ACASI Volunteer Opportunities
We are excited to offer several volunteer opportunities to community members so that more can be apart of our mission to serve survivors of intimate partner homicide. Volunteers are critical components to our team. We hope you reach out to us with your interest! Please explore the opportunities below to find one that fits you.
The Mentoring Program
Over 3,000 children per year in the United States lose a parent to intimate partner homicide. These child survivors often need mentorship from adults who can be there for them. Research finds that children who have a stable and consistent relationship with a caring adult:
- benefit from the protective factor it provides
- are assisted with building resiliency
- experience better outcomes in the healing process
This research shows that mentors are important to a child survivor’s re-stabilization and healing. You can be a part of the process.
Common questions about mentoring
What kinds of activities do mentors and mentees do together? Accordion Closed
Activities with the child may include simply listening, helping with homework, or playing in a park.
What makes a good mentor? Accordion Closed
There are many qualities and characteristics that make a good mentor, including:
- a sincere desire to be involved with a child/young person
- respect for children/young people
- active listening skills
- ability to see solutions and opportunities
What are the requirements to be an ACASI mentor? Accordion Closed
Requirements to volunteer with ACASI, possible mentors must:
- be 18 years of age or older
- have completed and approved application
- possess a valid driver’s license
- provide proof of auto insurance
- have successfully complete a fingerprint and criminal history background check (ACASI covers associated fees)
- have no felony convictions in the past 10 years or serious driving offenses in the last three years
- provide references
- participate in an in-person interview
- own a cell phone and have internet access (Some exceptions may be considered)
- complete 12 hours ACASI Volunteer Orientation & Training
- participate in on-going training
Is there a time commitment? Accordion Closed
Yes, there is a time commitment involved. Volunteer mentors are committed to a nine-month relationship with a mentee. Mentors must dedicate 3-4 hours per month to visiting with the mentee. Other commitments include:
- Weekly communication with mentee (in-person or by phone/electronically)
- Monthly communication with ACASI Volunteer Coordinator
- Participation in on-going ACASI Volunteer training
- Documentation of volunteer hours
What’s the training like? Accordion Closed
ACASI provides free, specialized training to identified stakeholders, community partners, providers, and volunteers to address the needs of this vulnerable group of children, including:
- Program requirements
- Mentor goals and expectations
- How to successfully start a mentoring relationship
- An overview of domestic violence and intimate partner homicide
- The philosophy of trauma-informed care
- Ethics and safety
- Risk Management issues
- Vicarious trauma
- Childhood traumatic grief
Still interested in becoming an ACASI volunteer mentor? Accordion Closed
Here’s the process:
- Complete the online application at https://casi.nau.edu
- Once your application is received, an ACASI Volunteer Program Coordinator will contact you about your interest and provide more information.
- Approved applicants will be scheduled for a one-on-one interview with the ACASI Volunteer Coordinator. This typically takes about an hour.
- You will be provided information on how to obtain a background check and finger print check. Associated fees are paid by the ACASI program.
- ACASI will also conduct personal reference checks.
- Successful candidates will participate in an initial orientation and training (approximately 12 hours).
- Once the orientation training is completed, volunteers will be matched with a mentee.
- Volunteer your time and make a difference in a young person’s life!
- Mentors will receive on-going training and support for their role.
For additional information about ACASI’s volunteer mentoring program call 928-523-2119 or e-mail email@example.com. Please indicate you are interested in volunteering and tell us the county in which you would like to serve.