Volunteer at Palomar

Imagine yourself rushing into a strange building, children in tow. You are scared, hurt, and have no place to rest or find safety. Then, instead of walking into a gray, gloomy building, you open the door of Palomar to find a calm, reassuring voice and a safe space to sit and rest. Someone offers you coffee, and a volunteer offers to show your children the playroom. All of a sudden, getting help seems a little less frightening, and there is a glimpse of something you did not believe you would ever find again: HOPE.

Domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking are all major, intersecting issues in our society and there are many people who truly desire to help those affected, but do not know where or how to start.

This is where Palomar comes into the picture. Palomar offers many services that enable several opportunities for community members to become involved. From assisting staff in the office, to sitting with guests to support them, there are unlimited opportunities for volunteers.

Volunteer Program Goals

The goals of our volunteer program are to match each volunteer with a fulfilling area of service and to provide volunteers with the training and support they need to assist those affected by domestic violence. Some of our volunteer goals include:

  • To provide current and frequent training to volunteers on domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking issues, and the best practices in working with clients and the community.
  • To provide a variety of tasks and opportunities for volunteers to become involved in assisting Palomar guests.
  • To have volunteers available to provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere for guests.
  • To have a volunteer staff to maintain a friendly hospitality area for guests.

Direct Services Opportunities

Working closely with Palomar staff, a Direct Services Volunteer will work directly with clients and may assist with the following duties:

  • Assisting the receptionist with answering phones, greeting incoming clients, and meeting client needs.
  • Directing clients to the appropriate reception area
  • Assist navigators as requested
  • Managing the lounge spaces in order to assure a warm, comforting environment
  • Escorting clients through the facility and to appointments when appropriate
  • General office support

Requirements: Standard Palomar Volunteer Application, interview, background screening, and orientation with demonstrated experience or ability to work with people in crisis and ability to show sensitivity to the issue of domestic violence.

Time Commitment: Palomar requests a minimum of one, 4-hour shift per week for at least 6-months or one semester.

Children’s Room Volunteer

Youth and childcare volunteers will assist Palomar staff and clients by monitoring the Children’s play room area and assisting with children’s activities as Palomar programming increases.

Tasks may include:

  • Direct supervision of children of various ages
  • Monitoring children’s playroom
  • Reading books
  • Age-appropriate game play
  • Supervising educational videos
  • Supervising arts and crafts
  • Assisting older children with homework assignments

Requirements: Standard Palomar Volunteer Application, interview, background screening, and orientation with demonstrated experience or ability to work with people in crisis and ability to show sensitivity to the issue of domestic violence.

Time Commitment: Palomar requests a minimum of one, 4-hour shift per week for at least 6-months or one semester.

Chaplaincy Program

Because spirituality plays an important role in many people’s lives, we are in the development stages of creating a Chaplain program to provide spiritual support to those clients that wish to have access to this service. The role of the Palomar Chaplain is not to proselytize, but to provide spiritual support to our guests. The level of spiritual support a Chaplain will provide is dependent on their own experience and comfort level, as well as their status as a Chaplain, Associate Chaplin, or Honorary Chaplain. Palomar Chaplains are also available to assist FJC staff when time allows; however, their main focus is to serve Palomar guests. Working closely with staff, a Chaplain will work directly with clients and may assist with the following duties:

Tasks may include:

  • Monitoring lounge areas to assure clients are comfortable.
  • Remain a soothing presence in the lounge areas when clients are present.
  • Serve as a link to resources within the religious community of Oklahoma City that support safety for victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, and/or stalking.
  • Provide connections to additional faith-based community resources when requested.
  • Invocations, benedictions, special presentations, etc. for official ceremonies.
  • Visiting sick or injured employees at their request.
  • Providing care during bereavement situations.
  • Providing pre-incident instruction in relation to stress management intervention strategies.
  • Providing coping assistance for FJC and Partner Agency staff and volunteers following stressful or overwhelming FJC experiences.
  • Helping with peer support functions.
  • Providing Chaplaincy support to victims of a work-related crisis.

Requirements: Standard Palomar Volunteer Application, interview, background screening, and orientation with demonstrated experience or ability to work with people in crisis and ability to show sensitivity to the issue of domestic violence.

Time Commitment: Palomar requests a minimum of one, 4-hour shift per week for at least 6-months or one semester.

For additional information regarding the Palomar Chaplaincy program, please refer to the Palomar Chaplain Handbook, which can be obtained by contacting the Operations Manager

Non Direct Services Opportunities

Administrative Volunteer

Working under the supervision of staff, Administrative Volunteers will provide administrative support to the FJC.

Tasks may include:

  • Answering the Palomar business phone line
  • Assisting with distribution of mail
  • Filing support
  • Data entry
  • Assistance with mailings and other projects
  • Other administrative support as assigned.

Requirements: Standard Palomar Volunteer Application, interview, background screening, and orientation.

Time Commitment: Palomar requests a minimum of one, 4-hour shift per week for at least 6-months or one semester. Volunteers are welcome to set a regular schedule that fits their availability.

Special Projects Volunteer

Working under the supervision of staff, Special Project Volunteers will provide support in specific areas of need.

Tasks may include:

  • Assisting with mailings.
  • Providing support on special projects.
  • Staffing for community events and/or trainings.

Requirements: Standard FJC Volunteer application, interview, background screening, and orientation.

Time Commitment: For a special projects volunteer, hours may be determined based on the project to be completed. Volunteers are welcome to set a regular, weekly volunteer schedule as well.