Domestic Abuse Council Inc.

Volunteer Your Time:

It's easy, fun, and rewarding to be a Domestic Abuse Council, Inc. volunteer. Our volunteers are the backbone of our agency; we couldn't function without them! There is something just right for everyone. Read on to learn more and how to get started.
 
But first, why should I volunteer? Being a volunteer is a very personally rewarding experience. It meets the different preferences and motivations of almost everyone, when volunteers are matched appropriately to opportunities. Giving back to the community and giving others hope is a gift that is priceless and long-lasting. Volunteering is also an opportunity to share and teach the skills you already have, to learn new skills, add experience to a resume, and fulfill scholarship or internship requirements. For some volunteers, it's a way to stay active and busy, meet lots of new people,
and just have great fun!

 
Who Can Volunteer?
Just about anyone. And yes, men are welcome! We also need your voice in the community. Teens are also welcome with appropriate supervision. Grandmothers, grandfathers, families, corporate and civic organizations, church groups, boy/girl scouts--all are welcome. Diversity is the key--we also need volunteers who are culturally diverse and bi-lingual in English and any other language.
 
What would my volunteer duties be?
We are a not-for-profit agency that provides emergency shelter and advocacy to victims of domestic violence. Nearly anything it takes to run a business, run a home, or provide victim advocacy to our clients, you can do as a volunteer. Any volunteer who provides direct services will take a required twenty-four hour training course and pass a background screening to work directly with the shelter residents, receive crisis calls or assist with the court advocacy program. You may also provide assistance as an intern, helping with projects and fundraising events, provide clerical and computer support, advertising, landscaping, building maintenance, plan activities for shelter clients, collect donations for our shelter and the thrift store, help in the Domestic Abuse Council, Inc. Thrift Shop, serve as a Board Member, be an advocate for social, political, and legal change to benefit victims, and provide community education... the list goes on and on. We encourage our volunteers to bring their ideas to us, as well.
 
How many hours would I have to contribute or commit to volunteering?
You tell us when you are available and we will work with you to create a schedule. Any amount of your precious time is precious to us, as well! Our shelter is open 24/7, 365 days a year.
 
How do I get started?
Contact Micky Beaurgard at [email protected] or by phone 386-333-6833
 
What is the process?
After the application and in-person interview process, there is also an orientation.
 
Give a Gift for Peace:
The reasons individuals make charitable donations can be as varied as the donors themselves. Some give because they have a personal commitment to the cause - they may know a relative, friend, or employee who has been the victim of domestic violence or sexual assault. They may give because of a more general desire to assist those in need who are less fortunate than themselves - to share the good fortune they have in life. Still others give not because they have great personal wealth, but because they have a compassionate heart and it feels good to help others.

Whatever the reason for giving, most donors give to a charitable organization so they can "make a difference." They want to feel they have done their part to change this world for the better. Domestic Abuse Council, Inc. is dedicated to helping victims and children find safety...and hope. You can join us in reaching out to these individuals by making a contribution to support our meaningful work. Consider these ways to give - and make a contribution in the way that works best for you. Thank you for your generosity!

Click Here for a printable wish-list

  • Cash - Simply write a check to Domestic Abuse Council, Inc. and mail it to P.O. Box 142, Daytona Beach, FL 32115.
  • In-Kind Donations - You can donate clothing, household items, and furniture that are clean and in good condition to our Thrift Shop at 949A Beville Road, in South Daytona. Call our thrift shop at (386) 761-3166 to find out more about dropping off your donations.
  • Donate Stock, Bonds, Equities, Real Estate, Art - If you donate these items, you may avoid tax on the appreciated value while receiving a tax deduction. All items valued over $5,000 require an independent appraisal to meet IRS regulations.
  • Bequests - Designate the Domestic Abuse Council, Inc. as a beneficiary in your will, property, trust, IRA, retirement or insurance plan.
  • Charitable Trust and Deferred Gifts - Establish a trust which benefits the Domestic Abuse Council, Inc. and may provide you with income as well as substantial tax savings.
  • Donations In Memory and Honor- Send a donation designated in memory or honor of a special friend, occasion, or anniversary. We will be glad to send an acknowledgement for the gift to the person of your choice.
  • Matching Gift – Does your employer match charitable donations? If so, ask your employer to match your donation to the Domestic Abuse Council, Inc.
We would be happy to help you coordinate any gifts or legacies to benefit Domestic Abuse Council, Inc. Please contact Kirsten Pindar, COO at (386) 333-6831 or via email [email protected] for more information. Please be aware that we are not tax experts and are not familiar with each individual's tax situation. Therefore, we advise you to consult your financial, legal, or tax advisor about the specifics of your donation.

The Domestic Abuse Council, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, Federal Tax ID #59-1881222. Your donations are tax-deductible, and we provide a receipt for all donations. Every day we make a difference in the lives of our clients. Every day we save lives. We can't do it alone. With your help, we will continue to make a difference. We sincerely thank you for your generosity.
Together we make a daily difference.


