JBWS would not be able to provide all of its critical services if not for our volunteers. Last year, 200 JBWS volunteers contribute 15,000 hours of services to our Morris County-based service.
To begin the process for becoming a volunteer in any capacity, you can complete the Volunteer Application Form online. It is easy and secure. If you do not live or work in Morris County, please go to the NJ Coalition to End Domestic Violence https://www.njcedv.org/ to find the domestic violence prevention program nearest to you. For more information about all of our volunteer opportunities and training dates, call 973-267-7520 Ext. 129
DIRECT SERVICE VOLUNTEERS
After an initial application and interview process, volunteers can participate in a 40-hour training course to enable them to work directly with clients. During the training, volunteers will learn more about domestic violence and options available for victims; meet the staff to learn about JBWS; and develop skills for assisting victims.
After completing the 40-hour training course, volunteers have the opportunity to work a 2-4 hour shift per week on either the helpline or in the children’s program (based on their preference and schedule), or as a Crisis Response Team volunteer. An overall commitment of one year is expected.
At periodic meetings and ongoing trainings, volunteers connect with each other and the staff to learn the most recent information on domestic violence and JBWS services, practice new skills and gain support and guidance.
Survivors of domestic violence are welcome to volunteer but discouraged from sharing their personal experiences with helpline callers or residents. Volunteering too soon following the abuse may be triggering. To explore your readiness to volunteer, please speak with your counselor or the Volunteer Manager.
The Helpline is a 24/7 support line to victims, their families and others looking for support and information about domestic violence. Our volunteers staff the line between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. and answer calls on a variety of issues and questions.
Volunteers are there to listen and make appropriate referrals to JBWS staff or to resources in the community. Volunteers are not counselors but do provide valuable support services.
While staffing the Helpline, volunteers help with a variety of tasks, including transportation, preparing rooms for new clients, sorting and stocking donations, and special project office work.
Our children’s program provides a supervised environment for children whose mothers are currently residing in one of our residential facilities or are attending an in-house group. A shift in the Children’s Program is two hours and a weekly commitment is expected. The number of children will vary from week-to-week, as will the age groups.
Children’s Program volunteers provide recreational activities that are age appropriate and assist children in the development of interpersonal skills and improve their ability to identify and express their feelings. Volunteers help model appropriate adult/child interaction.
Crisis Response Team Volunteer
Teams are composed of trained citizen advocates who serve as volunteers of their local police departments. Under the program, officers who investigate domestic violence calls offer victims the opportunity to speak with a CRT advocate. If an officer does not offer to call a CRT advocate for you, you can ask the officer to initiate the call.
Crisis Response Team members assist victims of domestic violence by providing emotional support, information on domestic violence, and referrals to social service agencies, emergency temporary safe house, legal resources and more. They can assist with an application for a temporary restraining order and help with safety planning.
All volunteers go through a screening process followed by a 40-hour training program by JBWS. Upon successful completion, volunteers are on-call to their assigned police departments to meet victims and provide them support. Additionally, individual supervision is provided to the advocates within 24 hours of their call.
There are so many ways that you can support the services of JBWS. See our suggestions below. But don’t let them limit you! Use your imagination! Our Vice President of Development at 973.267.7520 x123 would be happy to talk with you about all the possibilities.
Attend a Special Event
There’s something for everyone. Find out how you can support the mission of JBWS while attending a special event.
Join Our Fundraising Committees
Do you enjoy being part of a group? Brainstorming ideas? Event planning? Being creative and crafty? How about raising awareness and funds for a great cause? If you answered “yes,” then come join one of the JBWS Fundraising Committees as they plan their future events.
These Fundraising Committees were created to raise awareness and engage the broader community about the issues surrounding domestic violence. The dynamic and dedicated group of volunteers and staff aim to create visibility within the community through events. Each year, the groups host a tastings event, a golf outing, an auction, a tricky tray, and more.
Organize Your Own Fundraising Event or Collection Drive
- Donate gift cards to discount stores, department stores, and supermarkets.
