The W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Volunteer Experience: Organization Support Volunteers

Fundraising for W.O.M.A.N. Inc. at the Karaoke Night event

Fundraising for W.O.M.A.N. Inc. at the Karaoke Night event

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is often looking for new volunteers.  While many of our volunteers are on the front line working directly with survivors around their experiences with violence, we are also lucky enough to work with many volunteers who support our efforts from behind the scenes. For these talented volunteers, we have created the following opportunities.

Development: One of our newest volunteer opportunities is with grassroots fundraising. As an organization, we know how important the support of the community is in ensuring that our services are funded and sustainable. To speak to this value, we developed a toolkit that staff, volunteers, and community members can use in order to throw grassroots fundraising parties in their homes, parks, or favorite local restaurants. A dedicated group of volunteers came together to create an events committee that plans to coordinate and throw fundraising parties on a regular basis. As well as helping out with our fundraising efforts, we also have volunteers who help out in the development area by tracking donations in our database, thanking donors, soliciting for donations, and event sponsorship.

Events: “Working on the events committee offers a chance to use many skills at once. There is such variety in the tasks it takes to plan an event, from the initial brainstorm for event ideas to communicating about our cause, and finally, getting to see your plan in action…literally. Because of the wide variety of jobs, it’s a wonderful opportunity for different people to collaborate and share their ideas.” – Gina

Domestic Violence Information & Referral Center:  A few years ago, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. spearheaded a project called the Domestic Violence Information & Referral Center. This web-based database is accessible to Domestic Violence advocates throughout the Bay Area and other select California counties, and makes looking up relevant referrals for survivors and connecting with colleagues in the field easy! Many volunteers have helped us to build and maintain this valuable website, performing data entry and contacting other agencies to ensure the info featured is accurate and up to date.

“I think it’s important for the DVIRC to function well, offer plenty of good resources, and be easy to understand. I’m happy to be part of an effort to continually make it better so that agencies can use it to streamline their anti-DV efforts.” – Amelie

Social Media: We have relied on the talents and energy of our volunteers to increase our social media presence and cultivate a more widespread online community. Volunteers utilize platforms like Facebook, Twitter, our blog, Youtube, our newsletter, and more to keep our community of supporters up-to-date on community events, fundraising and volunteer opportunities, and issues affecting survivors today.

“Being a social media volunteer at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. allowed me to learn a lot about how to enhance a nonprofit’s social media presence, improve my SEO and HTML knowledge, and hone my writing and editing skills.” – Julia

Administrative & Program Support: And lastly, countless volunteers have assisted in providing administrative and program support over the years. These volunteers perform tasks that help to increase our capacity to serve survivors, provide quality trainings, and have a strong presence in the community. They help to set up trainings and events, create organizational systems, work towards a paperless office, and more.

“Helping with administrative tasks as a volunteer gave me a better understanding of W.O.M.A.N., Inc. and the system of nonprofit agencies where I want to work in the future. Learning about the huge impact that W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is making in the community and meeting other volunteers inspired me to pursue a career as a social worker.” – Yukiko

Thanks to all of the dedicated and awe-inspiring volunteers who have and continue to support our work! We could not make such an impact without you!

For information about our volunteer program, please email mariya@womaninc.org

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One thought on “The W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Volunteer Experience: Organization Support Volunteers

  1. That is a wonderful work you are doing, Keep On! I follow your news here form Canada, Victoria. I my self have being a survival of Violence and much more then just fiscal for woman, its much underneath and your work shall prevail till this theme’s last breath.

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