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Volunteer Information

NEWS AND EVENTS:

Volunteer and Hotline Training

The next Volunteer Training will be held October 29, at 6 p.m. at the Shelter, 303 East Third Street, Frankfort. If you would like to begin volunteering at the Shelter or need additional information, please e-mail Denise Bingham at fcwsdenise@gmail.com or call 352-2843.

TYPES OF VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

House Volunteers (evenings and weekends):

–Provides a “presence” in the house
–Answers the phone (referring emergency needs to the hot line number)
–Accepts and documents donations
–Gives out supplies to residents, as needed

Weekday Office Volunteers (morning or afternoon shifts):

–Answers phones
–Returns and/or makes phone calls as requested.
–Special projects
–Helps with mailings
–Filing
–Some household chores
–Sorts donations
–Organizes closets, etc. as needed
–Occasional errands

Hotline Volunteers:

The Hotline for Franklin County is based on the “rape crisis model” in which a volunteer:
–Holds the phone for one week at a time, from Monday to Monday
–Answers calls during the week 5:00 PM until 9:00 the following morning
–Answers calls on weekend 24/7
–Performs an initial intake
–Makes arrangements to place people in motels, if needed
–Relays the night’s or weekend activity info to the Women’s Shelter office on the following work day
(The phone number is available to police, social service agencies, hospitals, and churches, which means that the people who call have often been screened and referred)

Maintenance

General “handyman” jobs (on an as-needed basis) such as:
–Simple plumbing repairs or maintenance
–Putting together boxed furniture
–Basic carpentry
–Dry wall repairs
–Painting

Grounds

–Help Master Gardeners with weeding and general maintenance
–Help residents plant and maintain vegetable garden

Transportation:

We maintain a list of people who are willing to provide occasional transportation for residents when bus service is not available.


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