SPARCC welcomes people with diverse backgrounds and skills to enrich our programs. It takes an entire community to make a difference and we invite you to become involved in our volunteer program. All skill levels are appreciated and all volunteers are considered advocates for social change by providing community education, outreach support, crisis intervention and fundraising support.
Volunteers are needed to assist in answering hotline calls on weekdays at outreach offices, and occasionally during nights and weekends at the shelter.
SPARCC volunteers and advocates provide assistance and support to those seeking injunctions for protection at the courthouse. Volunteers are needed to serve as court advocates every Tuesday from 9 am-2 pm.
Volunteers are needed to help with client intake, data entry, filing, and special projects (weekdays/morning or afternoon).
On-call teams respond to night and weekend requests from area hospitals to meet with sexual and domestic violence victims at the hospital to provide information and support regarding SPARCC services.
Volunteers are needed to assist with child care while mothers attend support groups and seminars.
Volunteers needed to staff our donation/resale shop (open Mon – Sat, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm) for either morning (10 am-1 pm), mid-day (11 am – 2 pm) or afternoon shifts (2 pm – 5 pm) weekly, monthly, or as needed. Scheduling conducted monthly; year-round assistance NOT a requirement. Including accepting donations, pricing, sales, etc. Shop is located at 1426 Fruitville Road, Sarasota.
Volunteers at the shelter help answer the hotline calls at night and weekends, and can be asked to help with meal preparation, children’s activities, etc.
The SPARCC Auxiliary is a fundraising arm of the organization that meets on a regular basis to plan fundraising events and raise awareness for SPARCC. Annual fundraisers include a fashion show, golf tournaments, family-friendly events, a black-tie gala, and others. This group also conducts social events for members and helps educate the community on SPARCC’s mission. For more information on the SPARCC Auxiliary, click here.
*Requires extended training
Click here to download a volunteer application
For more information, including upcoming training dates, please call the SPARCC Volunteer Office at 941-365-0208 ext. 106 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Training not required)
- Organize a donation drive. Click here to view SPARCC’s Wish List
- Organize an event that raises funds or awareness (bake sale, workplace campaign, yard sale, sell food at an event, etc.).
- Adopt a family during the holidays.
- Conduct a cell phone drive (collect used cell phones to be recycled and used as 911 phones).
- Donate holiday baskets or gifts for families in shelter (Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Easter, Halloween, etc.).
- Sponsor an event.
- Solicit sponsors or donations on behalf of SPARCC.