Volunteer Advocates

“Being an advocate has genuinely made me a more empathetic, culturally aware and empowered woman. I have been humbled by my interaction with survivors and nurtured as an advocate by staff members. My confidence and self-awareness has increased and I am able to use the fundamental principles of the agency in everything I do.” -Volunteer

Volunteers are integral to our agency and are utilized in all aspects of our organization including client services, education, outreach, events, development and organizational leadership. Volunteers receive thorough training to help prepare them for their chosen responsibilities.

Volunteer Advocate

As a volunteer advocate you will serve as a confidential source of support and information for those affected by sexual and domestic violence through our 24-hour hotline. In addition, advocates accompany survivors to the hospital directly after an assault has occurred or to the police station to report a crime.

If you wish to become a client services advocate, you are required to complete a 35-hour training that will prepare you to provide crisis counseling, support and advocacy. Through training, you will learn how to actively listen to clients’ needs, appropriately support them in a time of crisis and connect them with the resources that can best meet their needs. You will also be trained to help identify and examine the options that a survivor has at each of the different stages of healing.

You are not required to have any previous training in crisis work, only a strong desire to help those in need of services and a positive attitude.

Volunteers are “on-call” from their homes on nights and weekends, and are required to cover at least four hotline/ hospital accompaniment shifts per month for a minimum of one year. Volunteers may also do daytime advocacy in one of our 3 office locations. This could include answering the hotline, meeting with clients one to one, and providing accompaniment to court, to Child Advocacy Center interviews, or to hospitals. HAVEN offers a great deal of support and guidance to volunteer advocates, both in our offices and on night and weekend shifts.

There are 3 advocacy trainings per year: January, June, and September.

Upcoming Volunteer Advocate Trainings:

January/February 2020

Thursday 1/23: 5:30pm-8:30pm

Saturday 1/25: 9am-5pm

Sunday 1/26: 9am-5pm

Saturday 2/1: 9am-5pm

Sunday 2/2: 9am-5pm

***Backup Snow Cancellation Date  Saturday 2/8: 9am-5pm

***Backup Snow Cancellation Date Sunday 2/9: 9am-5pm

May/June 2020

Thursday 5/28: 5:30pm-8:30pm

Saturday 5/30: 9am-5pm

Sunday 5/31: 9am-5pm

Saturday 6/6: 9am-5pm

Sunday 6/7: 9am-5pm


September 2020

Thursday 9/17: 5:30pm-8:30pm

Saturday 9/19: 9am-5pm

Sunday 9/20: 9am-5pm

Saturday 9/26: 9am-5pm

Sunday 9/27: 9am-5pm

Front Desk Volunteer

As a front desk volunteer you will help greet guests and walk-in clients in our reception area at our Portsmouth office and provide support for a range of office tasks and projects. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the agency’s operations and to gain valuable administrative experience. HAVEN is seeking volunteers who can work in 4 hour shifts (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) or full days (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Monday thru Friday. Training will be provided!

Outreach and Events

Support HAVEN in your community! Learn how to spread the word about HAVEN services and prevention education programs and help us fulfill our mission of Ending Violence and Changing Lives. Our Outreach department has a busy schedule of fairs, festivals and fundraisers from April to October. After working as an outreach volunteer during our summer season you’ll have the opportunity to continue your work year round by representing HAVEN at chamber and community events and sharing the great work we do for Southeastern NH. Outreach volunteers may also assist HAVEN by distributing outreach materials to various businesses, hospitals and other agencies in Strafford and Rockingham Counties.

Development Committee

The Development Committee consists of the HAVEN Development Director, members of the Board of Directors, and volunteers from the community. As a committee of the Board of Directors, the Development Committee (“DC”) helps the Board of Directors fulfill its fiduciary responsibility by ensuring the fiscal health of HAVEN through philanthropy, fundraising, and donor development.

Committee Chair and Composition: The Development Committee is chaired by a Board Member and composed of 8-20 Board and community members. The staff liaison is the Development Director. The DC reports to the Board of Directors through minutes, reports, and email communication between meetings. The DC takes direction from the institution’s strategic plan.

The primary responsibility of the DC shall be to develop and carry out the organization’s strategic plan as it relates to fundraising and donor development.
• Provide oversight and support to staff in developing and approving an annual development plan (“ADP”), and coordinate approval of the ADP with the development and approval of the annual fiscal budget.
• Develop and help to carry out a Board Development Plan (“BDP”), which shall include financial contributions from each board member, as well as fiscal and other resources leveraged from the community (e.g., individuals, organizations, and businesses).
• Facilitate a culture of philanthropy among new and existing Board members, which may include orientation, training and ongoing support to enable the Board to succeed in its development plan.
Monitor Board participation in fundraising and cultivation activities and events.

Volunteer Educator

As a Volunteer Educator you will be working directly with elementary students in Southeastern New Hampshire. The program you will present with a staff educator will be focused on personal body safety. A minimum of 1 calendar year commitment is required to be a Volunteer Educator with 4-6 full school days per month to start. Those interested in volunteering for the 2019-2020 school year should submit their application by August. Training is provided for Volunteer Educators in the Fall, with additional training in the classroom.

Our Education program also has opportunities for internships! If you are seeking an internship in our prevention education program, please reach out to us at info@havennh.org 

Board of Directors

Joining the Board of Directors is an excellent opportunity to apply your skills and leave a lasting impact on our agency and the clients we serve. Board Members agree to serve a three-year term and are actively engaged in fundraising, promoting the organization and serving on at least one sub-committee. For more information and to apply to become a HAVEN Board Member please click here .

AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program (AVAP)

AVAP is part of AmeriCorps, a national service program that offers opportunities to Americans who are interested in making a substantial commitment to serve their country through national service.

AVAP Members placed with crisis centers will become advocates who support victims of domestic and sexual violence and stalking. Advocates answer crisis line calls and work one on one to support victims. They help victims obtain restraining orders and access shelter, as well as facilitate support groups, support sexual assault victims and survivors at hospitals and provide referrals for local services, and help to support children who have witnessed abuse. Members may also assist with community trainings and provide outreach and education to schools. They become knowledgeable in local support networks so that they can refer survivors to appropriate services.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must commit to a year of service
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision
  • Ability to remain non-judgmental and be open-minded
  • High level of maturity and ability to work as a team player
  • Valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and auto insurance (some sites do not require)


  • Weekly living allowance
  • Health insurance
  • Childcare (if eligible)
  • Education award
  • Student Loan forbearance and loan interest accrual coverage
  • Excellent training, transferable skills, and great networking experience

For more information call the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence at (603) 224-8893 or email elizabeth@nhcadsv.org

Online Application: http://www.nhcadsv.org/uploads/1/0/7/5/107511883/17-18_avap_application_.pdf 

Website: http://www.nhcadsv.org/avap.cfm


Intern opportunities are available in client services, education, marketing, development, outreach, and events. Requirements and training vary.

For more information about interning with HAVEN please call 603-436-4107 or email info@havennh.org.

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