Volunteers Sought in Southwest PA to Work with Domestic Violence Program

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The Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania is in need of volunteers at its Uniontown location.

The shelter serves Washington, Greene and Fayette counties.

"In Washington and Fayette Counties, there are shelters for domestic violence victims and families," said Michelle Robinson Ritter, executive director at the shelter. "In Greene County, there is a satellite counseling office."

In addition to these services, the shelter provides 24-hour hotlines, transportation and intake into the shelters, empowerment counseling, support groups and individual counseling. All services are strictly for victims of domestic violence and their children.

The Domestic Violence Services is putting out a call for concerned volunteers to help provide direct services to victims.

Those interested in becoming volunteers are invited to attend a required training session in the fall and spring.

"Folks who go through our 45-plus-hour training session become trained in all aspects of direct service provision," Ritter said.

Volunteers are guided through training in a number of responsibilities, including the correct ways to manage the shelter's hotline, working with shelter guests and children, individual and group empowerment counseling, community education programs, staffing tables at organization or agency fairs and more. …