The broadest, and maybe the most meaningful, definition of volunteering:
Doing more than you have to because you want to, 
in a cause you consider good.

~ Ivan Scheier

volunteer spelled out in the sky above raised hands

Volunteers are highly valued and essential to daily operations at DVSSP. Dedicated and caring individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of domestic violence victims and their children, as well as their community at large, are always welcome. Together, DVSSP staff and volunteers can empower individuals to live their lives violence-free!

Who can become a volunteer? Anyone!

Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA encourages anyone who feels that they can be of assistance, whether on an on-going basis or for a one time project, to contact us. This includes formerly battered women.

Volunteers who wish to work directly with clients must:

  • Complete an application and interview process.
  •  Attend 45 hours of domestic violence training.
  • Obtain Act 33/34 clearances.
  • Commit to an average of 100 hours per year.
  • Complete eight hours of continuing education annually.
  • Be 18 years or older.

How do I learn more about becoming a volunteer?

Contact the Education & Training Department of the DVSSP office nearest you.

Upon initial contact, the DVSSP trainer will explain the services of the agency, detail current volunteer opportunities, and clarify the necessary clearance procedures. The trainer will also explain the empowerment philosophy and give an overview of the 40 hour training curriculum, five hour practicum, and the on-the-job training.

DVSSP Education and Training Department

Washington County: 724-223-5477
Greene County: 724-852-2373
Fayette County: 724-437-2530

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