Volunteer Opportunities

Compass Center for Women and Families serves more than 6,000 clients each year and relies on volunteer support. We offer a variety of short- and long-term opportunities to become involved with our programs, services and operations.

If you would like to learn more about volunteering at Compass Center, you can view our Why Volunteering at Compass Center Might Be Right for You post. To join us as a volunteer, please review the positions below and then complete a Compass Center Volunteer Application. You can view current internships here.   If you have any questions about volunteering or interning at Compass Center, please email Erica Brierly, Director of Client Services & Volunteer Management. 

For more information, please call us at 919-968-4610.

The following volunteer positions are currently available. Please fill out an application and staff will get back to you with training information:

Court Advocacy and Community Response PAID internship

Domestic Violence Crisis Volunteers

Using active listening and crisis intervention skills, advocates provide emotional support and informational resources (legal, medical, mental health and shelter options) to victims of domestic violence, their friends and family members. In addition, daytime advocates meet with walk-in clients to provide counseling or assistance, including helping clients complete a domestic violence protection order. We need daytime advocates in our office Monday – Friday to take either a shift from 9 am to 1 pm or 1 to 5 pm. We also need overnight advocates who carry a pager to respond to hotline calls during non-office hours (evenings and weekends). We welcome men and women volunteers. A special need exists for bilingual (Spanish/English) advocates for day and overnight shifts. Check back for information on our next training. Requirements for this position include:
  • Completion of 42-hour classroom training. Training will cover topics including the dynamics of domestic abuse, domestic violence and the law, active listening, legal issues and community resources.
  • Completion of two "shadowing" shifts with an experienced volunteer
  • Commitment of 3-4 shifts per month for at least nine months
Provide legal advocacy and assistance to victims involved in the criminal and/or civil court systems. Requirements for this position include:
  • Complete 42-hotline training (or provide documentation of comparable training)
  • Additional court advocacy training and shadowing
  • Must be available Thursdays at 8:30 am
  • Transportation to Orange County Courthouse in Hillsborough required
  • Experience with the justice system preferred but not required

Community Educators (CEs) are the face of Compass Center and play an integral role in Compass Center’s success in preventive work. Community educators give presentations that educate the community about domestic violence and Compass Center services, and staff tabling events. We have a strong need for both English and Spanish speaking educators. Compass Center offers domestic violence training's and educational presentations to various professional, religious, student, and community groups. For more information about our community education program, please see our website. Applications available online.

A unique opportunity for people bilingual in Spanish and English is the option of serving as an on-call, as needed interpreter for hotline advocates Mondays 9-5 and on the overnight/weekend shifts when the Latino Services Coordinator is not on duty. Requirements for these positions include:
  • Completion of 10-hour classroom training
  • 3-4 months of hotline experience
  • Completion of two "shadowing" shifts with an experienced volunteer

Domestic Violence AND Self Sufficiency

Volunteer Facilitators help create a safe space for Compass Center clients to work on self-growth, healing, and making positive changes in their lives. Supervised by the Support Group Coordinator, these positions require various levels of training, depending on the volunteer's prior experience and the particular group. The Support Group program spans both Domestic Violence services and Self-Sufficiency services through the following groups: Domestic Violence Support Group (DVSG), DVSG Part II, Divorce and Separation Support Group, Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Support Group (Spanish Language), Self-Esteem Support Group, Children’s Coping Skills Group, and The Art of Healing (Arts-based workshop for survivors of domestic violence). Check back for more information on our next training.
Enter de-identified program evaluation data into excel. Data entry can be completed at the Center or offsite. Program evaluations include those from the Start Strong program (primary youth violence prevention program and Community Education Workshops and Presentations.
Provide child care during our weekly support group for victims of domestic violence. Requirements for this position include:
  • Completion of a 2-hour training
  • Previous experience with children
  • Commitment to 2-3 shifts per month for at least nine months

Walking Tall Children’s Coping Skills Group Position Description

Walking Tall is an educational support program for children ages 5 to 11 residing in a transitional housing program in Chapel Hill. Many of the children have experienced abuse in the home and all are coping with homelessness and difficult family transitions. The goal of the program is to provide a safe space for these children to learn healthy coping skills, get support, and form positive connections with caring adults. Volunteers will work with the Support Group Coordinator and Walking Tall Intern to plan sessions and will work directly with the children on topics such as respect, self-esteem, feelings, anger, safety, and abuse. Volunteers will be provided with a comprehensive training prior to the start of group and on-going support and supervision from Compass Center Staff and Interns.


  • Complete volunteer application here - https://compassctr.org/get-involved/volunteer-application/
  • Pass background check
  • Some experience with children
  • 18 or older
  • Attend Volunteer Training (3-4 evenings)
  • Time commitment is 1 weekday evening a week for 7 weeks with 1 planning meeting each week
  • Comfort in working with all people regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Self Sufficiency Services

Help with public relations, marketing, program evaluation, or program advisory committees.
Provide one-on-one assistance to help clients develop job search skills, build resumes and cover letters, and explore career options. This opportunity requires a 6-month commitment and relevant career advising experience. Must be available to meet with clients on weekdays during business hours. Must be able to commit to providing at least two career appointments per month. -Facilitate a workshop for the community on a topic related to career exploration.
The Information & Referral Volunteer’s primary responsibility is to act as a first contact to individuals who call or walk into Compass Center.  IRVs offer information and referral advice and provide a welcoming and helpful atmosphere while helping clients access Compass Center’s programs and services.  IRVs assess client needs to determine whether those needs can be met through one of Compass Center’s programs. If not, volunteers refer clients to the appropriate services in the community. Information & Referral Volunteers are also asked to assist staff members with various in-house administrative tasks, as well as tabling at community events and fairs. Volunteers will perform the work covered in the training and commit to a weekly shift of at least 3 hours for a period of at least 9 months or two semesters.
Answer 15-minute phone calls from clients with questions about a variety of legal issues, primarily in the area of family law (requires a commitment of 2 hours once a month). Phone calls are fielded from your office or home, so no travel is required. Must be licensed by the NC Bar Association.
- Review legal memos written by UNC law students in your field of practice. Requires a commitment of at least one memo review per month. Hours are flexible, both weekday evening and daytime. No travel required. Must be licensed by the NC Bar Association.
Help clients with budgeting, financial skills, and credit issues. This opportunity requires a 6-month commitment and at least 1 year of professional experience such as banking, investing, asset management, business, real estate and/or accounting. Experience requirements for students: finance and accounting coursework. Please review our full position description for more detail. Must be available to meet with clients on weekdays during business hours. - Facilitate a workshop for the community on a topic related to financial issues.
Help plan and coordinate events surrounding Compass Center for Women and Families' annual fundraisers.
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