Volunteer

Our volunteers play a vital role in achieving our mission of serving survivors of sexual and domestic violence. We regularly need volunteers in several areas, described below. You will be trained by The Cocoon’s Education & Outreach Coordinator and then supervised by a staff member based on your area of volunteering. As a volunteer in several of the positions listed here, you will not have direct contact with the survivors/residents we serve. This will be explained more in the interview.

We hope one of these volunteer opportunities fits your interests/needs. If so, please click the button below to fill out an application form. Email us with any questions you have at volunteer@thecocoon.org.

Volunteers must:

  • Submit a volunteer application and an up-to-date resume
  • Have an in-person interview with a Cocoon staff member to discuss volunteer opportunities
  • Complete a background check (paid for by The Cocoon)
  • Complete the 12-hour training curriculum (see descriptions below for any variations on this)
  • Commit to be a volunteer for at least 12 months
  • Sign a confidentiality agreement
  • Attend at least six of the monthly supervision meetings in a year
  • Attend additional trainings as they develop
  • Complete the 40-hour training curriculum, provided in-house by The Cocoon Education & Outreach Coordinator
  • Commit to being a volunteer for at least 12 months, after the training is completed (seniors in college will be not be accepted for training unless they live in Wood Co. or the surrounding area and can meet this commitment after graduation)
  • Be on-call to provide assistance to survivors of sexual and domestic violence
  • Commit to taking on-call shifts after 4pm during the week until 8am the next business day, or weekends, or holidays (when full-time staff are off work)
  • Schedule your 3 monthly on-call shifts based on your availability (you can sign up for more if you wish)
  • Agree to being at home/available during on-call hours and able to respond to survivor requests for assistance
  • Agree to respond to in-person outreaches, such as the hospital or police station, as the need arises
  • Document all survivor contacts by the end of the volunteer shift
  • Call the supervisor to de-brief after all contacts
  • Assist at fundraising and community awareness events, including preparation, set-up and tear down
  • Staff information tables at local community events
  • Distribute flyers, brochures and other material to publicize events and services
  • Provide interpretation (e.g., Spanish, sign language, etc.) to shelter residents, as the need arises
    • Commit to weekly time slots between 9a-4p
  • Complete the 16-hour training curriculum
  • Provide childcare for children while their parents/guardians are in support group
    • Commit to weekly, biweekly or monthly time slots on Monday evenings from 5:45p to 8:00p
  • Provide childcare for children in the shelter, as the need arises
    • Commit to weekly, biweekly or monthly time slots between 9:00a-4:00p
  • Provide childcare during other groups as they are offered (e.g., Economic Empowerment Group, etc.)

The Wood County Humane Society (WCHS) partners with The Cocoon and provides safe and loving foster care for domestic animals (animals which live indoor; not farm animals) when survivors must leave their homes and cannot take their pets with them. As part of this partnership, The Cocoon recruits volunteers for the WCHS to serve as foster families.

  • Contact the Wood Co. Humane Society (419-352-7339) and apply to become a foster home;
  • Indicate that you will serve as a foster home for pets whose owners must leave their homes due to safety issues;
  • Follow all the rules and regulations of the WCHS.
  • Provide office tasks, such as answering the phones and door
  • Commit to weekly, biweekly, or monthly time slots between 8:30a-4:30p
  • Assist with large projects, such as mailings
  • Provide building cleaning and donation sorting
  • Drive to locations in the community for donation pick-up and drop-off
  • Commit to weekly, biweekly, or monthly time slots between 8:30a-4:30p
  • Assist with occasional large projects, such as wrapping holiday presents
  • Provide assistance with plumbing, electrical, home repair, or other services that require skilled training
  • Commit to being on a list of trusted professionals who can be contacted if the need for work arises
  • Set your volunteer hours at a time convenient for you
  • Sign a confidentiality contract

Service projects include onsite and off-site days of service. Examples of off-site service projects include donation drives and fundraisers. On-site service projects vary, but often include tasks such as facility care as well as donation sorting and organization. We cannot guarantee we have an on-site project to match your group’s size and availability. To help us find a good match, please click the button below to fill out our Service Project Interest Form.

  • Provide monthly or twice-a-month financial assistance to a survivor for a variety of individualized needs, such as a birthday cake for a child, a haircut, movie tickets for a family, etc.
  • Recruit friends and fundraise for larger amounts of money to assist survivors for particular needs such as family passes to the zoo, etc.
  • Sign a confidentiality contract
  • The Cocoon offers internship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students. Advocacy interns are required to complete 40 hours of advocacy training prior to the beginning of their internships. Email your resume to volunteer@thecocoon.org for an application.