Each year SAFE volunteers dedicate over 35,000 volunteer hours, extending our reach and capacity to support survivors and families in our community. Due to the complex and sensitive nature of our mission and work, careful training, screening and placement of volunteers is essential. Providing a comprehensive, trauma informed training program offers support and helps build critical advocacy skills for direct service volunteers. It is a key step towards ensuring optimal care and safety for the children, youth and adults we serve.

To that end, there are costs associated with volunteering at SAFE. It is important to note, payment is not required to be a volunteer at SAFE.

Volunteer Fees, Scholarships and Reimbursement Options

Fingerprinting/Criminal Background Check Fees: Costs Vary – starts at $38

Fingerprinting and background checks are required of all volunteers who are on our campus volunteering in an ongoing capacity (more than once a month). This is a requirement of SAFE due to our child care licensing facility designation.

Reimbursement for background check fees are available, please see information below.

TB Testing (for SAFE’s Children Shelter Campus only): Costs Vary

Our child care licensing requirements require that SAFE volunteers at our Children’s Shelter Campus undergo a TB test prior to beginning their volunteer service.

40-Hour Core Advocate Training Fee:

SAFE’s Core Advocate Training brings together experts in the fields of sexual and domestic violence, child welfare, trauma-informed care, and prevention work. This foundational training has been compared to Master level classes and covers topics ranging from The Neurobiology of Trauma; Power, Privilege and Oppression; Effective Advocacy Skills for Working with Survivors, and integrates the powerful voices of those with lived experience in a Survivor Panel. It is full of experiential activities designed to build community and offer a starting point to those interested in doing direct service work with children, youth and adults affected by trauma.

  • Training Fee for Volunteers: $150
  • Partial and Full Training Scholarships Available
  • Training Fee for Outside Organizations + Community Members: $300

Volunteer Scholarships and Background Check Reimbursement Options:

If the training fee or background check fee is a financial hardship, we are able to offer volunteers scholarships to assist with training fees and offer reimbursement for background check costs. To request reimbursement of background check fees, please contact the Volunteer Services Onboarding Coordinator for more details at SAFEvolunteer@safeaustin.org.

Training Fees and Scholarship Requests are due before Training starts. Training fees are nonrefundable.