About our Volunteer Program
Gateway relies on volunteers to help run all of its programs. In 2016, 128 volunteers donated 4,399 hours of their time to the agency. These are some examples of Gateway’s volunteer assignments:
Training will be provided, and background checks are required for most assignments.
Unfortunately, we are not able to accept volunteers who are under 18 or those completing court-ordered community service.
Meet some of our volunteers.
Special Volunteer Needs
1. We need a group or individual to provide dinners for support group participants about six times per year (once every other month) on Thursday evenings. Each meal is prepared for about 50 women and children. Past volunteers have found it to be helpful to work with a group of friends, book club or Sunday school class.
2. We need volunteers to work a 2-4 hour shift answering crisis calls. Various daytime shifts are available, and on the job training will be provided.
3. Assistance for children’s support groups are needed. Volunteers generally commit to work one evening per week.
Contact us for more information about how to get involved. Thank you!
Interns seeking academic credit are encouraged to apply for an internship at Gateway. Gateway is able to work with students in undergraduate and some graduate degree programs. We frequently host students who are working toward degrees in psychology, social work, pre-OT, criminal justice, human services and other related fields. For more information, contact us.
Occupational Therapy Shadowing
Occupational therapists deliver some of the services offered at Gateway. Recognizing that occupational therapy school admission is highly competitive, and that many prospective OT’s are looking for volunteer opportunities in a community-based setting where they also may shadow an OT, Gateway is able to offer some shadowing opportunities. Students interested in going into the field of occupational therapy may shadow a therapist at the center. Students interested in shadowing an OT should be able to commit to volunteering four hours per week at Gateway for an entire semester, and they should be willing to contribute $50 to cover background check costs. In exchange, the student will be able to shadow an OT for a minimum of eight hours during this semester. Contact us for more information.