Since 1978, OASIS, Inc. volunteers have been providing crisis intervention and support for victims of domestic and sexual violence. Volunteers make it possible for OASIS to be available to victims and survivors 24-hours every day, 365 days per year. Volunteer options include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Judicial Systems Advocate (Watauga/Avery)
- Shelter Substitute (Watauga)
- Crisis Line Volunteer
- Office Volunteer (Watauga)
- Overnight Crisis Responder (Avery)
- Shelter Maintenance Volunteer (Watauga)
- Spanish Interpreter Volunteer (Watauga/Avery)
- Outreach Volunteer (Watauga/Avery)
- Childcare Volunteer (Watauga/Avery)
If you are interested in any of the listed volunteer opportunities, please review the Volunteer Job Descriptions below and complete a Volunteer Application. You can submit your volunteer application by emailing the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to our office 828-264-1538.
Judicial Systems Advocate
OASIS Judicial Systems Advocates receive a minimum of 9 hours of training that teaches crisis counseling skills, education about domestic and sexual violence, how to navigate the judicial system, OASIS services and other resources in the community.
Judicial System Advocates are required to commit to one day of advocacy in court each month for a minimum of one year. Volunteers need to be available between 9 am and 1 pm on court days, which are typically Wednesdays for Watauga and rotate in Avery. Volunteers are needed to provide emotional and logistic support while accompanying clients to court or the Magistrate’s office. Volunteers should be good listeners and have an empathic understanding of survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
Crisis Line Volunteer
OASIS’s Crisis Line Volunteer training is a 10-hour program that teaches skills and educates individuals about resources in the community, enabling volunteers to provide support for people in crisis.
Crisis Line Volunteers staff the 24 hour OASIS crisis line during the evenings and on weekends while staff is not available in the office. Volunteers are asked to take at least one crisis line shift per month and commit to at least one year on the line. Phone shifts are between 6 pm and 8 am during the week and 8 am to 6 pm/ 6 pm to 8 am over the weekends.
The crisis line is transferred to a volunteer’s personal land line or cell phone, so the volunteer on the line can spend the evening going about their regular routine, so long as they are in a quiet place, are near the phone and able to help callers in crisis.
Office volunteers provide administrative support during normal business hours (8am to 5pm, Monday-Friday). Duties include data entry, translation, copying, answering phones, accepting and organizing donations, cleaning, mail pick up and drop off, posting flyers, and other special projects. Office volunteers receive a training packet and individual training. OASIS asks office volunteers to commit to at least 2 hours for a minimum of 6 months.
Shelter Substitutes provide overnight supervision of the emergency shelter and all shelter residents. Shelter Subs can also serve as on-call staff during normal business hours during holidays are scheduled office closures.
Shelter Subs complete a 15-hour training and commit to at least one year of volunteer service with OASIS.
Overnight Crisis Responder
Overnight Crisis Responders (OCR) provide crisis support and services for victims of domestic and sexual violence during evenings and weekends in Avery County. OCRs provide crisis support/emergency advocacy in-person to victims at the sheriff’s office, police station, magistrate’s office, or the hospital. OCRs assist clients in the assessment of their immediate needs and coordinate referrals to appropriate agencies (backup is provided by OASIS staff).
OCRS commit to completing a 6-hour training and a minimum one year of volunteer service with OASIS.
Shelter Maintenance Volunteer
Shelter Maintenance Volunteers provide OASIS staff with assistance in responding to scheduled and unscheduled lawn care and maintenance tasks in and around the emergency shelter and Transitional Program unit. There is no training required for this position and no minimum service requirement.
Spanish Interpreter Volunteer
Spanish Interpreter Volunteers are bilingual volunteers who have committed to being on call or scheduled to provide interpretation services for Spanish-speaking clients and OASIS, Inc. staff. Spanish Interpreter Volunteers develop a training plan with staff and there is no specific time commitment to be a Spanish Interpreter Volunteer. Spanish Interpreter Volunteers may be called upon to assist staff with interpretation in the office or shelter, in court, in a hospital or in another community organization.
Occasionally, OASIS staff will need assistance during a special event, hanging flyers, or distributing OASIS materials. Outreach Volunteers would provide assistance during these times. Outreach Volunteers are contacted on an as-needed basis.
Childcare Volunteers are on-call or as-needed volunteers who are available to provide emergency or scheduled childcare in the office, hospital or court/Magistrate’s Office so that staff can provide services to a parent in need of advocacy and safety planning. Childcare Volunteers develop a training plan with staff and are asked to commit to at least six months of service.