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Family Refuge Center’s Volunteer Program is growing within our agency. Volunteers can help in both direct and non-direct services and are highly-valued member of our team at Family Refuge Center. All volunteers are required to complete an application, attend an interview, and pass a reference check.

Direct Service Opportunities

Shelter Advocate

Volunteer Shelter Advocates assist staff in the shelter by cleaning and organizing, answering the crisis line when necessary, assisting clients with basic needs and any other daily task necessary. 


  • Must complete 12 hours of Core Training
  • Must complete 6 hours of expanded Shelter Training
  • Shadow 1-day shift and 1-night shift at Shelter

Prevention Advocate

Prevention Advocates assist our Community Coordinator with Family Refuge Center’s violence prevention programming which includes safe/unsafe touch, bullying, and healthy relationship lessons. This program provides education and gives awareness to youth ages preschool to college in Greenbrier, Mercer, Monroe, and Pocahontas Counties.


  • Must complete 12 hours of Core Training
  • Must complete 6 hours of expanded Prevention Training
  • Shadow Community Coordinator during one program implementation

Legal Advocate

Legal Advocates can assist with obtaining Domestic Violence Protection Orders, Personal Safety Orders, Legal Aid Referrals and any other paperwork necessary. 


  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and auto insurance
  • Must complete the 12 hours of Core Training
  • Shadow advocate through the court process and proper hand-offs

Sign up

First step in becoming a Family Refuge Center volunteer is filling out an application.