If you have the time and want to make a commitment to make a difference within your community, consider volunteering at Sanctuary, Inc. You will not only touch someone’s life, but you will also benefit from your feeling of achievement. 

In order to volunteer you must be at least 18 years of age, never been charged or convicted of a felony, and must complete an application, interview, and volunteer training. 

Volunteer Positions:

  1. Hospital Advocate – Provides support and information to survivors of sexual assault and their family members and/or friends at the hospital emergency room on an on-call basis. You must attend the 40-hour training to volunteer as a hospital advocate.
  2. Court Advocate – Assist staff with providing support and information to victims in court.  
  3. Children’s Advocate – Participate in planned children’s activities, provide tutoring and childcare, or help with children’s groups.
  4. Non Direct Services – Answer phones, file, and assist staff with shelter duties and other projects.  

Role of the Volunteer:

  • Accompany victims at the hospital, police station, and/or court.
  • Provide support by listening.
  • Answer questions from victims, family, and/or friends.
  • Empower victims to make informed decisions.
  • Protect victim’s rights and dignity.
  • Provide an understanding of the legal process.
  • Explain services offered by Sanctuary, Inc.
  • Assist Sanctuary, Inc. with community awareness events.

Benefits of Volunteering with Sanctuary, Inc. 

  • Gain work experience in the human services field.
  • Obtain references for future employment and/or entrance into undergraduate and graduate programs.  
  • Enhance your communication skills.
  • Participate in crisis intervention programs.
  • Interact with various professionals and officials.
  • Share you special talents.
  • Dedicate time to a program that focuses on empowering victims of rape, sexual assault, and /or domestic violence.
  • Provide a valuable service to community members.  

For more information about our volunteer program, please call 270-885-4572.


NEEDS LIST (must be new)

Washable Cotton Blankets

Sheets for Twin Bed

Towels & Wash Cloths

Pillow Cases & Pillows

To make financial contributions to Sanctuary, Inc. please send a check or money order to:

Sanctuary, Inc.
P.O. Box 1165 
Hopkinsville, KY 42241

– OR –

To donate gently used items to benefit our residents and clients please contact 270-885-4572, or you may bring items to Sanctuary.  Note: Items are only donated through our 8th street entrance.


The fight for protection of victims of domestic, dating and sexual violence occurs not only in our communities, but in the halls of the Kentucky General Assembly in Frankfort, and the Congress in Washington, D.C.  Advocacy groups, concerned citizens and legislator champions are all working to bring new protections in our laws, and to repair parts of existing law that need updating or amending.

Currently in Kentucky we are working to create dating violence protections.  Kentucky remains as the last state the nation without immediate protection for victims in dating relationships, but with the 2015 General Assembly back in session there is hope this will finally change.  Stay tuned here for updates on this Kentucky legislative front.  We expect a bill to be filed in either the House or the Senate in early February.  When the bill is filed and has a number, we urge you to call and/or email your legislator directly asking them to consider giving the bill their support!

In the meantime, here are some helpful numbers and links to keep in mind:

Kentucky General Assembly Legislator Message Line: (800) 372-7181

Kentucky General Assembly Main Switchboard Line: (502) 564-8100

Find Your Kentucky State Legislator Here

The Kentucky General Assembly's official website is here