Welcome to the Volunteer Portal for the Shelter for Help in Emergency!


Looking for a rewarding way to give back to your community? Interested in becoming part of an integral team dedicated to helping women and children living with abuse? The Shelter offers many volunteer opportunities for those in the community interested in helping with this important issue. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Answering the 24-hour hotline
  • Assisting with the staffing of the emergency shelter
  • Facilitating children’s programs
  • Helping with special events and fundraisers
  • Interpretation services for the Spanish-speaking community
  • Providing a pet-safe home for victim’s pets
  • Taking items to the recycling center
  • Helping organize donation items and transporting them to the residential facility
  • Organize a donation drive of Shelter Wish List items

All volunteers must complete some level of training. The Shelter offers a full volunteer training session three times a year and also provides individual training on an as-needed basis. To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Shelter, please contact our Community Engagement Coordinator by email or by phone at (434) 963-4676.

If you are interested in volunteering, please review the application process and fill out an application using Better Impact. Once your application is complete, our Community Engagement Coordinator will reach out to you to discuss the training process and how you can join our amazing group of volunteers.  

Other ways you can help include making a tax-deductible donation to the Shelter or purchasing support materials that raise funds for the Shelter. Monetary donations can be made by check and sent to: Shelter for Help in Emergency, P.O. Box 1013, Charlottesville, VA 22902. For online donations, click here.

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About the Shelter for Help in Emergency

Mission Statement:  Working to end domestic violence in our community.

Since 1979, the Shelter for Help in Emergency has worked to support and empower victims of domestic/intimate partner violence through a combination of trauma-informed residential and community-based outreach services, including a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, safety planning, information and referral, resource assistance, legal advocacy and court accompaniment, supportive counseling, outreach to the Spanish-speaking community, and programs for children and youth.