We Rely Heavily on the Help of Our Volunteers.

Volunteers are a critical part of the day-to-day functioning of our organization, performing a variety of tasks such as direct work with women and children, hotline advocacy, administrative work, shelter clean-ups, children's parties, maintenance projects and much more. You can see a list of volunteer training dates and positions below.

Register by contacting the Development Department at 216-229-2420     Spring Training

·         Monday, March 13th, 5:30-8:30pm

·         Wednesday, March 15th, 5:30pm-8:30pm

·         Saturday, March 18th, 9:00am-5:00pm

·         Monday, March 20th , 5:30-8:30pm

·         Wednesday, March 22rd, 5:30-8:30pm

·         Saturday, March 25th, 9am-5pm

·         Monday, March 27th, 5:30-8:30pm

 Summer Training

·         Monday, July 10th, 5:30-8:30pm

·         Wednesday, July 12th, 5:30pm-8:30pm

·         Saturday, July 15th, 9:00am-5:00pm

·         Monday, July 17th , 5:30-8:30pm

·         Wednesday, July 19th, 5:30-8:30pm

·         Saturday, July 22nd, 9:00am-5:00pm

·         Monday, July 24th, 5:30-8:30pm

Fall Training

·         Wednesday, November 1st, 5:30-8:30pm

·         Saturday, November 4th, 9:00am-5:00pm

·         Monday, November 6th, 5:30-8:30pm

·         Wednesday, November 8th, 5:30-8:30pm

·         Saturday, November 11th, 9:00am-5:00pm

·         Monday, November 13th, 5:30-8:30pm

·         Wednesday, November 15th, 5:30-8:30pm



Volunteer Positions:

Helpline Advocate
Answers our 24-hour domestic violence helpline. Provides callers with referral information, emotional support, and safety planning. Provides resources to men and women in crisis. Conducts emergency intakes for women and children who are candidates for shelter. 

Meals that Heal Program
Individuals and groups of volunteers are needed to donate and prepare meals to the emergency shelter residents. Meals should feed approximately 25 women and 25 children. Pre-cooked meals should be dropped off at shelter for lunch or dinner. This opportunity is available 7 days a week. For more information, click here.

Childcare Assistant
Assists mothers and shelter staff with childcare in shelter or at community support group sites. Duties include supervising children during support groups for survivors of domestic violence, reading to and playing with children, and/or creating group activities. Childcare assistants are particularly important because they allow parents to get the help that they need without having to worry about their children's safety. Must be available in the evening.

Justice System Court Advocate

Escort clients and provide advocacy, emotional support, information and referrals as they seek the full protection of Domestic Violence laws. A legal background is not necessary, as training will be provided. However, volunteers must be available during normal court hours.

Fundraising Committee Member

Work as part of the team planning and organizing one of DVCAC's annual fundraising events. Assist with obtaining auction/raffle items, event sponsors and advertisers, oversee event details/creative elements and help to publicize the event. Opportunities are available throughout the year.   

Development Department Assistant
A wide variety of development, public relations and marketing opportunities are available depending on experience and interest. Assist with grant writing, special events, developing website content, newsletters, database entry, researching information or clerical/administrative support.

Community Educator
Assist staff with local community speaking engagements. Staff resource tables and provide basic domestic violence information at health fairs, career fairs, and other community based functions.

Donation Assistant
Assist staff with inventory and disbursement of donated items, returning donor phone calls, and picking up donations.


Required Training:

All volunteers are required to submit an application, which is available here. Once your application is accepted, there will be an interview to discuss volunteer opportunities and answer any questions.

Volunteers must then attend one of our three annual DVCAC volunteer training classes. A background check is required before training and will be paid for by the volunteer (usually around $40) The volunteer training program is a comprehensive 20-hour course which typically occurs over a two week period and includes an online component. Attendance for all sessions is mandatory.

Those interested in volunteering in a non-direct service capacity are required to participate in a shortened 3-hour training session. 


If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out our volunteer application form online or download a copy here and fax to 216.229.2474 or mail to Attn: Development Department, DVCAC, P.O. Box 5466, Cleveland, OH 44101.


Volunteer Manual:

If you are a current volunteer and would like to access our Volunteer Training Manual, please click here

DVCAC also offers internships/field placement experience for students in social work, counseling and related fields. For more information regarding field placements at 216.229.2420  or jleggett@dvcac.org.