Volunteer for Harbor House

Domestic abuse advocates come from all walks of life. Harbor House volunteers include men and women, parents and teens, church and school groups, business professionals, teachers, and domestic violence survivors. This diverse volunteer base not only promotes a welcoming community of hope within our doors – it strengthens our community relationships, meets the needs of our clients, and enriches the lives of shelter residents and staff.

Volunteer Training

We want to ensure that each volunteer who walks through our doors feels connected to Harbor House and our mission to end domestic abuse in Northeast Wisconsin. As a Harbor House volunteer, you’ll be required to participate in a two-hour volunteer training in which you’ll learn about domestic abuse, the importance of confidentiality and how to protect it, the effects of domestic violence on children, and concepts related to anti-oppression.

Share Your Talents

Have a unique talent that’s not in our list of volunteer opportunities? We’d love to hear from you. Harbor House volunteers offer their expertise on a wide variety of topics including knitting, auto care, resume writing, interviewing, and budgeting. Volunteers also offer free personal care services such as haircuts, chiropractic services, yoga, and massage. We even have a group of women that visit monthly to provide residents with a home cooked meal.

Volunteer Opportunities

Harbor House volunteers donate their time and talents in a variety of ways. Below is a listing of potential areas that we need support from volunteers, but we are always wanting to hear about talents that individuals want to donate to Harbor House by volunteering their time.


If you do not see a job below that is exactly what you are looking to do, please out a


and indicated what you are looking to volunteer your time helping with. Thank you!


SANE Volunteer

Date Added: October 24th, 2022

As a SANE (sexual assault nurse examiner) volunteer, you will take 1-2 on-call shifts a month to respond to SANE calls when a sexual assault survivor presents at Appleton Medical Center. You will accompany the person to the hospital as an advocate, being there for them as emotional support.

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Front Desk Worker

Date Added: June 2nd, 2021

As a front desk worker, you’ll be responsible for answering our business and crisis phone lines, greeting visitors, and assisting residents and staff. Looking for help primarily M-F from 1:00 – 4:30 PM, but support at other times is also needed.

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Childcare Provider

Date Added: May 27th, 2021

Volunteer to engage in play and activity with young children and help supervise older kids and teens. Volunteers provide childcare four nights per week so that mothers can attend adult support groups.

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Internships/Work Study

Date Added: May 27th, 2021

We work with many students from local colleges seeking full-year, semester, or summer internships. Interns from varying fields gain experience providing advocacy for individuals in crisis.

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Committee Member

Date Added: May 16th, 2021

Committee members are experienced, knowledgeable individuals who provide guidance for aspects of Harbor House. Our committees include; Finance, Human Resources, Governance, and Fundraising. You do not need to be a board member to join a committee.

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