Poiema Foundation - Education and Public Awareness of Human Trafficking

Volunteer Opportunities

We offer multiple avenues to serve shoulder-to-shoulder with others who desire to see victims of human trafficking become thriving survivors. You can start by taking the HT101 training, Community Awareness Outreach Training, or Joining our Prayer Team.

Our volunteers need a variety of skills and talents, so look through the list below and see which ones fit your desires. If you have any questions or need help matching yourself with Poiema’s needs, please contact us at: volunteer@poiemafoundation.org.

Once you have volunteered with us and learned more about human trafficking, you may feel the Lord urging you to take the next step by providing much needed support for our Safe House residence. We offer additional training for those who want to provide direct care for our residence and volunteer at our Safe House.

Prayer Team

This ministry exists to present the praises and petitions of the Poiema Foundation and its community before the Lord. Prayer lays the foundation for everything and the power of prayer is undeniable. Nothing is too trivial or too big to pray for. Our prayer warriors receive prayer requests and praises via email from our prayer team leader as they arise.

Find out more about our Prayer Team Ministry.

Prerequisites: None
Documents Required: None
Volunteer: Online Prayer Meeting Schedule

Community Awareness Outreach

Educating the public about human trafficking is essential to ending modern-day slavery. Each month, multiple teams of trained volunteers distribute posters of missing minors known or suspected of being in the area to hotels, bus stations, first responders, and local businesses in high-risk locations throughout Dallas and the surrounding cities. Each team consists of at least one of the following: an experienced team leader, a driver, a data collector, and a prayer warrior.

We currently have community outreach teams in Carrollton, Dallas, Denton, Fort Worth, Frisco, Greenville, Haltom City, Mansfield, Mesquite, Rockwall, Sherman/Denison and South Carolina.

Prerequisites:

Documents Required:

  • Waiver of Liability - Electronically signed when you signup for Outreach.

Volunteer:

  • Signup for Outreach - You must have completed the required training and be logged into VolunteerHub to see these events.

Direct Care

Safe House Support

The success of our safe house programs and services is largely dependent on support provided by caring volunteers. Our Direct Care ministry offers both long- and short-term opportunities for service in areas such as home maintenance, life skills, mentoring programs, educational opportunities, and Bible studies.

To ensure you are set up for success, your safety, and the safety of our residence; volunteering at the Safe House requires more in-depth training.

Training Required:

After completed the above required training,  the following documents must be provided.  We value those who want to help us empower our residence through direct care at our Safe House.  Please contact us if you have any questions about volunteering with our residence.

Documents Required:

Pen Pal

Survivors of trafficking need plenty of encouragement and recognition of progress. Letters filled with truth, comfort, scriptures and unconditional love can mean the world to those who are trying to rebuild their lives.

Let us know that you would like to participate in our Pen Pal ministry and we'll get you connected with a survivor who will benefit from receiving letters of faithful encouragement.

Prerequisites: None

Documents Required:

  • Confidentiality Agreement - Electronically signed when you signup for Pen Pal.

Operations

Administrative and Event

Volunteers assist in a wide variety of technical, IT, clerical and customer service duties, such as the production of marketing materials, general office tasks, and data maintenance. Volunteers can also be of great service for speaking presentations by providing speaker companionship and transportation, onsite IT collaboration, information table management, and/or answering ministry-related questions from people in attendance.

Let us know if  you are interested administrative and event volunteer opportunities.

Prerequisites:

Documents Required:

  • Confidentiality Agreement - Electronically signed when you signup to volunteer.

Operations

Fundraising

Fundraising is, first and foremost, a form of ministry. It is a way of announcing our vision and providing an opportunity for other people to participate with us in our mission. This team of volunteers is gifted and passionate about raising money to help us sustain our Safe House and Victim Care ministries.

Let us know that you would like to volunteer at our fundraising events or have creative ideas to help us raise the funds needed to sustain our ministries.

Prerequisites: None

Documents Required:

  • Waiver of Liability - - Electronically signed when you signup for Fundraising.
  • Confidentiality Agreement - Download and sign this form.

Training Classes

To equip our team with the necessary skills and knowledge, all Poiema volunteers are required to attend the trainings specific to their jobs. These trainings are also open to anyone interested in learning more about Human Trafficking. The dates and times of Poiema trainings are available on our Volunteer Hub Calendar.

Human Trafficking 101 (HT101)

HT 101 is our most basic training, and is required for anyone interested in serving with Poiema. Covering all aspects of domestic sex trafficking, HT 101 includes how to recognize trafficked victims and their perpetrators, true stories of survivors, and how to be a part of the solution to this wide-spread problem.

Schedule for Human Trafficking 101 Training

Community Awareness Outreach Training

Our outreach volunteers visit area businesses to distribute posters of missing children and to collect data that may lead to the children’s recovery. The training includes protocols on how to approach businesses, how to capture important information, and safety procedures.

Schedule for Community Awareness Outreach Training

Survivor Care Training

This training equips volunteers to carry out with confidence Poiema’s vision of providing consistent, trauma-informed care to our safe house residents and other beneficiaries of our victims' services. Volunteers become familiar with a strength-based approach that places the real needs of survivors at the center of the process of sustained recovery.

Schedule for Survivor Care Training

Realities of Aftercare Training

This training addresses commonly held myths and misconceptions commonly held about victims and survivors of human trafficking and helps to shape a more accurate “lens” for identifying and understanding its effects. The content includes trauma’s effect on the brain, shame identities, perpetrator luring techniques, risk factors for potential victims, and the importance of trauma-informed care.

Schedule for Reality of Aftercare Training

Strength-Based Approach to Aftercare Training

It’s natural to notice the negatives in a situation or the weaknesses in ourselves and others. Strength-based training empowers volunteers to find the positives. This vital life skill helps in any setting, but is essential when working with survivors of sexual exploitation. Strength-based training views people as resourceful and resilient in the face of adversity. We focus on future outcomes and building an individual’s capacity to use her God-given strengths to identify and resolve life’s problems.

Schedule for Strength-Based Approach to Aftercare Training