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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Ralston House relies heavily on our dedicated and talented volunteers, who gave more than 3,500 hours of service last year.  There are numerous areas to volunteer for Ralston House including special events and support advocates.

ADVOCATES

 

Victim/Family Support Advocates:  At Ralston House, we utilize volunteers for advocacy.  Advocates are primarily responsible for working with children and their guardians on crisis intervention, resources, and referrals.  The process to become an advocate is a lengthy process due to the highly confidential nature of the work we do. It requires filling out a 9-page personal history questionnaire, an interview, a background check, reference checks, and an integrity interview by a member of the Arvada Police Department, as well as 40 hours of training when you start. Automatic disqualification for this position includes any history of abuse towards children and any drug use in the past 5 years (including marijuana use- legal or not- in the past 12 months as our organization receives some federal funding). Bilingual skills are strongly preferred though not required.

 

  • Full year commitment

  • Must be 21 years or older to participate

  • Work well with members of the community and law enforcement

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to handle confidential material in a professional manner

  • Expectation to assist at all three locations in Arvada, Lakewood, and Northglenn

  • M-F daytime hours (12 hours per month minimum)

 

Multilingual Advocates: Fluent in language(s) other than English – the required advocate training will be provided by Ralston House (same as above).

 

Contact: Janae | jmoe@ralstonhouse.org | 720.898.6741

 

INTERNSHIPS


College Internships: Students enrolled in an accredited university and will receive college credit for internships, may apply for open positions based on availability.

  • Full school year commitment (i.e. not one semester or quarter)

  • M-F daytime hours, two days/16 hours per week minimum

  • Must be 21 or older to participate

  • Expectation to assist at all three locations in Arvada, Lakewood, and Northglenn

 

Contact: Jill | jijohnson@ralstonhouse.org

 

 

GENERAL VOLUNTEER

 

All volunteers go through a criminal and sex offender background check before volunteering at Ralston House.

Event Volunteers: Participate in the event setup and tear down at community festivals, help interact with guests that approach the Ralston House booth, and provide assistance to events team.

 

  • Must be 16 years or older to participate

  • Outgoing and strong customer service skills

  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

  • Stand for a minimum of one hour

  • Available weekends

 

Fundraising Volunteers: Work on annual partnerships with community businesses to provide donation items for silent auction, onsite prize giveaways, and social media marketing.

  • Must be 16 years or older to participate

  • Outgoing and self-motivated

  • Flexible hours and days

Please contact Jennifer by email to schedule an interview and receive an application.

Jennifer Kemps: jkemps@ralstonhouse.org

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