Turning Point offers confidential resources to individuals and families.
Volunteers and interns are a critical part of Turning Point’s services. Through the aid of volunteers, we extend our reach well beyond what our staff could provide alone.
Our well-developed programs permit our volunteers to have a real impact, either through direct work with victims of domestic violence or in spreading the word throughout the community. The vast majority of volunteers remain with Turning Point for many years.
If you are interested in providing direct service work, you must successfully complete the 45 hours of domestic violence training as required by the PCADV (Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence). Direct service volunteers/interns will also participate in an additional 10 hours of domestic violence related training annually. Turning Point of Lehigh Valley will also provide on the job training, experience, and supervision.
For indirect service work, volunteers/interns providing indirect services must successfully complete an Introduction to domestic violence training provided by Turning Point Staff. Turning Point of Lehigh Valley will also provide on the job training, experience, and supervision.
The training classes are offered several times a year and consist of 45 hours of classroom/online instruction, plus a minimum of five additional hours of “on the job” training. This training develops and enhances listening skills as well as provides information about other community services available to victims.
The amount of time required of volunteers depends on the job. Some activities involve just a few hours each month. Some are on an “as-needed” basis.
Direct Service Volunteers/Interns
These volunteers/interns work directly with our clients. As a direct service volunteer/intern, you might:
- Provide crisis counseling and emotional support on the helpline
- Provide support to survivors of domestic violence, throughout the PFA process
- Assist with children’s activities and support groups
- Supervise children while mothers attend support group, house meeting, and parenting support group in the shelter
- Facilitate prevention programs in schools, after-school programs, and community groups
- Provide presentations to educate and engage the community regarding domestic violence, healthy and unhealthy relationships, teen dating violence
- Speak at various programs, public events, community groups through our Speaker’s Bureau
Indirect Service Volunteers/Interns
These volunteers/interns assist in the administration building and with the community. As an indirect volunteer/intern, you might:
- Help with light clerical work - photocopying, bundling literature, organizing, filing, shredding
- Assist with building & grounds repair, maintenance, cleaning, landscaping, and gardening
- Prepare a main course meal along with milk/juice for our residents (delivered to our Administration building)
- Organize donations, pick up donations, cell phone collection management
- Staff resource tables and provide basic domestic violence information at health fairs, career fairs, and other community based functions
- Maintenance of outreach resources, drop off and/or mail materials requested from the community
- Assist in working at our annual vigil and fundraising events
If you are interested, please complete the following application:
In order for your application to be considered complete, you must provide the following:
• Copy of Clearances: Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check
• Copy of ChildLine (Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance through the Department of Human Services)
• Copy of FBI Criminal Background Check (fingerprint check)*
* The FBI Criminal Background Check is required if the volunteer has lived outside the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the last 10 years. If you have been a continuous resident of Pennsylvania for the past 10 years, you must sign a ‘Volunteer Verification for exemption from FBI Federal Criminal History Clearance’ waiver stating this is true.
Additional items for interns only:
• Recent academic transcripts for each college/university you have attended (can be unofficial copies)
• Current résumé
Return your completed application, clearances, and any other required documents to:
Turning Point of Lehigh Valley
444 E. Susquehanna Street
Allentown, PA 18103
If you have any additional questions about becoming a Volunteer or Intern, contact:
Andrea Search, Community Outreach Director, 610-797-0530, ext. *229 or email@example.com
“One person can make a difference. You don’t have to be a big shot. You don’t have to have a lot of influence. You just have to have faith in your power to change things.”
~ Norman Vincent Peale