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Why Volunteer?
There are many good reasons why volunteering is a good idea.  Whether you volunteer by yourself, or with a group…

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!                         Shelter Outreach

VOLUNTEERING is a great way to:

Get involved in the community
Gain knowledge and experience
Share your knowledge and experience with someone else
Offer assistance to others in need

Public Awareness Opportunities
Education and Public Awareness are key in ending domestic violence.  Here are two ways you can do your part to help put a stop to abuse in Gaston County families:

  • Distribute Domestic Violence Materials at your place of business, church, school or civic group
  • Have The Shelter’s Outreach Specialist speak to businesses, churches, schools or civic groups about Domestic Violence and The Shelter of Gaston County. Presentations can be as short as 5 minutes or as long as an hour, based on your group’s needs.

    Presentation topics include but are not limited to:  

    o   Shelter History & Shelter Services
    o   Opportunities for Involvement at The Shelter
    o   How Domestic Violence Affects Children
    o   Recognizing the Warning Signs of an Abusive Relationship
    o   Helping Those in Need
    o   Teen Dating Violence/Promoting Healthy Relationships 

    For more information, contact the Shelter Outreach Specialist,Mollie Weakland, at 704-810-6495 or

Volunteers are needed in the following areas:

    • Evening Meals:  Sign-up for a one-time or monthly scheduled supper meal and deliver to The Shelter in disposable containers.
    • Donations Collection Site:  Work at The Shelter Storage Building.Sort and organize the donations.
    • Child Education:  After school tutoring, homework and help with projects and reports. Read books to younger children, giving some one-on-one time, as a positive role model.
    • Fundraising:  Organize and sponsor a fundraiser event.Donate the proceeds from a coin drive, bake or craft sale, car wash, raffle, auction, school/church carnival. Support us with our various fundraising events.
    • Special Projects:  Plan and lead children and/or ladies in fun and creative activities such as parties or arts and crafts.
    • Community Outreach:  Distribute posters and brochures in the community.Host speakers at your civic, supper or book club.Keep your neighbors and friends informed of The Shelter’s needs and projects.
    • Pro Bono Attorneys:  Offer free legal assistance in civil protective hearings and explain to our residents how the legal system works.
    • Professional Workshops:  Provide classes on-site to share skills and expertise in order to help women achieve independence and stability.
    • Hauling and Moving Assistance:  Lend a hand and a truck to assist clients moving into their new apartments and houses, when they leave The Shelter.
    • Maintenance:  Participate in clean-up projects for The Shelter’s exterior and interior. Interior, adopt a room for monthly deep cleaning.Exterior, pick up trash or pull weeds from the gardens.
    • Hair Stylists and Personal Groomers:  Provide haircuts, manicures and/or massages on-site for Shelter residents.Must be licensed.
    • After Hours Helping Hands:  Assist the Shelter Night Operator with meal preparation.Help with everyday light household duties and cleaning tasks to ensure The Shelter is tidy, welcoming and comfortable for our residents.
    • Wish List Collection:  On a regular basis, collect items needed; such as retail gift cards, body wash, bath towels, juice box drinks and diapers, according to our monthly Shelter Wish List.

For additional volunteer information:  
Volunteer Brochure
Volunteer Application
Group Volunteer Application