Hope Alliance was founded in 1984 in Round Rock. Since then it has expanded to provide services for domestic violence victims, has become a 24-hour emergency center and has established outreach offices in Georgetown, Cedar Park, Taylor and Hutto.
To be able to provide these services Hope Alliance depends on volunteers. There are a variety of opportunities for volunteers to do from becoming an advocate, being an office aide, to helping create a new home for a family.
To become a volunteer you will need to complete the volunteer application and attend a volunteer orientation session. During your orientation you will learn about all of the different volunteer opportunities available including:
- Children’s Advocate – help the Children’s Team plan and implement activities for child residents.
- Crisis Hotline Advocate – provide crisis intervention services and support for those in need. Also supply information about the Hope Alliance’s services or community referrals.
- Intake Advocate – during intake sessions you will meet with clients and collect information on services they may need. (Volunteer must be a crisis hotline advocate before they can be an intake advocate.)
- Legal Advocate – provide legal information and procedures to clients. You will also assist in obtaining protective orders, helping crime victims get compensation and accompanying clients to court procedures.
- Office Aide – help with general office duties including answering phones, data entry and special projects.
- Outreach Aide – help build relationships and represent Hope Alliance in the community. Outreach opportunities include passing out brochures and working community event information tables.
- Sexual Assault Hospital Accompaniment Advocate – provide emotional support, advocacy, medical accompaniment and referral services to sexual assault survivors and their friends or family members.
- Shelter General Advocate – assist with everyday tasks involving the upkeep and organization of the shelter.
- Shelter Special Projects (group opportunity) – assist with special projects at the shelter including painting, yard work, deep clearing and special family nights.
- Transitional Housing Prep (group opportunity) – help create a fresh home environment for a family moving into transitional housing units. Projects include decorating and moving furniture.
If this sounds like something you would like to do, visit the Hope Alliance website. You can also contact Hope Alliance Volunteer Services by calling 512-255-1212 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.