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  • 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.

    Volunteer Application Form

    If you have any questions throughout the application process, please contact our Community Engagement Department at 319-325-9223 or by email at rose@dvipiowa.org

    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 rose@dvipiowa.org or call 319-325-9223

    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).

    Board of Directors Application

    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
    Applebee’s
    AW Welt Ambrisco Insurance, Inc.
    Bayer
    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 Schilling Real Estate, INC
    Lambda Chi Alpha
    Leash on Life, LLC
    Lepic-Kroeger Realtors
    Little Village Magazine
    Lone Tree Art Club
    Lone Tree Lions Club
    Marshalls
    Mc Farland Supply Company
    Medirevv
    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
    Quality Care
    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
    VORTEX Business Solutions
    Warm Up America
    Washington United Methodist Church
    Wellmark Foundation
    White Rabbit LLC
    Women of St. Mary Catholic Church
    Zion Lutheran Church

  • Position: Crisis Line Advocate

    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.
    Multilingual.

    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.

    Related Duties:
    1. On-Call.
    2. Travel required, with day, weekend and evening work.
    3. Other duties as assigned.

    Please submit a letter of interest and resume by June 14, 2019, to bronis@dvipiowa.org

     

    Position: Youth Services Coordinator (Full Time and Part Time)

    Reports to: Director of Shelter and Youth Services

    Job Summary: Supervised by the Director of Shelter and Youth Services, the Youth Services Coordinator assists families who are victims/survivors of domestic violence. 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.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Responsible to fulfill the overall mission of the Domestic Violence Intervention Program in the provision of services to children impacted by domestic violence and their non-offending parent.
    • Provide crisis intervention and client assessment via phone or face to face contact to develop a safety plan with child victim/survivors and their non-offending parent including appropriate referral and follow-up services.
    • Provide case management to child victim/survivors and their non-offending parent (i.e., assessment, safety planning, child welfare advocacy, support activities) to strengthen the parent-child relationship, including connecting to mainstream resources (i.e., school registration, counseling, and social supports).
    • Organize, implement and maintain prevention and intervention programming for youth as designated by DVIP.
    • 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.
    • Work locally to improve access to services for child victim/survivors and knowledge of battered women’s rights, including trauma-informed practice.
    • When assigned, act as a liaison, representing the Domestic Violence Intervention Program when interfacing with police agencies, social service agencies, commissions, committees, and other groups.
    • 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.

    Qualifications – Required:

    • 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.

    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.
    • Multilingual.

    Related Duties:

    • On-Call.
    • Travel required, with day, weekend, and evenings

    Please send letters of interest and resume to elias@dvipiowa.org

    Position: CAS-S Community Engagement VISTA  (Full Time)

    Reports to: Director of Community Engagement

    Job Summary: Supervised by the Director of Community Engagement, the CAS-S Community Engagement VISTA will work with the Community Engagement department to create and implement a formal plan for community outreach in Henry, Lee, and Des Moines counties, foster partnerships with other agencies, and develop a volunteer recruitment program.

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

    Hours: 1 Year commitment. Full-Time (40 hours) position; schedule includes mornings, afternoons, evenings
    and some weekend hours.

    Location: Lee, Van Buren, Henry, Des Moines Counties

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Responsible to fulfill the overall mission of the Domestic Violence Intervention Program through community engagement and education.
    • Provide support in public speaking, community events, and awareness campaigns in Henry, Lee, Van Buren, and Des Moines Counties.
    • Develop and implement a volunteer recruitment plan under supervision of DVIP’s Volunteer Coordinator.
    • 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.
    • Work locally to develop or improve on existing technology to create a tracking method to record the number of clients that receive services they need to get out of poverty.
    • When assigned, act as a liaison, representing the Domestic Violence Intervention Program when interfacing with community businesses, social service agencies, commissions, committees, and other groups.
    • Document activities as required.

    Qualifications – Required:

    • AA degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
    • Understanding of issues of cultural and socioeconomic diversity as applied to domestic violence intervention services.
    • Working knowledge of basic office functions, including word processing and email.
    • Ability to network 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.

    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.
    • Multilingual.

