Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become a volunteer at The Haven?
All potential volunteers must complete the following steps before beginning their volunteer service at The Haven:
Submit a Volunteer Interest Form
All volunteers for The Haven are required to agree to searches of the Central Registry for the Virginia Department of Social Services/Child Protective Services and Criminal History Records of the Virginia State Police. The Haven will pay the fees required for these searches.
Note: Minors are not required to complete a background check, however, The Haven asks that minors have their parent/guardian accompany them to the in-person interview to fill out the necessary paperwork.
A brief orientation is offered to all volunteers before starting their tasks. Additionally, The Haven offers a comprehensive 3-session course which familiarizes volunteers with The Haven and how staff and volunteers can provide trauma-informed support to our program participants. The course is required for any volunteer who plans to work directly with our clients and hasn't already completed the training.
What do volunteers do at The Haven?
Haven volunteers play a variety of roles in our organization. Examples include helping out at the Thrift Shop processing incoming donation to providing supportive services to residents, and helping the Shelter staff with other tasks as needed.
Please see the Volunteer Opportunities portion of our website to see current volunteer openings.
What days and times does The Haven need volunteers?
Volunteers are needed at the Administrative Office from 10 am - 4 pm Monday through Friday. Volunteers are needed from the Thrift Shop from 10 am - 4 pm Tuesday through Friday. The times at which volunteers are needed at the Shelter can vary. The Volunteer Coordinator will work with you to find the most suitable times for you to volunteer.
How often does The Haven hold new volunteer orientation and training?
Twice a year. The Haven generally offers its Standard Volunteer Training in April and October.
However, volunteers may have a one-on-one orientation with the Volunteer Coordinator if unable to attend the Standard Volunteer Training.
What is the time commitment required to be a volunteer?
On average, a Haven volunteer spends between 2-10 hours per week filling various capacities within our organization. The time commitment could be greater or less, depending on the complexity of the task and what’s going on at that particular time. Additionally, The Haven asks that volunteers attend 3 out of the 6 volunteer bi-monthly meetings we offer.
Can men volunteer?
Yes. We want to offer as many positive role models for our program participants as possible. Our program participants benefit from having positive male role models in their lives.
Does The Haven provide opportunities for groups to volunteer?
Yes. Please see the "Volunteer Opportunities" portion of our website for more information on group volunteers.
Does The Haven accept court-ordered community service volunteers?
Yes. Community Service volunteers perform administrative duties or other non-direct services. Not all community service volunteers are approved. Please email the Volunteer Coordinator for more information.