People Served/Type of Services: Urgent Services, Homelessness, Domestic Abuse

Types of Help Needed: Teaching, Tutoring, Coaching and Mentoring, Interpreting

Service Opportunity Details: WINGS offers a program (ALAS) that addresses the unique needs of the often underserved Latina population seeking services for domestic violence in the northwest suburbs of Cook County. Volunteers needed to serve as Bilingual/Bicultural (Spanish/English) Level II Mentors. Mentors work directly with Latina survivors of domestic violence in the community promoting self-sufficiency through emotional support, resources and education. A level II Mentor will be assigned to provide emotional support and work directly with Latina clients on such things as seeking practical options and appropriate services, and assisting them with resources and referrals, for domestic violence counseling, immigration services, legal services, public benefits, and other services. They will also have the opportunity to facilitate Spanish support groups in a safe space for women to connect with other women and gain peer support to set and reach goals.

Location: Palatine

Volunteer Ages: Adults

Frequency: On-going

Frequency Details: Volunteer would commit to meet weekly for at least 1 year. Weekly time requirements will vary and will usually range from 2-5 hours per week based on a mutually convenient time with your schedule and those of the clients.

Contact Info: Staff: Bruna Srb, Kenilworth Union: If interested in this opportunity, you can also contact Chris Cole, to get more detailed information about whether this may be a good fit for you.

Other Information: Requirements: Completion of the 40 Hour Domestic Violence Training (provided by WINGS three (3) times a year); Fluency in Spanish and English; Experience with the Latino/Latina culture; Any personal experience with domestic violence should be more than two (2) years prior to applying for this volunteer opportunity.