Turning Point offers confidential resources to individuals and families.
Volunteers 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. Volunteers have a real impact, either through direct work with survivors of domestic and intimate partner abuse or by serving in many other indirect ways.
Providing services to survivors and their families
“Direct Service” describes the empowerment counseling and advocacy we provide to survivors and their families. Opportunities include: answering the helpline, court accompaniment, co-facilitating an empowerment group, supporting our residents in the Safe House, and assisting with structured activities for children. 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.
Helping with administrative or behind the scenes functions of the agency
'Indirect Service' is how we describe the number of ways people can help without directly providing counseling and advocacy services to survivors and their families. Opportunities include: helping at health/community fairs, organizing/picking up donations, bundling literature, data entry, creative writing, special event planning, landscaping, gardening, and building repairs.
'Service Projects' refer to a type of project in which a person or group of people (typically from a workplace, place of worship, community group) work together to complete tasks for a pre-identified service project, such organizing or completing building or property improvements.
For ALL Volunteers and Interns, you must successfully:
- Complete a Volunteer Application. Please save as a .pdf and email to email@example.com with the required paperwork. Click here for the Volunteer Application.
- Attend a volunteer "Meet & Greet", which will be emailed upon receipt of your application.
- Submit required clearances (instructions on how to obtain clearances are included in the volunteer application):
- Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check.
- ChildLine (Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance through the Department of Human Services).
- Copy of FBI Criminal Background Check (fingerprint check): if you have lived outside the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the last 10 years. Note: If you've been a continuous resident of Pennsylvania for the past 10 years, you must sign a ‘’Disclosure Statement for Volunteers required by the Child Protective Service Law" waiver stating that this is true.
In addition, direct service volunteers and interns will be required to:
- Complete a minimum of 45 hours of domestic violence training and practicum as required by the PCADV (Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence). This training is a hybrid of online courses, exams, and remote instructor training.
NOTE: Turning Point does not take court mandated candidates for community service.
Additional Items for Interns Only
To ensure a quality experience we can only accept one intern per semester to work in a team, with no more than 3 total interns in the agency per semester. Selections may be based on a “first-come, first-serve” basis or by conducting interviews, depending on the level of demand.
Each year we welcome students to intern with us in our Safe House, Legal Advocacy, and Outreach programs. Internships that help in administrative, advancement and finance can also be considered.
In addition to the above mentioned requirements for volunteers and to make the experience as valuable to the students as well as the agency, we have a few special requirements for you to consider before applying for an internship with Turning Point:
- A two semester commitment is required for any student who wants to provide direct service to survivors. You will complete the 45 hour training and additional practicum training during the first semester, and provide supervised service during your second semester.
- One semester internships may be considered for students not providing direct services.
- In addition to the application, please submit your:
- Recent academic transcripts for each college/university you have attended (can be unofficial copies).
- Current résumé
Please note that Turning Point offers trauma-informed empowerment counseling services. We believe in the value of this peer-support model and do not provide therapy or other medical interventions. We do not offer Master’s Level advisors to supervise MSW interns, but can work with advisors if there is an option for the university to help students meet this requirement through their own faculty.
Return your completed application, clearances, and any other documents to:
Mail or drop off in person to:
Turning Point of Lehigh Valley
Attn: Human Resources
444 E. Susquehanna Street
Allentown, PA 18103