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Volunteer and Intern with vera house!

Click HERE to complete and submit a VOLUNTEER application. 

Click HERE to complete and submit an INTERN application. 


Volunteering 

Your support and care can make all the difference to a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or elder abuse. There are many ways you can help. Build relationships, skills, and help us end violence in our community! To become a volunteer you must:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be removed from your own personal crisis situation
  • Submit an application then join us for an interview!
  • Join us for agency orientation and receive basic training on domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse
  • Attend specialized training to work directly with victims 

Volunteer Opportunities

DIRECT SERVICE:

  • Support & Information Line Volunteers: Answering our 24-hour support line during the day and providing emotional support and information to callers.
    • Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-1 pm or 12:30-5 pm, at our administrative office.
  • Web Chat Support Line Volunteers: Coverage of our web chat resource, providing emotional support and information regarding Vera House services.
    • Web chat is answered remotely/from your home or can be answered at our administrative offices (during business hours - 8:30 am to 5 pm). Shifts for this role are available seven days a week for shifts from 8:30 am-1 pm, 1-5 pm, and 5-9 pm.
  • Family Court Volunteer: Assisting individuals petitioning Family Court for Orders of Protection.
    • Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-12:30 pm or 12:30pm-4 pm, at the Court House downtown Syracuse.
  • Sexual Assault Volunteer Advocate: Responding to sexual assault victims at area hospitals and providing emotional support and information.
    • Monday-Friday from 12am-8:30am, 8:30am-6 pm, 6pm-12am, and Saturday and Sunday 12am-6am, 6am-6pm, 6pm-12am.

NON-DIRECT SERVICE:

  • Tabling at health and volunteer fairs and other events
  • Reception coverage at our administrative office
  • Office projects - mailing, preparing materials for trainings or conferences
  • Filing and other administrative tasks
  • Special projects - White Ribbon Campaign, Clothesline Project, etc.

Click HERE to complete and submit a volunteer application. 
Upon the receipt of your application, you will be contacted to schedule an interview (in-person or video). Volunteer training sessions are scheduled throughout the year!

Contact our Volunteer and Intern Coordinator with questions: Kal Johnson kjohnson@verahouse.org


Interning 

Click HERE to complete and submit an intern application. 

Gain skills and experience through direct and indirect service based around you.

  • Options to explore different paths based on your interests!
  • Flexible hours between 8:30am-5pm
  • Opportunity for course credit*.
  • Intern to Employee pipeline**
  • Unpaid

Interning Opportunities:

(These are all options that can be adjusted and explored to meet your wants/needs and are not limited to what is listed)

ADVOCACY INTERN

  • Engage in client-facing support
  • Systems Advocacy
  • Community Outreach
  • Facilitating support groups
  • Crisis Support in person and remote
  • Specilty focus available (LGBTQIA+, Human Trafficking, etc.)

PREVENTION-EDUCATION INTERN

  • Presentations/Outreach in schools, nightlife and other organizations.
  • Raise the Bar Initiative
  • Campus Sexual Assault Advocacy
  • Creation of Curriculum
  • Tabling Community Events

ABUSE IN LATER LIFE INTERN

  • Community Outreach and Prevention Events
  • Training and Presentations on Aging and Elder Justice
  • Co-Facilitating Elder Support Groups
  • Information and Referral Services with Clients
  • Opportunities to Learn about Grant-Writing and Stewardship 

LEGAL INTERN***

  • Experience in court accompaniment 
  • Experience in criminal justice system, family court and supreme court
  • Gender-affirming care (name change, etc.)
  • Family Court Orders of Protection

DEVELOPMENT INTERN

  • Fundraising
  • Social Media Engagement
  • Graphic Design
  • Special Events Coordination
  • Marketing and Communication
  • Community Outreach for Doners and Business partnerships.

CLINICAL INTERN

  • Providing Trauma focused therapy to individuals, couples, and families ages 2.5 and older
  • Facilitating support groups
  • Long term and brief crisis support services
  • Gender-affirming care
  • Specialty focus (LGBTQIA+, Substances, Human Trafficking, etc.)

 

  • *Please bring us a form from your academic advisor to receive course credits. Feel free to email this following the application to kjohnson@verahouse.org if not ready during the application.

**All employment is based on interest and availability. Something exciting to note is our employees can receive remitted tuition!

***There is no attorney on staff, so we are unable to support legal interns seeking pro bono hours.

Click HERE to complete and submit an intern application. 

Upon the receipt of your application, you will be contacted to set up an interview (in-person or video) followed by training when accepted!

Contact our Volunteer and Intern Coordinator with questions: Kal Johnson kjohnson@verahouse.org