If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.
We appreciate your interest in volunteering to serve those striving to escape the cycle of family violence. Volunteers and interns serve in a variety of ways in virtually all departments of the Family Sunshine Center (FSC), in both direct services to clients and in administrative roles. The agency could not offer services, at the current capacity, without dedicated and committed volunteers. We look forward to working with you!
There are several steps to the application process. Complete the required volunteer application by accessing the forms linked on this page. If you would prefer to have an application packet mailed to you, please contact the volunteer coordinator at 334.206.2100.
Upon completing your volunteer packet, contact the volunteer coordinator to set up your interview.
The interview will establish your suitability, areas of interest and availability. You will be asked to provide identification and proof of auto insurance if your role will require transportation. In accordance with Alabama law, volunteers are also required to complete background check forms during the interview process.
All new volunteers will be scheduled to complete an orientation and any additional training needed for their assignments.
We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.
Administrative volunteers assist staff with clerical activities such as copying, filing, entering data and assembling notebooks, as well as provide relief for the receptionist.
Children’s Service volunteers can assist in tutoring, childcare and mentoring at the Shelter, Counseling Center and Exodus Community.
Family Friends Mentoring Program is designed to provide a nurturing, one-on-one partnership for survivors residing at the Exodus Community. Mentors help to foster self-sufficiency and encourage families to develop to their fullest potential. Training is required.
Speakers’ Bureau volunteers can assist the Outreach and Prevention program with presentations and outreach activities such as health fairs in the seven-county service area. Training is required.
Special Events: The agency has several events and fundraisers throughout the year where volunteers are needed. Tasks vary, but often include set-up, clean-up, hosting, organizing and fundraising.
24-hour Crisis Line volunteers help staff the 24-hour domestic violence hotline. Training is required.
Groups of volunteers (i.e. civic or faith-based groups) are utilized as needed to complete projects such as facility maintenance or assistance with fundraisers. If your group is interested in a service project, please contact the volunteer coordinator at 334.206.2100.
Is There a Student Intern Program? Student interns are placed at the FSC through partnerships with area universities and colleges. Internships are available on a limited basis. While interns typically are studying social work, counseling, marriage and family therapy, and psychology, other programs are considered. The application process is the same as for general volunteers. **Applications are being accepted for the Fall 2017 semester.**