    Related Duties:

    • Travel required, with day, weekend, and evenings

    Send a cover letter and resume to Director of Community Engagement at altamp@dvipiowa.org 

     

    Position: Rural Advocacy Specialist
    Reports to: The Director of Client Advocacy Services

    Positions covers Des Moines and Lee Counties

    Job Summary: The Rural Advocacy Specialist will provide direct services support and case
    management support to rural victims participating in the Domestic Violence Intervention Programs Rural
    Services Project. Direct services and case management will include, but are not limited to, crisis line
    support, community advocacy, individual counseling, support group, economic literacy, and life skills
    assistance. The Rural Advocacy Specialist is supervised by the Director of Outreach Services.

    Certified Domestic Abuse Advocate: Certification required after appointment to the position.

    Hours: Permanent 1 FTE (40 hours) position; schedule includes mornings, afternoons, evenings
    and some weekend hours.

    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 or face to face contact including barriers to safety, providing
    emotional and other supports (information and referral) as requested.
    • Provide case management for survivors/victims (i.e., assessment, goal planning, regular contacts, and
    regular in-home visits) to assist them in attaining their goals.
    • 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.
    • Provide advocacy by providing mobile services throughout the assigned area in order to better meet victims
    in their own community or where they may be more comfortable, including home visits when safe to do
    so.
    • 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.
    • Work locally to improve access to services for battered women and knowledge of battered women’s
    rights. When assigned, act as a liaison, representing the Domestic Violence Intervention Program when
    interfacing with police agencies, social service agencies, commissions, committees, and other groups.
    • Document services provided as required.

    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 in smaller, rural communities.
    7. Be organized and detail-oriented.
    8. Ability to work in an independent and self-directed manner.
    9. Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
    10. Ability to pass an Iowa background, Child Abuse, and Sex Offender Registry check.
    Qualifications – Desired:
    1. Candidates with language skills and/or past experience working with survivors of domestic violence
    are preferred.
    2. Strong writing and editing skills.
    3. Public speaking skill and ability to provide training within the scope of employment.
    4. Knowledge and understanding of civil and criminal law practice related to domestic violence,
    particularly housing issues, protection orders, immigration, and divorce.
    5. Multilingual.
    Related Duties:
    1. On-Call.
    2. Travel required, with day, weekend and evening work.
    3. Other duties as assigned.

    Please send a letter of interest and resume to Bronis Perteit, Director of Client and Advocacy Services. bronis@dvipiowa.org

    Position: Rural Advocacy Specialist
    Reports to: The Director of Client Advocacy Services


    Position covers Des Moines and Henry Counties

    Job Summary:  The Rural Advocacy Specialist will provide direct services support and case
    management support to rural victims participating in the Domestic Violence Intervention Programs Rural
    Services Project. Direct services and case management will include but are not limited to, crisis line
    support, community advocacy, individual counseling, support group, economic literacy, and life skills
    assistance. The Rural Advocacy Specialist is supervised by the Director of Outreach Services.
    Certified Domestic Abuse Advocate: Certification required after appointment to the position.
    Hours: Permanent 1 FTE (40 hours) position; schedule includes mornings, afternoons, evenings
    and some weekend hours.
    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 or face to face contact including barriers to safety, providing
    emotional and other supports (information and referral) as requested.
    • Provide case management for survivors/victims (i.e., assessment, goal planning, regular contacts, and
    regular in-home visits) to assist them in attaining their goals.
    • 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.
    • Provide advocacy by providing mobile services throughout the assigned area in order to better meet victims
    in their own community or where they may be more comfortable, including home visits when safe to do
    so.
    • 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.
    • Work locally to improve access to services for battered women and knowledge of battered women’s
    rights. When assigned, act as a liaison, representing the Domestic Violence Intervention Program when
    interfacing with police agencies, social service agencies, commissions, committees, and other groups.
    • Document services provided as required.

    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 in smaller, rural communities.
    7. Be organized and detail-oriented.
    8. Ability to work in an independent and self-directed manner.
    9. Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
    10. Ability to pass an Iowa background, Child Abuse, and Sex Offender Registry check.
    Qualifications – Desired:
    1. Candidates with language skills and/or past experience working with survivors of domestic violence
    are preferred.
    2. Strong writing and editing skills.
    3. Public speaking skill and ability to provide training within scope of employment.
    4. Knowledge and understanding of civil and criminal law practice related to domestic violence,
    particularly housing issues, protection orders, immigration, and divorce.
    5. Multilingual.
    Related Duties:
    1. On-Call.
    2. Travel required, with day, weekend and evening work.
    3. Other duties as assigned.

    Please send a letter of interest and resume to Bronis Perteit, Director of Client and Advocacy Services. bronis@dvipiowa.org

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