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Volunteer Opportunities

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There are many opportunities to volunteer at The Retreat. Volunteers are welcome for all of our direct service programs including counseling, legal advocacy, education, SHARP, Suffolk County Fatherhood Initiative, Partners in Prevention, and hotline. Positions are available in East Hampton, Riverhead and Hauppauge.

To join our volunteer team, please fill out our Volunteer Application and email or call 631-329-4398. All volunteers must participate in an orientation. Email or call for our next orientation, they are scheduled every 6 to 8 weeks.

Volunteering Opportunity Samples

 Thrift Shop

  • Work in the store
  • Assist with item donations 
  • Assist with pick up/delivery of donations


  • Computer instruction for staff
  • Administrative assistance for the reception area, greeting guests and answering phones


Join The Retreat’s Violence Prevention Education Program which provides training and community service opportunities to teens through The Retreat’s Teen Leadership Project as well as relationship abuse and bullying prevention in-school workshops throughout the East End of Long Island.

  • Assist educators with workshops
  • Help plan special workshops and fundraising events
  • Promote programming through traditional and social media campaigns
  • Design outreach materials
  • Help with follow up program evaluations


Teen Leadership Project

The mission is to “prevent abuse and promote respect” in all relationships and to help support the Retreat and expand its focus to include the prevention not just of Domestic Violence, but also of all sorts of relationship abuse, including bullying and harassment, sexual assault, and teen dating violence.  The project is an opportunity for teens from East End schools to work together while learning about violence prevention and promoting awareness and safety in the community.  Students can earn community service credits and are eligible to earn The Retreat’s Youth Leadership Certificate for participating in this program.  If interested, please contact Helen Atkinson-Barnes at 631-329-4398.

Crisis Hotline

  • Provide a sympathetic ear to callers requesting information on our services for shelter, counseling, advocacy or referrals. Volunteer hours available during regular business hours, Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. 


  • Storytelling with children
  • Homework tutor
  • Preschool activities
  • Employment skills
  • Arts & Crafts activities


  • Assistance with events such as the distribution of posters, set up/breakdown for events, guest check-in, solicitation of auction items
  • Organize and plan events that benefit The Retreat

Barbara Hennessy, Retreat Volunteer, Honored

Barbara Hennessy has been recognized by Suffolk County for her volunteer work at The Retreat’s Shelter.

Barbara Hennessy of Amagansett was awarded the Child Abuse and Neglect/Family Violence Volunteer Award for Suffolk County for her volunteer work at The Retreat. For the past seven years, Ms. Hennessy has been volunteering her services of alternative healing modalities to victims of domestic violence on a weekly basis. She shares Reiki, aromatherapy, yoga, and relaxation techniques with clients to help with the healing process.

“Clients leave their session with her feeling calm, energized, and ready to take on the world,” says Vicki Cooper, Shelter Director. “Barbara’s time, energy, and information are an immeasurable gift to the clients of The Retreat.”

The award was presented during the 2018 Annual Recognition Day Ceremony which pays tribute to the volunteers and professionals of Suffolk County who have contributed their time, knowledge, and talent in the area of child protection and family violence. Held at the Suffolk County Legislative Auditorium in Hauppauge, the day of recognition was sponsored by The Suffolk County Advisory Board on Child Protection and the Task Force to Prevent Family Violence.