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Get Involved

Get Involved 

When it comes to a tough issue like domestic violence, many people don't know what to do to help or get involved. Many fear that they may say something wrong words, stare too long at a scar, or get too personal too soon. But don't let your fear of becoming too vocal or too bold for the cause stifle you that you don't speak out or step up at all. The River Valley Shelter offers several opportunities in which individuals, civic and professional organizations, community leaders, and corporate partners can join in our mission to empower hundreds of women and children who are escaping domestic abuse. 

Donating your money and items is great to make a long-lasting impact on the operation of the shelter, but your time and talent is just as valuable as a volunteer, intern, or board member. Consider your availability and how much time, talent, and resources you would like to extend in an effort to hep support our cause - and then, decide exactly how you want to help. 

Review the opportunities and make a commitment. If you have additional questions or concerns about how you can help, or if you have an idea that's not on the list, email us. We would love to talk to you and together discover how you can help us help!

Thank you for taking a step to learn how you can make a difference. We are thrilled to have you as our partner in this work. Below are some ways you can get involved. 

Make a Donation 

The River Valley Shelter relies on generous contributions of people like you, businesses, clubs, churches, and foundations to sustain our work! Make a gift today! 


Volunteers are integral to The River Valley Shelter's work. Whether by coming in regularly or one-time with a group of friends or coworkers, volunteers make a difference by helping our nonprofit in a wide variety of ways. Learn more about volunteering with us! 

Host a Drive

You can help survivors as they transition into a new, violence-free life. Whether it's household goods, toiletries or other basics, we have lots of opportunities' for you and your coworkers, faith group, neighborhood, family, or friends to help provide survivors with the things they need. Check out our wish list and how you can organize a drive today! 

Create Your Own Event

People loving getting together, especially when it's for a good cause. You can turn a regular get together, like a summer BBQ, concert, art show, or meeting into a fundraiser for The River Valley Shelter. We've put together some FAQ's and a Toolkit for you to get started today. 

Attend an Event 

Check out our event calendar!

Raise Awareness

One of the best ways we can end domestic violence is to talk about it. Silence allows domestic violence to thrive. The more we all know about this issue and how to support survivors, the closer we will get to our goal. We have many resources you can start using today! 

Trainings & Workshops 

You can request a training or attend a workshop on domestic violence to learn how to better support survivors. Whether you're in the medical field, HR, social service, or at a company and want to make sure your managers and employees know the warning signs of abuse, we can come offer training customized to your group. Learn more today! 

"If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are an excellent leader."
-Dolly Parton

Internships With The River Valley Shelter

Internships at The River Valley Shelter are a valuable way to get to know our programs and how our organization works. Many lifelong advocates and River Valley Shelter staff in leadership positions began their journey as interns. We are committed to fostering a culture of learning. Internship opportunities are a great way to get involved. 

The River Valley Shelter internships are unpaid and availability varies throughout the year. Both graduate and undergraduate internships are available. If you are wanting to intern through a university or college, please let us know! 

What is the Internship Volunteer Application Process? 

The River Valley Shelter was established in 1984 and have served survivors of domestic violence not only from around Arkansas, but around the country and the world. Domestic Violence can affect anyone regardless of race, sexuality, gender, culture, religion, or socio-economic status. During this internship, you will become certified by the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence as a Domestic Violence Advocate and help us uphold our belief that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and compassion. At the River Valley Shelter, we believe that all survivors of domestic deserve a chance to live a violence-free life, and you will help us in that mission! 

With this in mind, we will need the following information from anyone interested in an internship: 

  • Intended Start Date 

  • Hours Needed for Internship Completion 

  • Class Schedule (if applicable) 

  • A Detailed Resume 

  • A List of References (We do call!) 

After we receive this information, our Volunteer Coordinator, Zoe Merritt, will set up a meeting with our Shelter Manager, Karrie Bowden, to fill out some paperwork and your background check. 

What to expect during your internship

  • Completing all required training 

  • Learning Shelter Policies and Procedures 

  • Answer Hotline Calls 

    • You will be trained on how to answer hotline calls as well as shelter policies ​

    • You will be trained on how to make referrals when on a hotline

  • Attending to Clients at Shelter Safe House
    • Helping clients obtain resources ​
    • Helping clients with their paperwork 

    • Helping clients meet goals while at the shelter 

  • Helping clients to obtain resources ​

  • Managing Paperwork 

    • For the most part, this will consist of case management and maintaining a client's file. You will update information, make copies of paperwork for a client's file, and send paperwork to appropriate places. ​

    • This can also be an Intake and Discharge of a client. When the shelter receives a new client, we review intake paperwork with them. This paperwork is very self-explanatory, and you will be trained on how to do this. Discharge paperwork is done when the client leaves our shelter. 

  • Attending Outreach Events 

    • During your internship, The River Valley Shelter has several opportunities to attend outreach events. This will be an excellent opportunity ​to see how the shelter interacts in the community and a way to gain experience with on-the-spot questions. 

Internship Testimonials 

I had the opportunity to intern at a domestic violence shelter and it was a learning experience that I will always remember. I was able to witness the bravery and resilience of the individuals and families seeking safety from abuse. I was inspired by their courage, and I felt a sense of purpose in being able to provide a safe space for them.

The experience also taught me the importance of empathy and understanding when working with people who have been through trauma. It was a humbling experience, and I felt honored to be a small part of the healing process for these individuals and families.

Overall, I enjoyed my time at the domestic violence shelter because it allowed me to make a meaningful impact in the lives of others. It was an experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

Thank You, Allies! 

We'd like to thank the businesses and corporations that have allied with The River Valley Shelter to invest in our continuous and historic commitment to ending the cycle of domestic violence in the state of Arkansas and beyond. 

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