Get Involved

  • Become a Volunteer

    DVIP relies on the help of dedicated individuals in our communities to help support survivors of domestic violence.  Volunteering is a meaningful way to address the impact of intimate partner violence in our own communities.

    The first step is easy!  Just fill out the volunteer application and our volunteer coordinator will be in contact with you to talk about next steps.

    If you have any questions throughout the application process, please contact our Community Engagement Department at 319-356-9863 ext. 3 

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Group Volunteers:

    Many groups work with DVIP to do much-needed maintenance tasks, donation pick-up and perform many other vital duties that make our organization run! If you are part of a group interested in a one-time project or an ongoing monthly project please contact our Director of Community Engagement at or call 319.930.2030

    Volunteer Victim Advocate:

    These trained individuals are the core of DVIP’s volunteer program. They answer crisis lines, perform emergency intakes, facilitate support groups, provide advocacy in a variety of settings, and provide information and referrals to victims of domestic violence.  Volunteers generally complete two hours of volunteer work each week.

    Youth Volunteer

    DVIP is always in need of youth volunteers. While youth make up half of our shelter residents, DVIP has funding for only two full-time staff members to handle youth issues and programming. From playing video games with a group of teenagers to taking the kids in the shelter to the park, to facilitating a pre-teen support group, youth volunteers play a vital role at DVIP. Volunteers generally complete two hours of volunteer work each week.

    Board of Directors

    Joining the Board of Directors is an outstanding way to share the resources and skills that you can uniquely offer. Our Board is very active in long-range goal planning and policy development, fundraising and community education/awareness. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Board of Directors, contact DVIP at (319) 356-9863 ext 2 for more information, or complete a Board of Directors Application(docx).

    Volunteer with Special Talents

    (i.e. plumbing, carpentry skills, etc. for a few hours or a weekend)

    Many volunteers provide support by donating their special skills in our office or help maintain our shelter. By providing technical assistance, office support, or home repair skills, volunteers provide an invaluable resource and help DVIP minimize overhead expenses.

    Cooper’s House
    We have pet kennels at our emergency shelter site to help keep families and their pets together in a time of crisis! Volunteers will be trained to help maintain the kennels for cats and dogs. An important part of this program will be keeping animals happy and comfortable; which can then be a fantastic therapeutic benefit to children and adults alike. Volunteers may also connect with donors and supporters in the community to help gather resources for the pets we are caring for. This will help ensure the health and well-being for the pets staying in our shelter, as well as the many pets and livestock we foster every year. Check out more about the program here.
  • With our utmost gratitude, the Domestic Violence Intervention Program would like to thank the following businesses for their ongoing financial and in-kind support in 2017!

    Our advocates could not do the work they do without such an incredible community!

    2017 Organizations and Businesses:

    100+ Women for Good
    Alpha Chi Omega
    Amazon Smiles
    AM Rotary
    AW Welt Ambrisco Insurance, Inc.
    Best Case Wines
    Bethany Lutheran Church
    Bethlehem Lutheran Church
    Bluebird Café
    Catholic Daughters of the Americas
    Cedar County Auditor
    Chapter HI PEO
    Christ the King Lutheran Church
    CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
    College of Pharmacy
    Conn Communications
    Continuing Education Account
    Cross Country Motor Club, Inc
    Dakin Family Charitable Fund C/O Community Foundation Greater Des Moines
    Dave Loebsack Campaign
    Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation
    Downtown Iowa City Rotary
    Embury United Methodist Women
    Emmanuel U M W
    Evereve, Inc.
    Fairfax State Savings Bank
    Faith United Church of Christ
    First Presbyterian Church
    First United Church of Christ
    First United Methodist Church
    GEICO Philanthropic Foundation
    Goldman Sachs Gives
    Grace United Church of Christ
    Great Western Bank
    Hills Bank and Trust Company
    Hot House Yoga
    IBlitz Boxing and Fitness, LLC
    Iowa City Monthly Meeting of Friends
    Iowa City Noon Kiwanis
    Iowa City Noon Rotary
    Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce
    Iowa City/Coralville Area CVB
    Iowa GFWC Tri Sigmas
    Iowa One Gift
    Johnson County
    Johnson County Sheriff Department
    Kenneth Kinsey Family Foundation
    Keystone IT
    Kim Schillig Real Estate, INC
    Lambda Chi Alpha
    Leash on Life, LLC
    Lepic-Kroeger Realtors
    Little Village Magazine
    Lone Tree Art Club
    Lone Tree Lions Club
    Mc Farland Supply Company
    MidWestONE Bank
    Muscatine Agility Club
    National Philanthropic Trust
    Network for Good
    Neumann Monson PC
    Newman Catholic Student Center
    Noonmark Foundation
    Old Capitol Kiwanis
    Old Capitol Quilters Guild
    P & K’s Red Hat Hotties
    Pfizer Foundation
    River Products Company Charitable Foundation
    Salt Fork Kitchen
    Sanders Rentals
    Skogman Realty
    Solon Beef Days Committee
    Solon Centennial Lions Club
    Solon United Methodist Women
    Solon Women’s Club
    Southgate Development
    St Ann’s Group at St. Patrick’s Church
    St Mary’s Church of Iowa City
    St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
    St. Anthony’s Bread of St. Mary’s
    St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
    St. Mary’s Catholic Church
    St. Patrick Church
    St. Thomas More Church
    St. Wenceslaus Altar & Rosary Society
    St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church
    Stuff Etc West Inc.
    Stuff Etc. Iowa City
    Swedesburg Lutheran Church
    The Allstate Foundation
    The Fountain Charitable Foundation
    The Governor Group
    The Gwen Johnson Team
    Thomas Cardella & Associates, Inc
    Thrivent Financial
    Toyota Scion of Iowa City
    Trumpet Blossom Cafe
    Unitarian Universalist Society
    United Methodist Women
    United Natural Foods, Inc
    United Way of Central Iowa
    United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County
    United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
    United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties
    University of Iowa Center for Advancement
    University of Iowa Community Credit Union
    Urban Acres
    Warm Up America
    Washington United Methodist Church
    Wellmark Foundation
    White Rabbit LLC
    Women of St. Mary Catholic Church
    Zion Lutheran Church

