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National Domestic Violence Hotline

1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
TTY: 1-800-787-3224


Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

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Call for your appointment: 231.690-7921



As a volunteer you are a lifeline of this organization.  We hope that you will be both active and involved, and your experiences will be both challenging and rewarding.  We thank you for the time you give to us, and hope that whether the shift you are working is quiet and uneventful, or whether things seem to be racing out of control, that you know that your contribution as a COVE Volunteer is extremely valuable.

We never want to put our volunteers into situations that make them uncomfortable.  When in doubt, please ask the office staff, or, if you are alone and a decision has to be made, contact the person on call.  At some point down the road, you may be faced with a challenging situation and will just have to make your own judgment call.  Just remember that we are always ready to back you up.  We ask that you try to be professional, that you think first of our clients and their security, and that you try to protect the reputation of COVE.  Sometimes these priorities may seem to be in conflict, but common sense generally is all you need to solve the problem.


 Help Stop Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse 

You can make a difference through a donation of your time, talents and finances.  Volunteer for an event, at the shelter or in the COVE office.  Financially, give a one-time or on-going donation.  Consider COVE when preparing your Trust or Estate Planning recipients.  Whatever area you choose, thank you for being a “Life Changer” for COVE families.


1.  Responsibility: You must be reliable.

2.  Confidentiality: This is a must.  Lives may depend upon it.

3.  Interpersonal Communication Skills: Strive to be an active listener.

4.  Non-judgmental: You must be open minded to differing personal values

5.  Respectful: Work to empower the clients, not over-power them.  You are there to help the client make their own decisions, not give advice.

6. Good boundaries: Knowing your own limitations and having the ability to say "NO” when necessary to guard your own personal time.

7.  Empathy:  Not sympathy and definitely not pity.

8.  Willingness to learn: Gain understanding of the dynamics of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

9.  Genuine interest in others: Most of all, just love people.


Volunteer training is requiredc for new volunteers.  Volunteers that assist COVE staff in making an important difference in the lives of the survivors and their families served by COVE are provided with 40 hours of training to learn more about providing these services.  (Training is not required for event volunteers.) For more information, contact COVE's Volunteer Coordinator at: 231-843-2541, xt. 7.

Beginning in June, quarterly training will be held for Volunteers.  Training dates are Thursday evenings 5:30-7:30 pm and Saturday 10 am - 4 pm. 

Training dates for June are:
(Thursday) June 6, 13, 20, 27; 5:30 - 7:30 pm and
(Saturday) June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; 10 am - 4 pm

Training dates for September are:
(Thursday) September 5,12, 19, 26; 5:30 - 7:30 pm and  
(Saturday) September 7, 14, 21, 28; 10 am - 4 pm

Training dates for December are:
(Thursday) December 5, 12, 19; 5:30-7:30 pm and
(Saturday) December 7, 14, 21, 28; 10 am-4 pm



In addition to the general volunteer application above, please complete this application are return it to the DHHS office closest to you with your photo ID.

Volunteer Opportunities   

Interested in volunteering your time and talents?  The following Volunteer Opportunities are always available:

• Office Support
• Events Committees
• Shelter Support
• Facilitating
• Crisis Line
• Transportation
• Professional Counseling
• Group Activities
• Children’s Activities
• Meal Preparation
• Legal Clinic
• Tutoring
• Donation Intake & Sorting
• Childcare

COVE Volunteers Honored

2019 Volunteer Awards

Cheryl Bourke
Volunteer of the Year

West Shore Bank
 Business of the Year

Angela Boitel
Rookie of the Year  

Tracy Moody
Health Care Professional
of the Year 

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