Volunteer for National Advocacy Hotline

Location
Anywhere
Salary
No Salary
Posted
Feb 06, 2021
Closes
Mar 08, 2021
Job Function
Advocacy / Lobbying
Position Type
Volunteer
Degree Level
High School
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level
Professional

Help Now! Advocacy, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that has been based in Oregon and was founded there in 2004, is in the process of establishing the first-ever national advocacy hotline to assist individuals and families through crisis situations. Over the course of its 17 year existence, Help Now! volunteer advocates have assisted over 8600 individuals and families through a myriad of crises, all at no charge. The services that Help Now! provides to people in crisis are nationally-unique, hence the importance of the hotline’s spreading the benefits of Help Now!’s services to people across the nation. We are in need of volunteer advocates to staff the hotline. A legal, paralegal, mediation-conflict resolution or other background involving speaking up for others and/or problem-solving is extremely important to your being able to help our clients successfully.

Help Now!’s advocates serve to “level the playing field” with more powerful others—landlords, merchants, creditors, government agencies, etc.—for those ill-equipped to speak up of themselves. In doing so, Help Now!’s advocates create social justice “in the trenches” on a case-by-case basis. The need for competent attorney advocates to staff the crisis advocacy hotline is acute right now because of repercussions from COVID and from various natural disasters which have befallen the country.

Volunteer advocates can assist from their homes or offices. All phone services for the hotline have already been donated by a national phone company. Calls for assistance will be routed to home or office phone numbers at times the advocate chooses to be “on call” to assist. Any call coming into the advocate’s phone will reflect the hotline number so he or she will know that it is a hotline call. If the advocate is unable or does not wish to take the call when it comes in, it will pass to another advocate or go to voicemail, later to be distributed.

Unlike legal cases and mediated matters which can take months to years to resolve, the crises presented to Help Now! for assistance can frequently be resolved through a single telephone call immediately following client intake. And the advocate will know, as a result of his or her effort, a result will have been accomplished for an individual or family that could not have been achieved without the advocate’s intervention. Please consider giving a few hours a week to be “on call” as a Help Now! volunteer advocate.

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Internship

Pay: $0.00 per hour

COVID-19 considerations:
Volunteer advocates will work from their own homes or offices.