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VOLUNTEER

JBWS would not be able to provide all of its critical services if not for our volunteers. Last year, 200 JBWS volunteers contribute 15,000 hours of services to our Morris County-based service.

To begin the process for becoming a volunteer in any capacity, you can complete the Volunteer Application Form online. It is easy and secure. If you do not live or work in Morris County, please go to the NJ Coalition to End Domestic Violence https://www.njcedv.org/ to find the domestic violence prevention program nearest to you. For more information about all of our volunteer opportunities and training dates, call 973-267-7520 Ext. 129

DIRECT SERVICE VOLUNTEERS

After an initial application and interview process, volunteers can participate in a 40-hour training course to enable them to work directly with clients. During the training, volunteers will learn more about domestic violence and options available for victims; meet the staff to learn about JBWS; and develop skills for assisting victims.

After completing the 40-hour training course, volunteers have the opportunity to work a 2-4 hour shift per week on either the helpline or in the children’s program (based on their preference and schedule). An overall commitment of one year is expected.

At periodic meetings and ongoing trainings, volunteers connect with each other and the staff to learn the most recent information on domestic violence and JBWS services, practice new skills and gain support and guidance.

Survivors of domestic violence are welcome to volunteer but discouraged from sharing their personal experiences with helpline callers or residents. Volunteering too soon following the abuse may be triggering. To explore your readiness to volunteer, please speak with your counselor or the Volunteer Manager.

Safe House/Helpline

The Helpline is a 24/7 support line to victims, their families and others looking for support and information about domestic violence. Our volunteers staff the line between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. and answer calls on a variety of issues and questions.

Volunteers are there to listen and make appropriate referrals to JBWS staff or to resources in the community. Volunteers are not counselors but do provide valuable support services.

While staffing the Helpline, volunteers help with a variety of tasks, including transportation, preparing rooms for new clients, sorting and stocking donations, and special project office work.

Children’s Program

Our children’s program provides a supervised environment for children whose mothers are currently residing in one of our residential facilities or are attending an in-house group. A shift in the Children’s Program is two hours and a weekly commitment is expected. The number of children will vary from week-to-week, as will the age groups.

Children’s Program volunteers provide recreational activities that are age appropriate and assist children in the development of interpersonal skills and improve their ability to identify and express their feelings. Volunteers help model appropriate adult/child interaction.

Crisis Response Team Volunteer

Teams are composed of trained citizen advocates who serve as volunteers of their local police departments. Under the program, officers who investigate domestic violence calls offer victims the opportunity to speak with a CRT advocate. If an officer does not offer to call a CRT advocate for you, you can ask the officer to initiate the call.

Crisis Response Team members assist victims of domestic violence by providing emotional support, information on domestic violence, and referrals to social service agencies, emergency temporary safe house, legal resources and more. They can assist with an application for a temporary restraining order and help with safety planning.

All volunteers go through a screening process followed by a 40-hour training program by JBWS. Upon successful completion, volunteers are on-call to their assigned police departments to meet victims and provide them support. Additionally, individual supervision is provided to the advocates within 24 hours of their call.

FUNDRAISE
There are so many ways that you can support the services of JBWS. See our suggestions below. But don’t let them limit you! Use your imagination! Our Vice President of Development at 973.267.7520 x123 would be happy to talk with you about all the possibilities.

Attend a Special Event

There’s something for everyone. Find out how you can support the mission of JBWS while attending a special event.

Join Our Fundraising Committee

Do you enjoy being part of a group? Brainstorming ideas? Event planning? Being creative and crafty? How about raising awareness and funds for a great cause? If you answered “yes,” then come join one of the JBWS Fundraising Committees as they plan their future events.

These Fundraising Committees were created to raise awareness and engage the broader community about the issues surrounding domestic violence. The dynamic and dedicated group of volunteers and staff aim to create visibility within the community through events on an affordable scale.  Each year, the groups host an annual luncheon, a coffee house/tricky tray, a Night at the Races, and more.

Organize Your Own Fundraising Event or Collection Drive

  • Sponsor a bowl-a-thon or dance-a-thon to benefit the services of JBWS
  • Contribute to our wish list of food, toiletries, baby items, medicine, and cleaning supplies
  • Run a promotion and donate a percentage of your business sales to JBWS
  • Donate clothing to benefit JBWS in the bin located at 100 North Road in Chester, NJ
  • Donate gift cards to discount stores, department stores, and supermarkets
  • Host an apartment shower for the benefit of a new resident in our transitional living program
  • Collect and donate discount coupons from Bed, Bath and Beyond to help lower the expenses for the transitional living apartments
  • Do a cell phone collection drive.  Turn your old or no longer used cell phones into new life lines for domestic violence victims or they will be turned into cash to benefit those served by JBWS
  • Adopt-a-Family to provide one year’s worth of staple food and household items as they leave the emergency safe house to begin their path to self-sufficiency

 Shop for a Cause

  • Use goodsearch.com as your search engine and identify JBWS as your favorite charity.  Every click will generate a penny to JBWS
  • Use goodshop.com for your online shopping portal.  This website integrates offers from hundreds of popular and well-known stores and JBWS will receive a percentage of your purchase.  All store coupons and discounts are still viable and best deals are available.  It’s shopping directly on the retailer’s website with an added benefit for JBWS.
  • Order flowers and gift baskets from fromyouflowers.com and you will receive a 10% discount and JBWS will receive 15% of your purchase amount
  • Shop directly for JBWS via You Give Goods
  • Designate JBWS as your charity of choice while shopping through AmazonSmile

Host a Friend-Raiser

“Open doors” and connect JBWS with individuals, foundations, and corporations. Call us for ideas on how to get started.

IN KIND DONATIONS

Wish List

Collect from our Wish List. Then, call our Donation Line at Ext. 144 to arrange for a pick-up or delivery.

Donate food the easy way!

Just go to You Give Goods to purchase food and supplies for JBWS. At the time of the purchase, you will be emailed a tax receipt and at the end of the drive, all food ordered online will be shipped right to us! It’s that simple.

How to donate used clothing:

A donation Clothing Bin to benefit JBWS is located at: 100 North Road in Chester, NJ (back of the building).

Donate cell phones:

Your cell phone donations benefit victims of domestic violence. To learn more, leave a message on the Donation Line at Ext. 144.

Furniture:

Due to the large volume of calls and our limited storage space, we are unable to accept furniture.

THANK YOU!

JBWS is grateful for your donation. All efforts will be made to pass along these donations to our clients. If there is not a current need for your donated items, they may be sold on consignment to benefit the families served by JBWS.

Questions about Donating? Leave a message on our Donation Line: 973-267-7520 Ext. 144.

ARRANGE A SPEAKER

JBWS invites members of the community to become part of the solution. Become knowledgeable, sensitive, and engaged in promoting healthy relationships. Invite JBWS to speak at your school, college, workplace, club meeting, or house of worship. Schedule a professional training program for your agency, hospital, firm, or department. Together, we can make a difference. Learn more