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volunteer application

We appreciate your interest in our organization and are sincerely interested in your background and qualifications. Please answer all questions as thoroughly as possible. We are an equal opportunity agency and welcome all volunteers in designated positions without regard to race, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity.

Initialing this application below constitutes written authorization for the following:

  • Security background check – Final applicants may be required to participate in a security background check performed by an outside agency.
  • Motor Vehicle Abstract report – If volunteer position requires driving on organization business, applicants must provide their driver’s license # so that a motor vehicle driving abstract record may be obtained.

References: List three names of persons not related to you who can provide information on your abilities relevant to this position. Please list name, phone #, and years known.

Reference 1

Reference 2

Reference 3

Volunteer Roles: Please check which volunteer position(s) interests you (Please note when the shifts take place to make sure this is when you are available).

Sexual Assault Volunteer Advocate
(shifts are in the evening, overnights and weekends)
Support/Crisis Line Volunteer
(shifts are during the day: 8:30-1 and 12:30-5)
Onondaga Family Court Volunteer
(shifts are during the day: 8:30-1 and 12:30-5)
Non-Direct Volunteer
(front phones, clothesline project, White Ribbon, Wrapsody, special projects or Mailings)
Speakers Bureau
(variable daytime/evening shifts)


This application is the first step in exploring volunteer opportunities at Vera House. Candidates are also required to participate in an interview as well as participating in the complete training for their area of interest, including an evaluation process.  The opportunities offered are not always a good match for every candidate. If it is determined that a volunteer experience would not be mutually beneficial for the applicant and the agency, the applicant will be notified immediately.

At any time during or after completion of training, the volunteer trainee or volunteer coordinator may determine that a volunteer position is not a good match.


Upon receipt of your completed application, you will receive an email to inform you:

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

Therefore, it is essential that we have an accurate email and phone number for each applicant.

We kindly request that if you live outside of Onondaga County, you consider seeking a volunteer opportunity within the county you reside.

All volunteers must commit to a minimum of one year of volunteer service.

Vera House, Inc.
attn: Volunteer Coordinator
723 James Street
Syracuse, NY 13203