Our Volunteer Program

if interested contact denise hecht - 209.524.4331

Haven Women's Center offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for people of all backgrounds, interests, talents and time availability. A volunteer core made up of people with diverse belief systems and backgrounds helps Haven be a stronger agency. At the same time, prospective volunteers should be aware of Haven's core values and the types of issues we publicly support. 

In order to work with clients, all staff and volunteers are require to complete Haven's 65 - hour training course. Upon successful completion of training, volunteers will be transitioned into direct service programs based on interest and schedule availability. As a twenty-four hour program, we have volunteer opportunities to match every schedule!

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Email or mail your completed application to Denise Hecht, Public Relations Manger, at dhecht@havenwcs.org or Haven Women's Center, 618 13th Street, Modesto, CA 95354. (Please maintain a copy of your application for your files. Email transmissions sometimes are incomplete.)

Enrollment is not complete until both application and payment have been received.

A trainee is enrolled once a completed application has been submitted and fees have been paid. Training is full at 20 trainees.

direct service volunteers

Direct service volunteers are asked to commit to one (1) year of volunteer work, with weekly or monthly time commitments (varies by program). In addition, volunteers need to attend a quarterly meeting and participate in eight hours of continuing education activities each year.

You must be over 18 to attend training and become a direct service volunteer. Additionally, people with close relationships such as significant others, friends, family members, roommates, etc., may not attend the same training series.


Payment Options

Fee Schedule / Materials:
Each rate category has two levels of fees. The lower expense is if you elect to have electronic materials on a flash drive (PDF format). The higher expense is if you elect to have hard copy materials provided for you.

Volunteer / Student Rates:
Potential volunteers are asked to commit to one year of volunteer work. Volunteers who are also students may enroll at a reduced rate. Training certificates will be held pending completion of 3 -6 months of active volunteer service.

  • Volunteer (Hard copy) - $120
  • Volunteer (Flash drive) - $105
  • Student (Hard copy) - $95
  • Student (Flash drive) - $80

Professional Development Rates:
Haven's Advocate Training is also available to members of the community wanting to participate for general information or professional development. Professional CEUs are not available at this time. For trainees selecting Professional Development fee, Training Certificate will be made available upon completion of training.

  • Hard Copy - $250
  • Flash Drive - $235

Make-ups will be $10 per session. Trainees may make up a total of 13 hours or missed class. After that, trainees will be dropped from the series and will need to re-enroll in the next session. Trainees fees will not be returned due to inability to complete the course, though enrollment in the next immediate training series will not incur a new fee. Beyond that, however, fees will not be paid again. Trainees are not able to volunteer, not will certificates be issued for trainees or professional development guests, until all sessions are complete. This may mean you need to wait until the next session is held to complete make ups and begin working in program.

Training fees are non-refundable. If a schedule conflict arises after enrollment, a trainee may defer until the next scheduled training once. After that, the complete registration process and payment of fees will be required for continued enrollment.

In addition to the enrollment fee, Trainees will also be responsible for a $10 fee for background check after training begins. Training fees are not refundable if a trainee is unable to complete the training or volunteer due to information received through a background check. If you have concern about something in your background, please contact us to discuss it before enrolling.

A trainee is enrolled once a completed application has been submitted and fees have been paid. Training is full at 20 trainees.


QUESTIONS ABOUT VOLUNTEERING

HOW DO I SIGN UP TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER?
Please send your application as early as possible, as space in the course is limited.  We will close enrollment for this series once 20 applications are received.  Once your application is received you will receive a reminder email/letter confirming your enrollment. 

WHAT IF I CAN'T ATTEND EVERY SESSION OF THE VOLUNTEER TRAINING?
Trainees should plan on attending all classes; however, we realize there are emergencies, illnesses, etc.  Absences may be made up.   If more than 13 hours are missed, however, you will be dropped from training and have to start over in a subsequent training series.  This is a state requirement.

HOW SOON CAN I START VOLUNTEERING?
Placement in the Volunteer Program will be discussed with each interested graduate trainee individually, after the training course is completed. Upon acceptance into the Volunteer Program, we ask for a volunteer commitment of at least one year, donating your time in one or more programs.  During your placement interview, you will discuss what you are hoping to do for your volunteer work, your hours that you have available, etc. and we will come up with the best match we can based on those criteria. Each program has its own minimum hours requirement, with some type of activity happening each month.  In addition, you are required to attend a monthly meeting and participate in eight hours of continuing education activities each year.

WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
If you have more questions about training you can call our public relations manager at 209.524.4331 or send us an email at reception@havenwcs.org. 

I AM LOOKING FOR A VOLUNTEER PRACTICUM PLACEMENT, IS THIS PROVIDED?
Unfortunately, we are not able to offer this at this time.

WHEN IS YOUR NEXT VOLUNTEER TRAINING?
Please see the Training schedule for information regarding training dates.

WHAT IF I WANT TO SUPPORT THE CAUSE, BUT I DON'T WANT TO WORK DIRECTLY WITH CLIENTS?
No problem! We always have lots of ways to help. You can be involved in fundraising events, drafting marketing letters, website development, graphic design, filing paperwork, writing grants, or even helping with design projects. 

If you really want to get involved, let us know what you are passionate about- and chances are we can find a place for you! 

WHAT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU CURRENTLY HAVE?
Volunteers are used in every program for direct client services.  However, some programs are not able to accept volunteers at this time.