Volunteers make a meaningful difference in the lives of survivors by working directly with clients, contributing their professional skills, or helping with administrative tasks.
Every year, 300 volunteers donate their time to CVT. While a few work just an hour or two on a short-term project, many others have made a long-term commitment to CVT. That makes it difficult to find a spot for everyone who wants to volunteer.
Whatever your talents, we hope you can contribute to our mission of hope and healing sometime in the future. Please check back with us for new volunteer opportunities.
Below is a list of additional ways you can play a significant role in helping survivors rebuild their lives.
Join Expanding Circles
Expanding Circles is a group of students and young professionals committed to supporting the important work of CVT. The group brings people together to socialize and network while exploring and promoting CVT and human rights.
Get involved with Expanding Circles today!
- Join the committee.
- Sign up for the mailing list to be invited to events.
- Spread the word and invite others to join you at Expanding Circles events.
Host a “Get to Know CVT” Event
Invite a CVT representative to your home, place of worship, office or any other location that is convenient for you and your guests. We will provide a compelling overview of our work including stories about the men and women we care for. Contact Michelle Woster at 612-436-4859 or mwoster [at] cvt [dot] org.
Organize a Collection for Torture Survivors
Many people have organized with friends to make meaningful contributions to the torture survivors who seek help at CVT. Some ask their place of worship to hold a special collection for CVT once a year. Others ask friends and family to contribute to CVT in lieu of birthday or anniversary gifts. College students have held events on campus to talk about CVT’s work and collect monetary donations.
Collections can be contributed directly to CVT or gift cards can be donated. Grocery and convenience stores that are easily accessed by CVT survivors include Cub Foods, Target, and Rainbow Foods. Metro Transit bus cards (serving the Minneapolis/St. Paul area) help survivors get to and from appointments in the Twin Cities. Riding the bus also promotes independence and helps survivors navigate their new home city.
Organize a tour with friends
Organize a group of friends to take a one-hour informational tour of our St. Paul Healing Center to learn how CVT rebuilds the lives of torture survivors in Minnesota and around the world. View upcoming tour dates here.
Host a Quilting Bee
Queen and full-sized quilts are welcome and bring warmth to survivors' homes.
Organize Baskets for Torture Survivors
Many of the torture survivors we serve are applying for political asylum, so they do not qualify for any public services. Simple baskets with specific items support men, women and families as they struggle to rebuild their lives in a new country.
Specific Items Needed include:
A laundry basket with laundry detergent, dryer sheets and quarters
Towel, washcloth, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and lotion
A food basket with these staples: Peanut butter, cans of tuna and small bags of rice
Scented soaps, nail polish, nail polish remover and cotton balls are appreciated by many female survivors.