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Need Help? 

24 Hour Crisis & Support

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)


Volunteer Opportunity
COVE is looking for people to fill following volunteer positions:
*Crisis Phone Support- answer 24/7 crisis line

*Victim Advocate


*Legal Advocate
*Support Group

* Attourney

* Training and Education

* Volunteer Coordinator


Be A Life Changer

 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!



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 and the Women’s Shelter.  Sometimes these priorities may seem to be in conflict, but common sense generally is all you need to solve the problem.


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 her 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!


Volunteers Needed

We have several events and ongoing volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in volunteering for any of these positions please contact the COVE Volunteer Coordinator (231) 843-2541.


Get Involved...


Volunteer Applications

Interested in volunteering your time and talents?

For COVE FUNDRAISING EVENTS, please complete
and return the FUNDRAISING EVENT application.

For COVE office, shelter or any other event participation,
please fully complete BOTH the Volunteer Application 2017
and the Volunteer Application 2017 P2_DHS Application.
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General Volunteer App
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COVE Volunteers Honored


Communities Overcoming Violent Encounters thanked its volunteers Thursday during an appreciation dinner and gave out top awards to long-time supporters Tania Cornett, Christine Warne and Norma Gilbert.

Cornett has been volunteering for COVE at least twice a week for more than 20 years.

"I went through it and I know other people are going through it,” she said of domestic violence.

Warne started her work with COVE in the early 1980s, having served as the executive director then returning as a volunteer.

Gilbert, a physician, was recruited to the women’s shelter board by a friend in the medical field in 1980 and has served on the board all 33 years since then.

Volunteer Coordinator
Jamie Catlett gave out the awards and asked for help in informing the public about domestic violence and the help available locally through COVE, especially during October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

"You could save someone’s life,” Catlett said.

A Take Back the Night candlelight vigil and domestic violence awareness walk is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 at Waterfront Park. The public is invited to attend to show support for survivors.

In the meantime, COVE is working toward construction of a new shelter/office complex on Ludington Avenue, hoping to break ground yet this fall.

906 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington, MI 49431
Office 231-843-2541
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