The Heartbeat for Victims
To fulfill its mission, NVS relies heavily on volunteers to provide governance of the organization, direct services to crime victims, outreach to the community, and administrative assistance.
NVS Volunteer Training
If you are interested in volunteering at NVS, please contact NVS by calling Melany at 215.438.4410 or by filling out the volunteer information form below. Melany will help you recieve the training required for NVS direct service volunteers.
In addition to Direct Service Volunteers, NVS has the following Non-Direct Service Volunteer opportunities available:
Volunteer Office Assistant: Assists NVS with office responsibilities including clerical duties and answering the telephone at the NVS office.
Volunteer Public Presentation Assistant: Assists NVS staff at public presentations, community events, meetings, etc. and includes distributing NVS materials.
Volunteer Public Relations Assistant: Assists in promoting NVS through public relations and marketing including online and through social media sites such as Face Book and Twitter.
Volunteer Fund-Raising Assistant: Serve as a member of the NVS Board’s fundraising committee and assist with the planning and implementation of fundraising and other special events.The time commitment for this opportunity varies but requires some evening and week-end work.
Requirents for Non-Direct Service Volunteers:
Must be at least 18 years old and have expertise in teh area of interest.
NVS currently has the following direct service volunteer oppurtunities available:
Volunteer Court Advocate: Assists NVS Court Advocate at preliminary hearings on Monday, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at the Criminal Justice Center located at 13th and Filbert Street, Philadelphia. The volunteer court advocate works directly with crime victims who attend preliminary hearings. Court begins promptly at 8:30 am and the volunteer court advocate is asked to arrive by 8:00 am. This opportunity requires a time commitment of three hours one morning a week at the Criminal Justice Center.
Volunteer Victim Advocate: Assists NVS Victim Advocates in providing outreach, victims compensation assistance, and home visits, as needed, at the NVS office. The volunteer victim advocate works directly with crime victims. This opportunity requires a time commitment of at least four hours at least once a month during the hours of 8 am and 5 pm.
Training required for Direct Service Volunteers: During the first year, 40 hours of formal/ informal training are required and in each subsequent year ten hours of training is required. Formal training includes orientation, in-service, online trainings, and other defined educational opportunities, while informal would encompass reading, lectures, supervision, and site visits.
Other requirements for Direct Service Volunteers: Must be at least 18 years old and obtain Pennsylvania Criminal History and Child Abuse Clearances.