The work we do at Safe Harbor would not be possible without the healing hearts and helping hands of our dedicated volunteers.
Volunteering is a meaningful way to help support survivors of violence by donating your time and skill set to help make Safe Harbor a secure and empowering home away from home.
Benefits of Volunteering at Safe Harbor
As a Safe Harbor volunteer you know you are making a positive impact in your community and you will:
- Help Survivors of Violence: As a Safe Harbor volunteer you will ensure essential services to women, children, and men who are survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault. Your services can help these individuals rebuild their lives.
- Gain New Skills: Volunteering at Safe Harbor is an opportunity to build or develop your skill set. Our volunteers receive 40-hours of training!
- Network with Professionals: During your time at Safe Harbor you will establish connections with our professional staff and many other committed volunteers, which will help develop your connections in your community.
- Increase Your Happiness: Studies have shown that people who volunteer their time and services are happier than those who don’t. Build a happier life and brighter future for you, your community, and violence survivors.
Safe Harbor Volunteer Requirements
For volunteers opportunities that involve direct work with clients, please note the following requirements:
- Volunteers must complete a background investigation, which volunteers are asked to pay for if they have not lived in Utah for the past five years.
- 40-hours of volunteer training are required, which includes 20-hours of shadowing, as well as attendance at on-going training sessions.
- Volunteers must be over 18-years-old.
- Volunteers must comply with all Safe Harbor policies and procedures, including signing a confidentiality agreement.
- Given the investment of resources in our volunteers, we require a six-month volunteer commitment.
Volunteer Opportunities at Safe Harbor
Volunteers at our shelter help with a variety of tasks including:
- Answering the crisis line
- Completing intakes
- Accepting and organizing donations
- Problem solving with residents
- Assisting with other shelter operations
This role is perfect for someone who is solution-oriented, enjoys working in a team environment, and is comfortable dealing with crisis.
- Monday through Friday: 7am-10am
- Monday through Friday: 9am-12pm
- Monday through Friday: 10am-1pm
- Monday through Friday: 12pm-3pm
- Monday through Friday: 3pm-6pm
- Monday through Friday: 5pm-8pm
- Monday through Friday: 6pm-9pm
- Saturday: 5pm-9pm
- Sunday: 5pm-9pm
Protective Order Court Volunteers
Protective Order Court Volunteers assist petitioners by directing them where to go, helping them fill out paperwork, and offering support prior to and during their hearing.
This role is perfect for someone who is solution-oriented, compassionate, and assertive when needed.
Protective Order Court Volunteers should be available to attend Protective Order hearings every Wednesday morning from about 8:30am until 12pm.
Childcare Volunteers assist with childcare during survivor support groups and when the parent is meeting one-on-one with an advocate.
This role is perfect for anyone who wants to make a difference in the lives of children impacted by violence.
Crisis Response Team Advocate Volunteers
Crisis Team Advocate Volunteers are on-call after hours (evenings and weekends) and are dispatched through law enforcement when there has been police involvement with a domestic violence or sexual assault situation.
Volunteers meet with victims to offer support, resources, and referrals.
Crisis Team Advocate Volunteers are on-call after hours (evenings and weekends). Volunteers are generally on call one week, every five weeks.
Pro Bono Professional Volunteers
Pro Bono Professional Volunteers are specialized professionals who donate their services in benefit of Safe Harbor clients.
Safe Harbor Crisis Center particularly needs Pro Bono services donated by:
- Family counselors
- Child therapists
Fundraising Volunteers assist with fundraising efforts and events, such as our annual Evergreens Benefit.
If you like talking with people or have strong organizational skills, this could be the perfect volunteer position for you!
The Fundraising Volunteer schedule would be flexible and can even be done from home, if you prefer.
Outreach Center Volunteers
Outreach Center Volunteers provide assistance at our new outreach center by answering calls, assisting with administrative tasks, working on special projects, and greeting clients coming to the center.
Shelter front desk hours are Monday through Friday
Service Project Volunteers
Safe Harbor gladly accepts support from volunteer groups looking to conduct a service project.
Past projects have included:
- General property maintenance
- Storage organization
- Repainting shelter bedrooms
- Special activities/events
If you’re interested in completing a service project with Safe Harbor, please contact Tressa at 801-660-6104.