Volunteer FAQ

Thank you for your interest in supporting The Avery Center with your time and expertise! We rely on volunteers to walk alongside survivors, support our organization, and engage our community in a variety of ways. Whether you have one day, forty hours, a semester, or more, we welcome your support!

We work to pair your skills and interests with positions and activities that ensure you are connected with the cause. We value YOU and we value your time. Review our FAQ below and contact us if you have any additional questions.

Below are some of our common & recurring needs.

  • Administrative Support: Marketing, bookkeeping, accounting, running errands, office upkeep.
  • Events: Sponsorship, marketing, themes & décor, on-site set up & support, food, auction items.
  • Direct Service: Personal and professional development mentorship.
  • Skilled Services: home and auto repairs, tech support, lawn & garden, security, interior design, and personal/professional development.
  • Community Awareness: Speaking to local schools, churches, and groups about domestic sex trafficking, commercial sex exploitation, and the services of The Avery Center.


Is training required to volunteer with The Avery Center?

We offer a free online orientation webinar that covers our history vision, mission, values, programs, framework/models, successes and research. This will be sent to you during the onboarding process.


Do I need a background check to volunteer?

Yes. A self-paid background check is required for all The Avery Center volunteers age 18 and above. By covering this cost, you are supporting the work we are doing. Please keep in mind that criminal history is not an automatic disqualifier to volunteer with us.


How long does it take to become a volunteer with The Avery Center?

From start to finish, you can expect to spend about 2 hours to onboard as a volunteer with us. One hour of this is our orientation webinar.

Your time is valuable and we appreciate your donating your time for Avery Center. Please log your time spent on paperwork, emails, and orientation here.

It may take 7-14 business days for us to receive the completed results of your background check back. Once we have received those results, we will send the orientation material and contact you to set up time to meet and discuss current volunteer opportunities.


What if I can't afford the background check?

If you would like to apply for a scholarship for the background check, please let us know in the volunteer application. We do not want the cost to be a barrier.


Ready to get started?

Please take a few minutes to fill out the application linked below to begin the process.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with The Avery Center!

Barb Henderson

“Partnering with The Avery Center enables me to do what I love (in a trench that I hate)—work alongside other exceptional partners in the movement, and to dream of extraordinary ways to empower and encourage those we serve.”
Barb Henderson, Communications Volunteer

“The U COUNT Campaign is thrilled to partner with The Avery Center to support domestic work with survivors.”
—Beth, U COUNT Manager of Domestic Anti-Trafficking

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Jamie Rosseland

“It has been an incredible experience to join The Avery Center team. They are always looking for ways to elevate the survivor community by offering opportunities at every level of the organization. I have had the freedom to implement a vision for the brand and engage with a great following of supporters.”
Jamie Rosseland, Director of Marketing