How You Can Help
Without volunteers, a nonprofit organization would never survive, let alone thrive.
Volunteers are the backbone of our agency. The McLeod Alliance for Victims of Domestic Violence opened its doors in 1993. It would never have been possible without the vision and dedication of people in the community who saw a need in the human services field and moved to fill it. They were our first volunteers.
Since that time, McLeod Alliance has always maintained a strong force of volunteers who give freely of their time. Our volunteers consistently log more than 1,000 hours annually. They make a difference every day.
We believe that volunteering should be enjoyable, so we encourage volunteers to get to know our agency, closely examine our mission and decide what volunteer activities they wish to do.
Become A Volunteer
To become a McLeod Alliance volunteer, all you need to have is a heart, a little time and a willingness to give. You need not be personally affected by domestic violence to volunteer, although we ask that if you are a former client that you haven’t used our services for at least one full year.
“Being a volunteer has given me a place to serve in my community for a worthy cause. It is a rewarding experience.”
—Cheri, Alliance volunteer
As a McLeod Alliance volunteer, you can help in a variety of ways. Volunteering can include:
- Providing Transportation
- Volunteer Community Outreach
- Staffing Informational Booths
- Quarterly Newsletter
- Serving on our Board of Directors
To become a volunteer, all you need to do is apply.
All applicants must be willing to undergo local and state criminal background checks. The forms are also available at the office and the cost for the screening is covered by the agency.
Successful applicants will be interviewed by the volunteer coordinator. The interview helps the coordinator, with the applicant’s assistance, determine what volunteer duties may be right for the applicant.
References will be checked following the interview before applicants are notified of acceptance to the McLeod Alliance volunteer team.
Once approved for volunteer services, new volunteers complete a 3-hour training. Through the training, applicants will better understand McLeod Alliance, its mission, its services and its policies.
Should I Volunteer?
Some questions to consider before becoming a volunteer:
- Do you want to make a difference in your community?
- Do you have a desire to help people?
- Do you have skills that you don’t use but wish you knew where to put them to good use?
- Could volunteering be a better use of your time than what you do in your free time now?
- Do you want to feel like your volunteer efforts are appreciated?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, then you may have a place as a McLeod Alliance volunteer!
About Board Service
The McLeod Alliance Board of Directors is a group of volunteers that help govern the agency. Board membership is a privilege, and service requires an increased level of dedication.
- Are responsible for assuring there are adequate funding resources so McLeod Alliance staff can provide appropriate services to clients.
- Meet regularly to review the McLeod Alliance mission and assess that the programs in place are meeting clients needs in a way that supports that mission.
- Serve a three-year term.
If you are interested in learning more about serving on the McLeod Alliance Board, please call Executive Director Amanda Raisanen at 320-234-7933 for the name of the current board chairperson.
“To give courage and strength to someone to seek a way out. You give hope to someone who has lost faith in their fellow human being.”
—Rolly and RoseMarie, Alliance volunteers