Fast 5:  Five things to know about volunteering at Safenet

Tracey Wallis, Volunteer Coordinator for Safenet Services, said there are ample opportunities for volunteers at Safenet.

In countless ways, Safenet Services is making a difference in the community.

Since first opening their doors in 1991, Safenet has helped more than 3,400 abused women and their children. And they don't do it alone.

Through their multiple methods of helping women who have been the victim of domestic violence and/or sexual abuse, Safenet has needs for volunteers in several capacities.

Tracey Wallis, Volunteer Coordinator for Safenet Services, took some time to answer some commonly asked questions about volunteering for Safenet.

Q. Does Safenet need volunteers?

A. Absolutely! We have two resale shops called Second Impressions located in Claremore and Pryor, and all the proceeds from both shops benefit our shelter. Right now we’re needing volunteers to help out there, and that can be a person 16 years old or older.

Q. Who can volunteer?

A. To be a direct volunteer at our office location, a person must be 18 years or older, and they must complete 30 hours of training and pass a background check.

Q. What are the different ways volunteers can serve Safenet? What are the options for volunteers?

A. At Second Impressions there are opportunities to assist in sorting, cashiering, hanging clothes, stocking shelves, and loading and unloading furniture. Safenet is looking for a volunteer to help with grant research and writing, Angel Tree volunteers around Thanksgiving time, and help with other events and activities.

Q. If people want to help Safenet, but don't have the time available to volunteer, what are some options?

A. Donations are always welcomed and encouraged, such as, cleaning supplies, dish and bath towel sets, pillows, two bean bag chairs and games for our teen room, silverware, plastic plates, size 3 and 4 diapers, gallon baggies, sponsorships for our upcoming Festival of Trees, and other monetary donations will be appreciated.

Q. What's the next step for interested individuals?

A. Potential volunteers or donors can call 918-341-1424 with any questions or visit our website at safenetservices.org.

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