Volunteering at CADA

Volunteers are an important part of CADA’s team. Volunteers help us meet our mission by providing essential services to clients and assisting advocates and staff in ways that help us operate more efficiently and effectively.

CADA has a range of one time, short-term, or long-term volunteer opportunities.

“We volunteer to help share smiles and stress relief, but we end up getting just as much out of it as we give!” – CADA Volunteer

Application Process

Click here to download the Volunteer Application

Those interested in volunteering should download and fill out the volunteer application and submit it, along with a resume and cover letter to CADA’s volunteer coordinator: kristenw@cadamn.org

Upon receiving your application, we will determine if we have a placement opportunity. Due to the sensitive and confidential nature of CADA’s services, we must screen all volunteers carefully. Volunteer applicants will be interviewed and must complete a MN Department of Human Services background check.

Volunteer Opportunities


Childcare Volunteer

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of children? We are seeking childcare volunteers to engage children of all ages in interactive play and activities while parents are attending support groups or meetings with advocates. Daytime and evening opportunities available! Childcare volunteers should commit to a minimum of 3 months of service.


Maintenance Volunteer

CADA’s offices, shelter, and outdoor spaces could always use a little TLC! We are seeking volunteers to assist with maintenance tasks such as: painting, yard work, fixing toilets and sinks, repairs to equipment, etc. Seeking volunteers with availability on weekdays between 7:00am and 5:00pm.


Crisis Call-Out Volunteer

Do you want gain direct advocacy and crisis response experience? We are seeking volunteer call-out advocates to provide crisis intervention, advocacy, and support to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence at hospitals and law enforcement centers after regular business hours. Volunteers must complete CADA’s 40-hour sexual assault advocacy certification training and commit to a minimum of 6 months of service.


Kitchen Volunteer

Kitchen volunteers support our shelter cook with meal preparation, sorting food donations, and maintaining a clean and organized kitchen space. Seeking volunteers with availability weekdays between 10:00am and 6:00pm.


Organizing and Cleaning Volunteer

Are you someone who enjoys organizing? CADA is seeking volunteers to assist with sorting and organizing donations, keeping our storage spaces clean and tidy, and maintaining clean and sanitary living spaces. Seeking volunteers with daytime availability for long or short-term commitments.


Volunteer Pet Fosterer

When victims of violence attempt to flee or leave abusive relationships, they are often concerned for the safety of their pets. The CADA Pets program serves families and their pets by offering temporary foster homes for pets while someone stays in our emergency shelter. We are seeking individuals and families who are willing to open their homes to animals while their human stays in shelter. We are seeking volunteers who are willing to foster pets (especially cats and dogs).


Shelter Volunteer

Shelter volunteers work closely with shelter advocates to provide services and support to victims in shelter and on the crisis line. Shelter volunteers must complete CADA’s 40-hour sexual assault advocacy certification training and be willing to commit to 6 months of service. Daytime and evening opportunities are available!


Administrative Volunteer

Administrative volunteers help our administrative assistant with a number of tasks, including answering the front door and phones, making copies, accept and organize donations, and more! Volunteers should be willing to commit to a minimum of 3 months of service and have daytime availability.

 

If you have other skills or talents you wish to share with our clients or organization, please let us know! For example, in the past, volunteers have facilitated music and yoga groups. Volunteer hairstylists also provide haircuts for shelter residents. There is no wrong way to lend a hand!

 

Volunteer Groups

CADA occasionally has opportunities for larger groups interested in a one-time volunteer project. If your company, church, organization or group of students is interested in group volunteer opportunity, please contact our volunteer coordinator at kristenw@cadamn.org