Volunteer Onboarding

Welcome to The Avery Center Volunteer Team!

Thank you for completing your application and background check. Please go through the following training materials to complete your onboarding process. You can return to this page at any time to complete the process.

PLEASE NOTE: Our volunteer opportunities have been limited due to safety restrictions related to COVID-19. You are still welcome to go through the volunteer onboarding process, but don't be discouraged if you don't hear from us right away with volunteer opportunities. We will be in touch as soon as engagement opportunities are available.

The Avery Center Foundational Concepts

Please watch the following video recording of co-founder Megan Lundstrom speak about our foundational concepts. Plan about an hour for this step. To learn more about the organizational evolution from Free Our Girls to The Avery Center, please visit this page.

Cult Theory with Megan Lundstrom

Volunteer Handbook

Download the Volunteer Handbook PDF to learn about our history, mission & vision, services and volunteer opportunities, volunteer responsibilities, and more.

Log Your Time

Your time is extremely valuable, and it's important that the time you spend volunteering is accurately tracked and logged. One hour of your time = $24.69 to Funders when they are looking to give a "Matching Grant." Tracking time volunteered equates to funds in the future for projects, new office space, expanded staff, and more. Thank you for volunteering!

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Explore Additional Resources

We've organized a a handful of useful, optional resources for you to explore.

Think of the personality tests like extra credit—if you can tell us what number you are on the Thinking Wavelength or what your Neris Type Explorer is, we'll better understand exactly where your personality and strengths are a fit in our organization.

Thinking Wavelength

Developed by The Patterson Center, this tool is about how we’re hard-wired in our thinking. It’s about how we relate to change, risk, and opportunity. Every person has a hard-wired “high-contribution zone”, and there’s no right or wrong answer here. It's all about finding out where you make your greatest contribution.

Are you a Grinder, Minder, Keeper, Finder, or Conceiver? Find out with the Thinking Wavelength »

Free Mental Health First Aid Training - required if working directly with survivors

Mental Health first aid is an evidence-based, public health training program that teaches participants the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges or crisis, what to do in an emergency, and where to turn for help. MHFA is implemented around the U.S. and the world. Research has shown that the training reduces stigma, enhances behavioral health literacy, and improves participants' behavioral health. Find a class that works for your schedule »

Neris Type Explorer - 16 Personalities Test

“It’s so incredible to finally be understood.” Take this personality test and get a “freakishly accurate” description of who you are and why you do things the way you do. Free personality test from 16 Personalities »

Deep Dive: Cult Theory of Pimp-Controlled Sex Trafficking

Stages of Change with Megan Lundstrom

Learn about the Victim Rights Act

The Victim Rights Act (VRA) in Colorado ensures that crime victims are treated with fairness, respect, dignity and that they are free from intimidation, harassment, and abuse. You can watch the video below from the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice to familiarize yourself with the VRA, and visit their website to learn more.

Additional Anti-Trafficking Information

How Human Trafficking Happens, from the Polaris Project

Intervention curriculum

United States Department of Justice

Eyes can only see if they are open

Survivor Services

Submit Confirmation of Volunteer Onboarding Completion

Thank you for choosing to support The Avery Center with your time and skills!