What can I do as a volunteer at Harbor?

There are many different things you can do as a Harbor volunteer depending upon your interests and upon your schedule. Some volunteers work directly with the individuals who use our services and some volunteers work in a more administrative role.

Listed here are descriptions of the different volunteer opportunities available at Harbor. Volunteer Services supports all of our agency’s programs. We also offer program volunteer and special project volunteer opportunities, as well as internships.

Harbor treats its volunteers as professionals to help the organization remain successful and efficient in carrying out its mission. Without the volunteers’ help, Harbor would not be able to meet the demands for services.

What are the requirements?

Because of our sensitivity to client safety and confidentiality, volunteering with survivors, children or representing Harbor in the community consists of a commitment to the organization which begins with attending a Volunteer Orientation, a criminal background check, an interview with the volunteer services manager and a 20 hour V0lunteer Training. There are various other volunteer opportunities with less commitment or that are more suited for groups.

  • Volunteers who want work with clients must complete a minimum of 20 hours of core training in domestic violence, rape/sexual assault, legal topics, client diversity, and crisis counseling, as well as topic training in their department placement. All volunteers must be approved by the Volunteer Services Coordinator.
  • Individuals who want to volunteer his/her services and time with one-time or short-term projects, fundraising efforts, event planning, product drives, or administrative duties are Special Projects volunteers.
  • Any volunteers who want to help in one of Harbor’s Upscale Resale stores must also complete a volunteer application.

If you would like to volunteer, please complete our application or call (919)938-3566 ext. 204 to request a volunteer application.

Volunteer Opportunities


The Domestic violence & Sexual Assault Crisis Center operates a 24-hour hotline for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. We are in need of volunteers to answer calls, provide basic referral information, and provide supportive counseling to the callers. Hotline workers do require training that we provide.

General Outdoors Work

We are in need of volunteers to help keep our gardens and play areas in beautiful shape – weeding, planting flowers, painting, etc. No training is required but confidentiality agreements must be signed.

General Office Work

From time to time we need volunteers to help out with mailings, filing, etc. Minimal training is required and the hours are during the day.

Court Advocate

Provide practical information and emotional support to victims and survivors of domestic violence in civil and criminal court.

Hospital Responder

Provide hospital advocacy to survivors of sexual assault at Johnston Health in Clayton or Smithfield.