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Volunteer Requirements at HAVEN

If you’d personally like to volunteer on a consistent basis, the next few paragraphs will explain how that process works.

The following opportunities require a one-year commitment and that volunteers be at least 18 years of age. HAVEN will provide you with all the training and information you need.

Due to our obligation to our clients for their safety and care, we have a rigorous volunteer application process.

To become a HAVEN volunteer, please follow these steps:

  1. Determine which volunteer option you would like to pursue:
    1. Individual Consistent Volunteer
    2. Volunteer Group and Community Outreach Volunteer
  2. If you would like to become a consistent individual volunteer, request and complete the following documents and return them to Katie Lamb by email at klamb@haven-oakland.org or fax to 248-334-3161, along with a copy of your driver’s license:
  3. Schedule and attend an initial screening interview with the Volunteer Manager


Consistent Individual Volunteer Training

Volunteers are required to complete HAVEN’s 24 hour "HAVEN: Core Skills and Values" Training. Attendance at all dates in each session is mandatory for all new volunteers.


August 2017 - must attend all 24 hours:

     Thursday, August 24             8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Friday, August 25                  8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
          Saturday, August 26              8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


October 2017 - TENTATIVE - must attend all 24 hours:

      Friday, October 13             6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 14          10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
               Friday, October 20              6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
               Saturday, October 21          10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Please note that acceptance into and completion of the "HAVEN: Core Skills and Values" Training does not guarantee you a position in a HAVEN program.

After the "HAVEN: Core Skills and Values" Training, volunteers meet and interview with the director of the program with which they wish to volunteer. Upon completion of a successful interview, volunteers will attend Program Orientation to learn the specific procedures involved in the program they have joined. For instance, First Response volunteers will be taught the procedure for responding to calls and how to work the pager. Shelter volunteers will be oriented to shelter. The times and dates for your orientation will be decided after you complete the "HAVEN: Core Skills and Values" Training and your second interview.

We recognize that not everyone is a match for doing this type of work. HAVEN screens our volunteers as best we can to ensure that our staff and volunteers are on the same page with regard to our beliefs on the philosophy and causes of domestic violence and sexual assault. Although we do not expect our volunteers to be experts in the field, it is crucial that we all hold the same beliefs about domestic violence and sexual assault.

Volunteers can eventually work in two programs, but they must start out by doing only one. If, after at least one year of volunteering, they want to take on another program, they must interview with that program director and be accepted separately into that program.

Request information on becoming a volunteer.

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