Volunteering at Alexandra House
Alexandra House relies on the work of volunteers to provide essential services to victims of domestic and sexual violence. We offer a variety of one-time and long-term volunteer opportunities for individuals looking to give of their time and talents. Download a copy of our Volunteer Opportunities.
Alexandra House has a team of dedicated volunteers working in virtually every program. For prospective volunteers interested in working directly with clients as advocates or childcare providers, we offer a 50-hour training program that prepares individuals for the challenges of direct-service volunteering. For prospective volunteers interested in working behind the scenes in our kitchen or facility, we provide a quick orientation that allows volunteers to make a difference without extensive training.
All individual volunteer opportunities require a completed Volunteer Application, background check, and a personal interview. For more information, please contact Mollie, Volunteer Services Coordinator at 763-795-5452 or email.
The Alexandra House hosts its 50-hour volunteer training biannually. This training presents a unique opportunity for community members to learn critical skills when working with victims/survivors of domestic, sexual, and relationship violence and abuse in later life. Whether working in our shelter, as hospital advocates, or as childcare providers, volunteers are an indispensable component of Alexandra House’s work. There is no substitute for a reassuring voice and a steady hand in an emergency.
Individuals completing this training will be certified in the state of Minnesota as sexual assault victim advocates if working or volunteering for a Minnesota victim-services agency. The training is a mix of theory and skills training comprised of ten individual (mandatory) sessions that cover topics that range from legal matters to the specific needs of survivors and their families. Interactive sessions, guest speakers, and the most current research help prepare volunteers for the sensitive nature of this work and to hone appropriate responses to crises.
Along with a desire to help Anoka County families, an ideal candidate must have excellent communication skills, heightened cultural awareness, and the ability to maintain confidentiality. Additionally, candidates must: be over 18, have a valid Driver’s License, pass a background check, be able to make a one-year commitment, and attended meetings and trainings as needed.
Fall 2022 Advocate Training
- Tuesday, September 27 | 5:30 – 9:00 pm
- Thursday, September 29 | 5:30 – 9:00 pm
- Saturday, October 1 | 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
- Tuesday, October 4 | 5:30 – 9:00 pm
- Thursday, October 6 | 5:30 – 9:00 pm
- Saturday, October 8 | 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
- Tuesday, October 11 | 5:30 – 9:00 pm
- Thursday, October 13 | 5:30 – 9:00 pm
WEEK 4 and 5
- Tuesday, October 18 | 5:30 – 9:00 pm
- Tuesday, October 25 | 5:30 – 9:00 pm
If you’d like to learn more about our Volunteer Training, please email Mollie, Volunteer Services Coordinator. You can download our Fall 2022 Advocate Training Session Flyer to help with planning which session to attend.
VOLUNTEERING AS A GROUP
Alexandra House welcomes groups from corporations, faith communities, sororities, and other social groups to help us with a variety of projects either on a one-time occurrence or ongoing. Group sizes can vary depending upon the project, but we typically can accommodate 3-10 people. If your group is interested in completing a one-time or ongoing volunteer project at Alexandra House, check out our Group Volunteer Opportunities. Contact Mollie, Volunteer Services Coordinator, with questions at 763-795-5452 or email.