If you are the type of person who enjoys being in the Company of children, understands the needs and demands of children, and feel satisfied in participating and changing the environment, then volunteering at the Brewster Center is an excellent choice!
Volunteering at the Brewster Center will give you an opportunity to work with children from different backgrounds and cultures and improve their overall safety and understanding of being away from any sort of violence.
Working with children is a unique skill set. The benefits of children are endless but one needs to have passion and patients to work with them. Children deserve constant attention and the consistency of listening and playfulness. That is why we ask that those who consider this position do so with a long-term commitment in mind.
POSITION: Child Advocate Volunteer
FUNCTION: The Child Advocate Volunteer will be working directly under the supervision of the Volunteer Coordinator and the Site Coordinator. The Child Advocate Volunteer is responsible for assisting the child advocacy staff in facilitating child advocacy groups that runs simultaneously with the adult support groups.
REQUIREMENTS OF POSITION:
Minimum age for applying for this job is 18 years of age. All volunteers have to sign as confidentially statement and have to understand the importance of confidentially and respect it at all times.
All volunteers must meet the following criteria:
Work within guidelines, policies, standards, mission of the Brewster Center
Attend and complete CPR and First Aid
Pass the TB test
Complete and obtain a fingerprint clearance
Attend and complete the Brewster 8 hour Domestic Violence 101
Attend and complete the Brewster 8 hour Crisis Intervention & Safety Planning
Attend and complete the Brewster 16 hour DV102: Speakers Series
Complete an interview with the Community Education & Volunteer Coordinator
Complete 8 hour on-the-job training
Attend at least one monthly volunteer meeting per quarter during placement.
Must have application form completed, including references
QUALIFICATIONS OF POSITION:
- Ability to follow directive and guidelines.
- Strong interpersonal skills and willingness to be non-judgmental
- Work in a team as well as deliver individual projects
- Ability to understand and respect different cultures
- Excellent verbal and written skills
- Experience with diverse cultures, languages, and situations
- Ability to organize a variety of activities and deal with a variety of people
- Bilingual (Spanish/English) abilities highly desirable
- Experience working with children desired
Due to the interaction with children, The Brewster Center highly recommends that applicants who are willing to give the community at least two 3 hour shifts per month or one 6 hour shift per month for at least a 6 month period apply.
Community Trainings and Volunteer Orientations at the Brewster Center
Please attend a volunteer orientation program for further information regarding volunteer opportunities.