Office Volunteer

Our office volunteers assist STSM staff with administrative work in the office and at events.  After completing the application process and receiving training from STSM staff, they:

· Are assigned projects or administrative work in our office

· Can volunteer for specific events our agency is hosting

Volunteering in our office is a good fit for individuals who are:

· Interested in a shorter-term volunteer commitment

· Interested in gaining a large number of volunteer hours in a short period of time

· Responsible and reliable in volunteering at scheduled times and documenting volunteer time

Interested in volunteering in the office? Complete an application and return it to Sarah

Frequently asked questions

What types of projects would I work on as an office volunteer?

Our staff makes the best effort we can to tailor your office volunteer experience to your own interests and skills.  For example, a volunteer who worked at a library part time cataloged our books and resources, a volunteer interested in research and data worked with our training evaluations, and a bilingual volunteer helped to schedule and set up outreach opportunities to the Hispanic/Latino community.   Our staff would work with you to find a project that benefits you as well as our agency!

If I was helping with an event, what would I actually be doing?

If you volunteered for events, you might be assisting with setting up or cleaning up from an event, registering participants, logistics during the event, or even helping to plan and advertise the event. 

Would I actually be helping survivors by volunteering in the office?

Absolutely.  Everything our agency does benefits survivors of sexual assault, and many of those activities require extra coordination or planning behind the scenes.  Our office volunteers assist with this behind the scenes work, allowing our staff to serve survivors more effectively and, in many cases, freeing up even more time to serve survivors directly. One office volunteer learned that:

When I first started working with nonprofits, I never thought about where all of the organization’s information goes and what the organization does with it. I just assumed it all automatically fell into place. It doesn’t...Nonprofits such as STSM have a lot going on behind the scenes that few people ever see. ...When I think of all the hard work that staff and volunteers have put into this organization to make it what it is, I don’t mind the paperwork as much.

For more information, see the Job Description for Office Volunteers.

What would I be committing myself to?

Typically, we ask office volunteers to commit to completing at least 45 hours with our agency.  These could be done over a short period of time (ex, coming in daily over 2-3 weeks), or a longer period. 

How do I get started?

To get started as a volunteer, you must first complete the Application process.  This consists of completing a volunteer application, meeting the Volunteer Services Coordinator for a one-on-one interview, and successfully passing criminal and other background checks.  All applicants must complete this process prior to completing volunteer hours!  If you have any questions about this process, contact the Volunteer Services Coordinator at vsc@stsm.org

As an office volunteer, what types of people could I encounter?

If you were volunteering exclusively in the office, you would primarily interact with STSM staff and would not have routine contact with clients of STSM.  If you volunteered for an event like Walk A Mile in Her Shoes, you would encounter community members from a variety of racial and ethnic groups, sexual orientations, age groups, socioeconomic groups, and walks of life. 

If I need community service hours for Pre-Trial Intervention or another court-mandated community service, could I volunteer as an office volunteer?

No. 

If I need community service hours for a class that requires community service, could I volunteer as an office volunteer?

Yes, but please be aware that the number of hours you are able to commit will influence the type of work that you do. Volunteers who want to commit under 10 hours may help with events, but not be suitable for other roles. In general, the more time a volunteer is able to commit, the more independence and responsibility they have in their time in the office.  

I have other questions that aren't answered here. Who should I contact?

Sarah Nevarez, our Volunteer Services Coordinator! Email her at vsc@stsm.org. You can also call (803) 790-8208.

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