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Volunteering at Bolton Refuge House can be a very rewarding experience! Volunteering yourself or your group is easy and scheduling is very flexible. More and more employers are offering incentives to their employees for volunteering their time. Why? It has been shown that allowing employees to volunteer actually helps businesses succeed!  Whether you are interested in gaining experience, getting involved in your community, or are taking advantage of an employer's incentives, volunteering at Bolton Refuge House is a great choice! 

Fill out the Volunteer Interest Form to get started, or explore this page to learn more about volunteering with BRH!

Our Needs

Court Watch Volunteers

Volunteers will observe domestic abuse and/or sexual assault trials related to proceedings and report
findings/decisions. Court Watch Volunteers assist us in:

  • Collecting data on how DV/SA cases are handled

  • Making judges, jurors, and others aware of public’s interest in how cases are handled

  • Establishing an environment where criminal justice participants are held accountable for their behavior in the courtroom

  • Showing support to victims of violent crimes

Shelter Support and Cleaning

Cleaning and organizing are a constant need for our shelter, and is an easy way for anyone to give us a hand. If there is no special project going on, then you can help us keep up on our chores that are listed on the whiteboard in the front desk to help maintain the safe and welcoming environment of our shelter.


Donation Assistance

We are in need a few volunteers to assist with donation pick ups, sorting, processing, and moving. Must be able to drive and lift heavier items. Please contact our volunteer coordinator if you can help!



Helping out with the kiddos here is another ongoing need for families that are staying in the shelter. Whether it’s daycare or children’s groups, help is always appreciated! Please email if you’d like to get more involved.

Recycling Assistance

We are seeking volunteers to pick up recycling and compost materials at the shelter and drop them off at the proper locations. Our recycling needs to be taken to the recycling center on Saturday mornings. This will help keep our facility clean and increase our agency’s sustainability. Email if this interests you.


Cleaning and Sanitizing

We need to sanitize regularly touched surfaces daily. We also need to keep our front entranceway, food pantry, and fridges cleaned often.

Event Planners: We are looking for creative, organized, and passionate individuals to assist with planning for our annual that happen throughout the year. This includes our annual fundraising event, sexual assault awareness month, and domestic violence awareness month.

Individual Volunteers


Volunteers are a very valuable part of BRH programing.

BRH welcomes anyone who simply wishes to make a difference in their community to volunteer their time and talents.  If you are interested in volunteering please complete this form and our volunteer coordinator will be in contact with you soon! 


Volunteer My Group 

Is your business, organization, or group interested in organizing a volunteer activity? Please fill out this form and our volunteer coordinator will contact you shortly!

FAQ About Volunteering

Volunteering FAQ

Q. How old do volunteers need to be?

A. BRH welcomes volunteers of all ages, though volunteers who are under the age of 13 must be volunteering with an adult and with the permission of their guardian/parent. Volunteers 13-17 must have guardian/parent permission.

Q. What do volunteers do at Bolton Refuge House?

A. There are a lot of different things that volunteers can help with - it depends on their interests! From weeding and gardening, answering phones, watching children, cleaning, and planning events are some of ways in which volunteers help, but there are many more ways to get involved! See Our Needs above to learn more about how you can help.

Q. I am required to volunteer for school, can I do this at BRH?

A. Yes! The BRH Volunteer Coordinator can help you with this.

Q. I am court ordered to do community service time, can I do this at BRH?

A. Possibly, please contact the BRH Volunteer Coordinator for more information.

Q. Can I volunteer with my friends/club/team/organization?

A. Yes! BRH always has projects that could use a larger group to get things done! Fill out the "Volunteer My Group" form to get started!

Meet A Volunteer

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"I've been living in Eau Claire for about a year. I work as a Nanny and have been spending lots of time this fall at Eau Claire Community Theatre in a musical. I like rock climbing and exploring outside. At Bolton I like doing odd jobs and helping out with Children's Group. Getting to express ourselves through art and fun has been really great with the kids living at Bolton."


"I currently work in EMS and I'm getting into law enforcement. My hobbies involve some martial arts, reading books, and going to the gym. I volunteer at BRH because I believe it is a good cause to support. Working with the staff and clients also provides me with some perspective into the situations I will inevitably run into working in emergency services.

"I've helped out with a variety of tasks. I've picked up/delivered donations, mounted TVs, taken care of plants, moved/arranged furniture, organized/cleaned rooms, and worked with electronics to name a few things. The main thing that I enjoy is being able to work with the staff and clients as it is a very positive environment."

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Meet a Volunteer
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