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. The program was established in 1981.
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 volunteer/intern/staff training has recently been revised and updated to include the most current information, emphasizing issues faced by victims as well as ways volunteers and staff 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 our 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. Safe Passage volunteers have saved the agency a considerable amount of money and time.
Do I need experience and training?
Safe Passage conducts periodic trainings for those interested in volunteering with us. Volunteers interested in having any type of client contact are required to complete a 60+ hour training. These trainings are held 3 times a year. Trainees are required to attend the entire training.
What could I do?
- The crisis line.
- Children's support group.
- Clerical responsibilities.
- Receive and organize donations.
- Event planning.
- Overnight shift when scheduled staff person is unavailabe.
- Daily household duties.
What is an internship?
Internships are offered to currently enrolled college students to allow them the experience of working in a professional setting, thereby putting their knowledge to work in a practical environment.
What are the requirements of an internship?
- Junior, senior, or graduate status.
- Successful completion of the required 60+ hour training.
- 2 semester commitment.
- 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.
What types of internships are usually available?
- Children/Teen Program
- Legal Advocacy Program (must have valid driver's license and reliable car)
- Medical Advocacy (must have valid driver's license and reliable car)
- Counseling Program
- 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 Rebecca 815-756-7930.
Upcoming Volunteer Training
Dates and times for the January/February training:
January 28: 4pm-9pm
Janury 29: 4pm-9pm
February 1: 9am-6pm
February 2: 9am-6pm
February 4: 4pm-9pm
February 5: 4pm-8pm
February 8: 9am-6pm
February 9: 9am-6pm
February 11: 4pm-9pm
February 12: 4pm-9pm
February 15: 9am-5pm