Volunteer and Internship Opportunities
Safe Passage has an active volunteer and internship program and we are always looking for individuals and groups who want to make a difference in the lives of survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
Safe Passage's volunteer training is approved by Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professionals, Inc. (ICDVP), an organization dedicated to preserve the highest standards in the field. In addition, Safe Passage is also an ICDVP certified supervision and CEU site. For more information on IDCVP, please check them out at www.ilcdvp.org.
Our training includes the most current information, emphasizing issues faced by victims as well as ways volunteers can encourage and empower victims' independence.
Who is a Safe Passage volunteer?
Any individual who is interested in helping our community become a less violent place to live. Anyone who is concerned about the future of our children and their children.
Why are volunteers important?
Without volunteers, Safe Passage would have a more difficult time continuing to offer and maintain the type and amount of services needed to help those affected by domestic and sexual violence.
What is an internship?
Internships are offered to currently enrolled college students (for class credit) to allow them the experience of working in a professional setting, thereby putting their knowledge to work in a practical environment.
Do I need experience and training?
Safe Passage conducts periodic trainings for those interested in volunteering or an internship with us. Volunteers and interns interested in having any type of client contact are required to complete a 65+ hour training. These trainings are held 3 times a year. Trainees are required to attend the entire training.
Requirements for an intern and volunteer:
- Successful completion of the required 65+ hour training.
- 2 semester commitment for interns; 6 months commitment for volunteers
- Participation in Medical Advocacy program.
- Provide 25 - 30 hours monthly on site.
- Meet with your staff supervisor.
- Behave in a professional manner.
- Attend monthly volunteer/intern meetings.
- Understand and comply with Safe Passage policies and procedures.
Opportunities for interns and volunteers:
- Children's support group
- Legal Advocacy Program (must have valid driver's license and reliable car)
- Medical Advocacy (must have valid driver's license and reliable car)
- Residential Program
- DeKalb County Domestic Abuse Program
- Community Education
Domestic and sexual violence is no longer a private matter. We will not be free from violence in our society until we can eliminate violence and abuse in our homes. If you are interested in volunteering or interning with Safe Passage, please call Becky at 815-756-7930.