AFSSA
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

DIRECT SERVICES

Advocates/Case Manager: Volunteer advocates provide peer counseling, crisis intervention, and overall support to survivors. They provide legal resources on issues of domestic violence, family law and/or immigration. They screen clients for intake, give referrals, provide ongoing case management and safety planning. They also accompany clients to court, attorney’s offices and other appointments (opening bank accounts, riding the bus, going to the grocery store etc). After six months of service and approval from the Family Advocate, they can also help with support groups.

Children’s Advocates: These advocates provide childcare when the parent is attending meetings or support group.

Helpline/Resource Line Volunteer: TAFSSA operates a 24-hour hotline. AFSSA is looking for hotline volunteers to offer immediate and confidential crisis intervention, information, referrals, and problem-solving assistance to the caller. Since this is a 24/7 hotline, positions are available during evenings, nights and weekends.

People with excellent listening skills and/or counseling experience and the ability to dedicate at least a year to AFSSA are preferred for the above positions.

In order to be a Volunteer Advocate, participants should attend:

  • AFSSA Volunteer Orientation
  • 18- hr General Volunteer training
  • 20-hr Direct Service Training
  • Attend an interview with the Family Advocate

INTERPRETING AND TRANSLATING

Volunteer interpreters and translators help increase client access to services by assisting in translations and providing interpretive services when clients are working with AFSSA staff, doctors, lawyers, schools, and other service providers. Over the phone interpretation opportunities are available. Daytime availability is preferred but not required, and this position is ideal for those fluent in English and any Asian language.

In order to be a Volunteer Interpreter/Translator, participants should attend:

  • AFSSA Volunteer Orientation
  • 18- hr General Volunteer training
  • 20-hr Interpreter Training
  • Attend an interview with the Family Advocate

COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Community Educators: Community Speakers provide information on a variety of topics including domestic violence, special issues relating to the Asian population, why there is a need for AFSSA services, and various cultural competency related topics. After approval from the Community Liaison, can independently coordinate and manage information booths.

Booth Supervisors: Supervise AFSSA booths at various community events by providing information and handing out AFSSA material.

Community Ambassadors: Community leaders from various ethnic groups work with AFSSA to raise awareness about gender based violence.

Research Volunteers: Assist researching information to generate content for AFSSA related publications.

In order to be a Community Education volunteer, participants should attend:

  • AFSSA Volunteer Orientation
  • 18- hr General Volunteer training
  • 20-hr Community Education training
  • Attend an interview with the Community Liaison

Clerical and Event Day Volunteers

Clerical Volunteer: Assist with data entry and other clerical.

Event Day Volunteers : Assist in AFSSA fundraising events such as the Silk Road : An Asian Epicurean Journey and The Thousand Cranes of Peace.

In order to be a clerical volunteer or a event day volunteer participants should attend:

  • AFSSA Volunteer Orientation
  • Attend an interview with the Volunteer Coordinator
  • Clerical Volunteers are required to attend the 18 hour General Volunteer training.

Other Volunteering Opportunities

Board Members: Provide governance over policies for the agency and expand community relationships. Board volunteers have to go through an extensive vetting process before being invited to join the board. If interested please contact Linda Phan at lphan@afssaustin.org.

Fundraising Committee Volunteers: Serve on the fundraising committee and assist the Executive Director on fundraising projects such as the Thousand Cranes of Peace, Silk Road and other campaigns, events, and community collaborations. Experience with project planning, fund development, and event planning is a plus. As a member of this committee you will be required to attend committee meetings, which occur twice a month typically.

Pro-bono professional volunteers: Professionals such as doctors, attorneys, graphic designers, public relations professionals provide pro-bono professional assistance to AFSSA clients and the agency. Pro-bono volunteers are asked to work on discreet, short term projects.

All volunteers are required to undergo a criminal background check. All volunteers are required to be at least 18 years old.

For more information please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@afssaustin.org.