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Working with Women and Children Fleeing Domestic Violence

Placements include working with women and children who are fleeing domestic and/or sexual violence and are now living in shelters. Most volunteers work in the children's programs, though other volunteer opportunities may be available at the shelters or agencies.


Clackamas Women's Services (CWS)

  • Contact: Bradi, Volunteer Manager
  • Email: bradigs@cwor.org
  • Phone: 503-557-5830
  • Time of year: All Year
  • Mailing Address: PO Box 22547, Milwaukie, OR 97269
  • Website:

This agency serves women and children who have experienced (or are currently experiencing domestic violence. Their mission is to foster self-empowerment of women and children so they can establish lives free of domestic and sexual violence. Volunteers can assist by working at the shelter or helping with children's programs for kids currently living at the shelter.


 

Camp Hope America - Oregon

  • Contact: The Children’s Program team at Clackamas Women’s Services
  • Email: CampHOPEOregon@cwsor.org
  • Phone: 503-908-9411
  • Website: 

 

Camp HOPE America - Oregon is a two week-long overnight camp experience and year-long mentorship Pathways Program for children and youth who have experienced family violence. Our program’s focus is on empowering campers through outdoor recreation and adventure activities. Our goal is to offer opportunities for campers to challenge themselves to try new things in order to increase their hope for the future and their ability to believe in themselves and others! During the summer, Camp HOPE holds two sessions of camp: Classic Camp for ages 7-11, and High Adventure Camp for ages 11-15. The Pathways Program takes place throughout the year, with events occurring on weekend afternoons approximately every other month.

Join us in creating a community of support, joy, and empowerment for children and youth impacted by trauma! Camp Counselor and Support Staff Volunteer applications will be accepted from February 2019 until positions are filled, with the latest applications being accepted mid-April 2019. Camp Counselors are dedicated young adults, ages 17 to 25, who are interested in joining us for two weeks of camp where they will build relationships with our campers and create a safe space filled with fun, playful experiences. Support Staff are caring adults (18+) who would like to dedicate at least two consecutive days at Camp and assist with the day-to-day mechanics of Camp HOPE. Contact CampHOPEOregon@cwsor.org for more information or to view job descriptions. Come join our amazing team of Camp HOPE Staff and help make a difference in the lives of children impacted by family violence!

Responsibilities:

  • Attend pre-camp training in Oregon City (provided by A Safe Place and Camp HOPE staff)
  • Attend a three day Leadership Retreat (June 20th – June 23rd) on Mt. Hood (Camp Counselors)
  • Attend and participate in Camp HOPE America – Oregon (June 23rd – July 6th) and Pathways Program (August 2019 – March 2020) events
  • Supervise youth, ages 7-15
  • Model healthy boundaries with youth and other staff
  • Create a fun, enthusiastic atmosphere for youth
  • Encourage youth involvement in activities and events
  • Utilize healthy relationship skills, such as clear communication or boundary setting, to build positive rapport with youth

Raphael House

  • Contact: Rebecca Strachan, Volunteer Coordinator
  • Email: RStrachan@raphaelhouse.com
  • Phone: (503) 222-6507 x315
  • Time of year: All Year
  • Mailing Address: PO Box 10797, Portland, OR 97296
  • Website:

 

Raphael House is a non-profit agency that provides shelter for women and children escaping domestic violence. Students will work in a confidential location. Volunteers are often involved with the children's program (reading, playing, arts and crafts).


Rose Haven

 

  • Contact: Kalia Brown, Operations Manager
  • Phone: 503.248.6364 x307
  • Email: kbrown@rosehaven.org
  • Address: 627 NW 18th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
  • Website:

 

Rose Haven is a one-stop community and intervention center for women and children experiencing the trauma of abuse and homelessness in Portland, Oregon. Rose Haven promotes self-sufficiency by providing on-site advocacy, informal counseling and referral services that assist women in obtaining housing, medical, and legal services.


West Women and Children’s Shelter

  • Contact: Volunteer Coordinator
  • Phone: 503-731-3900
  • Time of year: All Year
  • Mailing Address: PO Box 2398, Portland, OR 97208
  • Website:

 

The Salvation Army West Women’s and Children’s Shelter has been serving victims of domestic violence in the Portland area for over 30 years. Work is primarily in the children's program, spending time with kids and learning about their specific situations.


Volunteers of America-Oregon Parenting Program

  • Contact: Volunteer Coordinator
  • Phone: 503-234-3478
  • Email: volunteer@voaor.org
  • Time of year: All year
  • Website:

 

 

This organization offers programs to prevent family violence and promote resiliency, helping vulnerable families to overcome trauma and give their children and youth the best possible start in life. Seniors gain community and enhanced health and well-being. Volunteers often provide care for children while their parents attend parenting classes. Must be 16 years old.