Volunteers founded Hubbard House in 1976, and today our volunteers continue to serve a vital role in every aspect of the agency. Why are volunteers so important to Hubbard House? Volunteers contribute their time and energy, their ideas and ideals. They increase our visibility in the community, expand our capacity to provide services and send a strong message of caring to our clients.
It is because of the support and generosity given by Hubbard House volunteers and donors that we are able to provide services to more than 5,000 women, children, and men annually and ensure that their hope for peace, dreams of tomorrow, and strength for their children are not lost.
This volunteer spotlight focuses on Liz Wallis, a dedicated volunteer, who has been donating several hours a week of her time for the last six months to help Hubbard House with administrative tasks. We spoke with Liz about her experience volunteering at Hubbard House.
Why did you decide to donate time and resources to Hubbard House? My husband Marc is in the Navy and we moved here from California in March of this year. I wanted to get involved in the community and so I searched online for different non-profits that I could volunteer at that are based in Jacksonville. Hubbard House really stood out to me as a worthy organization and one that would be a great experience to volunteer with. I love helping people and was impressed with Hubbard House’s message and particularly its programs focused on helping children who witnessed violent situations.
What made you get connected with Hubbard House? The volunteer coordinator, Tracy, was very encouraging and responsive to my online request to volunteer.
What has your volunteer experience with Hubbard House meant to you? I have really enjoyed my time volunteering and everyone I work with (staff and volunteers) are such great people. Since we are only going to be here a few months longer, it has been nice to feel like a part of an adopted family and not just a passerby. While I don’t work directly with the clients of Hubbard House, I am glad to know that by helping out with paperwork and administration, I am freeing up valuable time and resources for those on the front lines (so to speak). I really believe in Hubbard House and am grateful for the opportunity I have been given to volunteer.
If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities available at Hubbard House please visit www.hubbardhouse.org/help/volunteering/ or contact Tracy Knight at (904) 354-0076 ext. 251 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship please call the Hubbard House 24-hour domestic violence hot-line at (904) 354-3114 or (800) 500-1119. Hubbard House can help.
ABOUT HUBBARD HOUSE: Founded as the first domestic violence shelter in Florida in 1976, Hubbard House is a certified, comprehensive domestic violence center providing programs and services to more than 5,000 women, children, and men annually in Duval and Baker counties. While Hubbard House is most known for its emergency shelter, the agency also provides extensive adult and youth outreach services, school-based education, therapeutic childcare, batterers’ intervention programs, court advocacy and volunteer and community education opportunities. Visit http://hubbardhouse.org to learn more.