Volunteer Opportunities


Looking for a rewarding way to give back to your community? Interested in becoming part of an integral team dedicated to helping women and children living with abuse? The Shelter offers many volunteer opportunities for those in the community interested in helping with this important issue. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Answering the 24-hour hotline
  • Assisting with the staffing of the emergency shelter
  • Facilitating children’s programs
  • Helping with special events and fundraisers
  • Interpretation services for the Spanish-speaking community
  • Providing a pet-safe home for victim’s pets
  • Taking items to the recycling center
  • Helping organize donation items and transporting them to the residential facility
  • Organize a donation drive of Shelter Wish List items

All volunteers must complete some level of training. The Shelter offers a full volunteer training session three times a year and also provides individual training on an as-needed basis. To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Shelter, please contact our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at (434) 963-4676.

If you are interested in volunteering, please review the application process and fill out an application using Better Impact. Once your application is complete, our Community Engagement Coordinator will reach out to you to discuss the training process and how you can join our amazing group of volunteers.  

Other ways you can help include making a tax-deductible donation to the Shelter or purchasing support materials that raise funds for the Shelter. Monetary donations can be made by check and sent to: Shelter for Help in Emergency, P.O. Box 1013, Charlottesville, VA 22902. For online donations, click here.

What You Can Do to Enact Change

Learn more about issues related to domestic and sexual violence. Read books and articles, attend lectures, watch educational television shows.
Evaluate your own language, beliefs and attitudes about traditional gender roles, roles in relationships, and the issues of domestic and sexual violence as a whole.
Address un-informed remarks and offensive jokes that you may hear from other people. Re-educate people, or let them know that you are not tolerant of their behaviors.
Do not support movies, television shows or other forms of mass media that portray eroticized violence against women and children.
Write letters to newspapers, magazines, companies and politicians expressing your support or concerns about their practices.
Model respectful behavior for children.
Be supportive of people who are survivors of domestic or sexual violence. Do not practice victim-blaming.
Support organizations and legislation that empower people in our society who are most vulnerable to domestic and sexual violence.