creative ways to engage other young professionals in the St. Louis area. The SCYPs welcome new members throughout the year.
Volunteer for an Event
Our fundraising events are so important to raise crucial funds for the organization. They’re also a lot of work! We need volunteers to help with everything from decoration decisions, soliciting sponsors, and day-of-event work. Serving on an event planning committee provides many opportunities for contributing to the public awareness and fundraising for Safe Connections. Some committees meet during regular office hours, while others are only in the evenings. We welcome new members throughout the year. Visit the Events page of this site to learn more about the timing and unique features of our special events.
Volunteer for a Group Project
We are looking for small groups of volunteers who are willing to donate 3-4 hours of their time to help our staff help others. Volunteers often help beautify our outdoor spaces with activities such as raking, planting, and hedge-trimming. Scattered help with other projects around the office require little to no training but affect work flow at the agency, such as stuffing envelopes, organizing storage areas, or cleaning. Group projects are scheduled on an individual basis with group leader(s). If you have folks looking for a way to help out in the community, this could be a perfect fit.
Volunteer for a Special Project
We are always grateful for professionals who donate their services to our agency and to our clients. This includes, but is not limited to, massage therapists, hair stylists, dance teachers, lawyers, accountants, information technology specialists, electricians, maintenance managers etc. Special projects are scheduled on an individual basis with the service professional(s). If you have a special skill and you want to give back to your St. Louis community, we welcome your involvement with us.
To learn more or volunteer for any of these opportunities, contact Hannah Moore at 314.646.7500 x122.
Safe Connections is a 501(c)(3). We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, political affiliation or any other factor protected by law.