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Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault are crimes that affect everyone in our community. You can be part of the solution! Stay informed, stay vigilant, make a difference.


HAVIN receives approximately $7,000 from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence to pay for a survivor’s first month’s rent and/or security deposit, utilities, transportation to a safe place as well as household items. Last year we helped a total of 21 survivors with relocation expenses, but their needs far exceeded our income. Please consider a monetary donation to assist with this need.


We are so grateful that you thought of HAVIN to donate goods to. Although we aren't able to accept used items at the shelter, your generous donations of new supplies makes such a difference in the lives of survivors.

The best way to donate is to first contact our Shelter Supervisor, Ami Akins, at to see what our current needs are.
  Shelter needs change from month to month, so contacting us first will ensure that your donation will be used by our shelter guests.

Current Needs (July 2023):

Gift Cards (Walmart, Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Sheetz, and VISA) –
Gift cards give us the flexibility to quickly respond to the unique needs of each client.


Kitchen towels/dish cloths


Pots/Pans Sets


Skillet Sets


Small Appliances (Electric Can Openers, Coffee Makers, Toasters, Mixers, Blenders, Etc.)


Kitchen Size Garbage Cans


Small Room Size Garbage Cans




Twin Size Waffle Blankets


Twin Size Comforters

Ongoing Needs:


Kitchen Utensils (Spatulas, Slotted Spoons, Etc)


Kitchen Knives


Silverware Sets


Sippy Cups


Kids Plastic Plates, Cups, Utensils


Toilet Brushes/Plungers


Mops & Buckets


Brooms & Dust Pans


Dish Soap


Clorox Wipes


Towels/Wash Cloths


Body Lotions


Baby Bottles


Kids Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash


Toilet Paper/Paper Towels


Hair Dryers


Tote Bags


Shower Curtains/Liners/Hooks


Phone Chargers


Twin Bed Sheet Sets


Laundry Detergent (Small Bottles)


Sketch Books


Adult Coloring Books


Adult Craft Kits


Child Craft Kits


Fine Tip Markers

If you're unable to make a monetary donation, you can donate gently used household items and clothing at HAVIN's 2nd Chance Shop where the proceeds of all purchases go to benefit survivors. LEARN MORE HERE.



Weeders and Seeders-as needed
General maintenance of our grounds 

General office help-as needed

Community Outreach-as needed
HAVIN sponsors or participates in programs or events which need to be publicized throughout the Armstrong County area. These duties can include putting up posters, staffing an information booth, assisting with an activity or program, etc.

Fundraising-as needed
HAVIN receives funding from several sources, but must also raise additional funds from the community.

Crisis Intervention Volunteer
Volunteers' primary role is to offer support and information to domestic violence and -sexual assault victims by answering hotline calls, talking with shelter residents, and provide child care/supervision to enable survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to attend counseling, legal proceedings or other necessary appointments.

What it takes to be a crisis intervention volunteer:

1. At least 18 years of age, with the ability to work with minimal supervision (a staff
member is always on call to assist)

2. Commitment to complete the required 60 hour training
3. Ability to handle confidential information and to maintain that confidentiality
4. Non-prejudicial attitudes with sensitivity to the survivor’s needs
5. Ability to accept direction and guidance
6. Acceptable reference checks, child abuse and criminal clearances
7. Endorse HAVIN’s philosophy regarding domestic violence and sexual assault

8. Ability to relate to persons of all ages, lifestyles and socio-economic backgrounds

9. Desire to share your time and talents to help someone who needs you

10.  Commitment of 6 months of volunteer time, 3 hours a week and one 8 hour shift on a weekend per month after completion of 60 hour training.

HAVIN's 2nd Chance Shop 
107 N Jefferson St.
Kittanning, PA 16201

Volunteer opportunities include:
Soliciting donations
Sorting donations
Stocking shelves
Serving customers
Technology needs—
Social media and on-line sales

Volunteer hours are flexible– if you can spare an hour or a day at a time, whatever works for you! 

Hours of Operation


Tuesday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Wednesday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Thursday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Friday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Saturday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Sunday CLOSED 

What it takes to volunteer at our 2nd Chance Shop, or in outreach, fundraising, and grounds maintenance…

1. The ability to work with minimal

2. Commitment to complete a three hour orientation on HAVIN services and domestic & sexual violence

3. Willingness to accept direction and guidance

4. Support HAVIN's mission and philosophy regarding domestic violence and sexual assault

5. Provide non-discriminatory services—work well with persons of all ages, genders, abilities, lifestyles, cultures, races, and socioeconomic levels

6. Desire to share your time and talents to help an organization who really needs you!


Getting Started

1.  Contact Laurie at 724-543-1180 x 201 or for more information
2.  Download and complete the volunteer application PDF from the link above and mail to:
      PO Box 983
      Kittanning, PA 16201
      ATTN: Laurie Johns
3.  Attend a volunteer interview where we will mutually decide if we are a good match
4.  Complete the appropriate volunteer training program. The sessions are educational, informative and a lot of fun!

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