  • Job Postings

    Position:  Campus Dating Violence Education Coordinator

    Job Summary: The employee in this position will work with our Community Engagement Department to provide outreach to potential volunteers and clients within the University campus. This position will participate in a variety of non-direct service opportunities such as community meet and greets, event tabling, and community education opportunities. This is a temporary position, February 1 to June 30, 2018.

    Hours: Part-time, 20 hours per week. Hours include day, evening, and weekends as needed.

    Reports to: Director of Community Engagement                               Wage: $14-15.00/hour

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Identify and secure university community partners to host meet and greet opportunities for students and faculty.
    • Assist Volunteer Coordinator in obtaining, and training volunteers within the University community.
    • Coordinate outreach opportunities for individuals within the University community.
    • Assist with awareness events and fundraisers on campus.
    • Establish and maintain working relationships with the University to create and maintain systems for effective client advocacy.

    Related Duties:  Other duties as assigned.

    Certified Domestic Abuse Advocate:  Victim counselor certification required after appointment to position.

    Desired Qualifications:

    • Demonstrated knowledge of domestic violence and systems advocacy.
    • A working knowledge of basic office functions, including word processing, graphic design and email.
    • Understanding of issues of cultural and socioeconomic diversity as applied to domestic violence intervention services.
    • Experience in marketing and/or outreach.
    • Valid driver’s license.

    How to apply:  Please send letters of interest and resume to with Dating Violence Educator in the subject line. This position will remain open until filled.    

    Position: Development Coordinator

    Reports to: Director of Community Engagement

    Hours: Non-Exempt, Varied

    Job Summary: The Domestic Violence Intervention Program offers a comprehensive range of services including crisis intervention, safe shelter, counseling, advocacy, and support to meet the needs of victims and their families. The Development Coordinator is responsible for supporting administrative efforts by implementing donor stewardship, engagement and cultivation efforts, event planning, and managing organizational records, logistics, and the direct mail program. This position will work as part of the Community Engagement Department and answers to the Director of Community Engagement. The Development Coordinator must have a comprehensive understanding of fundraising best practices and ethics, ability to manage complex database system, excellent written, oral and graphic communication skill and possess a high degree of self-motivation and be passionate about the programs and services offered by the Domestic Violence Intervention Program.In collaboration with the Director of Community Engagement, Executive Director and Board of Directors, creates and oversees the implementation of a strategic approach to fundraising which may include major gifts, corporate donations, grant solicitation, and in-kind resources.

    Certified Domestic Abuse Advocate:  Victim counselor certification required after appointment to position.

    Required Qualifications:

    • Demonstrated knowledge of domestic violence and systems advocacy.

    • Experience in fundraising, asset development and community engagement.

    • AA degree or equivalent combination of education and experience in relevant area – fundraising, marketing or public engagement.

    • Understanding of issues of cultural and socioeconomic diversity as applied to domestic violence intervention services.

    • A working knowledge of basic office functions, including word processing and email.

    • Public speaking skill and ability to provide training within the scope of employment.

    • Strong writing and editing skills.

    • Valid driver’s license, proof of auto insurance, and reliable transportation.

    • Ability to pass an Iowa background, Child Abuse, and Sex Offender Registry check.

    • Ability to lift up to 50lbs with or without assistance.

    • Implement annual community engagement fundraising plan.

    • Research and develop relationships with prospective community partners and donors, with the purpose of developing resources for victims and fundraising for services.

    • Experience with data entry processes and/or database management software, Little Green Light in particular.  

    • Familiarity with financial recordkeeping.  

    • Experience planning and implementing special events and/or other development efforts.  

    • Project management experience, in particular, the coordination of complex documentation approvals with annual rolling deadlines.  

    • Customer service and/or phone-based relationship building experience.

    Desirable Qualifications:

    1. Multilingual.

    2. Past grant writing experience

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


    • Works with the Director of Community Engagement, Executive Director and Community Engagement Committee of the Board of Directors to develop strategies for meeting marketing and fundraising goals.

    • Develops fundraising training for Directors and other leadership volunteers.


    • Meet monthly fundraising goals, as outlined in the annual Community Engagement Plan.

    • Designs, implements and manage fundraising activities including annual giving, endowment and capital campaigns, special projects, and other agency-related solicitations.

    • Manage strategies and activities for donor cultivation, solicitation, and relations.

    • Maintain contact with and develop grant proposal for foundations and corporations.

    • Develop and maintain a comprehensive planned-giving program.

    Public Relations, Marketing, and Advertising

    • Works closely with the Director of Community Engagement, Executive Director and Community Engagement Committee of the Board of Directors to implement public relations plan and advertising plan.

    • Implements strategies to promote DVIP’s mission to the community at large.

    Related Duties:

    • Some travel required, with daytime, weekend and evening work.

    • Other duties as assigned.

    All elements of the application – a cover letter, resume, two writing samples and a design sample – must be submitted to be considered for the position. Persons interested in this position should send application to or

    Alta Medea-Peters
    Director of Community Engagement
    1105 South Gilbert Ct. #300
    Iowa City, IA 52240

    Application deadline: Open until filled.

    The Domestic Violence Intervention Program is an Equal Opportunity Employer 

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