Volunteering at SMOC
At SMOC we place a high value on our volunteers. Our volunteers are an important an integral part to our mission and the clients we serve. Each volunteer opportunity, although different, plays an important role in our agency as a whole. We have listed some of our volunteer options below. So, thank you for considering SMOC when determining where you would like to volunteer your time. We know you have many options to choose from.
To apply for a volunteer opportunity at SMOC you should apply through our Career Center by clicking on the “Volunteer” job posting in the region for which you have interest. SMOC requires a criminal background check be done for all volunteers approved for participation in the program.
Voices Against Violence
Voices Against Violence provides comprehensive services to persons affected by domestic violence and sexual assault including victims/survivors and their loved ones. Services include a 24-hour crisis/information hotline, counseling/advocacy sessions, legal and medical support advocacy, a confidential emergency safe home and shelter residential program, and education and training services. Voices Against Violence provides several volunteer opportunities which are based on the volunteers age and area of interest. After attending and completing an intensive Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Advocate Training program, volunteers will have the opportunity to answer the 24-hour hotline, assist clients in the court system, and/or provide support to our residential program.
Homelessness And Community Services
Volunteers will assist staff in SMOC’s homeless shelters, supported housing and Housing Services Center. Volunteers will work on such projects as assisting homeless families and individuals with housing search, assisting children with homework and playgroups in shelters, and helping with other shelter, housing and education operations. Volunteers may also assist with various other tasks related to preventing homelessness and community services such as participating in the homeless count, writing grants and coordinating donations.
Career & Opportunity Center
Volunteers will help homeless individuals with job search skills and job placement. Volunteers will work with Center Staff to: provide outreach; conduct intakes and assessments of homeless individuals who would like assistance with job search; help clients with resume preparation, completing job applications and interviewing skills; identify local employment openings that would meet the needs of program participants; maintain client records; greet walk-in customers and answer telephones.
Behavioral Healthcare Services
Volunteers work with clinical or administrative teams taking on projects and helping to support clinical work. Our behavioral healthcare organization offers an opportunity for volunteers to work in an outpatient mental healthcare setting. Skilled volunteers will work with our staff to: assist with medical records; assist in organizing data collection; assist clinical staff with program development; and develop and organize a resource library.
Administration and Finance
Volunteering with SMOC Administration and Finance offers the volunteer an opportunity to assist in the administrative and accounting areas of our human service agency. Assistance is needed in the general office administration as well as Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll, Human Resources and Development functions. Familiarity with Excel, Word, etc. is helpful.
Child Care and Head Start
The SMOC Child Care and Head Start program welcomes volunteers interested in learning more about Early Childhood Education and/or Human Services. This experience is an opportunity to see first-hand how a classroom operates and to help educate young children. SMOC Operates Child Care and Head Start centers in Framingham, Marlborough and Hudson and individual Head Start classrooms in Ashland, Natick, Holliston, Milford, Northbridge and Grafton. SMOC Child Care is a placement site for Early Education Volunteers from area colleges to complete their classroom practicum hours. While having classroom experience is very important, the program also provides the volunteer with an overview of the SMOC agency and the resources available in the community.
SMOC Fuel Assistance offers the volunteer an opportunity to work in a busy office environment. Training will be offered in the use of business machines, filing, document preparation, document management, applicant intake procedures, and customer service response. Volunteers will also experience direct client contact through application intake and responding to telephone inquiries.