Interested in becoming a Vera House Volunteer?

Please click HERE to complete our online volunteer application. Upon receipt of your completed application, one of our Volunteer Coordinators will contact you. If you have trouble submitting your application online, click HERE for a printable version.


Click HERE for an application to become a Pet Foster Care Program volunteer

Click HERE to view our Volunteer Program brochure 


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Would you like to make a difference?

Your energy and compassion can make all the difference in the world to a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault. As a Vera House volunteer, you can translate your concern for individuals and families in crisis into a truly meaningful effort. There are many ways to help.

Requirements for New Volunteers:

  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
  • A prospective volunteer must be removed from a personal crisis situation for at least one year before applying to the Volunteer Program.
  • Prospective volunteers must attend an orientation session, an interview and complete an application form prior to being accepted into the training program by the Volunteer Coordinator.
  • All volunteers must commit to a minimum of one year of volunteer service.
  • All volunteers must take domestic violence/sexual assault basic training.  Additional training is necessary if the volunteer would like to work as a sexual assault advocate, work on the support/crisis line, work at Onondaga County Family Court or with the clients at the shelters.  Volunteers are expected to attend all training scheduled for their individual area.
  • All training takes place at the Vera House administrative offices at 723 James Street, Syracuse, NY 

Volunteer Opportunities 

  • CRISIS CALL VOLUNTEER:  Daytime coverage of crisis hotline; providing emotional support and information regarding domestic violence and sexual assault.  These shifts are at our James Street office during daytime hours, Monday - Friday (8:30 AM - 1 PM or 12:30 - 5 PM). 
  • FAMILY COURT VOLUNTEER: Assist individuals requesting orders of protection and/or custody petitions from family court. These shifts are at the Onondaga County Court House in downtown Syracuse during daytime hours, Monday - Friday (8:30 AM - 12:30 PM or 12 - 4 PM). 
  • SEXUAL ASSAULT VOLUNTEER ADVOCATE:  Crisis intervention services to those in our community affected by sexual assault. These shifts are at area hospitals working independently during evenings, overnights or weekend hours.  Two - three shifts per month required.  
  • SHELTER VOLUNTEER:  Shifts and responsibilities vary, but include: organizing donations, office clerical, child mentoring, and assisting staff with weekly groups, both adult, and children. 
  • NON-DIRECT SERVICE VOLUNTEER: These volunteers do not work directly with clients and perform tasks such as: representing Vera House at health/volunteer fairs/events; answering phones at the James Street office; help with large mailings or work on special projects (White Ribbon Campaign, Clothesline Project, etc.)
  • SPEAKERS BUREAU VOLUNTEER: Provides prevention and education presentations in our community on domestic/dating violence, sexual assault/abuse, elder abuse, and/or the mission and services of Vera House.  Approximately 1 - 3 presentations per month.  
  • FOSTER PET VOLUNTEER: Provide housing and care of pets (dogs, cats, etc.) for shelter residents or advocacy clients for a short time period.  Pets are reunited with their owners once there is a safe and stable home.
    Click HERE for more information on our Pet Foster Care Program
    Click HERE for an application to become a Pet Foster Care Program volunteer

Interested in learning more about becoming a Vera House Volunteer?

Please click HERE to complete our volunteer application online. Upon receipt of your completed application, you will receive an email to inform you:

  • when the next volunteer training is scheduled
  • when you will be contacted to schedule an interview, which is approximately six weeks prior to your training

If you have trouble submitting the application online, click HERE for a printable version.

Click HERE to contact our Volunteer Coordinator or call our office at 315-425-0818 x2249.


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