To fulfill its mission, NVS relies heavily on volunteers to provide governance of the organization, direct services to crime victims, outreach to the community, and administrative assistance.

Please check out the information on this site, and if you are interested in supporting NVS as a volunteer, please contact NVS by completing the volunteer information form below or by emailing: contact@northwestvictimservices.org.

NVS Volunteer Training

If you are interested in volunteering at NVS, please contact NVS by calling NVS at 215-438-4410 or by filling out the volunteer information form below. We will help you receive the training required for NVS direct service volunteers.

In addition to Direct Service Volunteers, NVS has the following Non-Direct Service Volunteer opportunities available

Volunteer Office Assistant: Assists NVS with office responsibilities, including clerical duties and answering the telephone at the NVS office.

Volunteer Public Presentation Assistant: Assists NVS staff at public presentations, community events, meetings, etc., and includes distributing NVS materials.

Volunteer Public Relations Assistant: Assists in promoting NVS through public relations and marketing, including online and social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Volunteer Fund-Raising Assistant:  Serve as an NVS Board's fundraising committee member and assist with the planning and implementation fundraising and other special events. The time commitment for this opportunity varies but requires some evening and weekend work.

Requirements For Non-direct Service Volunteers

Must be 18 years old and have expertise in the area of interest.

NVS Currently Has The Following Direct Service Volunteer Opportunities Available

Volunteer Court Advocate: Assists NVS Court Advocate at preliminary hearings on Monday, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at the Criminal Justice Center at 13 th  and Filbert Street, Philadelphia.  The volunteer court advocate works directly with crime victims who attend preliminary hearings.  Court begins promptly at 8:30 am, and the volunteer court advocate is asked to arrive by 8:00 am. This opportunity requires a time commitment of three hours one morning a week at the Criminal Justice Center.

Volunteer Victim Advocate: Assists NVS Victim Advocates in providing outreach, victims compensation assistance, and home visits, as needed, at the NVS office.  The volunteer victim advocate works directly with crime victims.  This opportunity requires a time commitment of at least four hours at least once a month between 8 am and 5 pm.

Training required for Direct Service Volunteers: During the first year, 40 hours of formal/ informal training are required, and ten hours of training are required in each subsequent year.  Formal training includes orientation, in-service, online training, and other defined educational opportunities, while informal would encompass reading, lectures, supervision, and site visits.

Other requirements for Direct Service Volunteers: Must be 18 years old and obtain Pennsylvania Criminal History and Child Abuse Clearances.

Volunteer Application Form

Information submitted on this form goes directly to NVS and is kept confidential.

Once you submit your volunteer application, you will be contacted by NVS.

  • Please include at least one phone number.
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