Want to volunteer with Compass Center? Here are 5 ways! Read about each one, decide how you would like to help and then sign up for specialized training that will begin in September.  
It's that simple. 

Domestic Violence Hotline Advocates - (Spanish & English speaking advocates needed!)

Assist survivors of domestic and interpersonal violence by responding to calls on our 24-hour hotline and meeting with survivors in our office to provide crisis intervention, emotional support, court advocacy and referrals to community resources. We need men and women who are available for daytime shifts, either from 9-1 or 1-5, or overnight shifts on weekdays or weekends.

A 42-hour comprehensive training program is required for all Domestic Violence Advocates. Training will cover topics including the dynamics of domestic abuse, domestic violence and the law, active listening, and community resources. Advocates are asked to make a 9-month commitment to volunteering after training is complete. 

Training is on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30- 9pm. 
The six-week training begins Tuesday, 9/13 and ends Thursday, 10/27. (There is no training scheduled for the week of October 17, UNC's spring break.)


Information & Referral Volunteers (I&R) - (Spanish not required, but a plus.)  

I&R Volunteers are the first point of contact for individuals who call or walk into Compass Center. I&R volunteers welcome our clients, assess their needs and goals, and connect them to Compass Center services and community resources accordingly. I&R volunteers also assist staff members with various programmatic projects (researching community resources, conducting client advocacy, etc.), administrative tasks, and tabling at community events and fairs. We ask volunteers to commit to a weekly shift of at least 3 hours/week for a period of 9 months/2 semesters.

18-hour training required: September 13, 15, 19, 21, and 22 from 5:30-9pm.


Domestic Violence Court Advocates - (Spanish & English speakers needed!)

Volunteer Court Advocates support victims of domestic violence in civil and criminal domestic violence court. Volunteers provide emotional support, information about the court system, community referrals, and connect clients with other victim service providers. 

Volunteers will assist clients with the Domestic Violence Protective Order filing process. Volunteer Court Advocates are supervised by the Director of Court Advocacy. 

A 42-hour comprehensive training program is required for all Court Advocates. In addition, Court Advocates must be available to attend court on Thursdays at 8:30am in Hillsborough, and preferably available to stay for both morning and afternoon court sessions. 

Training is on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30- 9pm. The six-week training begins Tuesday, 9/13 and ends Thursday, 10/27.  (There is no training scheduled for the week of October 17, UNC's spring break.)

Spanish Interpreter / Translator - (Spanish required.)

For advanced Spanish-speakers. Interpret between Advocates and clients over the hotline or in-person, and/or translate written materials, including Compass Center documents, educational information, court- related documents, and client-related documents. 

Required training: September 13 and 15 from 5:30-9pm
A 10-hour training, sample translation, and a 9 month/2 semester commitment are required.

IPV Community Educator for Adults - (Spanish & English speakers needed!)

Community Educators (CEs) are the face of Compass Center and play an integral role in Compass Center's prevention work. Community educators facilitate presentations, workshops, and trainings that educate the community about domestic violence and Compass Center services. 

CEs also staff tabling events. We have a strong need for both English and Spanish-speaking educators. Compass Center offers programming to various professional, religious, student, and community groups.

18-hour training required: September 13, 15, 20, 22, and 27 from 5:30-9pm

Career Counselor(Spanish not required, but a plus.)

Career Counselors work one-on-one with clients with varying needs for career guidance and support. Topics include: career/vocational exploration, resume writing, cover letters, job search strategies, interviewing, and goal-setting. Volunteers also have the opportunity to provide workshops on any career-related topic, if interested (e.g., Networking & Informational Interviewing, Job Search Strategies for Women over 50).

We ask our career volunteers to commit to six months with a minimum of two appointments per month. Appointments typically run between 60 - 90 minutes.

There is no specialized training offered for this volunteer position. Interested applicants must demonstrate they have the skills to perform the required responsibilities. Volunteers can shadow current career counselors prior to starting their service. 

For more info about all of our volunteer opportunities and an application 
 You can also contact Bridget McEnaney, 
Director of Client Services & 
Volunteer Management, 
at 919-968-4610 or
Compass Center's Diaper Bank Program Going Strong 
Compass Center is proud to partner with the Diaper Bank of North Carolina to provide diapers for emergencies to Orange County residents. Qualifying clients are able to come by our location monthly and get two packs per child.  Compass Center has provided hundreds of diaper packages to clients and is the only Orange County location that serves all residents and doesn't require that they be registered with a program.   This program complements our other services such as career training, domestic violence counseling and financial education.

The Diaper Bank of North Carolina was founded on the simple belief that all children deserve clean diapers. This may seem obvious, but the heartbreaking truth is this: every day, children go without the diapers they need to stay healthy and comfortable. 

To learn more about Compass Center's Diaper Bank program, please call (919) 968-4610. To learn more about the Diaper Bank of North Carolina visit   Your donation helps Compass Center continue to offer these programs.
Local DV Groups to Host Focus Groups !
The Orange County Domestic Violence Task Force (DVTF) and Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) are working with Dr. Rebecca Macy and her research team at the UNC School of Social Work to host a series of focus groups centered around a Domestic Violence Service Needs Assessment that is currently underway in Orange County. The purpose of this focus group series is to gather crucial information from our community partners who are working directly with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The Orange County DVTF and SART are honored to take part in this research project.

What Our Clients Say!
Here is a recent thank you note from one of our grateful clients:

What the compass center did for me and my kids and the peace of mind it gave to my mother who couldn't be here, was nothing short of divine.
The consistent follow ups to ensure my family's safety and the emotional support I felt allowed me to conquer any self doubt and fears I had of moving forward on my own. The part the compass center has played in mine and my kids current stable and happy state of mind has been life changing !"  
Support Groups!

See the upcoming support group listings below! Anyone who is interested in attending a support group can contact:  

Connie Carringer 
Support Group Coordinator 919.929.7122
Current Support Groups:
  • Domestic Violence Support Group II for Women - 8 weeks starting in August
  • Art of Healing: Arts-Based Support Group for Women - 2nd Saturday of each Month
Support Groups Coming in Fall 2016:
  • Self-Esteem Support Group - October
  • Divorce and Separation Support Group - September
  • Domestic Violence Support Group - October
  • Writing Group for Survivors of Domestic Violence - October
  • Art of Healing: Arts-Based Group for Survivors of Domestic Violence
Board of Directors: 
Jane Sommers-Kelly, Chair; Lakshmi Goyal, Vice Chair; Pat Phelan, Treasurer; Shelia Reich, Secretary; Elisabeth Johnson; John Miskey; Betsi Harris; Beth Posner; Briggs Wesche; Chandler Spaulding; Jeff Hale; Julia Vanderput; Melissa F. Raszewsk; Shelah Bloom

Henderson Street House Foundation:
Mimi Fountain; Joan Gillings; Margie Haber; Jay Miller; Sara Morgan 
 210 Henderson St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 | 919.968.4610 |
For help with domestic violence issues, please call our 24-hour hotline: 919.929.7122