Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer for DIAA! Volunteers are a vital part of our organization. It is through their hard work and dedication that we are able to provide 24-hour services to victims/survivors and their loved ones.

 

Interns / Volunteers have many roles within our agency:

  • Responding to survivors requesting medical, legal, and criminal advocacy
      (such as filling out protection orders, no contact orders, etc.)
  • Provide empathetic counseling services
  • Maintaining confidentiality of services
  • Help refer survivors to other helpful agencies within the community
  • Providing support to outreach and shelter clients; men, women, and children
  • Promoting community engagement
  • Help with awareness events within the community

We are looking for someone who listens to a victim/survivor, believes that the victim/survivor was assaulted, provides an appropriatecompassionate response. We are also looking for someone who can help us in our offices or events, like helping with registration or taking pictures. Sound like you? We’d love to have you to join our amazing team!

 

Types of Volunteers

There are two different types of volunteers in our organization. One is DIRECT. Other is INDIRECT. Direct volunteers will be required to take 32-hour training for interacting / helping with Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind domestic violence and sexual assault victims / survivors. Indirect volunteers will not interact with victims / survivors, only our staff, sponsors, and supporters. Both volunteers will get 3-hour training on confidentiality provided by DIAA Staff.

 

Criteria For Acceptance

Working with Deaf, Hard of Hearing and/or Deaf-Blind domestic and sexual abuse victims/survivors is a wonderful privilege and a great responsibility. To that end, it is important that you are committed to creating a respectfulaccepting and inclusive environment. We ask that all volunteer applicants:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Commit to following DIAA’s confidentiality policy
  • Be fluent in Sign Language (American Sign Language, Sign Exact English, or Pigeon)
  • Awareness of Deaf culture
  • Commit to attending all scheduled trainings
  • Be mentally and emotionally prepared to discuss sensitive topics
  • Demonstrate respectful and highly effective communication and listening skills
  • Demonstrate acceptance of diverse lifestyles, values and opinions
  • Refrain from judging others’ choices
  • Understand and be willing to adapt to a non-blaming, non-directive, survivor-centered model of counseling

 

Duties

Direct interns / volunteers must be able to provide information, referrals and crisis intervention to victims/survivors and their loved ones over video phone, text as well as in-person support at hospitals and local law enforcement agencies. Direct volunteers will rotate shifts.

All volunteers are required to communicate effectively with those using DIAA’s services and keep accurate records of caller and in-person interactions.

 

Time Commitment

Direct volunteers must attend 32 hours of mandatory training that includes the successful completion of assignments and role-plays. In addition, we ask that you commit to volunteering for at least one year, attend our volunteer continuing education meeting monthly and take between two and three volunteer shifts (at least 4 hours in length) per month.

 

Why Should I Volunteer?

As a direct volunteer, you will offer support to Deaf, Hard of Hearing an/or Deaf-Blind domestic and sexual abuse victims/survivors and their loved ones. In return, DIAA can provide you with: The opportunity to make a difference. You can see the impact your work has during one-on-one contact at the hospital, police station and court system.

As an indirect volunteer, you will offer administrative, educational, operational, and/or event support to DIAA Staff. In return, DIAA can TOO provide you with: the opportunity to make a difference. You can see the impact your work has within our organization.

Personal growth, empowerment and confidence: The skills you develop as a volunteer are often useful in your personal, school and work life. Being a volunteer prepares you for difficult conversations, empower you to speak up when victims are blamed, and arm you with confidence when helping others and yourself.

Counseling skills and knowledge: Direct volunteers receive 32 hours of training on the dynamics of domestic violence, sexual abuse, counseling and active listening skills. They also receive information about community resources and referrals.

College credit: Many college and university departments offer college credit to both direct and indirect volunteers. See your advisor to determine if you qualify.

Job or graduate school experience: Graduate schools and employers often look for well-rounded applicants who give back to their communities. Your commitment to training and volunteering will look great on your graduate school application or resume.

 

Special Events Volunteers

DIAA organizes special events to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual abuse, gain program funds, and increase our supports. We continuously look for interns / volunteers with experience in event planning, marketing, fundraising, and writing. Depending on interests, experience and scheduling, volunteers may help with event planning, community outreach, and public relations or by working the day of the event.

 

Special Skills

There are numerous ways to help. If you have a special skill that you feel would help our organization or clients, please contact us.

 

Office Help / Communications

DIAA stays in touch with the community through social media and outreaching. We need help with maintaining our social media sites and providing the community with pertinent information. We also have various opportunities with office support.

 

VOLUNTEER & INTERNSHIP APPLICATION

Please download our volunteer application HERE or contact outreach@diaaiowa.org

 

Any questions? Concerns? Comments?

Please contact Jeremy, our Volunteer & Community Outreach Coordinator, at outreach@diaaiowa.org