Local community outreach program searching for volunteers

CALUMET — A local community outreach program that helps victims of domestic violence is searching for volunteers to enroll in an upcoming training session.

The Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home is a local safe haven for victims of domestic violence. The Calumet-based home provides a place to live, grow and rebuild for women and children stepping out of an abusive situation.

As you can imagine, an organization of such integrity requires all kinds community support and kind-hearted people to help run the shelter. The shelter is accepting volunteers and will be holding a volunteer training session in January. Some of the duties performed by volunteers would be answering telephones, counseling and other household duties.

“Volunteers are basically there weather we have someone in the shelter or not to answer phones and if we have clients in the shelter they certainly will listen and talk with them. You know, meet their needs whatever it is they’re needed, while time is there at the shelter,” said executive director Mary Niemela.

The shelter is a 24-hour facility and would gladly accept volunteers willing to donate even a few hours per month. For more information on becoming a volunteer visit the shelter’s website.