 

Donate Items to The Agency:
We are often asked “What does your shelter need?” The best answer is to look at the items you use everyday in your home. That is what we need. Due to the number of individuals who enter the emergency shelter there are some items that we always need to replenish every month. We hope the following wish list will give you an idea of the items you could donate.
 
Shelter Wish List

Your donated items may be dropped off at our Thrift Store at 949A Beville Road, in South Daytona. Call our thrift shop at (386) 761-3166 to find out more about dropping off your donations.
 
Anything you can use in your home, we can use at the shelter;
all contributions are greatly appreciated!

 
Are you looking for a place to recycle your cell phone?
 
You can make a difference in the lives of victims seeking a future free of violence simply by donating your old cell phone. These phones are re-programmed to be used as 911 phones for the safety of our clients. Used cell phones may be dropped off at our Thrift Store at 949A Beville Road,
South Daytona, Florida.

 
Become Part of The Coordinated Community Action Response To Domestic Violence:
Domestic violence is not "someone else's problem" nor "a family matter". Domestic violence affects our whole community, not just individuals. It affects businesses with employee absenteeism, healthcare and insurance in increased injuries and medical costs, judicial and law enforcement systems in crime related interventions and taxpayer's dollars spent defending abusers, schools with students who are too traumatized to learn, and of course, the loss of too many innocent lives. It takes the whole community to make it stop. Please join us to be part of the solution. Here are some examples of how the community can take a part in ending the tragic cycle of family violence.
 
Social Service Providers:
  • Design and deliver services which are responsive to battered individuals' needs.
  • Require staff to receive training on the etiology and dynamics of domestic violence.
  • Oppose the “pathologizing” of domestic violence and exclusive control of the “field” by “degreed” professions. Abuse is all about power and control.
  • Shift the focus from “trying to keep the family together at all costs” to the safety of the battered individual and their children.
  • Utilize methods to help identify domestic violence.
     
Health Care System:
  • Develop and utilize safe and effective methods for identification of domestic violence.
  • Provide referral, education and support services to battered individual and their children.
  • Refrain from overly prescribing sedative drugs to battered individual.
  • Utilize accountable documentation and reporting protocols for domestic violence.
  • Devote a percentage of training equitable to domestic violence cases handled.
     
Justice System:
  • Regularly disclose relevant statistics on domestic violence case disposition.
  • Utilize methods of intervention which do not rely on the victim’s involvement.
  • Devote a percentage of training equitable to domestic violence cases handled.
  • Vigorously enforce batterer’s compliance and protect individuals' safety, with custody, visitation, and injunctive orders.
  • Adopt a “pro arrest policy”.
  • Provide easily accessible and enforceable protection orders.
     
Education System:
  • Support and educate teachers and recognize and respond to symptoms of domestic violence in students' lives.
  • Teach violence prevention, peace, conflict resolution and communication skills.
  • Acknowledge gender bias in teaching materials and develop alternatives.
  • Require education about relationships at all levels.
  • Teach that it is the civic duty of all citizens to oppose oppression and to support those who are oppressed.
     
Clergy:
  • Speak out against domestic violence from the pulpit.
  • Routinely assess for domestic violence in premarital and pastoral counseling.
  • Seek out and maintain a learning and referral relationship with the domestic violence center.
  • Oppose the use of biblical or theological justification for domestic violence.
  • Reject patriarchal dominance as a preferred social pattern.
     
Media:
  • Prioritize subject matter which celebrates peace and nonviolence.
  • Spotlight efforts which promote nonviolence.
  • Devote an equitable proportion of their media “product” to battered individuals' needs.
  • Educate about the dynamics and consequences of violence, not glorify it.
  • Cease labeling domestic violence as “love gone sour,” “lovers' quarrel,” “family spat,” etc.
  • Stop portraying the batterer’s allegations and lies as if they were the truth.
     
Employers:
  • Condition batterers continuing employment on remaining nonviolent.
  • Intervene against stalkers in the workplace.
  • Safeguard battered employee’s employment and careers by providing flexible schedules, leaves of absence, and establishing enlighten personnel policies.
  • Provide employment security to battered employees.
  • Provide available resources to support and advocate for battered employees.
     
Government:
  • Enact laws which define battering as criminal behavior.
  • Enact laws which provide courts with progressive consequences in sentencing.
  • Adequately fund battered individuals' service agencies and violence prevention education.
  • Commute sentences of battered individuals who kill in self defense.
  • Heavily tax the sale of weapons and pornography to subsidize sexual and physical violence prevention and intervention efforts.
     
Coordinated Community Response Material derived from: Domestic violence Institute of Michigan - Desire to Make a Difference Wheel
Developed by Mike Jackson & David Garvin