Opportunities are M-F 8am-12pm & 12pm-4pm. This shift helps with administrative tasks, cleaning, running errands and transportation for appointments. This is typically the busiest time in the home and staff are usually present.
Opportunities are M-F 4pm-9pm. This shift helps with transportation from work or school, meal preparation, and the community dinner. Occasionally staff are present in the home.
Opportunities are Sat. & Sun. 8am-12pm, 12pm-4pm, and 4pm-9pm. This shift helps with transportation to and from appointments and home organization. This shift is usually quieter in the home and rarely has staff present.
Hope Lyfters help transport the Amirah women to and from their work, school, groups, and appointments. There is great opportunity to create meaningful friendships on car rides together!
Our Gratitude Team supports the organization by helping us to give thanks in big and small ways. They meet regularly throughout the year in Lynnfield, Massachusetts.
Our direct care volunteers support the program participants and staff directly in our Residential Program (these are in the Greater Hartford area of Connecticut and the North Shore of Boston, Massachusetts).
Join the Gratitude Team on a Saturday morning every other month to help write thank you cards, notes, and other correspondence to our supporters and community.
Frequently asked questions
1. Do I have to attend the training if I don't want to volunteer in the Residential Program?
Yes, we believe that all of our volunteers should attend this training as we provide knowledge about exploitation, trafficking, trauma, and the work that we do in our programs that is helpful for anyone to know who wants to be involved in any capacity.
2. What if I go to the training but then decide I don't want to volunteer?
That happens sometimes! Life happens, things come up, and the time you thought you had to give to volunteer is now gone. Just let us know after the training that you are no longer interested, and we will stop our emails to you inquiring if you are interested.
What is the process to become a volunteer in your Residential Program and how long does that process take?
The first step is to attend the training. After this, we will reach out to you to find out if you are still interested. If you are, there is an application, background check, reference check, and a few other touch points that we do to make sure that everyone agrees this is a good fit for you. Depending on the person, this process could take a week after someone attends the training, but this also could take a few weeks if the response time is slow.
What is your greatest need?
Our greatest need is for more direct care volunteers for our Residential Program in both locations. How many women we are able to support in our safe homes is directly correlated to how many volunteers are coming in to support the women and staff each week.
Will I be able to teach the women something?
We ask that all volunteers come in ready to serve with the needs that are present. If you really enjoy something in your life, for example knitting, after time as the women begin to know you and your passions, they might ask you to teach them about this. This happens organically though, and in some cases it does not happen at all.
Can I lead a Bible study in a safe home?
While we understand the heart of this request, we do not proselytize the women that are in our programs. We treat the six avenues of whole person care, including spiritual trauma recovery and have a trained professional on staff to meet with each woman for spiritual trauma recovery. If women express interest in the Christian faith, we connect them to local churches that would support them in their desires to grow in their faith journeys, this often includes attending Bible studies.
What does a typical shift look like?
It depends on the day and time of the week. You might drive a woman to a doctor's appointment or run some errands like shopping for groceries. You might help staff out with some tasks around the home. If you are around at dinner time, sitting down and being a part of the meal is welcomed and encouraged. You also might simply be the safe presence in the home while the women rest and recover from a long week of meetings and therapeutic appointments. No matter if it is busy or slow, your presence is supporting these women and vital to our growth.