HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change)

27 Congress St, Salem, Ma 01970, Usa
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Our missionHAWC’s mission is to create social change by taking action against personal and societal patterns of violence and oppression.

HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change)

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HAWC Ambassador

Conduct presentations about HAWC services for local community partners, attend community events as a HAWC representative, and answer questions about HAWC.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

VOCA Court Volunteer

Assist individuals seeking restraining and harassment orders in Gloucester and Peabody District courts as needed.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays

Family, friends, and co-workers

In the office, at the shelter, or during special events, HAWC can use all the hands it can get! HAWC offers many opportunities for workplace activism, but if you want your group to get involved in other ways, let us know!
  • One-time, Occasional
  • Teens, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Groups (2-10), Corporate Teams, Families
  • Event support, Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Administrative Assistant

Answer our business line, greet visitors, make copies, process donations, prepare bulk mailings, enter data, and perform computer processes with other volunteers and staff members.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work
  • Formal
  • Weekdays

Hotline Volunteer

Answer calls on HAWC’s 24-Hour Hotline, guide callers through safety planning, give community referrals, and keep a call log with other volunteers and staff members.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Short Term Supporters

For those who cannot dedicate a serious amount of time to HAWC or would rather gradually begin getting involved, consider the following volunteer opportunities that only require an orientation: document translation, clinical supervisor provider, and event related help.
  • One-time, Occasional, Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Support Group Facilitator

Co-facilitate weekly support groups for HAWC clients, either during or after hours on a ten to twelve week cycle.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings

SAFEPLAN Court Volunteer

Assist individuals seeking protective orders in Salem and Lynn District courts, as well as Essex County Family and Probate. SAFEPLAN volunteers must also attend a four-day training in Lawrence through the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays

Childcare Provider

Supervise and entertain the children of HAWC clients during support groups or in office appointments as needed.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Walk For HAWC

Volunteer to assist at event or participate in the Walk for HAWC
  • One-time
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Corporate Teams, Families
  • Event support, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekends
How you helpWhen you become a volunteer for HAWC, you can: make meaningful contributions to your community; build deep connections with people of all ages and backgrounds; develop valuable professional skills such as public speaking, peer counseling, and community outreach; and allow HAWC to develop and expand programs that empower survivors and raise awareness about domestic violence.
About usHAWC strives to help abused women, children, men, and nonbinary people live free from violence and fear. As a leading domestic violence agency in Massachusetts, HAWC provides a domestic violence helpline, emergency shelter, legal services, advocacy and counseling services to more than 2,500 families in the North Shore area each year. To raise awareness and bolster prevention efforts, HAWC supplies the public with education, volunteer opportunities, annual community events, and frequent updates on related news and legislation.
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