Our mission To eliminate the crimes of domestic and sexual violence through programs that support appropriate change.

RAVE-I/M, Inc.

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Home Preservation Inside/Outside

This individual may have a passion for cleanliness, lawn care and upkeep, gardening, and house organization. This commitment level could range from short to long term.
  • Occasional, Weekly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings

Domestic Assault Response Advocate (DARA)

This volunteer will provide crisis response to domestic and sexual assault victims immediately following an assault. A DARA volunteer would respond to a secure crime scene, hospital, or the local police department. This commitment level is long-term.
  • Weekly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Tutoring Tuesday Volunteers

Domestic violence is so hurtful, especially to children. Having to leave home and come to a new place is very scary and can cause kids to struggle in school. We are in need of a volunteer to come and provide tutoring to kids in the shelter.
  • Weekly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings

Drop In Life Skill Volunteers (Women)

This person may provide the women some needed life skill information such as budgeting, nutrition, health, taxes, house-keeping, mindfulness, childbearing, yoga/fitness classes etc. This opportunity is also flexible and can accommodate those individuals looking to drop in and spend quality time with the survivors. It is so refreshing for our residents to have someone to spend time with outside of other residents and staff members.
  • Occasional
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Donation Coordinator

This individual would care for our donation room. This individual would assist with putting together welcome and exit bags for our residents as well as set up and run our Professional Boutique created for residents preparing for interviews. This individual may organize, pickup/drop off donations and track inventory.
  • Weekly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Drop In Play Time Volunteers

This position’s description is the same as Share the Care Volunteers; however, Drop In Play Time Volunteers have a more flexible schedule and is based on your availability to “drop in” for a children’s activity. This opportunity is flexible and could look different depending on the volunteer’s interest/skill. Activities could include arts and crafts, sports, story time, games, group exercise, baking, stress relief/management activities, etc.
  • Occasional
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Evenings

Transportation Advocate

This volunteer would provide transportation to clients who may not have their own form of transportation or be able to afford public transportation. This individual would provide transportation for clients to appointments, housing/apartment tours, job interviews, court hearings, etc. within the Ionia and Montcalm counties. This commitment level could range from short to long term.
  • Weekly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Evenings

Skilled Labor Volunteer

RAVE-I/M, Inc. is always in need of people who have a skilled trade. From roofing to remodeling bathrooms, whatever it is chances are we could use the help. This commitment level can vary depending on the task, but generally it is short term.
  • Occasional
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Indoor, Outdoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Residential Service Advocate

Assist women and children in our residential facility by providing emotional support and advocacy, responding to needs. This individual would also answer the crisis line in the shelter. This commitment level is long term.
  • Weekly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Kid’s Club Volunteers

Coming to the shelter is scary for an adult; just imagine what it is like for a kid! RAVE’s children’s program offers a weekly Kid’s Club where kids staying with us can get to know one another, learn some new things, and have a great time!
  • Weekly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings

Meal Assistance

This individual will assist with menu planning and meal prep for the shelter. RAVE receives many food donations such as canned and boxed goods. Ideally, this individual would utilize the items RAVE currently has and assist women with meal planning around these items. This volunteer would create recipes and prepare meals with the women.
  • Weekly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Community Collaboration

This opportunity may vary between business’ and services provided. Many of our women are not familiar with what services are available in Ionia/Montcalm County. This could look like coming in to give a presentation on your services such as daycare, counseling, mindfulness, budgeting, shopping, etc. This could also look like an opportunity for a business to donate to RAVE from decorative/housing items to volunteering your services in our shelter.
  • One-time
  • Adults
  • Corporate Teams
  • Indoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Share The Care Volunteers

This individual will provide respite time for the hardworking and brave moms who stay with us. It can be hard to manage children in a “perfect” family setting – we all know ‘kids can be kids’. Imagine how hard it is for moms to take care of their children in a communal living, new and scary environment that is not their own home. Behaviors of children who stay in our shelter can change due to the unfamiliar, new and scary environment. Share the Care Volunteers provide respite to these mothers, so they can participate in support groups.
  • Weekly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings
About us In October of 1979 the original volunteers, numbering 18, attended the first orientation session to begin services to aid survivors of spousal abuse in Ionia and Montcalm counties. What began as a crisis line answered by these dedicated volunteers in their own homes has grown into multi-program, 501c (3) nonprofit agency that has helped thousands of adults and children throughout our community. While many of the names and faces of these important people are lost and forgotten, their legacy remains today… through YOU…our supporters.
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