Because of the nature of the population My Sister’s House serves, volunteers who work directly with our residents must apply as individuals and must complete a multi-step training process. This training prepares volunteers to assist victims of trauma in an effective manner and follow protocols in victim service.
Staff the agency’s 24-hour crisis line. Volunteers use active listening techniques to counsel callers, interview potential clients and give appropriate referrals.
Accompany clients to family court hearings and assist with legal paperwork. Note: currently we have victim advocate opportunities available in Berkeley County only.
Plan and implement recreational and educational activities for the young people who come to the shelter with their mothers.
Assist the Shelter Coordinator in various activities, such as making minor repairs, sorting donations, and taking inventory.
Speaker’s Bureau Volunteer
Represent the agency at various functions and educate the public about the various problems faced by victims of domestic violence.
Spanish-speaking volunteers are urgently needed. Help counselors provide information, advocacy services and counseling to Spanish-speaking domestic violence victims.
We do have highly necessary projects that don’t involve direct services to our residents, and these projects are available to approved groups. If you are part of a group, do not fill out the volunteer application. Instead, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will provide you with a list of current projects so you may choose which one(s) are of interest.
Becoming a Volunteer
After your application is received, watch for a reply from email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. (Remember to check your junk email folder too.) The email will provide you with more information about the volunteer program and will invite you to a Volunteer Information Session. This is a short introduction to the process of becoming a volunteer at My Sister’s House, and it is also a chance for you to ask any questions you may have.
Once you’ve attended an Info Session, you are eligible to begin volunteer training. Basic volunteer training (BVT) starts with a 3-hour session that includes an overview of the organization, definition and discussion of the issue of domestic violence, and the basics on how to assist victims. BVT is offered once per month and you will be invited to it after you attend a Volunteer Information Session.
Please note that My Sister’s House, Inc. is NOT affiliated with organizations bearing similar names in other states. By applying for our volunteer program, you are assumed to be available for activities in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties in South Carolina.
Because of the special training and the confidentiality requirements necessary for volunteers, My Sister’s House is not able to accept volunteers under 18 years of age.
My Sister’s House offers a small number of internships for undergraduate and graduate students each semester. Internships are structured to provide the student with opportunities to work closely with advocates, counselors and therapists and in return, a minimum of 100 hours per semester is required. If you are interested in obtaining an internship application, please email email@example.com and specify (1) whether you are a graduate or undergraduate student and (2) which semester you are applying for (3) please attach your resume.