volunteer-652383_1280Volunteer Opportunities

Direct Client Contact Volunteer Positions
Indirect Client Contact Volunteer Positions

Be an agent of change! 

Use your talents to strive for peace, and support survivors and their children! Share your experience and learn new skills.  In our 33-hour Paraprofessional Training, you will learn about social justice issues, the dynamics of abuse, how to provide support in a non-judgmental way, and how to use your time to advance positive social change…and you may be changed in the process!  Become a part of the solution as we work together to end all forms of violence.

33- Hour Paraprofessional Anti violence Training

SPAN’s paraprofessional volunteer training incorporates crisis intervention skills, dynamics and issues of abuse, and developing tools to challenge the various systems of oppression.

Our training also has an online component- similar to an online class.  We have computers with internet access available throughout training.

Throughout the training volunteers develop active listening skills and practice ethical communication while learning about SPAN’s programs, procedures and philosophy in order to support survivors and their families in the best way possible. All Trainees will attend five sessions of generalized training and two sessions of specialized training in the area they have chosen.

We offer our Anti violence Volunteer training three times annually; February, June and October.

Upcoming Training dates: June 2018

June 9th, 12th, 16th, 19th, 23rd, 26th, & 28th.  Saturdays are 9am-3:15pm. Tuesday and Thursdays are 6pm-9pm.

Completion of all 7 training sessions is required.

Click here to complete and submit our volunteer application

Online SPAN volunteer application

Questions about volunteering?  Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@safehousealliance.org

Once we have received your completed application the volunteer coordinator will be in touch to schedule an interview.

For all direct client contact roles, we ask for a 1-year minimum commitment. All direct client contact volunteers and interns must attend the 33-hour training, subsequent monthly meetings, and supervision (if relevant). We know that volunteers who maintain this commitment gain personal satisfaction and professional growth from their experience at SPAN. In turn, the staff provides volunteers and interns with ongoing feedback and learning opportunities. This could be the experience you’ve been looking for!

Volunteer Roles

Direct Client Contact

Crisis Line Volunteers create and maintain a safe, supportive environment that is conducive to healing for survivors and their children.  Volunteers provide professional support to crisis line callers, shelter residents and shelter staff.  Responsibilities also include shelter maintenance and organization.  Shifts are 4 hours once a week.

DART Victim Advocates provide emotional support to survivors involved in a domestic violence incident to which the police have been called.  Volunteers carry a pager and respond immediately by phone, to the jail or to the scene of the incident after the police have stabilized the situation. Victim Advocates are on call one weekend each month.

Court Advocates assist clients in the process of obtaining a protective order by providing support and information at the Justice Center in Boulder and Broomfield. They accompany clients to court hearings and support them through the judicial process.  Shifts are once a week, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until noon or noon to 4 p.m.

Children’s Volunteers interact with children in group and individual settings and create a safe environment conducive of expression of feelings and healing as well as provide general staff support.  Groups take place at the shelter as well as the Boulder and Lafayette Outreach Centers.  Shifts are 2 hours, two shifts per a week (total of 4 hours per a week).

Outreach support Volunteers manage the front desk at the Outreach Center in Boulder.  Volunteer responsibilities include phone coverage, mailings, data entry and other need-based Volunteers provide operational assistance to SPAN staff, preliminary support to crisis line callers, resources and referrals to transitional housing clients, and information about SPAN to community members both over the phone and in person.  Shifts are 4 hours once a week.

PBJ Adult Mentors Through the Peers Building Justice (PBJ) program, adult mentors will support the program by presenting curriculum in classrooms throughout Boulder County, where students learn how to engage in healthy relationships, prevent dating and sexual violence, and become advocates for social justice. Shifts are Monday through Friday during school hours.


Indirect Client Contact does not require completing of our 33- hour paraprofessional volunteer training and includes short and long term opportunities.

NEW! Community Skill Share program where community members can easily sign up to offer their skills to our organization and clients OR sign up to complete one of the much needed projects on our list! This can be a one time opportunity with you and your co workers, family members, friends or a monthly get together to serve your community.  Interested in more details or getting signed up?  Email our volunteer coordinator volunteer@safehousealliance.org TODAY!

Community Service Volunteers support us by signing up to complete duties ranging from administrative work, internet searches, organizing, cleaning projects, facility maintenance and yard work.  Opportunities vary throughout the year.

Events Volunteers represent SPAN at various Events, Fairs and Festivals and participate in an outgoing, friendly, and supportive manner. Event Volunteer responsibilities include making copies, faxing, mailings, donation/supply pick-up, related errands, set-up and take-down of the Events. Opportunities vary throughout the year.


Interested in volunteering or have questions about our volunteer program?  Contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@safehousealliance.org.