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 319-325-9223 or by email at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 319-325-9223Volunteer 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 HouseWe 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 2019!
Our advocates could not do the work they do without such an incredible community!
2019 Organizations and Businesses:
Alpha Chi Omega
AW Welt Ambrisco Insurance, Inc.
Best Case Wines
Bethany Lutheran Church
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Catholic Daughters of the Americas
Cedar County Auditor
Chapter HI PEO
Christ the King Lutheran Church
College of Pharmacy
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
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 Sheriff Department
Kenneth Kinsey Family Foundation
Kim Schilling Real Estate, INC
Lambda Chi Alpha
Leash on Life, LLC
Little Village Magazine
Lone Tree Art Club
Lone Tree Lions Club
Mc Farland Supply Company
Muscatine Agility Club
National Philanthropic Trust
Network for Good
Neumann Monson PC
Newman Catholic Student Center
Old Capitol Kiwanis
Old Capitol Quilters Guild
P & K’s Red Hat Hotties
River Products Company Charitable Foundation
Salt Fork Kitchen
Solon Beef Days Committee
Solon Centennial Lions Club
Solon United Methodist Women
Solon Women’s Club
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
Theisen’s More For Your Community – 2018
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
VORTEX Business Solutions
Warm Up America
Washington United Methodist Church
White Rabbit LLC
Women of St. Mary Catholic Church
Zion Lutheran Church
Position: Shelter Services Coordinator
Job Summary: The employee in this position will work with women and children who are residents of the DVIP shelter program, offering support, advocacy, peer counseling, crisis intervention, community referrals, and conflict resolution. This position is a direct services position.
Reports to: Director of Shelter and Youth Services
Hours: – Full Time (varied)
Certified Domestic Abuse Advocate: Victim Advocate training required after appointment to the position.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Provide crisis intervention support, brief solution-based support, community referrals, and resources to shelter residents and crisis line clients.
- Demonstrate conflict resolution and problem-solving skills to clients and co-workers.
- Document services provided as required.
- Coordinate follow-up services and activities for adult shelter residents, including organizing daily logging information related to client services, maintaining client files and organizing and/or completing client orientations.
- Assist with shelter office maintenance, including making copies of forms, cleaning office, straightening desk area, etc.
- Assist in general upkeep of the facility, including building upkeep, building and grounds, security, and distribution of program donations.
- Establish and maintain a working relationship with community agencies and systems for effective client advocacy.
- AA degree or equivalent combination of education and experience (Two years of experience as a family or domestic violence case manager in a major social service program may be substituted for one year of college education).
- Understanding of issues of cultural and socioeconomic diversity as applied to domestic violence intervention services.
- Experience in peer advocacy and crisis intervention work.
- Working knowledge of basic office functions, including word processing and email.
- Ability to provide confidential services in smaller, rural communities.
- Be organized and detail-oriented.
- Ability to work in an independent and self-directed manner.
- Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
- Ability to pass an Iowa background, Child Abuse, and Sex Offender Registry check.
- Physically able to lift up to 50lbs.
Qualifications – Desired:
- Demonstrated knowledge of domestic violence and systems advocacy.
- Candidates with language skills and/or past experience working with survivors of domestic violence are preferred.
- Strong writing and editing skills.
- Public speaking skill and ability to provide training within the scope of employment.
- Travel required, with day, weekend, and evenings
Please send letters of interest to email@example.com
Deadline: Until Filled
Reports to: Director of Client Advocacy Services
Hours: Non-Exempt, Varied
Job Summary: Supervised by the Director of Client Advocacy Services, the Crisis Line Advocate assists people who are victims/survivors of domestic violence via DVIP’s 24 hour hotline. The focus of this position is to provide crisis intervention, safety planning, legal advocacy (not legal advice), housing and economic advocacy, support groups, community education/prevention and other specific needs resulting from domestic violence through trauma-informed practice.
Certified Domestic Abuse Advocate: certification required after appointment to the position.
Qualifications – Required:
1. AA degree or equivalent combination of education and experience (Two years of experience as a family or domestic violence case manager in a major social service program may be substituted for one year of college education).
2. Demonstrated knowledge of domestic violence and systems advocacy.
3. Understanding of issues of cultural and socioeconomic diversity as applied to domestic violence intervention services.
4. Experience in peer advocacy and crisis intervention work.
5. Working knowledge of basic office functions, including word processing and email.
6. Ability to provide confidential services.
7. Be organized and detail-oriented.
8. Ability to work in an independent and self-directed manner.
9. Valid driver’s license, proof of auto insurance, and reliable transportation.
10. Ability to pass an Iowa background, Child Abuse, and Sex Offender Registry check.
Qualifications – Desired:
Candidates with language skills and/or past experience working with survivors of domestic violence are preferred.
Knowledge and understanding of civil and criminal law practice related to domestic violence, particularly housing issues, protection orders, immigration, and divorce.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Responsible to fulfill the overall mission of the Domestic Violence Intervention Program in the provision of services to program participants.
Victim/survivor-focused activities to ensure the safety and security of the victim is primary.
Provide crisis intervention via phone contact including barriers to safety, providing emotional and other supports (information and referral) as requested.
Connecting survivors/victims to mainstream resources.
Client assessment: background history, including housing assessment; determining cultural, economic, ethnic, health and social factors involved; identifying special needs of victims, and gathering relevant information needed to develop a plan determined by and acceptable to the victim.
Work collaboratively with other regional victim service providers in order to best meet the needs of survivors in the program region, and provide appropriate referral and follow-up services.
Maintain working knowledge of the State of Iowa statutes and codes that have an impact upon our services to victims of domestic violence mandating the requisite reporting mechanisms.
Participate in continued training as required and other related duties as assigned.
Document services provided as required.
Assist with mentoring of new co-workers, volunteers, and interns, providing information about barriers faced by battered women, general operating procedures, crisis intervention, advocacy, and community referrals.
2. Travel required, with day, weekend and evening work.
3. Other duties as assigned.
Please submit a letter of interest and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org