- Contribute to our wish list of food, toiletries, baby items, medicine, and cleaning supplies.
- Run a promotion and donate a percentage of your business sales to JBWS.
- Donate used clothing, bedding, towels, curtains, and handbags to benefit JBWS in the bin located at 100 North Road in Chester, NJ (follow the signs to the EMT building).
- Sponsor a bowl-a-thon or dance-a-thon to benefit the services of JBWS.
- Host an apartment shower for the benefit of a new resident in our transitional living program.
- Adopt-a-Family to provide one year’s worth of staple food and household items as they leave the emergency safe house to begin their path to self-sufficiency.
Shop for a Cause
- Shop from our Amazon wish list to donate items to our residential programs.
- Use goodsearch.com as your search engine and identify JBWS as your favorite charity. Every click will generate a penny to JBWS.
- Use goodshop.com for your online shopping portal. This website integrates offers from hundreds of popular and well-known stores and JBWS will receive a percentage of your purchase. All store coupons and discounts are still viable and best deals are available. It’s shopping directly on the retailer’s website with an added benefit for JBWS.
- Order flowers and gift baskets from fromyouflowers.com and you will receive a 10% discount and JBWS will receive 15% of your purchase amount.
- Designate JBWS as your charity of choice while shopping through AmazonSmile
Host a Friend-Raiser
“Open doors” and connect JBWS with individuals, foundations, and corporations. Call us for ideas on how to get started.
Making a monetary contribution is simple and secure. You can make a one-time gift or set up an automatic process to make donations quarterly, semiannually or annually. Also, be sure to check with your employer to see if they participate in a matching gift program.
Please Donate Now or mail it to:
P.O. Box 1437, Morristown, NJ 07962
Leave a Legacy
JBWS has been providing vital services to victims of domestic violence and their children for more than 42 years. Your help and support is critical to the future of JBWS, as we plan for the magnitude of the work still ahead. Together, we can ensure another 40+ years of services to our clients.
There are a variety of ways that you can contribute to JBWS and still retain valuable economic benefits for you and your family. These types of gifts can often generate current income tax deductions, while you still retain a portion of the gift for you and your family.
Gift Planning offers an effective way to maximize your personal charitable goals and estate planning needs. Often, some of the greatest opportunities to make significant charitable gifts occur at the times you are making other major business, personal, and financial decisions, such as writing or revising your will, and planning your retirement.
There are many ways to leave your legacy including Charitable Bequeaths, Gifts of Appreciation Property, Gifts of IRAs and Other Retirement Benefits, Outright Lifetime Gifts, Charitable Remainder Trusts, Charitable Gift Annuities.
These are just some of the options that may be available to you. We encourage you to seek the advice of your tax advisors concerning tax benefits that are available to you before you make a charitable gift. If you would like to make a contribution, please contact the VP of Development at 973.267.7520 x123 for more details.
IN KIND DONATIONS
JBWS' HOLIDAY PROJECT
More than 700 survivors of domestic violence and their families are served by JBWS' Holiday Project each year.
There are three main ways to help:
- If you're interested in adopting a family for the season, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Purchase gifts or toys from the Holiday Boutique Wishlist
- Choose items from our Amazon Wishlist
For more information about the Holiday Project, click here.
Please follow the link to see our most needed items.
To see JBWS' 2022 back-to-school wishlist, click here.
How to donate used clothing:
A donation Clothing Bin to benefit JBWS is located at: 100 North Road in Chester, NJ (follow signs to EMT building).
Questions about Donating or to learn more about how you can make a safe donation during the Covid-19 pandemic please leave a message on our Donation Line: 973-267-7520 Ext. 144 or email email@example.com
ARRANGE A SPEAKER
JBWS invites members of the community to become part of the solution. Become knowledgeable, sensitive, and engaged in promoting healthy relationships. Invite JBWS to speak at your school, college, workplace, club meeting, or house of worship. Schedule a professional training program for your agency, hospital, firm, or department. Together, we can make a difference. Learn more