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 our Volunteer Services Coordinator at 763-795-5452 or email.

VOLUNTEER TRAINING

The Alexandra House hosts its 50-hour volunteer training biannually. This training presents the 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 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 an 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 2020 Advocate Training

Mandatory Information Session: Thursday, August 27, 2020 | 5:30 – 7:00 pm

WEEK 1

  • Tuesday, September 8 | 5:30 – 9:00 pm
  • Thursday, September 10 | 5:30 – 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, September 12 | 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

WEEK 2

  • Tuesday, September 15 | 5:30 – 9:00 pm
  • Thursday, September 17 | 5:30 – 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, September 19 | 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

WEEK 3

  • Tuesday, September 22 | 5:30 – 9:00 pm
  • Thursday, September 24 | 5:30 – 9:00 pm

WEEK 4

  • Tuesday, September 29 | 5:30 – 9:00 pm
  • Thursday, October 1 | 5:30 – 9:00 pm

If you’d like to learn more about our Volunteer Training, please contact Cathy Siegel through email. Fall 2020 Advocate Training Details

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 on-going. 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 on-going volunteer project at Alexandra House, check out our Group Volunteer Opportunities. Contact our Volunteer Services Coordinator, with questions at 763-795-5452 or email.

Volunteer Projects:

  • Prepare and serve a meal
  • Children’s Activity/Party
  • Conduct a donation drive
  • Tie blanket making project
  • Cleaning and organizing
  • Seasonal switch over
  • Assist with special events (Hope Gala, HopeFest, Holiday Shop)